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Religious Studies

The RELS department office is open with reduced hours for the Fall 2020 semester, from 10-3 daily, but work will continue during regular business hours through telecommuting when the office is closed. Faculty will be delivering course content and will be available for office hours.  Advising will continue via email or tele-conferencing or in person, depending upon student preference.  For available appointments see   Faculty and staff will be available through email.

In order to comply with recent public health statements from our Provost, in consultation with OUHSC and the Centers for Disease Control, faculty and staff will wear masks at all times unless in their offices with their doors closed, and ask that all visitors to the office also wear masks. We appreciate your respect of these rules instituted to keep us all safe and virus-free.

Fall 2020 courses will largely be in class (86%) with larger classes delivered online or via Zoom.  Students with enrollment or advising issues should continue to use for appointments or email  

We may not be in the office full-time but we are here for you to help you navigate this uncertain time.  The University of Oklahoma and the Religious Studies Department are committed to your success, your progress towards your degree, and your well-being!

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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.