College of Arts & Sciences
Curriculum

The program in Catholic Studies aims to reflect upon the relation of Catholicism to all areas of culture and study. It is open to all students of all traditions and is essentially interdisciplinary. While rooted in historical religious studies, it is also theological and seeks to link Catholic self-understanding to all areas of the curriculum and the professions. It is the perfect complement to and a deepening of the new University Core Curriculum. The program's interdisciplinary approach and opportunities for sustained reflection on current issues invite students to enter into a deeper understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition in history.

Students may choose a major, minor or a certificate in the program. Note: students declaring Catholic Studies as a second major at the end of their first year must have sophomore status and a GPA of 2.5.

The Catholic Studies Program has recently revised its major that leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree as of fall 2009. Students who entered the program under the old major have the option of either completing the original requirements in effect when they first declared their major, or fulfilling the new requirements as outlined below.

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Major in Catholic Studies

A. Core Courses (9 Credits)



Credits
CAST 1302 (RELS 1302) Introduction to the Catholic Vision 3
CAST 3193 Integrating Seminar in Catholic Studies 3
CAST 3940 (CORE 3746) The Catholic Classics and Interiority 3

B. Exploratory - Analytical Electives (21 credits, including Signature III courses)

1. History Based Courses:



Credits
CAST 1202 (RELS 1202) Christian Belief and Thought 3
CAST 2223 (RELS 2223) Modern Christian Thought
3
CAST 2224 (RELS 2224)
Eastern Christianity
3
RELS 2221 Early Christian Thought
3
RELS 2222 Medieval Christian Thought
3
CAST 2313 (RELS 2313) Christian Spirituality
3
RELS 2231
Jewish-Christian Relations
3
RELS 2241
Introduction to Ecumenism
3
CORE 3721 (RELS 3201)
Catholicism and Ecumenism
3
CAST 2236 (HIST 2236)
Catholicism, Tradition and Reform Since 1500
3
CAST 3387 (HIST 3387)
Catholic Church in the United States
3
CAST 3264 (HIST 3264)
Modern Ireland
3
CAST 3230 (HIST 3230)
Europe in the Middle Ages
3
CAST 3234 (HIST 3234)
Medieval Italy
3
CAST 3354 (HIST 3235)
Modern Italy
3
CAST 3397
Latin American Catholicism
3
CAST 2291
Roots of Catholic Ireland
3
CAST 3955 (SOCI 3881)
Catholicism and Social Sciences
3
HIST 3240
Renaissance and Reformation
3
CAST 2520 (RELS 2520)
Catholic Social Teaching
3
CAST 3955 (SOCI 3881)
Catholicism and Social Sciences
3


2. Philosophy based courses



Credits
CAST 3749 (CORE 4291)
Philosophy and Theology of Bernard Lonergan
3
CAST 3950 (PHIL 3950)
Faith & Reason Seminar
3
PHIL 2030
Medieval Philosophy
3
CAST 2160 (PHIL 3595) (CORE 3595)
19th & 20th Century Catholic Thinkers
3
PHIL 3010
St. Augustine
3
PHIL 3015
St. Thomas Aquinas
3
PHIL 1107
Self & Community: Philosophy in Theory & Practice I
3
PHIL 1108
Self & Community: Philosophy in Theory & Practice II
3


3. Bible and Theology based courses



Credits
CAST 2153 (RELS 2153)
Letters of Paul
3
RELS 2111
Genesis and Exodus
3
RELS 2151
Matthew, Mark & Luke
3
RELS 2152
The Gospels and Letters of John
3
CAST 2514 (RELS 2514)
Theology of Sexuality
3
RELS 2315
Theology of Marriage
3


4. Art and Literature based courses



Credits
ARTH 2112   Medieval Art
3
ARTH 2113
Italian Art of the Renaissance
3
CAST 2011 (RELS 2011)
Catholicism and Art
3
CAST 3015 (ENGL 3015) (CORE 3372)
Catholicism and Literature
3
CAST 3311 (ENGL 3311)
Chaucer
3
CAST 2292
Literature of Christian Conversion
3
CAST 2410
Bible as Literature
3
CAST 3940 (CORE 3746)
The Catholic Classics and Interiority
3
CAST 3422 (ENGL 3422)
Catholic Literature and Film
3
CAST 3428 (ENGL 3428)
Contemporary Literature and Religion
3
CAST 3320 (CORE 3745)
Chesterton, Lewis and the Sacramental Tradition 3
ENGL 3211
Medieval Literature
3
MUHI 1137
Gregorian Chant
3
CAST 3233 (HIST 3233)
Dante and His World
3

4. Art and Literature based courses


Credits
CAST 3999
Emergence of Christian Rome
3
CAST 3994
Foundation of Christian Culture
3
CAST 3998
Italy in the Footsteps of the Saints
3
CAST 3293
Special Topic: Catholic Faith and the Resurrection of Poland
3

Foreign Study Opportunities

Students may apply up to six credits from overseas Catholic Studies programs conducted by other universities with prior approval of the Catholic Studies department chair.

Minor in Catholic Studies 
A Minor in Catholic Studies consists of five courses:



Credits
CAST 1302 (RELS 1302) Introduction to the Catholic Vision 3
CAST 2000-4000 Four Electives at the Intermediate or Advanced Level 12
 

Total:

15


Certificate in Catholic Studies
A Certificate in Catholic studies consists of four courses:



Credits
CAST 1302 (RELS 1302) Introduction to the Catholic Vision 3
CAST 2000-4000 Three Electives at the Intermediate or Advanced Level 9
 

Total:

12

Enrichment

The academic program in Catholic Studies offered by the Department of Catholic Studies, appeals to students, Catholic or not, who seek to deepen their knowledge of the riches of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Its interdisciplinary nature allows students to encounter the beauty and vitality of Catholicism as it is expressed across the disciplines.

By examining the role Catholicism has played in various cultures, students are challenged to take seriously its influence in every aspect of intellectual, spiritual and social life.

The program is flexible and the curriculum can be customized to fit with every university major. This is due to the program's interdisciplinary nature. Students who major or minor in other disciplines are invited to take courses in the program. Such courses can shed light on the religious and humanistic dimensions of the various disciplines.

Course Descriptions
See cross listed courses for additional course descriptions

CAST 2011 (RELS 2011) Catholicism and Art

This course considers the relationship between the Catholic faith and artistic expression and why art is an inextricable aspect of Catholicism. Particular attention is paid to the various forms and ages of Catholic art, and the rich theological/spiritual messages conveyed through nearly two millennia of painting, sculpture and architecture. 3 credits

CAST 2291 Special Topics: The Roots of Catholic Ireland
This course explores the distinctive experience of Christianity in Ireland from its beginnings in the 4th/5th centuries to the coming of the Reformation. It examines those one thousand years as a vibrant period that was characterized by monastic spirituality, ascetic practices, delight in the wonder of creation, love for life of the mind as well as the spirit and a compelling missionary zeal that eventually re-energized the European Church and Western civilization. This course is part of the Catholic Studies Foreign Study Tour Program. 3 credits

CAST 2292 Special Topics: Literature of Christian Conversion
The experience of conversion is central to Christianity, and throughout the millennia writers have recounted their paths to faith in Christ. The course examines a number of these accounts and authors from the Catholic and broader paths to faith in Christ. The course examines a number of these accounts and authors from the Catholic and broader Christian tradition, including such figures as Saint Augustine, Saint Edith Stein and C.S. Lewis. 3 credits

CAST 3193 Seminar in Catholic Studies
This course represents an integrating experience of the student's participation in the Catholic Studies Program, whereby theological understanding and lived experience of Catholicism become intertwined. Particular attention is paid to how Catholicism's incarnational theology necessarily applies to and acts within the specific setting of the student's life, parish and community.   3 Credits

CAST 2410: Bible as Literature
This course studies literary qualities of the Bible with attention to its poetic and narrative modes.It provides an in depth exploration of the ways in which biblical literary forms, Biblical themes, and Biblical images influence American and European literatures. 3 credits

CAST 3193: Integrating Seminar in Catholic Studies

This course represents an integrating experience of the student’s participation in the Catholic Studies Program, whereby theological understanding and lived experience of Catholicism become intertwined. Particular attention is paid to how Catholicism’s incarnational theology necessarily applies to and acts within the specific setting of the student’s life, parish and community. 3 credits

CAST 3293 Special Topics: Catholic Faith/Resurrection of Poland 1795-1990
Few countries exhibit as strong a connection of its history, culture and identity with the Catholic Faith as does Poland, a factor which proved decisive in its return to freedom. The course examines how the Polish people and Church endured through the periods of partition and Nazi/Soviet tyranny until their resurgence in the epochal pontificate of Pope John Paul II and the collapse of Communism. This course is part of the Catholic Studies Foreign Study Tour Program.  3 Credits

CAST 3320 Chesterton, Lewis and the Sacramental Tradition
This course examines the works of two of the most prominent 20th century British Christian writers. Although both authors are renowned as apologists, the course focuses upon their imaginative writings and how these served as invaluable expressions of their thought and spiritual vision. Works considered include Chesterton's novel The Man Who Was Thursday and Lewis' novel Out of the Silent Planet and Till We Have Faces.  3 Credits

CAST 3749 (CORE 3749): The Philosophy and Theology of Bernard Lonergan
This course will treat the life and work of the Canadian philosopher/theologian Bernard Lonergan from his early days to his later manuscripts on economic theory. It will outline the early influences on his thought – Newman, Plato, Augustine, Aquinas – as well as the influence of the modern sciences and historical scholarship. It will present the broad outlines of his theory of consciousness with an emphasis on self-appropriation. The relevance of his thought to the fields of education, philosophy, history, economics and theology will be highlighted. 3 credits

CAST 3940 (CORE 3746) The Catholic Classics and Interiority
This course flows from the new Seton Hall University Core Curriculum and endeavors to flesh out the meaning of "the Catholic intellectual tradition." Its aim is to analyze the Catholic classics in the light of human interiority, particularly the human passion for meaning, for the good and for God.  3 credits

CAST 3994 Foundations of Christian Culture (Italy, England, Spain, Germany, India, Mexico, El Salvador)
Drawing from a variety of sources - historical, literary, philosophical and theological - this course examines the origins and nature of Christian culture, exploring in particular the value of culture itself as an aspect of revelation and incarnation. This course is part of the Catholic Studies foreign study tour program. 3 credits

CAST 3997 Latin American Catholicism
3 credits
Catholicism is not only an inextricable part of Latin America's history and identity, but the region's experience of the Faith has a profound influence on the universal and future life of the Church. This course examines in particular Catholicism in Mexico, which embraces a rich ensemble of the humble and the heroic, the struggles for human dignity and the miraculous. The course culminates in an intensive immersion experience. This course is part of the Catholic Studies Foreign Study Program.  

CAST 3998 (HONS 4195, RELS 3998) Special Topics: Italy in the Footsteps of the Saints
Italy enjoys a pre-eminence as a spiritual center for the Christian world alongside its importance in the development of Western civilization's art, music, architecture and political thought. The course will examine the interplay between Italy's profound spiritual heritage and cultural achievements, focusing on the contributions of such key figures as the Apostles Peter and Paul, Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, Saint Catherine of Siena, and Saint Ignatius of Loyola. This course is part of the Catholic Studies Foreign Study Tour  Program.  3 credits

CAST 3999 Emergence of Christianity in Rome
The Church in Rome has manifested the greatest durability, adaptability and influence of all the early Christian communities mentioned in the New Testament. The course begins with the Roman Church's Jewish roots, the Apostles Peter and Paul and the age of persecutions and continues through its increasingly central role in shaping Western Christianity from the time of Constantine to the early Middle Ages. Special focus is given to the developing office of the papacy and the self expression of this vibrant community through its art and architecture. This course is part of the Catholic Studies Foreign Study Tour Program.   3 credits

CAST 4290 - 4292; 4390 - 4392 Special Topics in Catholic Studies
Topics to be set by instructor. 3 credits

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