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Overview

As a religion student at Calvin, you'll seek to better understand God, humanity and the world. Courses in this program emphasize biblical studies, theological studies and world religions. As with all the programs at Calvin, you'll be taught by a uniquely Christian faculty and study religion within the context of a strong liberal arts core curriculum.

Careers in Religion

  • International Relief Worker
  • Administrator
  • Chaplain
  • Lawyer
  • High School Teacher
  • Minister

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Student involvement

Attend peer presentations; complete a 10-week internship as a Jubilee Fellow; compete in the Beets Paper Contest; join in department-wide events like lectures and the Theology Forum.

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By the numbers

45
Semester-long courses offered by the religion department

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Bratt Medical and Missions Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med program; interest in service to the poor and needy; plan to enter a career in missions or mission related work either within the USA or abroad
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. John H. and Gladys A. Bratt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,350
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing parish ministry, missionary service or teaching religion
  • apply through the religion department
John and Marjorie Cooper Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an undergraduate program; dedicated to the cause of Christian missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Willis and Gertrude DeBoer Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,850
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.80+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a pre-seminary program or pursuing religious studies
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Eugene and Joan Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore or junior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education, a pre-ministry program or missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Marybeth Haverkamp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.40+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate an interest in pursuing studies that will lead to the ministry, teaching or business; demonstrate commitment to and evidence of volunteerism or student leadership
  • automatic consideration
Hoeks Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; admitted into the professional education program; preparing to teach Bible, theology or religion studies at a Christian school; preparing to direct the education ministry of a Reformed Christian church
  • apply through the religion department
Spalink Memorial Missions Scholarship
  • award amount: $800
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; interest in a missionary vocation; preference is given to members of the Christian Reformed Church who aspire to a career with that church's missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Gordon and Eleanor Spykman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; religion major or minor; demonstrate an interest in a reformational worldview
  • apply through the religion department
William and Anna Vanden Bosch Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is considered; planning a career in missions or some type of parish or pastoral ministry; preference is given to those who plan to pursue ministry in the Christian Reformed Church; special consideration is given to ethnic minorities; active in ministry in their local congregation or in other Christian ministry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Louis Vos Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is not required; career goal of serving a church or teaching Bible or religion and theology; a major or minor in religion and theology is not required
  • automatic consideration
Charles and Anna Wabeke/Heerspink Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; planning to enter full-time Kingdom service; preference is given to those interested in missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Martin P. and Florence DeGraaff Wiebenga Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,450
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; preference is given to those planning to major in the humanities and/or arts
  • automatic consideration
Dr. and Mrs. William J. Yonker Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a career in Christian ministry or missions; must write a brief statement setting forth their aspirations or career goals for Christian missions and ministry
  • apply through the religion department
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Faculty

David Crump

David Crump
Professor
Department of Religion
HH 308
dcrump@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6319

Christiana deGroot

Christiana deGroot
Professor
Department of Religion
HH 307
cdegroot@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7042

Arie Griffioen

Arie Griffioen
Professor
Department of Religion
HH 306
grifar@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6325

Daniel Harlow

Daniel Harlow
Professor
Department of Religion
HH 373
dharlow@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6538

Won Lee

Won Lee
Professor
Department of Religion
HH 381
wlee@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6323

Matthew Lundberg

Matthew Lundberg
Associate Professor, on leave 2012-13
Department of Religion
HL 385
mdl4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8875

Suzanne McDonald

Suzanne McDonald
Assistant Professor
Department of Religion
HH 379
sm33@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6612

Diane Obenchain

Diane Obenchain
Professor
Department of Religion
HL 377
dbo5@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8669

Richard Plantinga

Richard Plantinga
Professor
Department of Religion
HH 309
plar@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6316

Kenneth Pomykala

Kenneth Pomykala
Professor, department chair
Department of Religion
HL 375
pomk@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6320

Laura Smit

Laura Smit
Associate Professor
Department of Religion
HH 302
lsmit@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8580

Thomas Thompson

Thomas Thompson
Professor, on leave fall 2012
Department of Religion
HL 383
thomto@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6429

Richard Whitekettle

Richard Whitekettle
Professor
Department of Religion
HH 310
rwhiteke@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6517

Talk to us

Kenneth Pomykala Kenneth Pomykala
Department Chair
Department of Religion
HL 375
pomk@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6320

Admissions

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