muslim superheroes

Our resident expert on religion and comic books, Dr. Kevin Wanner, has a chapter in this fascinating new book, "Muslim Superheroes", on comics and Islam. Check it out!

4 + 1 Program with kalamazoo college

The Department of Comparative Religion is pleased to announce the creation of a 4+1 graduate program with the Department of Religion at Kalamazoo College. Under the program students majoring in religion at Kalamazoo College will be able to transfer up to 12 credit hours of work towards their master's degree in comparative religion. The first students to take advantage of the program will begin their graduate studies at WMU in 2018. For questions, please contact the graduate advisor Dr. Brian Wilson.

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.

department takes home top award at wmu's graduate humanities conference

Congratulations to Joe Schuetz who is finishing his first year in the Spirituality, Culture and Health M.A. program. Joe's paper "Quantifying the Spiritual: Toward a Holistic Approach to Spirituality for Scientific Analysis in Healthcare" was awarded first prize.

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 program as of fall 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.