Richard J. Callahan, Jr., Chair

221 Arts & Science Building, Columbia, MO 65211-7090 / 573-882-4769


The Department of Religious Studies offers the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree with a major or minor in Religious Studies, and the graduate Masters of Arts degree in Religious Studies.

Our faculty members have won prestigious awards for their excellence in teaching and advising. They are nationally and internationally recognized scholars in the academic study of religion. We have particular strengths in the following areas:

  • American Religious History
  • Native American Religions
  • Biblical studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Religions of East Asia
  • Religions of South Asia
  • Religions of Indigenous peoples

The Department is particularly interested in the intersections of religion with neuroscience, popular culture, gender, class, and society. Our methods and approaches are multidisciplinary, combining textual, historical, sociological, anthropological, psychological, comparative, and cultural studies perspectives.


July 30, 2014

Follow Mizzou Religious Studies on Twitter! @MizzouRelSt

May 22, 2014

Congratulations to Professor Dennis Kelley on being awarded the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award!

Apr. 2, 2014

We are excited to announce our hiring of a fantastic new faculty member in the area of Indigenous Religions! David Amponsah will be joining us as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2014. He comes to us from Harvard University's Committee on the Study of Religion, where he is finishing up his Ph.D. with a specialization in the History of African religions. Professor Amponsah's work focuses particularly on the currency of indigenous religious thought on political, moral, and social formations in colonial and postcolonial Ghana.

Feb. 3, 2014

Andy McKee (MA 2013) has a post on the influential Religion in American History blog, titled "Painting, Working, and Haunting in the Steel City," discussing his the MA thesis he wrote at MU. More information here.

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Dr. Edward Linenthal, Professor of History, Indiana University, Editor, Journal of American History, will present the Sixth Annual Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life on April 28 at 7:30pm in Fischer Auditorium, Gannett Hall. The title of his talk will be "The Predicament of Aftermath: Oklahoma City and 9/11." This event is free and open to the public. See flyer here.

Dr. Michael J. Zogry, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Director Indigenous Studies Program, University Kansas will present a Paine Lecture titled “Religion & Basketball: Naismith’s Game” on Tuesday, March 4, at 4pm in Arts and Science Room 104. The talk is free and open to the public.

Dr. Kathryn Lofton, Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History and Divinity, Yale University will present a Paine Lecture titled “Do Not Tamper With The Clues: What The Goldman Sachs Group Can Tell Us About Religion” on Thursday, March 13, at 3:30 pm in Physics Room 114. The talk is free and open to the public.

Professor Nate Hofer will be presenting a talk titled "The 'District 9' of Medieval Sufism: Sufi Immigration in 13th Century Alexandria" on Wednesday, February 12, from noon to 1pm in Memorial Union S110. The talk is sponsored by the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative.

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