blue beaded details extend from the handle of a nineteenth-century Native American ladle. the beadwork recalls the flow of river

image: detail beaded decorative detail, 19th-century bead- and fur-decorated Native American ladle, Museum of Missouri history

Announcing the Confluences Project!

The Department of Religious Studies is launching a new public-facing research project celebrating Missouri’s religious diversity.

Paid Undergraduate Research Interns, Religion in Missouri Project:  

Get involved in the Confluences project!


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The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $ 2,500 to the Departments of Religious Studies and Black Studies at the University of Missouri in support of the project, “Confluences: Religious Diversity in Missouri, the first 200 years.” The MHC is the only state wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education

The Confluences project was awarded funding from the UM System to collate, analyze and publish data about how different religions influence access to health care in Missouri.


AAR Statement on Racism and George Floyd Murder


June 4, 2020

Rabia handwritten note

Dear 2020 graduates,

MA Religious Studies: Nichole Ballard

BA Religious Studies: Ernesto Aguirre, Rachel Foster, Alec LaFata, Justin Peters, Aldo Tucillo, Jessica Weiss, Ashlyn West

Here are some messages from the Religous Studies faculty in celebration of your achievements:

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Congratulations to our Religious Studies graduates!

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Due to concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus, several department events have been cancelled in accordance with university policy. This includes the film screening March 18 and the lecture by George Demacopoulos March 31st. Please watch this space for future updates. 

Summer courses

Fall coursesCheck out the new list of summer and fall courses in Religous Studies!