This course is an introduction to American religions, with a particular focus on religious diversity in the United States. As we examine the myriad beliefs and practices of America’s religious communities, we will pay close attention to how religion and culture have shaped each other from the 1600s to today.
To explore the theme of religious diversity, we will take advantage of Cleveland’s rich religious history with visits to local religious institutions and historical sites, including churches, mosques, new religious communities, and Hindu and Buddhist temples. Along the way we will consider the role of religious spaces and institutions in shaping identity and community in our region and beyond.
Dates: May 15-June 2, 2017
Session: May Term
Time: MTuWThF 9:30a-12:00p
Instructor: Justine Howe
Credits: 3 credits
Departments: New 2018 Summer, Religious Studies