There is not only one type of Catholic Studies major, just as there is not one type of Catholic. Catholic Studies is for students of all creeds who want unite their academic studies and career paths with Catholicism’s rich intellectual, spiritual, moral and cultural traditions and living heritage. Inspired by the Second Vatican Council’s Gaudium et Spes (The Church of the Modern World) and Saint Pope John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae (From the Heart of the Church), the Catholic Studies program is both innovative and interdisciplinary. It is also the perfect complement to every other undergraduate program, including nursing and education.
Big Minds, Big Hearts
Learn how the Department of Catholic Studies educates students in heart, mind and spirit.
"Seton Hall helped me grow not just academically, but also as a whole person. The Religion and Catholic Studies programs opened my eyes to the way God is experienced intellectually and culturally throughout the world. That foundation has continued to guide and shape my graduate work and professional ambitions."Kathryn Elizabeth Sheldon ’08/M.A. ’14
The Catholic Studies curriculum is custom-built for each student’s academic and professional interests. Courses unite many disciplines, including history, modern Catholicism, philosophy, science, theology, social service, art, music and literature. In addition to an interdisciplinary classroom experience, Catholic Studies majors gain real-world experience and begin building a professional network through internships and career development programs.
The Department of Catholic Studies faculty is made up of dedicated professors and researchers who hold the highest academic degrees and are open to the fullness of Truth across disciplines. Those who teach Catholic theology and Catholic theological subjects do so within the full communion of the Catholic Church. All listen carefully, take to heart the dialogue between faith and reason and genuinely believe in the human capacity to advance along the path of Truth. Many of our faculty members are also actively engaged in interdisciplinary research and have won a variety of prestigious awards, including Fulbright and Humboldt research scholarships and grants.
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As one of the country's leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Seton Hall is a place that nurtures compassionate leaders who are prepared to make a difference in the world.
Seton Hall offers all the advantages of a large research university - a national reputation; challenging academic programs; notable alumni; state-of-the-art facilities; renowned faculty; and extensive opportunities for internships, research and scholarship - with all the benefits of a small, supportive and nurturing environment.
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