Catholic Studies

‌‌Catholic Studies is an inter-disciplinary inquiry into the intellectual tradition, history and culture, both "high" and popular, of the Catholic Christian tradition. While the field of study includes religious questions and theological issues, it primarily follows a "cultural studies" model. In addition to courses on the Catholic Church and issues in Catholic theology, it examines the role of the Catholic tradition in:

  • History
  • Literature and the arts
  • The history of science
  • Cultural and ethical issues related to many fields of professional practice

The purpose of the minor in Catholic Studies is to raise awareness of the distinctive contributions of the Catholic Church to religious, cultural, and intellectual issues throughout the last 2,000 years.

The minor in Catholic Studies will explore the texts, traditions, themes, teachings, and cultural role of the Catholic Church from its inception to its contemporary expression. Particular attention will be paid to its place in contemporary America. This interdisciplinary program will enable students to study the Catholic tradition - its ethos, identity, and mission - as made tangible in:

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Literature
  • Theology
  • The fine arts
  • The social and behavioral sciences
  • The natural sciences