HUMN125 Religion in America

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities

I. Course Number and Title
HUMN125 Religion in America
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey of the contemporary American religious life. Major topics include the major world religions, as well as the rise of noted cults with special emphasis upon their origins, practices, and consequent reactions and repercussions. Students also explore the broad historical trends and phenomena in American religious life.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the current and historical trends of American religion;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the history of American religion;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of current and historical cults in America;
    4. demonstrate an understanding of relationship between American religious freedom and Constitutional protections;
    5. identify major American religious personages and their contributions; and
    6. identify the European roots and influences of American religion.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. persons, personalities, developments, and history of American religion
    2. the historical significance and development of denominational sectarianism with emphases on etiology, causality, and sequelae
    3. the uniqueness of a government to allow complete religious freedom
    4. the problems of constitutional infringement
    5. the development and demise of cults
    6. the rise and contributions of major religious personages
    7. the European roots and influences of American religion
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - (Retyped 7/95);Revised 9/2012; New Core 8/2015