Religious Studies | American Catholic History
R338 | 3976 | Weaver

This course surveys the history of Catholicism in America from 16th
Century Catholic settlements in southwest and Mississippi valley to
the contemporary period.  Although some attention will be given to
the history of Catholicism in Europe, the focus will be on the groups
that came to this new world (Spaniards, English, Irish, French,
Germans, Italians, and Eastern Europeans) and their experience here.
Three main issues will be covered:  early settlement and persecution
(16th-19th Century), immigration and assimilation (19th Century),
religious success and internal conflict (20th Century). Books have
not yet been selected, but there will be approximately 70 pages/week
of reading.  Grades will be based on mid-term and final examinations
and one research paper.