Announcing the new international opportunities scholarship

A fantastic new opportunity offered for Comparative Religion majors and graduate students to study abroad with funding! Introducing our new International Opportunities Scholarship offering up to two awards per fiscal year of up to $10,000 each!

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.

New publication

An informative and important article, "Islam Is Not Our Enemy", written by our own Dr. Alisa Perkins as published in Anthropology News.

Congratulations to an alumnus

Nathan Michon, an alumnus of our department and current PhD candidate at Graduate Theological Union, has published "A Thousand Hands: A Guide to Caring for Your Buddhist Community". Congratulations on this accomplishment, Nathan!

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 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: "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! See the criteria for the Study Abroad Scholarship and/or the Bischoff Professionalization Scholarship.