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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

13
Faculty members in the religion department who hold PhDs in their fields
45
Semester-long courses offered by the religion department

Course Requirements 2013-14

Religion major

(30 semester hours)

  • One course from: (Old Testament)
  • One course from: (New Testament)
  • One course from: (systematic theology)
    • REL-230 The Doctrine of Revelation
    • REL-231 The Doctrine of God
    • REL-232 The Doctrine of Creation
    • REL-233 The Doctrine of Christ and Reconciliation
    • REL-234 The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit and Church
    • REL-235 Eschatology
    • REL-237 Christian Worship
    • REL-251 Christianity and Religious Plurality
  • One course from: (historical theology)
    • REL-241 General Church History
    • REL-242 Christianity in America
    • REL-243 History of Christian Theology I
    • REL-244 History of Christian Theology II
  • One course from: (religious studies)
  • Three 300-level electives (excluding the course used to fulfill the religious studies requirement and REL-396)
  • One additional electives in religion (excluding REL-121 and REL-131)
  • REL-396 Religion Seminar

The religion major is designed for students seeking a strong background in biblical, theological, and religious studies as preparation for various professions, including Christian ministry, and for graduate education. A departmental interim course may be included as an elective course. As part of the departmental writing program, majors must designate one departmental course (excluding REL-121 , REL-131, REL-357 and REL-396) prior to their senior year as writing enriched. This course will include additional writing, a revision component, intensive evaluation, and will prepare the student for REL-396. Students considering seminary or graduate school should consult their advisor about a recommended language cognate. Admittance to the major program requires completion of a core course with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

Religion minor

(18 semester hours)

  • One course from: (biblical studies)
  • One course from: (theological studies)
    • REL-230 The Doctrine of Revelation
    • REL-231 The Doctrine of God
    • REL-232 The Doctrine of Creation
    • REL-233 The Doctrine of Christ and Reconciliation
    • REL-234 The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit and Church
    • REL-235 Eschatology
    • REL-237 Christian Worship
    • REL-241 General Church History
    • REL-242 Christianity in America
    • REL-243 History of Christian Theology I
    • REL-244 History of Christian Theology II
    • REL-251 Christianity and Religious Plurality
  • One course from: (religious studies)
  • One 300-level elective (excluding the course used to fulfill the religious studies requirement)
  • Two additional electives in religion (excluding REL-121 and REL-131)

The religion minor is for students who seek to develop a biblical and theological perspective for work in other disciplines and for Christian service. A departmental interim course may be included as an elective course.

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Bratt Medical and Missions Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need considered; interest in service to the poor and needy
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. John H. and Gladys A. Bratt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need required; 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 3.0+
  • financial need required; dedicated to the cause of Christian missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Willis and Gertrude DeBoer Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.8+
  • financial need required; pre-seminary or pursuing religious studies
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Eugene and Joan Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • sophomore or junior education major, pursuing a pre-ministry program or missions
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Marybeth Haverkamp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • financial need 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
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preparing to teach Bible or religion studies at a Christian school
  • apply through the religion department
Gordon J. Spykman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; have an interest in a reformational worldview
  • apply through the religion department
William and Anna Vanden Bosch Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.70+
  • financial need required; have a record of being active in ministry in their local congregation or other Christian ministry; preference to those who plan to pursue ministry in the CRC
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Martin P. and Florence DeGraaff Wiebenga Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Dr. and Mrs. William J. Yonker Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; pursuing a career in Christian ministry or missions
  • 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

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