Attached is a syllabus used by Armand Mauss in a recent course taught at Claremont Graduate University. Professor Mauss agreed to posting this only if several clarifications were included: First, the syllabus changed over the course. If he were to teach the course again he would substantially change the syllabus. Second, the course was designed with non-Mormon students in mind. As a result, some of the content would be unnecessary for a class of Mormon students.
Scholars interested in the social science of Mormonism would do well to begin their research on the topic by reading the following books:
- Altman, Irwin and Joseph Ginat. 1996. Polygamous Families in Contemporary Society. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press.
- Cornwall, Marie, Tim B. Heaton, and Lawrence A. Young, Editors. 2001. Contemporary Mormonism: Social Science Perspectives. 2nd ed. Illinois: University of Illinois Press.
- Duke, J.T. 1998. Latter-Day Saint Social Life: Social Research on the LDS Church and Its Members. Bookcraft Pubs.
- Heaton, Tim B., Stephen J. Bahr, and Cardell K. Jacobson. 2005. A Statistical Profile of Mormons: Health, Wealth, and Social Life. New York: Edwin Mellen Press.
- Jacobson, Cardell K., Editor. 2004. All God’s Children: Racial and Ethnic Voices in the LDS Church. Springville, UT: Bonneville Books.
- Mauss, Armand. 2003. All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage. Illinois: University of Illinois Press.
- Mauss, Armand L. 1994. The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle With Assimilation. Illinois: University of Illinois Press.
- O’Dea, Thomas F. 1957. The Mormons. University of Chicago Press.
- Phillips, Rick. 2004. Conservative Christian Identity and Same-Sex Orientation: The Case of Gay Mormons. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
- Shepherd, Gary and Gordon Shepherd. 1984. A Kingdom Transformed. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
- Shepherd, Gary and Gordon Shepherd. 1998. Mormon Passage. Illinois: University of Illinois Press.
- Stark, R., & Neilson, R.L. 2005. The Rise of Mormonism. Columbia University Press.