REL 240 Syllabus
Arts and Sciences Date: February 2014
Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration
Course Number and Title:
REL 240, Religions in America
Catalog Description: Surveys
various manifestations of religion in the American experience. Emphasizes concepts, problems, and issues of religious pluralism
and character of American religious life. Lecture 3 hours per week. 3 credits
Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:
is a transfer college level course which counts as a humanities elective in the
Non-developmental in English.
Course Content: This course will provide a brief historical sketch, a selection of prominent themes and a critical analysis of the following topics.
1) African American Religious Expression
2) The Baha’I faith in America
3) Buddhism in America
4) Catholicism in America
5) Confucianism in America
6) Daoism in America
7) The Great Disappointment of 1844
8) Hinduism in America
9) Hispanic American Religious Expression
10) Islam in America
11) Judaism in America
12) Mormonism in America
13) Native American Religious Expression
14) Neopaganism in America
15) Orthodox Christianity in America
16) Protestantism in America
17) Restorationism in America
18) Scientology in America
19) Shintoism in America
20) Theosophy in America
The student will:
1) Be familiarized with the multiple forms of religious expression found in America as a pluralistic society.
2) Be able to analyze the forms of religious expression that have shaped and been shaped by American history.
3) Be provided with a thorough understanding of how pluralistic societies benefit from a symbiotic relationship with the multiple forms of religious expression nurtured by them.
Students will be evaluated based on some combination of tests, quizzes, writing and other assignments defined by the instructor.
All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.
VII. This course supports
the following objectives:
DCC Educational Objectives:
Cultural and Social Understanding