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Religion has played a monumental role in shaping our world – as well as our institution . Its impact has been, and continues to be, indisputably powerful. And with its rich history and tradition, religion continues to spark important discussion, discovery and debate. Here at Lakeland, the religion program focuses on Christian theology, but Professor Karl Kuhn stresses that all religions – including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism and Taoism – are explored.

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“Our goal is not to indoctrinate students in a particular religious perspective, but to help them have a developed sense of the Christian theological tradition as a whole,” says Kuhn, an ordained United Church of Christ minister who’s been at Lakeland University since 1999 and authored three books. “And we want our students to engage in a broad set of religious perspectives.”

Lakeland University began as a seminary of the church in 1862, a little more than a decade after German emigrants settled in Sheboygan. After Lakeland University expanded educationally, and the seminary moved to Minnesota, Lakeland University continued to embrace religion as a part of its overall identity and heritage.

Just as religion once helped shape what would become Lakeland University, Lakeland University remains committed to helping interested students shape their broad-based knowledge of religion.

Facts about Lakeland’s religion program:

  • To earn a major in religion from Lakeland University, a student must complete just 39 credits in the discipline. That relatively low number of required credits allows students to easily combine the religion major with other majors.
  • Students who major in religion will critically analyze and discuss biblical texts and comprehend the foundation and culture of religions other than Christianity.
  • The Mission House Center is an office on campus that provides opportunity for reflection and education. Twice a year, theological lectures are offered for students.
  • There are no prerequisites or religion-based requirements for entering the religion program.
  • Career placement for students with a religion major includes work in churches, homeless shelters, campus ministries, elderly care centers and church camps.

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