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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


Faculty Highlight: Faten Arfaoui, Arabic Language Instructor

Last year the department of Religious Studies welcomed Career NTTF Faten Arfaoui to our Arabic language instructional team.

Faten spent her early childhood in the city of Kairouan in the center of Tunisia.  It has a large historical mosque built by the Aghlabids.  At age 11, her family moved to the capital city, Tunis.  She attended Ibn Charaf University there, with a degree in both English and International Relations.  In 2008, she received a Fulbright to come to the U.S. to study at Texas Tech, where she ultimately completed a Master’s degree and began work on a Ph.D.  Coming to



2015 Graduation

Photos from the 2015 Humanities Consortium Graduation Ceremony (Classics, Humanities, Judaic Studies, Medieval Studies, and Religious Studies)


“The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins”

Lecture by Stephen Patterson, Willamette University.

In this lecture, Stephen J. Patterson will show how the Gospel of Thomas and a lost gospel known simply as “Q” have changed the way scholars imagine Christian origins.

March 10, 2015


Gerlinger Lounge

Sponsored by University of Oregon Gaston Fund in Religious Studies.