Asians and Pacific Islanders make up an important part of American society. The community is diverse, comprising Chinese, Filipinos, Hawaiians, Indians, Japanese, Koreans, Samoans and more. According to the 2020 Census, 20.6 million people identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander alone (not in combination with another race). This makes up about 6% of the … [Read more...] about Get to know Asia and Asian people better
To better explore religion’s role in mental health and overall well-being, Missouri State University has created a new interdisciplinary Undergraduate Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality. This 15-hour program began this fall. It will help students to gain an awareness of the effects of spiritual reflection and practices on mental health and self-understanding. Dr. … [Read more...] about How do religion and beliefs affect mental health?
While some stress is good for you, too much of it for too long will harm your physical, mental and emotional health. There are several helpful ways to relieve stress, such as yoga and meditation. Dr. Stephen Berkwitz is the department head of religious studies at Missouri State University, with expertise in South Asian religions and culture. He offers some insights about yoga … [Read more...] about Relieve your stress with yoga and meditation
The department of religious studies at Missouri State University turns 50 this year. Created in 1969, the department is the oldest and largest department of its kind in a public university in Missouri. It offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, professor and department head of religious studies at MSU, highlights the department, its achievements … [Read more...] about Promoting the study of religion for 50 years