• 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

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

    Interfaith Learning

    Explore beliefs, practices, lifestyles, institutions, scriptures, and morality of many world religions.

  • Professor Guy Nave leading class lecture.

    An Interdisciplinary Major

    Students of Religion examine a wide variety of topics, including theology, history, philosophy, gender studies, and more.

  • Lunch with a Chinese Zen Master.

    Experience Mahayana Buddhism

    Students have many opportunities to study religion abroad in courses like "Experiencing Mahayana Buddhism", which is offered during J-term.

  • Religion professor and students pose for photo abroad.

    Religion in Europe

    Luther students visit the Islamic Center in Malmö, Sweden.


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.

News and Events

  • Steve Downs teaser

    'Tribal Justice and the Erosion of Civil Rights: How Scapegoating Muslims Threatens Us All'

    Tribalists who advocate for their tribal interests and try to bully other tribes into becoming subservient are increasingly dominating public discourse. Steve Downs, attorney at law, will reflect on the question of who speaks for the common good and what the role of religion is when religions themselves act like tribes in his lecture titled, "Tribal Justice and the Erosion of Civil Rights: How Scapegoating Muslims Threatens Us All," at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

  • Scott Hurley

    'Corporal Wisdom, Embodied Compassion'

    Whether it occurs on a microscopic cellular level or in widespread social structure, change is a necessity for the survival of all organisms. On the other hand, the stagnation of one being can lead to the downfall of many more. Scott Hurley, Luther College associate professor of religion, will discuss how classical Chinese cosmology links the health of individuals, the state and the cosmos, to the ability of each level to change and adapt at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

  • Free Monastic Experience and Travel in Taiwan

    Students are invited to experience authentic Chinese Buddhist monastic life in Taiwan this summer.

"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