Online Courses


Are you unable to make it to campus, but want to take some of the most interesting courses offered at Western Michigan University? No problem! Online courses are available and many of them satisfy general education requirements.

REL 1000: Religions of the World (General Education Area II)
REL 2000: Thinking About Religion
REL 2010: Buddhism (General Education Area IV)
REL 2030: Religion in Japan (General Education Area IV)
REL 2040: Religion in India (General Education Area IV)
REL 2050: Christianity (General Education Area II: Humanities)
REL 2065: Islam in America (General Education Area III: The United States: Cultures and Issues)
REL 3145: New Religious Movements (General Education Area V)
REL 3170: Religion and Gender
REL 3180: Death, Dying, and Beyond (General Education Area II)
REL 3190: Religion and Health (General Education Area VIII)
REL 3320: Religion and Social Ethics (General Education Area II: Humanities)
REL 3360: Zen and Buddhist Meditation (General Education Area II: Humanities)

Online major

The Department of Comparative Religion now offers our outstanding major as a program that can be completed fully online. Students interested in completing the major online will be able to take all of the required courses online. Only REL4500, the capstone course, remains listed as primarily an on-campus course. Students enrolled in the online major can complete 4500 by participating through other (online) means. Please let the instructor know that you are an online major so your virtual participation can be arranged. Contact Dr. Kevin Wanner, undergraduate advisor, with questions.

Online minor

If you are seeking a useful minor, one that introduces you to religions and cultures from around the world, consider the fully available online minor in comparative religion. The requirements are the same as for the on-campus minor. Contact Dr. Kevin Wanner, undergraduate advisor, and start taking classes today.


WMU's Department of Comparative Religion has created a new online graduate certificate in spirituality, culture and health. Health and human services professionals throughout the United States will benefit from this unique new certificate created to address the needs of people who serve an increasingly diverse population.

The department also offers an online Master of Arts and graduate certificate in spirituality, culture and health. The curriculum promotes an advanced understanding of the impact of culture, spirituality and religious belief on patient/client and provider relationships in health and human services settings. The programs prepare students for work in the areas of inclusion and diversity; cultural competence education and training; elimination of health disparities; and spiritual care.

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