Fall 2024

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

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


Lloyd D. Barba (Section 01)


(Offered as RELI 134 and AMST 246) 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.

2024-25 Fall. Professor Barba.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority to majors of any department or program cross-listing the course.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on written work and readings.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2020, Fall 2024