Department of Religion

The program of the department of Religion is designed to meet the needs of all students for a better understanding of religion as a basic aspect of human experience, of the Christian heritage and its contemporary expressions, and of the methods appropriate to the study of religion.

Because the data of religion are so varied, its study involves the use of perspectives and methods from several fields including the arts and foreign languages, social sciences and literature, history and philosophy. Thus the study of religion offers a unique opportunity for the type of integrated study that is desirable in a liberal arts education.

Name Title Phone Web
Marcia Bunge Professor and Bernhardson Distinguished Chair of Lutheran Studies 507-933-7469 and 507-933-7469
John Cha Associate Professor 507-933-6167
Thia Cooper Associate Professor 507-933-6296 web
Blake Couey Associate Professor 507-933-7475
Casey Elledge Associate Professor 507-933-6295 web
Mary Gaebler Associate Professor 507-933-6290
Deborah Goodwin Associate Professor 507-933-6012
Sarah Ruble Associate Professor 507-933-6163
Fuad Naeem Assistant Professor 507-933-7096
Marian Broida Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7475
Chris Johnson ’85 Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-6012
Nate Van Yperen Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7470
Janine Genelin Administrative Assistant, Old Main 507-933-7548
Bernhard Erling ’43 Professor Emeritus