JESU/EDUC 7159 - History of the Jesuits

This three-credit, graduate-level online course offers an introductory survey to the Society of Jesus and its members.  This course traces the development, expansion, suppression, restoration, and recent developments of the Society of Jesus by closely examining the historical contributions of significant Jesuits.

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Course Summary

For nearly five centuries, the Society of Jesus has been one of the most successful and, at times, most controversial religious orders in the Catholic Church. A History of the Jesuits offers an introductory survey to this rich and varied past with particular attention, following the Jesuits’ suppression in 1773, to various enterprises and enterprisers in the Americas. The course seeks to answer these questions: What have been the characteristics of the Society of Jesus and its associated works? And how and why have those characteristics remained the same or changed? Complementing the other courses in the Certificate program, the course traces the development, expansion, suppression, restoration, and recent developments of the Society of Jesus by closely examining the historical contributions of significant Jesuits.

 

About the Instructor

Casey Beaumeier

Seth Meehan, Ph.D.
Associate Director of the Institute

Seth Meehan, Ph.D., is the associate director at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. He received his bachelor's degree in theology from Georgetown University and his master's and doctorate degrees in history from Boston College. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York TimesCatholic Historical ReviewArchivum Historicum Societatis IesuTheological Studies, and Boston College Magazine, where he is a contributing editor. His scholarship has been recognized with awards from the American Catholic Historical Association, the Catholic Library Association, and other organizations. Currently, he is writing a biography of a nineteenth-century Jesuit, John McElroy, and editing a volume on a second, Salvatore Brandi.


Course Offering

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