Religion

Program Information

Professors: Anderson, Haus, Maldonado-Estrada, Petrey (Chair)

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

Religion Chair’s Book Offers ‘Glimmers of Hope’ for LGBTQ Mormons

Tabernacles of Clay An often-forgotten member of the religious right and its views on gender identity are the [...]

Silent Sky Features Women Reaching for the Stars

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2019 Senior Awards Ceremony Honors Students

2019 Senior Awards Ceremony cDUGAL 2019_0521 Congratulations to the following Kalamazoo College students who received awards during the [...]

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at K

Holocaust Survivor Irene Butter Irene Butter — a Holocaust survivor, author and University of Michigan professor emerita — [...]

Get Versed in National Poetry Month

Kayla Park National Poetry Month_2 If your knowledge of poetry is limited, April is the perfect time to expand your horizons and [...]

2018 Senior Awards Ceremony Honors Students

2018 senior awards Congratulations to the following Kalamazoo College students who received awards during the [...]

K Professor Featured in Mormon Gay Marriage Documentary

Taylor Petrey Gay Marriage Documentary A Kalamazoo College professor has a featured role in a documentary, premiering Sunday, about [...]

Armstrong Lecture to Focus on Religion, Racial Identity During Great Migration

Armstrong Lecture Speaker Judith Weisenfeld As African Americans and Afro-Caribbean immigrants poured into northern U.S. cities during the [...]

Senior Awards Ceremony 2017

Students Attend Senior Awards Congratulations to the following Kalamazoo College students, who received awards during the [...]

Thompson Lecture to Screen PBS Documentary

Former Kalamazoo College Visiting Professor Jeremy Sabella Kalamazoo College’s 2017 Thompson Lecture, presented by the Department of Religion, will [...]