San José State University
Religious Studies/Humanities 191
Religion in America
Section 2, Summer 2010
Dr. Jennifer Rycenga
650-440-0063 (cell, for emergencies)
by appointment; generally available in the afternoons this
month; happy to meet with you over lunch after class!
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 am - 1:10 pm
Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and
upper division standing. For students who begin continuous
enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion
of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required. Courses taken to
meet "R," "S" and "V" must be taken from three different
departments or distinct academic units.
GE/SJSU Studies Category:
Area "S" - Self, Society and Equality in the United States
From the bountiful religious insights of Native Americans, to the dreams of religious
freedom developed by many newcomers to these shores, this course will examine how
religions in America have blossomed, migrated, transformed, and developed -- both in
conjunction and in struggle with each other.
By studying the religious conflicts and
hopes of the peoples of this continent, we will develop critical methodologies for reading
and evaluating spiritual and historical ideas, movements and writings.
The course will
focus on American religious creativity and diversity, with special interest in the
interactions of different religions under conditions of cultural adaptation, immigration,
oppression, and political-economic circumstances.
The syllabus blends chronological
history with experiential voices and thematic explorations.
Catalog Description: History of social and intellectual influence of religious groups,
stressing their African- Asian-, European-, Latin- and Native-American roots.
contact between groups, immigration, religious diversity and syncretism.
RELS/HUM 191 Religion in America, Summer 2010
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