PG 353

Religion and U.S. Politics

Looking at the interaction between religion and politics in the United States, students explore various understandings of the relationship between church and state, the treatment of minority religious communities and the influence of religion on the formation of American identity, institutions and policies. Students investigate various theoretical approaches and U.S. political development to provide a foundation for evaluating how religion and politics influence each other in the current moment. Topics include political behavior, public opinion, organizationsl activity, and public policies in areas such as gay rights, environmental policy, and immigration.

Prerequisites: PG 101.