Facilities and Resources
As a student in religious studies, you will have the opportunity to study in one of the newest, most attractive buildings on campus.
Strong Hall, formerly the Public Affairs Classroom Building (PACB), opened in the fall of 1998. This building looks back across the Hammons Fountains toward Carrington Hall and features a modern glass curtain wall and open atrium lobby, 21 classrooms, seven seminar rooms, seven technology labs and 161 offices.
The building was named in recognition of support from the Strong Family – Tom and Wilma and their children: Stephanie Strong Mitchell, John T. Strong and David K. Strong. John T. Strong is an associate professor in the religious studies department.
Strong Hall is located at 900 S. Holland.
Meyer Library Special Collections and Archives
The resources below may be of assistance to you as you pursue a degree in religious studies.
Archives and collections
Missouri State University is home to an assortment of special collections and archives, which allow you access to a variety of regional historical documents, rare books and literature collections. Also, the University is a United Nations depository featuring official records of General Assembly meetings, treaties, the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council. These archives and collections provide you with access to diverse selection of primary source materials for your research endeavors.
Missouri State is also situated in the long and rich history of the Ozark Mountain region. The University is home to a unique collection of Ozarks history including the Ozarkiana collection, the only minor in Ozarks studies and a renowned Ozarks historian, Dr. Brooks Blevins. Through a partnership with the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County, the University now cares for and maintains an extensive archive collection of Springfield-specific historical documents.
The Telling Traditions Project
The Telling Traditions project is an oral history working to uncover, chronicle and transmit the legacy of Jewish women in the Ozarks in collaboration with Temple Israel in Springfield, Mo., and the Ozarks Study Institute (OSI). This project’s goal is to preserve the culture of local Jewish women and to spread awareness of Jewish traditions.
The research for this project is categorized into three main areas: tradition, education and work. These themes help to show the history of Jewish women in the Ozarks by describing the different ways their tradition are passed down.
Within each theme are pictures, articles and audio/video clips that help illustrate the ideas of the different categories.
For more information on this program, go to the Telling Traditions website.
Religious Lives of Ozarks Women Online Archive
This archive began as a student project and continues today as a means of formally capturing the stories of many of the women who have contributed to the rich religious heritage of the Ozarks. The centerpiece of this archive is the digitally recorded and transcribed interviews with women who have experienced and affected religious life in the Ozarks.
Hard copy materials that duplicate much of what is on this site, as well as materials that are not included on this site, are available in the Archive of the Religious Lives of Ozarks Women in the Meyer Library. For more information on this project, see the Religious Lives of Ozarks Women Archives project website.
Audio sample of interview
Cultural and Religious Observances
Missouri State University agrees that one of the characteristics of a University that subscribes to inclusive excellence is an appreciation for dates and events that are important to a wide range of cultures and religions. In keeping with that value, the Division for Diversity and Inclusion lists events on their Cultural and Religious Observances webpage to serve as a resource for all and a tool for anyone planning events at the University.