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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Oregon State University to host Phish academic conference

Apr 18, 2019

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host an academic conference devoted to the improvisational rock band Phish from May 17 to 19. Stephanie Jenkins, an assistant professor of philosophy at Oregon State, is organizing the conference. She has been … Continue reading

Listen to an interview with Dr. Nicole von Germeten about her new book “Profit and Passion: Transactional Sex in Colonial Mexico”

Jun 14, 2018

Nicole Von Germeten, “Profit and Passion: Transactional Sex in Colonial Mexico” (U California Press, 2018)  

Kudos to Dr. Rena Lauer on her recent Medieval Academy Publication Subvention award!

Jun 6, 2018

We are very pleased to announce  that the 2018 Medieval Academy Publication Subvention has been awarded to Rena Lauer (Oregon State University) to support the publication of her forthcoming monograph, Colonial Justice and the Jews of Venetian Crete (Philadelphia: University of … Continue reading

Food of the Faithful – Tibetan studies scholar Geoffrey Barstow explores the limits of Buddhism

Jun 4, 2018

“Available sources almost universally agree that meat is delicious. Perhaps more importantly, meat is often considered necessary for human health.” “Compassion, placing the needs of others before one’s own, lies at the very center of Tibetan religious rhetoric and self-conception.” … Continue reading

Religious studies program sees increase in non-religious students

May 7, 2018

Community members call for increased recognition of different religions from university. Among adults in Oregon, 68 percent of people identify as participants of a major religion, according to Pewforum’s 2016 survey. Being a university that is home to both domestic … Continue reading

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School of History, Philosophy, and Religion Events

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Monday Night Meditation

6:30-8pm online via Zoom during spring and summer 2020. Open to all. No charge. No experience necessary. Just drop in (come a tad early to be on time)! …

Cabildos Speaker Series: Youssef Carter

The Cabildos Speaker Series presents a talk by Prof. Youssef Carter, Assistant Professor & Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill. Carter's talk will explore the multiple ways that…

Cabildos Speaker Series: Austin McCoy

The Cabildos Speaker Series presents Austin McCoy, assistant professor of history at Auburn University. McCoy's talk will explore the broad-based campaign to abolish the Detroit Police Department’s clandestine “Stop the…

Cabildos Speaker Series: Miguel Valerio

The Cabildos Speaker Series presents Miguel Valerio, assistant professor of Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Valerio's talk will historicize black self-affirmation and struggle and propose a more…
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