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

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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!

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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

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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 ones own, lies at the very center of Tibetan religious rhetoric and self-conception. … Continue reading

Religious studies program sees increase in non-religious students

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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 Pewforums 2016 survey. Being a university that is home to both domestic … Continue reading

Check out Dr. Marisa Chappell’s contribution to this new book Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity

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Dec 13, 2017

After World War II, states on both sides of the Atlantic enacted comprehensive social benefits to protect working people and constrain capitalism. A widely shared consensus specifically linked social welfare to democratic citizenship, upholding greater equality as the glue that … Continue reading

School of History, Philosophy, and Religion Events

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Apr
23
2019

Transgender Identities and the Police in Nazi Germany - Lecture by Dr. Laurie Marhoefer at Memorial Union Building (MU)

Before the Nazis came to power, Germany was one of the global centers of trans activism and home to a thriving subculture of people with transgender identities. You could legally…
Apr
24
2019

Voter Suppression - Panel Discussion at Memorial Union Building (MU)

The 2018 midterm elections saw the highest level of voter turnout for a midterm election in the past century. However, efforts to suppress voters in recent years has underscored successful…
Apr
25
2019

Cian Westmoreland 2019 WHISTLEBLOWER TOUR at Westminster House

PROGRESSIVE VOICES presents Cian Westmoreland 2019 WHISTLEBLOWER TOUR. Former U.S. Air Force Drone Technician now working to protect the human rights of border refugees speaks about the responsibility of nations…
Apr
29
2019

Reflections on the Holocaust at LaSells Stewart Center

In 1944, 13-year-old Stephen (“Pista”) Nasser was deported to Auschwitz. Of the 21 members in his family of Hungarian Jews, he was to be the only survivor. Among those who…
Apr
30
2019

Christopher R. Browning, From Persecution to Annihilation: Hitler’s Decision to Proceed with the Final Solution at Milam Hall

Christopher Browning ranks among the most honored and respected of all Holocaust historians. He has authored more than a dozen books on the Holocaust, and several are classics. One of…
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