Created by Dr. Jay Dolan, a Notre Dame History Professor, this course will introduce students to the history of American Catholicism from the age of John Carroll to just prior to the Second Vatican Council (1780-1960). It will focus on some of the major immigrant groups that have made up the Catholic mosaic. In addition, a subtext of the course will be the themes of democracy, ethnicity, and religion, and devotional Catholicism. It will be more of a social history of Catholicism rather than an institutional history.
Unit 1: Catholicism in an Age of Democracy: 1780-1820
- A New Beginning
- Bishop John Carroll
- The Search for an American Catholicism
Unit 2: The Immigrant Church--Irish and Germans: 1820-1880
- Immigrant Catholics: A Social Profile
- The Irish in Chicago
- German Catholic Immigrants
- Immigrant Catholic Life in New York
Unit 3: The Immigrant Church--Italians and Polish: 1880-1920
- The Parish in Urban Catholicism and the Rise of Devotionalism
- An Italian Religious Festival
- The Catholic Ethos
Unit 4: Consolidation of the Immigrant Church: 1920-1960
- Mexican Catholics in California
- Interaction of the Institutional Church and the Mexican Catholic Community
Unit 5: A Desire for Reform: 1920-1960
- Religion, Education, and Reform
- American Catholics and the Intellectual Life
- Created by Notre Dame Professor.
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- Lecture text and all required reading available in course.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration of topic, internet links provided for all readings.
- Written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Facilitator moderated chat sessions with students in course.
- All course materials are available in the course.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussion.
- Participate in the class discussion using the Forums area: post at least 2 comments, questions, or responses per unit.
- Write 150-200 words in response to the assignment in each unit.
- Participate in at least 3 scheduled chat sessions throughout the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
5 to 7 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
A certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.