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

Former K Professor Wins Prestigious Award

GaryDorrienThumb Gary Dorrien, a former professor of religion and chaplain at Kalamazoo College, was named the recipient of the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book, The New Abolition: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel. Gary is the … Continue reading

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

Jessica Hamar Martinez, Pew Center senior researcher and 2016 Thompson Lecturer at Kalamazoo College. FROM WMUK RADIO (102.1 FM) Feb 15, 2016: The Pew Research Center finds that more people in the United States don’t have any religious affiliation. Pew Center Senior Researcher Jessica Hamar Martinez will discuss those findings at Kalamazoo College. … Continue reading

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

Islamic and gender studies scholar and author Amina Wadud delivers annual Thompson Lecture on March 6 at 7PM in Olmsted Room, at K. Author and scholar Amina Wadud, Ph.D., will deliver the annual Thompson Lecture in Religion at Kalamazoo College, Thursday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall, 1153 Academy Street. The lecture is free and open to the public. … Continue reading

Tuesday April 9 at Kalamazoo College

Baseball v. Holy Cross College (double header) 2 PM, Homer Stryker Field Men’s Tennis v. Hope College 4 PM, Stowe Stadium Territories of the Breast 6 PM, Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Film screening with filmmaker Sonia Baez-Hernandez Visiting Fellow, … Continue reading

Public Art and Artistic Truth Lecturer at K

Author, philosopher and theologian Lambert Zuidervaart Kalamazoo College will host two public lectures on “Artistic Truth” and “Public Art” by Lambert Zuidervaart, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto and a member of the graduate faculties in theology and philosophy at … Continue reading

Professor Dorrien Delivers Speech on Economics, Ethics, and Democracy

Professor Emeritus of Economics Phil Thomas enjoys his retirement in Northport, Michigan. He also keeps Kalamazoo College informed of events that may be of interest to K alumni in northern Michigan. One such event is Northport Trinity Church’s eighth annual Peace Lecture, … Continue reading