Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Religion in America

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Vibrant and diverse religious communities are an integral part of the fabric of American society and a significant component of its civil society. Founded as a secular country with an interest in promoting religious freedom, the United States has proven to be fertile ground for a variety of new religious movements and active religious communities.


The Religious Studies Department has several faculty whose research and teaching focus on the unique aspects of religion in the Americas, including religions of indigenous peoples, as well as American religious movements, such as evangelical Christianity and Mormonism; American civil religion and the intersection of religion, politics, law, and public policy; and the cultural expressions of religion in literature and film.

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