• Students studied abroad in Cambodia during J-term of 2015

    Study Abroad

    Students studied war, peace and reconciliation in Cambodia during J-term of 2015

  • Religion professor and students pose for photo abroad.

    Religion at Luther College

    Luther students visiting the Islamic Center in Malmö, Sweden.

  • Professor Guy Nave leading class lecture.

    Religion at Luther College

    Professor Guy Nave with students in the classroom.

  • Lunch with a Chinese Zen Master.

    Religion at Luther College

    Lunch with a Chinese Zen Master, Guangdong Province, P.R.C., during the J-term trip "Experiencing Mahāyāna Buddhism."

  • Luther College students riding camels during J-Term.

    Religion at Luther College

    Students enjoying a camel ride at the historic site of Petra, in Jordan, during the course "Mosque and State: Turkey and Jordan."

  • Hijab Lesson - Luther College's Islam in Europe J-Term Class in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Religion at Luther College

    Hijab lesson for Luther students at the Islamic Arabic School in Copenhagen, Denmark.


The study of religion is central to the nature and mission of Luther as a college of the church. The Department of Religion serves this mission by equipping students with a level of competency in religion that will prepare you to serve with distinction for the common good.

Our department is committed to the academic study of religion through an examination of the sacred texts, rituals, histories, theologies, philosophies, and contemporary expressions of diverse traditions. In our courses you will learn about specific religious traditions, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, as well as the intersections and interactions of multiple traditions.

I came to Luther with no intention of majoring in religion but after one class, I was hooked. The faculty has not only consistently challenged me to work harder, but also pushed me to challenge myself to expand my personal perceptions and motivations.

Keziah Grindeland ‘16

If you are interested in professional ministry you will certainly benefit from our course offerings. However, a religion major or minor is also beneficial for a diversity of careers and attracts students with a wide variety of interests, many of whom double major in religion and another area of study, such as biology, management, music, or psychology. Use the following links to learn more about how a religion degree can enhance your future career and enable you to make connections with other interests.

"I’ve grown and learned so much about different beliefs around the world as well as my own.  The professors challenge your preconceptions and comfort to make sure that your ideas and beliefs are not only well-founded, but significant and sincere."

-Chris Lovagnini, '16