• 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

  • Alumni Reflections from Carl Westphal

    Learn more about Carl Westphal, and how his experience at Luther College led him to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs.

  • 2016 Franklin Fellows with Secretary of State, John Kerry

    Luther College’s Todd Green receives State Department fellowship

    Green is spending the 2016-17 academic year on sabbatical at the State Department working with the Office of Policy and Global Issues in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

  • Guy Nave, Luther College professor of religion

    Make America Great AGAIN?

    In response to Donald Trump's presidential campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," Professor Guy Nave asks at what point during America's 250-year history of slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, segregation, anti-Civil Rights violence and other sundry forms of racialized violence and discrimination was America "great."

"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