WMU Giving Day

“Give Gold” on Oct. 11, 2017! #WMUGivingDay will kick off at midnight that day with a goal to encourage 1,903 Broncos to make a gift to WMU in 24 hours. Since 1903, Broncos have been helping Broncos succeed at Western Michigan University. WMU Giving Day is the opportunity for Broncos to lift one another up to make WMU the institution of choice in Michigan, and to ensure all students who seek to make a difference in the world have the opportunity to do so with an education from WMU.

Get Involved

Here’s how you can get involved in Giving Day and help support students from the College of Arts and Sciences:

Visit givingday.mywmu.com on Oct. 11 and make a gift of any amount. You will be able to designate your gift however you choose, or you can support the following Arts and Sciences initiatives by writing in any of these designations when you make your gift:

  • CAS Retention Scholarships
  • CAS Peer Academic Success Coaching
  • CAS Study Abroad Scholarships
  • CAS Scholarships for Graduate Research
  • CAS Scholarships for Undergraduate Research

There are also several ways to get involved aside from making a gift. Sign up to become a champion for the College of Arts and Sciences team and encourage your network of Broncos to give back.

2018 Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar

The 2018 Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar is on again! See the attached flyer for more info or contact Dr. Covell if you want to go or know someone who might be interested. We take students from other schools who want a unique experience in Japan. If you have friends or family studying elsewhere, bring them with you! This year we split the program into two halves to make more affordable options. The first half is the original two-week three-credit hour course that centers around the home base Zojoji in downtown Tokyo. The second part includes Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Click on the first slide in the slideshow above for more information.

Great to news about one of our graduates

Yumi Takashi-Ede has been awarded the 2017 University Distinguished Service Award here at Western Michigan University and will be honored at the 2017 Fall Convocation on Friday, October 6, at 11 a.m. in the Bernhard Center. Yumi finished her M.A. in comparative religion and took up a position in academic advising in the College of Arts and Sciences where she did wonderful work for our students. From there she moved on to the Office of Study Abroad where she is a study abroad advisor (including for our department's 2018 summer program to Japan). Congratulations, Yumi!

wmuk interview–HOW DO YOU BECOME AN IMAM?

WMUK interviewed comparative religion instructor Hafiz Akbar about what it means to be an Imam and what they can do for the community. Listen to the WMUK interview here.

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.

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.

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 great opportunities for funding.