HDS 2373

New Directions in American Religious History, 1865-2000

K. Healan Gaston


This course will explore a range of new interpretive approaches employed by historians of American religion today. We will ask how recent scholarly concerns with secularism, the category of religion, neoliberalism, and transnationalism have impacted the field of American religious history and how these preoccupations might shape future work. The readings will provide students with a broad overview of the subject area while at the same time inviting them to consider which interpretive approaches they find most compelling and why. The primary focus of the course is the production of an original research paper, written in close consultation with the professor and in dialogue with the authors of the course readings and the other members of the seminar. Weekly attention will be devoted to the process of research and writing and students will be required to complete incremental paper-related assignments and to make connections between the course readings and their own research projects.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Thurs 4pm-6pm
Divinity Hall Room 213

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Religions of the Americas
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None