Director: M. Maher, S.J.
The Catholic Studies Concentration provides a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the Catholic expression of Christianity and its cultural contributions. The concentration assumes that a knowledge of the heritage of Catholicism’s past is necessary for understanding the present and anticipating the future. The concentration has four goals. First, it gives students an opportunity to identify Catholicism’s heritage in various disciplines across the curriculum. Second, it gives students an opportunity to integrate their understanding of these contributions into an appreciation of the richness of Catholic culture. Third, the program supports the idea that Catholicism is not something limited to a particular department or to a particular segment of a person’s life. Catholicism involves the total person and is thus appropriately addressed throughout the entire curriculum of a Catholic university. Finally, the concentration seeks to encourage faculty to be aware of and reflective on the assumptions and the goals outlined above. The Catholic Studies Committee that oversees the program understands these goals as furthering the mission of the University.
The Catholic Studies concentration offers a twenty-one credit program that will enable students to choose and integrate courses from a coherent and focused perspective. The concentration requires three courses - RELI 220 Catholicism, a course in Catholic Church history, and CATH 499 Catholic Studies Symposium. The RELI 220 course is a ‘gateway’ course that should be taken prior to taking other courses in the concentration; however, it may be taken concurrently with other concentration courses. The CATH 499 symposium is the ‘capstone’ course and is the final course to be taken in the concentration. It is this course that specifically seeks to produce an integrative experience for students in the concentration. Students will also select four elective courses from different disciplines, such as art, communication arts, english, music, philosophy, political science and religious studies. These elective courses and the church history course follow no definite sequence since the intent is that the student be free to explore the diversity of Catholic thought and life. Courses satisfying concentration requirements are indicated by a Catholic Studies attribute. Student course selections are subject to the following requirements: no more than six credits from any one department can count towards meeting concentration requirements; no more than a total of nine credits combined from the Philosophy and Religious Studies Departments, excluding the required RELI 220 Catholicism course, can count towards meeting concentration requirements. These requirements are intended to highlight the diversity of Catholic thought and life. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may be able to meet most of the concentration’s requirements within the College’s core curriculum.
Field of Concentration in Catholic Studies: 21
|RELI 220, Catholicism||3 credits|
|CATH 499 Catholic Studies Symposium||3 credits|
|Course in Catholic Church history||3 credits|
|Electives (with Catholic Studies attribute)||12 credits|