Department of Comparative Religion
Studying religion is about people and their many perspectives. Western Michigan University's religion program provides an excellent foundation for jobs that require relating to others, reaching out to them, building bridges, or incorporating many perspectives at once.
If you choose to study religion at WMU, you will learn about the various methods used by scholars to describe and explain religion. You will also learn to assess achievements of these methods and develop new methods for increasing your knowledge of religious thought and practice. Through your coursework, you will develop an understanding of the nature and role of religion in human societies, both past and present, non-Western and Western.
Beyond the classroom
As a student in WMU's religion program, you'll be strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities available through WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education—and you won't be alone. Hundreds of WMU students study abroad in 30-plus countries each year. With more than 70 foreign study programs to choose from, the possibilities are endless. You can study abroad for a few weeks, or stay up to an entire academic year. Scholarships are available.
You can also gain valuable experience by joining one of WMU's more than two dozen faith- and spiritual-based registered student organizations.
After you graduate
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in religion are working as:
Among the organizations they work for are
- International businesses
- Nonprofit organizations
- Government or foreign service organizations
- Colleges and universities
Where is this program offered?
Other programs of interest
- Child and Family Development
- Elementary Education
- Family Studies
- Global and International Studies
- Healthcare Services and Sciences
- Interpersonal Communication
- Psychology: Behavioral Science
- Psychology: General Psychology
- Public History
- Secondary Education
- Social Work