Centers & Special Programs


The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies was founded in 1994 with an initial endowment from Carl and Dorothy Bennett of Greenwich, Connecticut. Its goal is to enrich the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual life of Fairfield University through lectures, programs, and other special events; enhancement of the university library's Judaic collection; monthly Shabbat services and dinners (co-sponsored with the Campus Ministry), and ongoing support of the College of Arts and Sciences' undergraduate interdisciplinary program in Judaic Studies. Bennett Center events are open to the University and greater Bridgeport/Fairfield communities.

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) supports innovation and scholarship in teaching and learning across Fairfield University. Our vision of education assumes that all of the diverse members of our university community serve as both teachers and learners who engage the world.

Catholic Studies is an inter-disciplinary inquiry into the intellectual tradition, history and culture, both "high" and popular, of the Catholic Christian tradition. The Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University exists to sponsor four related sets of activities. They are: To establish and administer an undergraduate interdisciplinary Minor Program in Catholic Studies; To work to support the academic component of "mission and identity" education and programming on campus; To promote an understanding and appreciation of the Catholic intellectual tradition on campus; and to establish programming for and outreach to the local community, especially but not exclusively the local Catholic community.

The overall objective of the Honors Program is to engage talented students drawn from all the undergraduate schools of the university in a challenging program of study through an integrated series of courses and seminars. The emphasis is on active involvement in the learning process, and the intention is that the Program complements studies in both core and major, without having a negative impact upon students' freedom to pursue minor or elective courses. The Honors Program consists of approximately 50 students from each class, selected partially at the time of admission to the University, partially towards the end of freshman year.

The Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) supports the goals of a Jesuit education by promoting a learner-centered approach to the education of the whole person. Working with students, faculty, and staff, the OAE: Promotes an integrated academic advising program through, in part, the services of the Office of Academic Support and Retention; Coordinates academic support services; and Collaborates with Student Affairs on Living and Learning initiatives

The Writing Center at Fairfield is a place where writers write, writers talk about writing, and tutors respond to your writing. Tutoring is available at the Writing Center Office in the lower level of the DiMenna-Nyselius library.

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