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.
Catholic Studies Program Goals:
- Provide a critical exploration of Catholic culture, imagination, heritage and traditions through coursework in various disciplines.
- Provide a broad liberal education in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition that could be combined with expertise in particular disciplines and professions.
- Provide an integrative and holistic account of human knowing and the human person that enters into creative dialogue and recognizes the integrity of those disciplines.
Catholic Studies Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a major in Catholic Studies will be:
- Knowledgeable of Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the key ideas of the discipline.
- Knowledgeable of resources from the Catholic Intellectual Tradition that will allow them to explore critically and creatively the history and contemporary significance of Catholicism.
- Knowledgeable of major Catholic figures from a variety of historical-cultural settings.
- Able to connect Catholicism to particular disciplines and professions and apply different disciplinary perspectives and methodologies to the study of Catholicism drawing upon the perspectives of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Professions.
- Able to apply Catholicism and Catholic Social Teaching to real-life situations.
- Able to identify and offer solutions to ethical-moral issues applying principles of Catholic Intellectual Tradition.