Online Courses


Are you unable to make it to campus, but want to take some of the most interesting courses offered at Western Michigan University? No problem! Online courses are available and many of them satisfy general education requirements.

REL 1000: Religions of the World (General Education Area II)
REL 2000: Introduction to the Study of Religion
REL 2010: Buddhism (General Education Area IV)
REL 2030: Religion in Japan (General Education Area IV)
REL 2040: Religion in India (General Education Area IV)
REL 3145: New Religious Movements (General Education Area V)
REL 3180: Death, Dying, and Beyond (General Education Area II)
REL 3190: Religion and Health (General Education Area VIII)

Online minor

If you are seeking a useful minor, one that introduces you to religions and cultures from around the world, consider the fully available online minor in comparative religion. The requirements are the same as for the on-campus minor. Contact Dr. Kevin Wanner, undergraduate advisor, and start taking classes today.


WMU's Department of Comparative Religion has created a new online graduate certificate in spirituality, culture and health. Health and human services professionals throughout the United States will benefit from this unique new certificate created to address the needs of people who serve an increasingly diverse population.

The department also offers an online Master of Arts and graduate certificate in Spirituality, Culture and Health.  The curriculum promotes an advanced understanding of the impact of culture, spirituality and religious belief on patient/client and provider relationships in health and human services settings. The programs prepare students for work in the areas of inclusion and diversity; cultural competence education and training; elimination of health disparities; and spiritual care.

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