American Christianity – CHHI 660

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the beginnings of Christianity in America to the present. Includes the European background, colonial Christianity, the first Great Awakening, the rise of the United States, the separation of church and state, the second Great Awakening, the development of religious diversity, the impact of the Civil War on religion, denominational development, the impact of immigration and industrialization, and the modern period. (Formerly CHHI 692)


CHHI 510 or 525


A study of the Christian movement in America is essential to a proper understanding of this nation. This course is designed to give ministry students an appreciation for their heritage by linking the present with the past, which formed it.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the major people, places, events, and issues in the history of American Christianity.
  2. Explain the historical and doctrinal developments of the major denominations in the United States.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of American Christian leaders and movements.
  4. Distinguish the challenges of Christianity in various sub-cultures of the United States.
  5. Propose strategies for effective ministry in the various sub-cultures of the United States.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student will participate in 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–600 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply should be at least 200 words.

Biographical Research Paper

This paper will consist of 2 parts:


The student will write a 300–700-word proposal in current Turabian format that address the topic of his/her research paper. The proposal must include at least 10 references, not including the course textbooks and the Bible.


The student will write a 4,000–5,000-word research paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a person who had a direct and profound effect on American Christianity. The paper must include at least 10 references, not including the course textbooks and the Bible.

Local Church History Report

The student will write a 1,200–1,500-word report in current Turabian format that details the history of a local church. The report must include at least 2 references in addition to the class textbook and the Bible. The sources must include at least 1 interview and 1 written source.

Exams (7)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes; contain 25 true/false, multiple-choice, and matching questions; and have a 60-minute time limit.