REL 241.001

American Religious History

T, R | 9:30-10:45

MA 210

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What exactly is religion in America? This course offers a broad overview of changing conceptions of religion in American culture, history, & society, from the colonial period to the present; emphasis will be placed on race, politics, immigration, & cultural power. This course will be of use to students interested in American history, politics, race and gender, and cultural studies. HU

Michael J. Altman

  • Office hours: 

    Monday, 12:30pm-1:30pm; Tuesday, 9:00am-10:00am, and by appointment.

  • (205) 348-5271


American Religions cover

Griffith, Marie
American Religions: A Documentary History
Oxford University Press, 2007

The Religious History of America cover

Gaustad, Edwin and Leigh Schmidt
The Religious History of America
HarperOne, 2002

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