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Information and updates regarding COVID-19Updated: September 18, 2020

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Office Is Now Open!

Due to the Coronovirus (COVID-19), we had been working remotely, but we are back now and eager to begin the semester.


For general information about Missouri State University's response to the virus, please visit the main page:

Questions about our department, upcoming courses, help with registering, or anything else? Please contact:

Jane Terry (, REL administrative assistant

or Dr. Stephen Berkwitz (, REL department head

Undergraduate programs

Graduate program

Why pursue a religious studies degree at Missouri State?

  • You will benefit from the oldest, largest program in a state university in Missouri, learning from one of the largest religious studies faculties in the Midwest.
  • Through the guidance of expert faculty, you’ll have opportunities to study a wide range of fields, including biblical studies, Judaic and Christian history, Asian religions, North American religions and modern religious thought.
  • You will gain exceptional critical thinking skills along with complex understanding of religion’s impact on people’s lives while building a strong foundation for graduate school or seminary.
  • You'll also gain valuable perspective for a diverse range of careers, including counseling, nonprofit work, publishing and law.

To learn more about the advantages of studying religion, download our Why Study Religion? presentation.

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