This field of study focuses on the history and lived experience of religion within the United States, while recognizing transnational linkages with religious developments in Canada and Latin America. You will develop a historical and critical understanding of religion in the Americas from the sixteenth century to the present day, including the multiplicity of traditions and diverse modes of religious expression.
You are expected to cultivate methodologies appropriate to your areas of interest, such as historical and literary analysis, ethnography, and cultural studies. In addition, you are encouraged to explore intersections between religion and other facets of American experience, such as colonialism, modernity, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, communications media, illness and health, popular cultures, and politics. Potential areas of concentration are diverse, and may include (but are not limited to) African American Religions, Evangelical and Charismatic Christianity, and Religion and American Culture. As with any subfield of religious studies, you are expected to be familiar with the primary and secondary literature on your chosen subject as well as relevant social-scientific and critical literatures that position your scholarship within the broader study of religion.