History of the Department
A&S faculty recommend addition of a Department of Religious Studies. The resolution advocates a national search for a chair, and normal procedures for approval of curriculum.
Search Committee for Chair of Department formed.
Jill Raitt hired as Department Chair.
Three more regular faculty added to department in the areas of South Asia, Indigenous Religions, and Biblical Studies.
Fifth faculty position added: religion in America.
UM Board of Curators approves degree program for BA in Religious Studies.
BA program approved by Commissioner of Higher Education under authority of the State of Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE).
First BA in Religious Studies awarded.
First department meeting to plan MA program.
Sixth faculty position added.
MU Graduate Faculty Senate approval of plans for MA program.
MA proposal sent to CBHE by Chancellor and Provost.
Final approval of MA program by CBHE.
Seventh faculty position in department: East Asian religions
First students enroll in MA program in Religious Studies.
First MA in Religious Studies awarded.
Twentieth anniversary celebration in honor of retirement of Jill Raitt. Jill Raitt Fund for Opportunities for Excellence established.
Department moves to new Religious Studies Suite in 221 Arts & Science Building.
Center for Religion, the Professions, and the Public established as a Pew Charitable Trusts Center of Excellence.
Department hosts the Moving Boundaries: American Religion(s) Through the Louisiana Purchase conference.
First Annual Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life
Eighth faculty position added: Islam