Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 247

Course Number:
HST 247
Course Title:
Religion in U.S. 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. Prerequisite: 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