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The Ohio State University Center for the Study of Religion (CSR) capitalizes on the university’s extensive resources and expertise on religions to encourage and support scholarly research on religions. The CSR cultivates disciplined reflection among faculty, students and a wider public on interrelated sets of issues involving the study of religion. 

Study Areas

Specific Religions: Bronze-age Mediterranean to medieval India and Europe to pre-Columbian Latin American and contemporary United States; world religions as well as small-scaled, local, and indigenous traditions

Religions in General: the countless very different ways religion has been conceived and defined

The Comprehensive Study of Religion: Resources for studying religion include not only written texts and spoken languages, but works of art, architecture, music, drama, and myriad social practices and institutions

Affiliated Departments and Centers

African American and African Studies; Design; East Asian Languages and Literatures; English; French and Italian; Germanic Languages and Literatures; Greek and Latin; History; History of Art; Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures; Spanish and Portuguese; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Center for Folklore Studies; Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Melton Center for Jewish Studies

Graduate Student Work Includes

dance studies and the theoretical potential of choreographic processes; religious studies; cultural studies

impact of liturgy and religious ritual on nineteenth-century writers; Romantic and Victorian literature

medieval and Renaissance manuscript culture, especially that of the Burgundian court; Netherlandish devotional painting of the 15th century

interactions between the Ancient Near East and Greece, primarily Archaic and Classical eras; the Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitics

Student Award Funding

The Center for the Study of Religion offers two awards for the undergraduate study of religion, an annual undergraduate research grant and an award for the best undergraduate paper relating to the academic study of religion.

The Savko Family Fund was established by Maureen “Mo” Savko and Carlotta “Cory” McCowen in honor of their mothers, Anna Marie Savko and Cora Lee Banks.

The Robert L. Iles Fund for the Study of Myth provides small grants for graduate students in arts and sciences to travel to conduct or present their research on myth.Robert L. Iles (1934-2007) taught high school English in Perrysburg, Ohio, where he encouraged his students to read, study and enjoy myths. His daughter, Sarah Iles Johnston, and son-in-law, Fritz Graf, are professors in the Department of Greek and Latin, where they both teach graduate and undergraduate courses on ancient myths and religions.

Religious Studies Roundtable

A collaborative effort between graduate students and faculty which provides a forum for interdisciplinary study and informal discussion of religion-related topics. Monthly events provide opportunities to deepen understandings of issues related to religious studies and expand connections to the broader community throughout the university and beyond.

Educational/Outreach Activities

Presentations by and discourse between prominent visiting scholars.

During the autumn and spring terms, various Ohio State faculty members present introductory lectures on topics in their fields.

At least once a semester, an Ohio State faculty member presents and leads a discussion about a current religion-related research project.

The Center supports the religious studies major and minor programs housed in the Department of Comparative Studies.

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