Congratulations to Dr. Perkins on being named a 2016 American Anthropological Association Leadership Fellow!

Here's a snippet from the press release:  2016 AAA Leadership Fellows    

Julia Wignall, Courtney Kurlanska and Alisa Perkins have been named the 2016 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Leadership Fellows. The AAA’s Leadership Fellows program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for anthropologists beginning their careers to learn about leadership opportunities and to encourage future leadership in the Association.  

Alisa Perkins received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2012 and currently serves as assistant professor in comparative religion at Western Michigan University (WMU). Perkins’ ongoing research draws on theories of race, gender, cultural citizenship, and urban space to examine how Arab, South Asian, and African American Muslims in the Detroit metro area negotiate expressions of religious identity in public and political realms. As a faculty member at WMU, Perkins has worked to strengthen links between the campus and the surrounding community, an initiative she plans to bring to her role as a future leader at AAA.

The Fellows will be honored in an award ceremony at the 115th AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

Summer study Abroad in Japan

2016 Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar group pic after completing waterfall purification on Mt. Takao.

New Master of Arts in Spirituality, Culture and Health

We have a new online Master of Arts in Spirituality, Culture and Health beginning in the fall of 2016 and offered online! 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 and 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. This is a great read! Secretary of State Kerry starts with, "I often say that if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science."

Scholarships Available

Take advantage of these awesome opportunities! See the criteria for the Study Abroad Scholarship and/or the Bischoff Professionalization Scholarship