Religion in American Politics

Primary Number: POLS 30028

ConStudies Number: CNST 30641

ConStudies CRN: 29007

Primary CRN: 28446

Instructor: Campbell, David

Day/Time: MW 3:30pm-4:45pm

Attributes: HPIP, MPPE

Location: Jenkins Nanovic B044

This course will examine the many ways in which religion has been fused into American politics. In doing so, we will also explore the rising tide of secularism in the United States, which many argue has resulted from a backlash to the fusion of religion and conservative politics. Then it will turn to trying to solve the puzzle of America's religious pluralism—if religion is so politically divisive, why are Americans so accepting of (most) religions other than their own? What explains the exceptions to that acceptance? What are the implications of a secularizing America for religious pluralism?