Graduate students published in Hilltop review

Congratulations to three of our graduate students - Joel Sanford, Zachary T. Smith and Rachael M. McGill - for their publications in the Hilltop Review.  Read their articles in the Hilltop Review, Fall 2015 issue here.

speakers added to islam speaker series

“Before the Naked Ape: al-Tawhidi (c. 900 CE) Performs the Animal Self in a Sphere of Political Participation,” a lecture by Dr. Samer Ali, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Michigan on Monday, February 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center, Putney Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Complementary parking for the event available in lot 72-F. For overflow, please use lot 61. See our Events page for more details.

"Pious Practice and Secular Constraints: Islam, Gender, and Europe's Muslim Crisis," a lecture by Dr. Jeanette Jouili, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh. Wednesday, April 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center. This event is free and open to the public. Complementary parking for the event available in lot 72-F. For overflow, please use lot 61.  See our Events page for more details.

Mosque visit - public invited

Thursday, April 7th from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  Join us on a tour of the Kalamazoo Islamic Center to learn about Islam as it is practiced by our neighbors. We will hear the imam speak and participate in a question and answer session. All are welcome. We'll gather in front of WALDO LIBRARY at 4 p.m. to take the short walk over together. Or, you can meet us at the Kalamazoo Islamic Center (parking available, programs starts at 4:15 p.m., 1520 West Michigan Avenue.) For more information, please contact: Dr. Alisa Perkins alisa.perkins@wmich.edu. This event is hosted by: Kalamazoo Islamic Center, WMU Islam Global Forum, and the WMU Comparative Religion Department.

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."

Congratulations!

Yet another award to Dr. Brian Wilson! This time the 2015 State History Award for "Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living," from the Historical Society of Michigan. Great work being done here in the Department of Comparative Religion at WMU!

To our alumni and current students, there are many things you can do with a degree from us, tell us your story so we can share it. E-mail Dr. Covell.

Scholarships Available

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