• Students and faculty participate in the Michigan Academy of Science Arts & Letters Conference on March 10, 2017

    Comparative Religion students and faculty participate in the Michigan Academy of Science Arts & Letters Conference on March 10, 2017.

    From left to right: Dr. Diane Riggs, Natalie St. Clair, Amber Lynn Coniglio, Jair Stout, Rachael Pulice, Charlie Ann Bouverette, Dr. Alisa Perkins.  Not pictured: Mariam Mustafa and Zachary Smith.

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    Comparative Religion Graduate Programs

    Apply before February 15 for priority funding consideration. Photography credit: duardorivasphotography.com

  • Islamophobia rally downtown Kalamazoo, MI, on Feb. 5

    Rally against Islamophobia

    Comparative religion major Daniel Tucker, graduate student and Imam of the Kalamazoo Islamic Center Hafiz Akbar, and Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh joined President Dunn and the Kalamazoo community to fight for Muslim, immigrant and refugee rights

  • REL 3180 focuses on death, dying, and the afterlife in the religious traditions of the world.

    REL 3180- Death, Dying and Beyond

    This course focuses on death, dying, and the afterlife in the religious traditions of the world and is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Islam speaker series

We regret to inform you that Dr. Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar's talk that was scheduled for this coming Thursday, April 27th has been cancelled.  Thank you for your interest in the Comparative Religion Department's Islam in Global Perspective Speaker Series, and we hope to see you next year.

All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award

The most significant honor that WMU bestows upon its graduate students is the All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards and the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards.  Congratulations to our very own Jair Stout on the distinguished accomplishment of being awarded the All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award!

Great Article on one of our graduates

Macomb Legal News features, "Second chance: With a new lease on life, student strives to help others", an inspiring article about an alumnus of our department.

Study religion at wmu

Do you want to know more about religion, the role and significance of religion in societies and the ways in which academics think about and analyze religion? Areas of study in Western Michigan University's Department of Comparative Religion provide knowledge and skills relevant to many careers and professions.

Graduate Student Handbook

Be in the know! See the graduate handbook for information regarding the graduate program.

New Master of Arts in Spirituality, Culture and Health

We have a new online Master of Arts in Spirituality, Culture and Health beginning in fall of 2016. This unique program addresses cultural competence and humility, world cultures and religions, theory and method in religious studies, and the study of religion and health. Health and human service professionals can advance their career and address health disparities with cross-cultural communication, spiritual assessment and care skills at interpersonal, organizational and structural levels. Students with a broader interest in religious studies and religion and health can prepare themselves for a variety of careers and further education.

There are few things more important to study today than religion

Don't take our word for it, just listen to the US Secretary of State John Kerry: "I often say that if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science." This is a great read.

Scholarships Available

Take advantage of these awesome opportunities for funding. See the criteria for the Study Abroad Scholarship, Bischoff Graduate Professionalization Award, and/or our new International Opportunities Scholarship, a fantastic new opportunity offered for comparative religion majors and graduate students to study abroad with funding. Two awards will be offered per fiscal year of up to $10,000 each.