Why Study Religion?

The value of a college education increases when graduates have a better understanding of religion’s diversity and influence in regional, national, and global life. The study of religion will help you speak to why religion gives meaning and purpose to billions of people on the planet.

At PLU, students can take classes in environmental ethics, the religions of Asia, feminist theology, Luther, Native American traditions of the Pacific Northwest – to name just a few.  PLU students study religion in Tacoma and Seattle as well as far off destinations such as Hawaii, Rome, or Trinidad-Tobago.

Our graduates make significant contributions to the community as lawyers, school teachers and college professors, lay and ordained religious leaders and leaders in local and global agencies devoted to healthcare and the environment.

Many of our students  are double-majors, bringing their work in other fields into conversation with this rich area of study, and into deeper reflection in their own lives.

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7pm, Chris Knutson Lecture Hall

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is perhaps the most loved and respected Lutheran theologian. Williams walks us through the development of Bonhoeffer’s theology and resistance to the Nazi party in Germany as it was profoundly shaped by black congregations and theology in the United States. He will speak on the topic of his critically acclaimed book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus. Bonhoeffer’s “Christ the Center,” built with understandings of faith and Christ in the Black churches, continues to have relevance and meaning for faith and ethics today.


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Learning Outcomes

Read about the learning outcomes for General Education for Religion majors & minors