LATS 224
U.S. Latinx Religions Spring 2024
Division II
Cross-listed REL 224 / AMST 224
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In this course, we will engage aspects of Latinx religious experiences, practices, and expressions in the United States of America. Given the plurality of Latinx communities and religious lives in the U.S.A., we can only consider select contexts that help us understand the challenges of studying and defining the “religious” and “hybridity” in Latinx contexts. We will survey certain selected religious traditions and practices–such as popular Catholic devotions to Guadalupe, crypto-Judaism, curanderismo, Latinx Pentecostalism, Latinx Muslims, and Santeria, as well as Latinx approaches to traditional US religious expressions of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. We will do so by focusing on particular moments of religious expression as elucidated in specific historiographies, ethnographies, art, literature, and film.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 3209
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, discussion forum posts, a 3-4 short essay on the nature of Latinx spirituality; a 5-page essay on a religious tradition previously unfamiliar to the student, and an 8-10-page final research paper doing comparative religious study.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: LATS concentrators and AMST and REL majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 224 Division II AMST 224 Division II LATS 224 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
LATS Core Electives

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