HDS 2316

Religion and Identity in Modern American History, 1865-2000

K. Healan Gaston


This course will explore how historians of modern America have portrayed the role of religion in the formation and perpetuation of individual and group identities. Throughout the semester, we will ask how various axes of identity (such as race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, age, and ability) relate to the dynamics of believing and belonging as they have been experienced by a range of historical actors. 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. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1580


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Wed 4pm-6pm
Divinity Hall Room 106

Relationship to Program Requirements

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