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Religious Studies Student Resources

Religious Studies major and minors - this page is for you!  Please check here for helpful resources to apply to scholarships, look up your future classes, or answer any questions you may have about your time here at OU with us.

If you have additional questions about your requirements for the RELS major or the minor, please contact our academic advisor, Jennie Lazar.

If you need to reach out for anything else, you are more than welcome to contact your professors, our chair Deonnie Moodie, and/or Rebecca Hall-Davis, our administrative coordinator.

Student Opportunity; Apply for sponsorship to attend this year's American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.  See description for details.

This year, the department is excited to announce that we will be sponsoring four students to attend the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Denver on Nov. 19-21. It's an amazing opportunity that will broaden your religious studies horizons (and look great on your resume!)

The selected students will receive full funding to attend. Priority will be given to applications from majors and minors, but non-majors and minors will still be considered. Any interested students are encouraged to apply.

Students may apply here: AAR Student Funding Application. The deadline is midnight on September 9.

This exciting opportunity is made possible through our Student Enhancement Fund with generous donations from former Director of Outreach for the Religious Studies Program Rev. Barbara Boyd and Rev. Larry Angus. Thank you to Rev. Boyd and Rev. Angus for creating such an amazing opportunity for our students!

Graduating students walking on the south oval

We strongly encourage our students to start thinking about life after graduation as soon as possible.  Visit our Careers in RELS & Alumni Stories page for inspiration and guidance from our RELS alumni.

Many of our alumni have generously offered to mentor our current students in their chosen fields.  If you would like to reach out to an alumni mentor, please contact our Administrative/Financial Coordinator Rebecca Hall-Davis.

Also, be sure to utilize the resources of the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences Student Success Center.

Students working at archaeological dig in Israel.

Hello Religious Studies students!  Dr. Rangar Cline will be again participating in the Huqoq excavations in Israel in summer 2022, and OU students can participate in the excavation and field school. Please read his announcement below with details on how you can find out more:

I will be working with Prof. Jodi Magness (UNC) and supervising the excavation of part of Huqoq’s late Roman synagogue. The program for students features a four-week archaeological field school, evening lectures on historical and archaeological topics, trips to nearby historical and archaeological sites, and a two-and-a-half-day trip to Caesarea and vicinity with accommodations at the beach. Students earn six upper-division field study credits from the University of North Carolina, which then transfer back to OU.

Funding for students is available through the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies’ Study in Israel Scholarships, OU’s Presidential International Travel Fellowships, and other outside sources.  

The program dates are May 31, 2022, to July 3, 2022. More details and the UNC enrollment portal can be found here. Applications are due by February 10, 2022.

Please have interested students contact me at The program is being undertaken in coordination with Education Abroad at OU, and students making an application should contact Shanna Vincent at OU’s Office of Education Abroad concerning matters related to travel registration, vaccination requirements, and insurance.

More information about Huqoq can be found on the project website here and via multiple news sources here

Students and Rangar Cline, PhD on study abroad in Israel

Religious Studies encourages students to study abroad.  The Education Abroad office, housed in the College of International and Area Studies, sponsors a variety of student abroad opportunities. 

To learn about the exciting education abroad opportunities OU offers, visit the College of International Studies Education Abroad office.

Where can I get more information? 
The Education Abroad office has a number of professional staff advisors to assist you.  For the impact and the value of study abroad in your major and degree, and to coordinate possible course offerings, contact our advisor, Jennie Lazar.

Faculty from contributing departments all across campus contribute courses and governance to the Department of Religious Studies.  Many of the courses in our major are provided by the History Department and the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies.   Visit our friends and colleagues in the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies