Offered as a major, minor or certificate, the Catholic Studies program explores the relationship between the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and all areas of culture and learning. From business to medicine, sociology to sports management, Catholic Studies is the perfect complement to any program of study.
But you don't have to take our word for it! Here's how some of our current students and alumni are applying their Catholic Studies education to a wide range of programs and careers. Click on each one's name to read his/her story in full.
Student, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
"Learning tolerance, respect, and how to handle and understand different viewpoints was a large part of what Catholic Studies taught me, and those are skills I use every day at the hospital."
Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, West Virginia University
"The Catholic Studies degree prepared me well in the areas of research, writing, debate and public speaking. I look forward to taking what I learned in the program and using it when I teach classes of my own."
Founder, Theo & Harris
"With my Catholic Studies degree, I have the ability to walk around the table and see the gaping holes our competitors do not and play the thoughtful long game. The analytical training I've endured just to complete my major has made all of the difference in my industry -- one filled with individuals entirely foreign to any methods of thought we Catholic Studies students are all too used to."
Catholic Studies and Sport Management Double Major
"Catholic Studies has direct roots from the Catholic Church and teaches what it means to be a true Christian in our world today. It prepares you for the moments when you will need to stand up for something you believe in or a time when you are challenged by a decision by a boss or a co-worker."
M.S. Physician Assistant Candidate, Seton Hall University
"The Catholic Studies program has allowed me to take classes, such as Catholicism Healthcare and Human Condition, that will help me make moral and ethical decisions as a future healthcare practitioner. This class in particular was transformative in my learning."
M.S. Education Administration Candidate, Creighton University
"The course that resonated with me the most was my Catholic Studies study abroad to Rome. Whether guiding my students on a virtual tour of St. Peter's Basilica or taking them to the Abbey of Grottaferrata or the house of St. Monica, the Catholic Studies study abroad is something I remember any time I teach Ancient Rome – my favorite topic to teach each year."
Diplomacy Major, Minors in Arabic and Catholic Studies
"Religion is a huge component in international relations. Religious leaders like Pope Francis are instrumental in shaping transovereign policies concerning climate change, immigration, and diplomatic relationships. As a young Catholic woman and student of Catholic Studies, I have a unique lens in which I view the international system. It is important for students of international relations and diplomacy to understand the international system through multiple lenses, especially religious ones."