Sociology | Advanced Topics
S660 | 21062 | Wilde

Topic:  Sociology of Religion

What role does religion play in society?  How can we understand
variations in individuals’ religious beliefs?  How do the many
religious institutions in our society differ, and what common
qualities do they share?  These questions will be the central
motivating questions of the semester.  The course will begin with an
introduction to current theories in the sociology of religion.  We
will then apply and critique those theories as we learn more about
the histories, members, practices and beliefs of the six major
religious groups in the US today:  1) Conservative, Fundamentalist
and Evangelical Protestantism, 2) Mainline Protestantism, 3) Roman
Catholicism, 4) Judaism, 5) Islam, 6) Smaller religious sects
or “Cults”.