• 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 seeks to further this mission by equipping students with a level of competency in religion that will prepare them to serve the common good with distinction.

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. Our courses focus on specific religious traditions, such as Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, as well as on the intersections and interactions of multiple traditions. Through study abroad opportunities, we also offer courses in geographically diverse contexts, from East Asia to Africa to Europe.

Students interested in professional ministry will certainly benefit from our offerings. However, a religion major or minor is beneficial for a diversity of careers and attracts students with a wide variety of interests. 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.