Congratulations are in order!

Congratulations to Ryan Lemasters, graduate student in comparative religion, who just won Outstanding Poster Presentation at the 2019 Research and Creative Activities Poster and Performance Day.

Congratulations to presidental scholar, Sacelia Strong-Sangster! Sacelia will present at the MSU Religious Studies Undergraduate Symposium on April 26, 2019. The title of her presentation is, Mary across the Abrahamic Traditions: Myth, Doctrine, and Feminine Folk Culture.

Congratulations to Emily Reeves and her faculty mentor Dr. Alisa Perkins on receiving the OVPR Undergraduate Award for Research and Creative Scholarship Excellence Award! They will conduct research together in the coming year exploring the rise of queer Muslim digital visibility. The study includes online resources developed by religious leaders, mosques, artists, community activist and political groups. The study will include a review of websites devoted to educating about the role of homosexuality Islam; those geared toward creating more accurate and inclusive representations of queer Muslims; and those centered on providing material, psychological and community support for queer Muslims locally, nationally and globally, for example, via closed Facebook groups or discussion groups hosted by other websites.

Congratulations to Lori Diehl, administrative assistant, for receiving a 2019 Make A Difference Award!

The 2021 Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar

See the attached flyer for info regarding the 2021 Japanese Relgion 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.

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. 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.

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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