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Mark A. Smith
POL S 555
Seattle Campus

American Politics Topics

Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of American politics. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and research interests of the instructor.

Class description

Description: Religion in American politics and history. Covers the founding era, religion freedom across American history, the culture war in American politics today, political conflict over moral issues, religion in the party system, and the experiences and political orientations of Catholics, evangelical Protestants, and black Protestants. We will read and engage the work of political scientists, historians, and sociologists.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Texts: Waldman, Founding Faith; Sehat, The Myth of American Religious Freedom; McGreevy, Catholicism and American Freedom; Greeley/Hout, The Truth about Conservative Christians; Noll, God and Race in America; Putnam/Campbell, American Grace; Layman, The Great Divide; Luker, Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood; and a collection of articles and book chapters.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: 2 papers.

Grading: Papers: 90 %; Class participation: 10 %.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Mark A. Smith
Date: 11/03/2011