General policies

See the George Mason University catalog for general policies, as well as the university statement on diversity. You are expected to know and follow George Mason’s policies on academic integrity and the honor code. Please ask me if you have any questions about how these policies apply to this course. Please note the dates for dropping and adding this course from the academic calendar.


If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see me and contact the Office of Disability Services at 703-993-2474 or All academic accommodations must be arranged through that office.


Please plan on doing all the readings, working through all exercises, completing any assignments, and installing necessary software before the start of each class.

I may change due dates or assignments. I will always give you plenty of notice of changes, which will always be intended for your benefit. Students must satisfactorily complete all assignments (including participation assignments) in order to pass this course.


Your attendance is expected at every seminar meeting. If you must be absent, I request that you notify me by e-mail in advance of class meeting.


I am always glad to meet with you in person. You can make an appointment for office hours by . For most communications I prefer e-mail. I will reply to your messages within 24 hours (but never on a Sunday). I will send official course communications to your George Mason e-mail address, which you should check regularly. I will discuss grades only in person.


You will be required to make some of your work publicly available. If you wish, you may do so under a pseudonym to keep your identity private from the public, though I and the other students in the course will have access to your work.

Late work

I am willing to grant extensions for cause, but you must request an extension before the assignment’s due date. For every day or part of a day that an assignment is late without an extension, I may reduce your grade. No work (other than final exams) will be accepted later than the last day that the class meets unless I have agreed otherwise.


This syllabus is copyrighted © 2015 Lincoln Mullen. This syllabus is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. You are free to use or modify this syllabus for any purpose, provided that you attribute it to the author, preferably at the course website.


This syllabus borrows ideas, inspiration, readings, or assignments from syllabi or comments by Sharon Leon (especially for the assignments) and the readers of the Religion in American History blog (especially Judith Weisenfeld, Charlie McCrary, Christopher Jones, and others who suggested readings).