Welcome to the OSU Religious Studies Program

The field of religious studies involves the study of religious beliefs, literature, imagery, and practices around the world. Special attention is given to the historical bases of world religions as well as their effects upon present-day societies, in both the East and West.

Courses are offered in several world religions, biblical studies, religious thought, and religion and culture. Courses are open to all students without regard to personal views or affiliations. No attempt is made to promote (or discredit) a particular view, but rather to be better understand the complexity of each religion.

Emphasis is placed on the objective analysis of religion rather than the practice of a particular form of religion. Many of the undergraduate courses enable students to satisfy (H) humanities, (D) diversity, and (I) international studies requirements, and also provide an excellent background for many types of graduate and professional programs. 

Courses in religious studies are a vital part of a liberal arts education.  Minors may be interested in expanding their understanding of the world, or are seeking a career in the ministry, graduate studies in religion, international relations, religiously-oriented journalism, music or art curatorships, careers in NGOs, the diplomatic corp, and even the oil industry as a middle-east cultural expert.  

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  • We are temporarily telecommuting
    20 Mar 2020

    In accordance with local and national health official guidelines, staff in our office will be temporarily telecommuting on a rotating basis in an effort to practice social distancing. We are not accepting face to face meetings for the time being, but are happy to meet virtually online or over the phone. Our office operations continue as normal, we continue to be responsive to university and...

  • Welcome Dr. Pereira and Dr. Kim! Welcome Dr. Pereira and Dr. Kim!
    13 Aug 2019

    As part of the renewal of the Religious Studies program at OSU, Dr. Pereira and Dr. Kim started with us in the Fall of 2019.  Dr. Pereira hold a Ph.D. from Columbia University and comes to OSU from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Dr. Kim comes to OSU from the University of Texas at Austin.  Their work both focuses on the New Testament and the Early Church.

  • Welcome Adam Soltani and Jessica Doyle! Welcome Adam Soltani and Jessica Doyle!
    14 Aug 2019

    Mr. Soltani joined the Religious Studies Program in the Spring of 2020.  He is the Executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma and holds a Master’s Degree from OU.  Ms. Doyle will be joining the Religious Studies Program in the Fall of 2020.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Religion from the University of Georgia and specializes in the Hebrew Bible....