Advanced Special Topics in Sociology


Sociology of Religion 

Dr. Erin Johnston

MW 4:40-5:55pm

While many people think of religion as personal beliefs and practices that are becoming increasingly irrelevant, religion is a social institution that profoundly influences every aspect of society. From school curriculum and Supreme Court decisions to social mobility and personal health, religion is one of the most powerful forces shaping human experiences. This course will take a sociological approach to investigating how religion shows up in public life, how religion shapes individual life trajectories, and how society has shaped religion and religious expression, with a primary focus on the United States. Throughout, we will collaboratively
 try out and critically examine tools for crossing
sociopolitical divides created or influenced by religion

Available: Spring 2024

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Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring