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RLGS 3701: Religion and American Politics

Religion and American Politics

RLGS 3701 - 4 credits

Dates: August 19-22, 26-29, 2013
Days: Monday - Thursday
Location: On-campus
Instructor: Luis Leon

Description: What is the American religious experience and how do we study it? Is America a Christian nation? Who decides? You do. What are the stakes involved in making this decision? Indeed, the debate over whether or not the U.S. is a Christian nations shapes the conversation on man's personal freedoms, governmental policies, and the economy. Debates over contraception, abortion, stem cell research, marriage equality, drug legalization, and war, among many other issues, all presume a Christian reference and biblical authority when unfolding among the American population. This course explores the place of religion in the American experience through the lens of civil religion, or the way that the U.S. nation has been imbued with a spiritual dimension. After surveying Constitutional religious mandates, students will consider the possibilities for religious and will be asked what it means to be an American. 

Approximate Travel Costs*:

Program Fee: $30.00 (Program fees are applied to tuition bill. Fee covers admission to The Cell and lunch during a day trip for the course.)

*These expenses are estimates subject to change.  Cost of tuition is additional.

For more information, contact Luis Leon at