Religious Studies | Studies of Religion in American Culture: Evangelical America
R532 | 28611 | C. Brown


From the Great Awakening to the presidency of George W. Bush, evangelicalism played a
critical role in shaping American cultural and political institutions and practices. Who are
evangelicals? What do they believe, and how do they behave? Should non-evangelicals be
worried about them? This course explores the causes, nature, and implications of evangelical
influence through the lenses of history, literature, and religious and cultural studies.
Assignments and classroom activities incorporate a wide variety of cultural artifacts, including
fiction, poetry, autobiography, music, television, film, ethnography, and food. The course will
develop skills in critical thinking, written and oral communication, and analysis of primary and
secondary documents.