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The Religious Studies Department at the University of Oregon, located in the College of Arts and Sciences, focuses on the academic study of religious traditions from around the world in classes taught by experts in the field of religious studies. The department also includes Arabic language instruction as part of its curriculum.

Here’s what’s happening in the Religious Studies Department

Anne Kreps

Welcome, Anne Kreps

Please join us in welcoming Anne Kreps to the Religious Studies faculty beginning in Fall 2016.

Anne has been teaching for the past three years at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2013), with a specialization in Valentinianism and Gnosticism, and areas of expertise in both Judaism and Christianity of antiquity. She is in the process of turning her dissertation into a monograph entitled The Crucified Book: Sanctifying the Written Word from Valentinus to the Age of Constantine. Anne also is interested in new religious movements.


Sara Golestaneh

Arabic Studies minor wins Gilman Scholarship

Arabic Studies Minor, Sara Golestaneh, wins Gilman Scholarship to study Arabic in Jordan

This Spring, Sara Golestaneh received a Gilman Scholarship to study Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan during the summer of 2016. She is currently a senior at the University of Oregon minoring in Arabic Studies. In the future, she plans to study immigration law and use Arabic to assist families as they emigrate to the United States. You can read about her experience this summer, and tips for others planning to study abroad in Jordan, at



“What Happened to Christianity in Post-Socialist Europe?”

Presented by István Povedák, Research Group for the Study of Religious Culture, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and University of Szeged, Senior Research Fellow

Monday, October 24, 2016


Knight Library Browsing Room

1501 Kincaid St. Eugene, OR


Dr. István Povedák is a Senior Research Fellow of the Research Group for the Study of Religious Culture, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and University of Szeged. His main fields of research are contemporary vernacular religiosity, modern mythologies, and the cult of heroes and celebrities. His books include Pseudo Heroes and Fake