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.


August 29, 2014

Congratulations to Rabia Gregory on being awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor! Prof. Gregory also has a chapter, "Citing the Medieval: Using Religion as World-Building Infrastructure in Fantasy MMORPG," in a new book on religion and video games, Playing with Religion in Digital Games, edited by Heidi A, Campbell and Gregory P. Grieve (Indiana University Press, 2014).

August 29, 2014

Prof. Nate Hofer has a new article titled "The Origins and Development of the Office of 'Chief Sufi' in Egypt, 1173-1325" in The Journal of Sufi Studies 3 (2014): 1-37.

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!

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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.

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