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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