College of Arts & Sciences
Center for Catholic Studies
Foreign Study Opportunities
 
Through the academic offerings of the Department of Catholic Studies and the co-curricular activities of the Center for Catholic Studies, the program in Catholic Studies at Seton Hall provides a broad liberal arts education exploring the interaction of Catholicism with various disciplines and cultures throughout the world. Students are therefore encouraged to consider international study opportunities both in partnership with other institutions and through programs offered by the Center for Catholic Studies. Catholic Studies regularly offers its own foreign study courses, e.g.: "Foundations of Christian Culture (Oxford)", "Italy in the Footsteps of the Saints", "The Emergence of Christian Rome", "The Roots of Catholic Ireland", "Latin American Catholicism", and "Catholicism in Poland." Students from other universities are welcome to apply for some courses, fostering a wider exchange of relationships and ideas.
 
Students may apply credits from SHU's Catholic Studies courses conducted as part of foreign travel and/or credits from overseas Catholic Studies programs conducted by other universities with prior approval of the Director. Through a special arrangement with the University of  St. Thomas in Minnesota, Catholic Studies students may participate in their semester-long Catholic Studies in Rome study abroad program for credit.


Rome 2014: March 7-15
The Foundations of Christian
Culture: Rome

Discover the roots of Christianity, and the historical, cultural, literary and religious foundations of the Christian Church in Rome during Spring Break.

This 3-credit course/trip, will study historical, cultural, literary and religious foundations of the Christian Church in Rome. After considering the Christian view of history, the course/trip will study the monuments of ancient Rome (the Roman Forum, the Coliseum and the Pantheon), as well as the early Jewish settlements and the signs and symbols of the rst Christians in the city. The catacombs and the “scavi” under St. Peter’s. The stories and monuments of Peter and Paul. The rst “house-churches.” The New Testament and the earliest Christian literature. Persecutions and martyrs. The rst bishops of Rome and the new situation under Constantine. The basilicas, mosaics and emergence of Christian architecture in Rome. Other Roman sites will also be visited, including the Basilica of St. Peter’s and the Vatican Museums. The course in Rome will be led by professors from the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, see www.laycentre.org. Accommodations at Villa Irlanda, on the premises of the Pontical College of Ireland in Rome, see www.villairlandaroma.it.

This course/trip may be taken for CAST or CORE 3 (for those who have taken CORE 1 and 2), or RELS and counts as 3 credits of Honors Seminar for students in the University Honors Program. Prior to leaving for Rome, the group will meet for ve two-hour sessions on the history and culture of classical and Christian Rome. During the trip, daily excursions and lectures will be given by scholars of Christianity in Rome. A daily academic journal will be kept during the trip and a major research paper will be expected from the course.

Trip Costs: $2900 including airfare, room, board and program activities. Some partial scholarship support will be made available from the Center for Catholic Studies for qualifying students. Tuition up to 18 credits included in Spring fees.

  • Twenty students will be accepted for the trip. 
  • Application for the trip consists of one-page statement describing why you wish to take the course/trip and what you hope to learn from it. Include your contact information, academic year, your major and GPA.
  • Apply early, this course fills quickly!
  • Send applications to Danute.nourse@shu.edu by November 20, for early decision.

Rome 2012: May 8 - 17
The Foundations of Christian
Culture: Rome

This 3-credit course/trip, sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies, will study historical, cultural, literary and religious foundations of the Christian Church in Rome. After considering the Christian view of history, the course/trip will study the monuments of ancient Rome (the Roman Forum, the Coliseum and the Pantheon), as well as the early Jewish settlements and the signs and symbols of the first Christians in the city. The catacombs and the “scavi” under St. Peter’s. The stories and monuments of Peter and Paul. The first “house-churches.” The New Testament and the earliest Christian literature. Persecutions and martyrs. The first bishops of Rome and the new situation under Constantine. The basilicas, mosaics and emergence of Christian architecture in Rome. Other Roman sites will also be visited, including the Basilica of St. Peter’s and the Vatican Museums.

This course/trip may be taken for CAST or CORE 3 credits (for those who have taken CORE 1 and 2). Prior to leaving for Rome, the group will meet for three two-hour sessions on the history and culture of classical and Christian Rome. During the trip, daily excursions and lectures will be given by scholars of Christianity in Rome. A daily academic journal will be kept during the trip and a major research paper will be expected from the course.

Preliminary trip costs: $2600 including airfare, room, board and program activities. Scholarship support will be made available from the Center for Catholic Studies for qualifying students. Tuition up to 18 credits included in Spring fees.

England 2011: June 26 - July 9
The Foundations of Christian Culture: England

The Center for Catholic Studies and the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture are sponsoring The Foundations of Christian Culture: England, a three-credit course in Spring 2011 that concludes with summer study abroad. The course requirements include: lectures at Seton Hall in Spring 2011, two weeks summer study abroad at Oxford University, and completion of all assignments. The study abroad consists of daily class time, interspersed with field trips and visits to sites of historic importance, and time for conversation and reading. Throughout the program, there is an opportunity for daily prayer and reflection upon Christian life. The course is cross-listed for credit with Catholic Studies (CAST 3994), English (ENGL 3413SP), History (HIST4282SP) and Signature 3 CORE (CORE 3748).


Spain 2011: August 7 - 21
The Foundations of Christian Culture: Spain and World Youth Day

The Center for Catholic Studies and the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture are sponsoring The Foundations of Christian Culture: Spain, a three-credit course in Spring 2011 that concludes with summer study abroad. The course requirements include: lectures at Seton Hall in Spring 2011, two weeks summer study abroad at University of Navarra, and includes participation in World Youth Day in Madrid. The study abroad consists of daily class time, interspersed with field trips and visits to sites of historic importance, and time for conversation and reading. Throughout the program, there is an opportunity for daily prayer and reflection upon the Christian life. The course is cross-listed for credit with Catholic Studies (CAST 4290), Latino Studies (LALS 4290 SP TP) and Signature 3 CORE (CORE 3748).

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For more information about foreign study opportunities, please contact: danute.nourse@shu.edu or catholicstudies@shu.edu.
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Center for Catholic Studies
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(973) 275-2175
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