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Catholic Studies Minor

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The courses and co-curricular events associated with the Catholic Studies minor allow students and faculty to

  • Explore the Catholic intellectual tradition, emphasizing the richness of Catholicism's philosophical and theological systems
  • Appreciate the artistic, literary and cultural expressions that comprise the "Catholic imagination"
  • Examine the Catholic tradition's historical evolution in time and space
  • Utilize the social sciences in analyzing internal and external moments of contestation within Catholic social thought
  • Gain greater insight into the vision and values which emerge from Catholic life and practice

The minor is organized around three clusters

  • The Catholic Imagination
  • Catholicism in Time and Space
  • Catholic Social Thought

The required foundational course, "Catholic Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives", introduces students to the ways Catholicism is studied by different academic disciplines. This course is anchored by one of the co-directors and includes participation from faculty on the Advisory committee.

Four electives, which include one course from each of the three clusters, are chosen in consultation with your CS advisor. View sample courses.

The senior research seminar offers a student the opportunity to research, write and present a senior project that thematically integrates what has been learned in the minor. The seminar will be facilitated by a member of the CS Advisory committee and provides for intellectual community among students and faculty.