Religious Studies 50th Anniversary

1969-2019 Department of Religious Studies 50th Anniversary at Missouri State University

The Department of Religious Studies celebrates its 50th Anniversary, 1969-2019, at Missouri State University!

Several events are planned to celebrate our anniversary, honor our founders, and thank our students, faculty, and staff, past and present, for their contributions and support.

Thank you to everyone who attended our first event!

The Religious Studies 50th Anniversary Reception was held on Friday, November 1, 2019. We enjoyed visiting with friends, alumni, colleagues, and students, and look forward to future celebrations of our department's anniversary.


Dr. Stephen Berkwitz discusses 50th Anniversary

In an interview with Emily Yeap (University Communications), Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, Department Head of Religious Studies, highlights the department's history, achievement, and future for Missouri State News.

Listen to the interview


The Tablet 1995, 2001

The 1995 issue of The Tablet, the Department of Religious Studies' old newsletter, outlines the department's history at the 25-year mark.

Download the 25th anniversary 1995 issue of The Tablet

In 2001, our founder Dr. Gerrit ten Zythoff passed away. His life and contributions to MSU (then, SMSU) and to society at large are described in a special memorial issue of The Tablet.

Download the special memorial issue of The Tablet