Fall 2020

Religious Traditions in America:  A History of Communities and Their Scriptures

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-246  |  History, as HIST-134  |  Religion, as RELI-134

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Lloyd D. Barba (Section 01)


This course offers a historical introduction to several of the major religious traditions in America. To unpack the vast diversity of “religious traditions” in America, this course will take two approaches. First it will map out the roots and routes of “communities” including, but not limited to, Jews, Catholics, Buddhists, Protestants, Muslims, and various “American Originals” such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Latter Day Saints (Mormons), and Pentecostals. We will also read the “scriptures” that communities have produced, that is, the primary source literature essential to their understanding of their place among the religious traditions of America and the interpretations offered by historians. First-year students are especially welcome.

Fall semester. Assistant Professor Barba.

If Overenrolled: Priority to majors of any department or program cross-listing the course.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2020