Comparative Religion

Congratulations to Dr. Covell

Dr. Covell has received a grant in support of a workshop on Japanese Religions from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. The workshop will be hosted by the department in March 2015 and will bring together scholars from Japan, Canada, England, Germany and the U.S.

Take advantage of available student study resources

Let's face it, it can be stressful this time of year. Take advantage of the resources available to you to help you succeed.

WMUK interview with Dr. Brian C. Wilson

Be sure to listen to Dr. Wilson's WMUK interview regarding his recently released book, "Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living."

Group of students and community members

Imam Hafiz Nauman and Dr. Alisa Perkins, center, with students and community members.

Kalamazoo Islamic Center visit 

Several students from REL 2065: Islam in America and REL 1000: Introduction to World Religions, and others from WMU and community along with Dr. Alisa Perkins visited the Kalamazoo Islamic Center on Nov. 6 and enjoyed a great learning experience.

Stop by for free coaching on writing!

The Department of Comparative Religion at WMU invites its students to visit our writing coach, Aaron Sternaman, Mondays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Moore Hall, room 2023 this fall. Coach Sternaman's guidance is free to all REL majors and minors and is open to any student enrolled in one or more of our courses for help in their REL course. He may also be reached by email ( and will be available throughout the school year. This service represents a determined effort by faculty and staff to improve the written communication of our students. Coach Sternaman holds a B.A. from WMU with an emphasis on creative writing and a minor in comparative religion. He will work with students to advance their written authority and style, while teaching them to cite sources and punctuate correctly.