18 Credits

The Catholic Studies minor requires THEO1401 Engaging Catholicism.

Engaging Catholicism (3 cr., any semester) and 15 additional credits in approved electives.

Students should be advised their Engaging Catholicism course will count for both BC Core credit in theology as well as the “basis course” for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Catholic Studies.

Alternatively, due to the high level of Catholic content, students enrolled in the Philosophy Department’s Perspectives I, Perspectives on Western Culture can use that course to count as the “basis course” for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Catholic Studies (as well as the usual philosophy and theology Core requirements).

College regulations specify that at least 15 credits in an interdisciplinary minor must be unique to that program, i.e., may not be used also to fulfill requirements for a major or core or for another minor.

The electives may include a concluding integrative research exercise (e.g., seminar, senior thesis) dealing either with the inculturation of Catholicism in different regions or with a theme approached from several disciplinary perspectives and across historical periods (e.g., "Catholic practices of asceticism" in art, music, literature, theology).

The minor recommends awareness of three Catholic Studies clusters, or ways of looking at Catholicism: The Catholic Imagination; Catholicism in Time and Space; and Catholic Social Thought.