Graduate Theological Union

Jerome Baggett

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Sociology of Religion

About this Concentration

Students in this concentration acquire the requisite skills to investigate “lived religion” both over time and amid contemporary contexts. Specifically, they will learn important theoretical frameworks (e.g., interactionism, conflict theory, secularization theory) that enable them to conceptualize the place of religion in everyday life as well as various sociological methods (e.g., participant observation, in-depth interview, survey) that equip them to interrogate religious phenomena, practices, and trends empirically.

Jerome P. Baggett

Jerome P. BaggettJesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Professor of Religion and Society
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2000

STL, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
PhD, Graduate Theological Union
MTS, Weston School of Theology
AB, Boston College

Jerome Baggett Wins 2008 Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award

Jerome BaggettSnake-handling Pentecostals in Appalachia, Muslim feminists in the Middle East, and leaders in the Central American peace movement: These are a few of the many religious groups Jerome Baggett encourages his students to explore and “to see.” Baggett is the 2008 recipient of the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes the values of interreligious sensitivity and commitment, interdisciplinary approach and content in teaching, sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity, and creative classroom pedagogical methods and performance.

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