It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our recent graduates, Kevin Nester. Kevin completed his M.A. with us in August 2012. Kevin was a wonderful young man and a promising scholar. It is hard to imagine that he is gone. He will be greatly missed. Among his many academic pursuits while at Western, Kevin traveled with fellow students to Japan on the department’s Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar. His wit and insight helped to make that trip a wonderful experience for everyone. In honor of Kevin the faculty will be dedicating to him a study abroad scholarship to support future students who may wish to travel to Japan. Donations made to the department in Kevin’s honor will be used to support the study abroad scholarship. Click here to make a donation in his name.
Kevin’s obituary can be found here.
And the Presidential Scholar Award goes to...
Congratulations to Daniel Tucker who is the well-deserved recipient of the Presidential Scholar Award. In the fall, Daniel will be attending the Yale School of Music to pursue a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. A full tuition award and fellowship are made to all students who are admitted to the Yale School of Music. Best of luck at Yale, Daniel!
The 2019 Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar
Note: The 2018 Japan trip has been changed to summer 2019
The 2019 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.
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.
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