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Religion has played a prominent role in American public life for over 400 years, and it remains a powerful force in American politics. This course will examine the relationship between religion and politics from philosophical, historical and strategic perspectives. Students will explore current movements, events and issues in the frameworks of the past, present and future. The course begins by building an historical framework within which to assess the present role of religion in politics, by exploring the philosophies that influenced the thinking of the Founders on the question of the proper place of religion in political life. Students will also explore the strategic dimensions of political action, seeking to understand the tactics, rhetoric, and social environments in which religious political actors attempt to influence public policy through voting, lobbying, and grassroots mobilization. Finally, thoughtful consideration is given to the future of religion in American politics.
The ability to think critically and engage in advanced college studies.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in American History.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
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Meets General Education Requirement In: American History-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Sep.
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