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Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies is an academic interdisciplinary minor program dedicated to the study of the intellectual, social, cultural and spiritual expressions of Catholicism. Catholic Studies' interdisciplinary nature mirrors the complex diversity that is Catholicism, as it intersects with history and culture. Its intellectual and academic focus also gives it direction as a program geared toward exploring, critiquing and understanding the relationship between faith and culture.

Catholic Studies students pursue such issues as the influence of Catholicism on philosophy and the arts; the relationship between Catholicism and the history of world civilizations; intellectual and ethical issues raised by the interactions of theology, science, and culture; Catholic social thought and practice; and Catholic theology. It also makes available opportunities for service and spirituality, expressions of the university’s commitment to a faith that does justice.