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Religious Studies

On Tuesday October 22, 2019, at 4:00 pm, in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Scholars Room, Dr. Sam Perry will present a New Horizons in Religious Studies lecture, on his most recent book, Addicted to Lust:  Pornography in the Lives of Conservative Protestants. 

A reception will follow.

Dr. Perry is Assistant Professor of Sociology and a member of the Religious Studies faculty.  His research explores how cultural, technological, and demographic transitions shape religious life in the United States.  He has a forthcoming book on Christian nationalism entitled Taking America Back for God (Oxford University Press, 2020). 




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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.