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The Social Psychology of Cults: Home

Big Questions

Students will use a social psychology perspective to analyze and evaluate a modern era cult. They will also answer these big questions about cults:

  • What are characteristics of cults?
  • How do cults use these traits to gain followers?
  • How are cults different from mainstream religious organizations?
  • What is the social impact of cults on individuals?
  • What is the social impact of cults on society?

Why do People Join Cults?