Isaac May

Assistant Professor of American Studies, General Faculty
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: American Studies
Office location and address
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
RELG 2660: Spiritual But Not Religious: Spirituality in America
Credits: 3
This course asks: what does "spiritual but not religious" mean, and why has it become such a pervasive idea in modern America? We'll study everything from AA to yoga to Zen meditation, with stops in Christian rock, Beat poetry, Abstract Expressionist painting and more. In the end, we'll come to see spirituality in America as a complex intermingling of the great world religions, modern psychology, and a crassly commercialized culture industry.
AMST 3001: Theories and Methods of American Studies
Credits: 3
This seminar course will introduce majors to various theories and methods for the practice of American Studies. The three goals of the seminars are (1) to make students aware of their own interpretive practices; (2) to equip them with information and conceptual tools they will need for advanced work in American Studies; and (3) to provide them with comparative approaches to the study of various aspects of the United States. Prerequisites: American Studies Major
AMST 4500: Fourth-Year Seminar in American Studies
Credits: 3
This seminar is intended to focus study, research, and discussion on a single period, topic, or issue, such as the Great Awakening, the Civil War, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, or the 1960s. Topics vary.
RELG 4559: New Course in Religious Studies
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Religious Studies.
RELG 5220: The Religious Left in America: Progressive Politics and Progressive Faith
Credits: 3
This course examines the history and theology of the religious left in the United States from the nineteenth century until the present. It charts how liberal religion shaped both electoral politics and activism around issues that include abolition, women's suffrage, the peace movement, civil rights, the labor movement, and immigration. It also explores the impact of theology and religious modernism on the American left.