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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

TH 4280 - Religion, Ethnicity and Race

Complex constructions of “racial” and “ethnic” identity have often played a profound role in developing the religious worldviews of institutions and individuals. This course surveys examples of this interaction throughout history and seeks to give students a better understanding of the ways in which theological expression both shapes and has been shaped by race and ethnicity. The course examines how the interaction between religion and ethnicities/races has produced both ideological bridges and barriers between individuals and groups. The course focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on the U.S. American scene, and may explore the topic in relation to American Catholicism, the Euro-Christian encounter with Native Americans, Mormonism, African-American Christianity, the Nation of Islam, Judaism, and religions on the White-supremacist wing of the “Radical Right,” among other subjects.


This course fulfills the Christianity requirement.

Prerequisite: TH 1000 , TH 1020 , TH 1050  or TH 2000 .