Dr. Cybelle Shattuck's new publication

Congratulations to Dr. Shattuck on the publication of her new book, Faith, Hope, and Sustainability.

Fall office hours

We are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through a combination of physical and remote office hours and resources.

Our physical office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., in 2004 Moore Hall. Drop-ins for urgent needs, that can be handled quickly, will be accommodated during these times.

For remote contact outside of the above days/times, please contact Lori Diehl, Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon.

If you have an immediate need outside of those hours, you may contact Dr. Steve Covell.

Virtual appointments can be coordinated. Email the individual you need to meet with to set up that appointment. If you are unsure who you need to meet with, contact Lori Diehl for assistance.

Dr. Alisa Perkins most recent publication

Congratulations to Dr. Perkins on the July 7 release of her book, "Muslim American City: Gender and Religion in Metro Detroit." What a fantastic accomplishment plus an interesting and informative read!

research project on the pandemic and religion

Our research project on the pandemic and religion made the local news! The project is just about to move from data gathering to analysis and the creation of pedagogy modules. Stay tuned for more! If you are a teacher and are interested in our pedagogy modules (how to to teach about various aspects of religion and the pandemic), please contact Dr. Steve Covell to let him know. We'd love your feedback.

Great read regarding Dr. Brian Wilson

Read this great article in WMU News regarding Dr. Wilson and his award winning book, "John. E. Fetzer and the Quest for the New Age."

4 + 1 Program with Kalamazoo College and Grand Valley state university

The Department of Comparative Religion is pleased to announce the creation of another 4+1 graduate program! We now partner with the Department of Religion at Grand Valley State University as well as the Department of Religion at Kalamazoo College. Under these programs, students majoring in religion at these schools will be able to transfer up to 12 credit hours of work towards their master's degree in comparative religion at Western Michigan University.

For questions, please contact the graduate advisor Dr. Cynthia Visscher.

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.

The 2021 Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar

See the attached flyer for info regarding the 2021 Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar and/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.

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.