Center for Catholic Studies
Mission of the Center
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.
Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the primary sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.
The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture,as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review and Arcadia, a student journal.
History of the Center
The Center for Catholic Studies has existed at Seton Hall University since 1997. From the beginning the Center dedicated itself to faculty development, especially faculty seminars linking the Catholic intellectual tradition with broader faculty concerns. It has also sponsored lectures on Catholic and humanistic concerns and has become the home of the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, with its prestigious, The Chesterton Review, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics and, most recently, the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. In 1998 the Center initiated a minor in Catholic Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences. This minor that has been populated by a number of students, particularly those who have participated in various foreign study course/trips sponsored by the Center – to Italy, Mexico, Poland, and Australia. 2003 saw the initiation of the undergraduate major in Catholic Studies. Students may also take a second major or a minor in Catholic Studies. In 2012, the undergraduate program in Catholic Studies was moved to the Department of Catholic Studies. A number of other students take Catholic Studies courses as electives and participate in Catholic Studies programs. The study abroad programs are generally fully subscribed.
Whereas the major in Catholic Studies provides a broad liberal arts education exploring the interaction of Catholicism with various disciplines and cultures throughout the world, students are encouraged to consider foreign study opportunities. For-credit foreign study course trips are available each academic year, both in partnership with other institutions and through programs offered by the Center for Catholic Studies.
The program in Catholic Studies has been of special interest for a number of faculty because it allows them to link their specialization with broader areas of interest. Not only are Catholic Studies programs emerging in Catholic universities around the country but they are emerging in public universities as well. Seton Hall University is the only university in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area that offers an undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies, offering a major, double major, minor or certificate program, along with a full range of co-curricular activities and community life.