Religious Studies is the academic field that explores the social and cultural phenomenon called religion.  Because religion is so powerful, persistent and prominent, Religious Studies offers students a unique window into the deepest currents of human culture.  

Religious Studies at OSU is an inter-disciplinary field that combines history, philosophy, anthropology, ethics, textual analysis, art, literature and film to examine the ways that humans have described and acted in response to that which they have called divine, both in civilizations long past and among peoples and nations around the world in the present moment.   A major in Religious Studies will expose you to some of the most profound and beautiful creations of the human imagination, give you expertise in critical reasoning and close engagement with texts and ideas, give you skills to navigate the cultural complexity of our diverse society, and prepare you to be a participatory citizen of our interconnected global environment.


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Ben Mutschler is featured in a narrative episode on inoculation and vaccination in early America on the podcast, “Ben Franklin’s World”.

May 5, 2021

In support of his book, The Province of Affliction: Illness and the Making of Early New England (Chicago, 2020), Ben has given virtual public talks locally at Grass Roots Books and the Academy for Lifelong Learning and at archives that … Continue reading

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"Climate Change and Native Knowledge" with Margo Robbins

Everyone is invited to attend this live Zoom event with Margo Robbins. In her talk "Climate Change and Native Knowledge," she will discuss the traditional fire practices of Native people…

Black Lives Matter in Academic Spaces: Three Lessons in Critical Literacy

This remote public talk by Dr. Vershawn Ashanti Young talk will describe the ways that teachers and the public in both Canada and the U.S. have misappropriated the linguistic concept…
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