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ANT 214 - The Kingdom of the Cults

3 Cr.
Contact Hours Per Week: 3 Lec.

This course offers a close-up view of alternative religions and their adherents in American Culture. In this course, students will discuss and analyze what cults really are and explore the varieties of religious experience encompassed by them. They will learn about the history of alternative religions in America and the affect these have had on American Culture. Topics will include cults as revitalization movements and the common themes that underlie the diverse religious beliefs in these groups. We will explore cult recruitment and persistence-why people are attracted to enter, persist in, or leave cult groups. Students will examine in greater detail a representative sample of alternative religious traditions in the United States. Finally, we will explore the importance of alternative religions as a basis for political and social movements and ongoing social change in America and the world today.
Usually offered Spring semester
General Education: Meets SUNY requirement for Social Science (SS)

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