• 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

  • Rob Shedinger

    Colin Kaepernick's patriotism

    Taking on a nationally divisive topic, Professor Shedinger asks us to re-envision 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem as an act of patriotism.

  • FRS 2016

    Luther College presents Faculty Research Symposium Oct. 8

    Celebrating the wide range of creative and scholarly pursuits among Luther's faculty and staff, Luther College is hosting the fourth annual Faculty Research Symposium, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus.

  • Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion

    A sort of homecoming

    As Homecoming rapidly approaches, Professor Kopf explores what it means "to come home" and why it takes trust and faith to do so.

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