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Religious Studies

RELS Prof. and Chair Charles Kimball receives Interfaith humanitarian award -

From the newsletters of the College of Arts & Sciences at OU and College of Arts & Sciences at OSU:

"The Board of Directors of The Interfaith Alliance unanimously voted to award Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at OU, with the Harley Venters Humanitarian Award for his unswerving dedication to improving the lives of others and building interfaith understanding and respect through his teaching, outreach and outstanding publications. Kimball was awarded the honor at the 2019 Annual Dinner of the Interfaith Alliance on Oct. 24 in Oklahoma City."

Congratulations, Dr. Kimball!

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By examining human activity through religion, both in the present and the past, students gain not only a deeper understanding of their own experience with religion, but how much religion is shaped by human experience.  The study of religion also expands the ability to think critically and imaginatively.

Please explore this website to learn more about religious studies and the Religious Studies Department at OU.  Our faculty offer courses in four specializations leading to a BA degree, and we offer an inviting, welcoming, and rigorous scholarly community.  Welcome!

What is Religious Studies?

·      Interdisciplinary, flexible, academic exploration of a variety of religious traditions and varying approaches to the study of religion

·      A thriving academic department, a Bachelor of Arts major; courses for the degree come from 30 faculty in 15 different departments and programs on campus

·      Specialties and concentrations are available in Islamic studies, Asian studies, Christian studies, and Biblical literature, but breadth is also encouraged.


Why Religious Studies?

·      Because the curriculum is flexible, you can shape your own degree plan.  Good degree planning will allow you to focus on a specific religious tradition, many traditions, or a more comparative approach.

·      By adding a religious studies double major or minor, you can make your current degree stronger and equip yourself with the skills needed to participate in the global community of the 21st century.

·      The relationship of religion to societal, cultural, and political activity means that the study of religion informs the understanding of all human activity.