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Seton Hall Dept of Catholic Studies VideoGet an inside look at the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University -- the first university in the eastern U.S. to establish such a department. Hear from faculty and students about all the exciting ways the Department can help you develop as a major, double major or minor.


Established in 2012 — the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II — the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America’s oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall’s Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church’s encounter and dialogue with society, or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree — a major that enhances every other major.

Seton Hall is the first university in the eastern United States to create a Department of Catholic Studies. In December 2013, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, imparted the Apostolic Blessing to Seton Hall University on the occasion of the establishment of the Department of Catholic Studies. This makes Seton Hall the first and only university in the United States to claim such a rare honor.

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Students have explored the foundations of Christian culture through onsite courses, lectures and journeys in Italy, England, Spain and Poland, as well as other countries.

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Department of Catholic Studies
(973) 275-2808
Walsh Library Rm. 428

Department Chair

Ines Angeli Murzaku, PhD
(973) 275-5845

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