A 2014 course by Ron Anderson at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary provides “a historical and theological overview of
church music. Although there will be some semblance to surveys of music
history, it will focus on the various histories and traditions that have primarily
shaped the practice of church music in North America.”
A 2000 course by John Hawley and Courtney Bender at Columbia University aims “through readings and projects already structured into this syllabus and through sustained exposure to projects of students own devising, to learn something of the complex texture of religious life in New York City.”
A 1995 course by Terry Matthews at Wake Forest University seeks to develop ” an appreciation of the rich religious history of the South, as well as an awareness of the intellectual, moral, political, social and economic forces that helped mold the region and give it a distinctive ethos.” Attention is paid to the often-overlooked experience of African Americans, Roman Catholics, and Jews in the South in addition to Protestantism.
A 2010 course by Mark Hulsether at the University of Tennesee, Knoxville, “explores the intersections among religion, culture, and society in North America, especially in recent years” with special attention to “key sociopolitical issues such as empire, race and gender contestation, and consumerism.”
A 2017 course by Lynn Neal at Wake Forest University examines “numerous sources, topics, and dilemmas” from popular culture as it considers “religion IN popular culture, popular culture IN religion, popular culture AS religion, and religion and popular cuture in dialogue.”