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Catholic Studies Program

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Catholic Studies Program website! We prepare students to become servant leaders through our academic programs, foster Seton Hall University's Catholic identity and mission and globally promote Catholic thought and culture through our publications and lecture series and distinguished scholars in residence program.

About Catholic Studies

The Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum for students of any creed who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Catholicism’s rich intellectual tradition and living heritage. Combining the study of history, philosophy, theology, literature, art, sociology, and other disciplines, Catholic Studies focuses on the Church's dialogue with culture and encounter with the world. Students interested in Catholic Studies have the option to pursue a major, minor, or certificate that complements and enhances the university's other degree programs and fields of study. For more than 25 years the academic program and its variegated activities have stayed true to and fulfilled the Catholic mission and vision of the University.

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The History of the Program

Academic Programs

News & Events

  • Inside the Core: Scholars' Forum in CIT Restarts with Dr. Ines Murzaku
    In Inside the Core this week, we are pleased to announce the start of a new semester of our Scholars' Forum in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Our first speaker is Dr. Ines Murzaku, Chair of Catholic Studies, Director of the Catholic Studies Program and Professor of Religion, and one of the people involved in planning and co-sponsoring this wonderful series of faculty presentations.
  • Charisms in the Life and Mission of the Church
    The Catholic Studies Program and the University Core, in cooperation with The Commission on Christian Unity of The Archdiocese of Newark, are proud to host "Charisms in the Life and Mission of the Church: Report of the International Pentecostal-Catholic Dialogue," presented by Dr. Cecil M. Robeck. Free and open to the public, the event will take place Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 3:30 p.m., in the University Center Faculty Lounge. 
  • Fourth Annual Archbishop John J. Myers Lecture Series on Law, Society and Faith
    Catholic Studies is proud to present the fourth Annual Archbishop John J. Myers Lecture Series on Law, Society and Faith entitled "Rising from The Underground, The Ukrainian Catholic Church Reborn" by Rev. Dr. Mark M. Morozowich. The event will be held on Monday, October 16 at 3 p.m. in the Chancellor's Suite.
  • Study Abroad - Spring Break 2017

    The Program of Catholic Studies invited you come and explore Sicily and Rome. March 2 - March 11, 2017.

  • Two-day Symposium in Memory of John Wu

    The Program of Catholic Studies, along with the Asian Studies Program, at Seton Hall University are proud to present a two-day symposium to commemorate the life and work of scholar Dr. John Ching Hsiung Wu.
    Watch the two videos: Video 1 and Video 2

  • 2016 Faculty Summer Seminar

    Join Msgr. Anthony Ziccardi, VP of Mission & Ministry, in the 2016 Faculty Summer Seminar exploring the Apostle Paul.

  • Dr. Francesca Zaccaron on Bernard Lonergan

    Professor Francesca Zaccaron discusses Bernard Lonergan on the education of the whole person "from above downwards."

  • Toward Self-Possession with Mark Morelli

    Join Mark Morelli, Ph.D., in a Skype session discussing his book Self-Possession: Being at Home in Conscious Performance.

  • The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

    Join Dr. Kerry Cronin as she explores the importance of a core curriculum rooted in a broad liberal arts education.

  • The Fifth Annual Servant Leadership Day

    This is a celebration of Seton Hall University's commitment to forming students "as servant leaders in a global society."

  • The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has imparted the Apostolic Blessing to Seton Hall University
    The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has imparted the Apostolic Blessing to Seton Hall University, making it the first and only university in the United States to claim such a rare honor.