About the Department

Religious Studies focuses on forms of religious life and religious expression, even as it asks what religion is and explores the history of thinking about what is included in the category of religion.

Religious Studies investigates basic issues about human experience, surveying and analyzing how people have understood, shaped, and expressed what it means to be human.

Religious Studies challenges students' abilities to understand and interpret texts and practices from a variety of cultural sources and historical settings.

The Department of Religious Studies is dedicated to the study of religion in its various historical, cultural and social contexts. Created in 1981 as part of the humanities division in MU's College of Arts and Science, the nationally acclaimed program developed without formal ties to particular religious traditions or institutions. As part of a state university, the department created an innovative structure that has received national recognition for its originality and excellence.

Courses in Religious Studies train students in critical thinking, reading, writing; communicating and articulating an argument or point of view; researching and evaluating sources; and planning and undertaking projects. Students learn methods for thinking about and engaging with religious and cultural phenomena. Humanities and liberal arts majors gain excellent skills and training that are transferable to other areas and professions. Our majors have pursued successful careers in such fields as law, journalism, business, social work, politics, education, ministry, medicine, and counseling.

For more information about the Religious Studies Department or Program please contact us:

Department of Religious Studies
University of Missouri             
221 Arts and Science Building
Columbia, MO 65211-7090
phone: 573-882-4769             
fax: 573-882-4495
email: rsinfo@missouri.edu