• 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.

  • Dr. Bob Shedinger and friend at the Grand Canyon.

    Religion at Luther College

    Professor Robert Shedinger with a friend at the Grand Canyon.

  • Luther College students on J-Term studying abroad.

    Religion at Luther College

    Students from the course "Mosque and State: Turkey and Jordan" meet with university students in Amman, Jordan.


In fact, if I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that’s how integrated [religion] is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today.

—John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

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 actually came to Luther to study mathematics. I never thought I would be a religion major, but studying theology and religious injustice allowed me to express my passion for problem solving in a new medium. My professors challenge me to think critically about big questions of the past and present in a community dedicated to finding a solution.

—Emily Holm, '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.  Click on the links below to learn more about how a religion degree can enhance your future career and enable you to make connections with other interests.