American Christian Heritage – HIUS 530

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

Course Description

The course will explore American Christianity, emphasize its impact on American political, social, and cultural history, and evaluate the role of Christianity in influencing the American character.




The course charts the development of American Christianity, emphasizes the American evangelical tradition, and shows the impact of Christianity on American history, culture, and politics. The course emphasizes biblical worldview themes and is an important and unique component of the M.A. in History program. The course serves students who are particularly interested in Christian themes of history, and it satisfies a graduation requirement of the program.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify major figures and events in American Christian history.
  2. Evaluate interpretative and historiographical approaches in American religious history.
  3. Demonstrate graduate-level competence in research, writing, and documentary analysis.
  4. Research topics in the area of the American Revolution.
  5. Apply biblical principles to the problems and issues of American religious history.
  6. Develop professional competencies in the historical field.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, presentations, videos, articles, and websites

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)

There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to create a video (vlog) in response to the provided topic and scholarly article for each forum. Each video is to be 3.5 - 5 minutes long. Students post an abstract, a list of three academic sources, and the video link.  In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads in writing. Each reply must be a minimum of 100 words.

Research Topic

The student will write a brief 2-page paper on a subject of proposed research.  The submission will have a title page, a two page narrative and a separate bibliography.  The  paper student must have footnotes to five different academic sources (in Turabian citation format) and a bibliography with five primary or scholarly sources (in Turabian citation format).

Research Prospectus

The research prospectus describes the research paper/project. The assignment is 2 pages in length, requiring the student to describe the proposed project, explain a research methodology, describe key academic sources and how they will be used in project research and include an operating thesis.   The assignment requires a bibliography of a minimum of 7 academic sources.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will submit a bibliography of 10 sources: primary sources, scholarly sources, and web-based sources. Sources must be listed in appropriate Turabian format. Each annotation must be a minimum of 200 words. For each entry, the student will give a description of the value of the source and how it will be used in research.   The Bibliography must open with a paragraph providing an overview of the research, methodology and an anticipated thesis or hypothesis.

Research Project

The student will write a 10-15 page research paper in current Turabian format that focuses on an approved topic in the area of American Christian Heritage. The paper must include  a bibliography of at least 15 scholarly references and primary sources.  The student may submit a research project in another format, such as a PowerPoint with a transcription, a multimedia presentation, or an on-site video. All projects must demonstrate graduate standards of research methodology, historical analysis, and documentary citation.

Professional Project

The project requires the creation a formal academic c.v. and a letter of interest (1 page) for an advertised history opening.

Quizzes: Textbook, Presentation, and Reading (21)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay question, and have a 30-minute time limit.