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Secretary of State John Kerry notes the importance of religion and religious studies in diplomatic affairs today.


Oakland University Professor Randal Engle spoke with WWJ Newsradio 950AM about the Pope's visit to the United States in September.  Click here to listen to the interview.


Recap of the World Religions Showcase event held September 29, 2015.  Click here to upload the updated story.


An annual event held each April featuring presentations of scholarly and creative work by Religious Studies students.  Participants receive reviews from panels of faculty discussants and field audience questions.


An annual activity involving interested students from any major to visit multiple houses of worship in the greater metropolitan Detriot area, interact with their leaders and members and share a meal.

Religious Studies

Learn, Change, Grow

Welcome to the Religious Studies programs at Oakland University. The university currently offers a
general concentration in Religious Studies , as well as minors in  Islamic Studies Judaic Studies , and Christianity Studies .  In addition, if you wish to major in Religious Studies, you may petition the college “committee on instruction” with a specialized plan of study.  To explore this option, email the program director, Alan Epstein, at the following address .  

Religious Studies programs offer you the opportunity to examine the world’s religions from an academic standpoint: a poignant, deep and critical examination of their beliefs and histories as well as their cultural, historical and political roles in shaping today’s world. Choosing the independent major, concentration, one of the minors, or even taking several courses, enables you to tailor your electives and some of your general education and writing intensive courses to reflect personal interests. You will gain capacities that help bolster your interpersonal skills, give you a strong ethical framework for life, a stronger and more nuanced sense of self, and a better understanding of our increasingly global and interactive world. 

In addition, combining a minor, concentration, or independent major with other specific degrees can enhance your career marketability. For example, pairing a minor with a degree in International Relations can make you a great candidate for government service or multinational businesses. In short, taking Religious Studies courses or adopting either an independent major, concentration, or minor enables you to
learn, change and grow.

Further engagement with religion may be pursued through the associated Center for Religious Understanding.

**Featured Offering of Religious Studies Course**

Winter 2016 

REL 150 World Religious Traditions (CRN #12579) is scheduled to meet on TR from 1:00 to 2:47 p.m. in 386 Mathematics and Science Center.  This section is offered by Professor Tristin Hassell and will feature numerous guest lecturers.  Invited presenters will speak about various world religions, affording students diverse, expert perspectives on major religious beliefs and practices.