Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 247 Effective Summer 2015

Course Number:
HST 247
Course Title:
Religion in the United States since 1840
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Course Description

Covers basic features of native American religions, European backgrounds of Christianity, development of different religious groups in the United States and their impact on American life. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

After successful completion of HST 247 the student will be able to: 

  • Use critical thinking to analyze and evaluate the nature and impact of religion on American life and culture.
  • Understand and appreciate the value of a diversity of religious beliefs.
  • Engage in private and public discussions involving the construction of fact-based arguments regarding issues in the history of religion in the United States.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The SAC expects that instructors will assess student learning throughout the term using a variety of methods.  The SAC encourages instructors to consider the following in determining the achievement of course outcomes: 

  • Analyze primary and secondary sources of information.

  • Individual or team oral presentations.

  • Formal written papers that present and analyze historical topics or issues.

  • Participation in, and contribution to, all class and team discussions and activities.

  • Quizzes, exams, and exercises

  • Evaluate different interpretations of the same event.

  • Associate past events to contemporary times.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Changes and persistence in religious beliefs or practices

  • Religion and politics

  • Religious movements, revivalism

  • Theological commonalities among religious beliefs

  • Intolerance


  • Religious freedom

  • Civic religion

  • Religious pluralism

  • Self-understanding (world view)

  • Utopian communities

  • Millennialism


  • Freedom of religion

  • €œImmigrant€ churches

  • Ethnicity, gender and social class

  • Inter- and intra-religious controversies

  • Religious €œcrusades€ and "revivals"

  • Acculturation

  • Anti-Communism

  • Post-modernism


  • Critical thinking

  • Evaluate interpretations of historical events

  • Effective communication orally and in writing

  • Analyze the causal relationship between two or more historical events

  • Problem solving

  • Working collaboratively with others

  • Clearly articulate thoughts to a given audience

  • Close reading of primary and secondary sources by drawing on prior knowledge