TMHC 7154 The History of American Jesuits (Summer: 3 )
This course offers an introductory yet sweeping survey of the Society of Jesus’s 475-year history with particular attention given to various Jesuit enterprises and enterprisers in America to answer the question: What have been the characteristics of successful—and unsuccessful—Jesuit leadership? The course examines the Society’s origins, developments, expansion, suppression, and restoration before considering the contributions of American Jesuits and Jesuit apostolates in such fields as education, theology, public affairs, and social justice. Students will engage primary materials and secondary literature, writing frequent book reviews and completing either a larger historiographical paper or a research paper on topics of their choosing. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the dynamic history and historiography of the Society of Jesus and well as an ability to critically assess that history and historiographical trends.
Instructor(s): Seth Meehan, Ph.D.
Last Updated: 27-Feb-15