REL 240 Syllabus

Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  February 2014

Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration Transfer programs 

Course Number and Title:           REL 240, Religions in America 

Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture:             Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb

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

This is a transfer college level course which counts as a humanities elective in the above programs.

Required background

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


V.  Learner Outcomes

The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

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:


  Critical Thinking

  Cultural and Social Understanding