Engaging in Lutheran Studies

For students, faculty, staff, alumni, and interested persons, there are a variety of ways to engage in Lutheran Studies at PLU.

For undergraduate students, a number of university courses support the study of the Lutheran tradition. They include but are not limited to:

History of Western Art II; The Book in Society; German Civilization to 1750; Early Modern European History, 1400-1700; European Reformations; Modern Germany; Christians in Nazi Germany; Music History I; God, Faith, and Reason; Political Thought; The Lutheran Heritage; Christian Theology; Church History Studies.

In addition to courses, students can participate in Faith and Reason dialogues and a variety of Lutheran liturgies sponsored by the Campus Ministry Office whose pastors are Lutheran clergy.

For PLU faculty and staff, the Center for Vocation offers annual seminars on Lutheran higher education while the Lutheran Studies professor coordinates participation in the Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference, the Lutheran Academy of Scholars, and the Thrivent Fellows Program.

For church leaders – lay and ordained – the university hosts the annual PLU Summer Theological Conference during the month of June, as well as four public lectures sponsored by the Department of Religion during the academic year. Department of Religion lectures are open to the university and the general public.