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Religion

Program Information

Professors: Anderson (Chair), Haus, Koenig, Petrey

Religion is a powerful and dynamic force, influencing and shaping the world in which we live in diverse and complex ways.  In the Department of Religion at Kalamazoo College, students learn about what it means to define religion as a field of inquiry.  We offer traditions-based courses in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, other religions of South and East Asia, and religious traditions in the Americas.  We also offer courses on particular questions and methods, including religion and science, sexuality studies, women and feminist studies, material culture, transnationalism, and commodification.  In all of our courses and in our own areas of research, we are committed to investigations of religion and religious experiences from a variety of angles, including questions of theology, history, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, texts, and philosophy.  We examine religion in a comparative context, recognizing that religion reflects and is braided throughout economic, cultural, and political dimensions of human experience.  The study of religion is challenging and invigorating because of the intersections and exchanges that unfold across different disciplines, traditions, and faith commitments.

Religion Department News

Thompson Lecture to Screen PBS Documentary

Kalamazoo College’s 2017 Thompson Lecture, presented by the Department of Religion, will [...]

Former K Professor Wins Prestigious Award

Gary Dorrien, a former professor of religion and chaplain at Kalamazoo College, was named the [...]

Religious “Nones” On The Rise In U.S, Reports Pew Center Researcher and Thompson Lecturer at Kalamazoo College

FROM WMUK RADIO (102.1 FM) http://wmuk.org/topic/westsouthwest Feb 15, 2016: The Pew Research [...]

Amina Wadud, Scholar on Islam and Gender, Delivers Annual Thompson Lecture at K

Author and scholar Amina Wadud, Ph.D., will deliver the annual Thompson Lecture in Religion at [...]

Tuesday April 9 at Kalamazoo College

Baseball v. Holy Cross College (double header) 2 PM, Homer Stryker Field Men’s Tennis v. Hope [...]

Public Art and Artistic Truth Lecturer at K

Kalamazoo College will host two public lectures on “Artistic Truth” and “Public Art” by [...]

Professor Dorrien Delivers Speech on Economics, Ethics, and Democracy

Professor Emeritus of Economics Phil Thomas enjoys his retirement in Northport, Michigan. He [...]