Catholic Studies Minor

Roman Catholic ways of thinking, living, and organizing the world have been fundamental to cultures since the fifth century of the Common Era, and the story of modernity in all its variations cannot be told without Catholicism. The Catholic studies program offers the opportunity to look at civilizations and cultures through the lens of the interdisciplinary study of Catholicism, using the critical tools of contemporary academic research and conversation.

The minor requires at least 6 courses. These include a core course introducing contextual, interdisciplinary approaches to the subject and the interaction between Catholic ideas and institutions and the broader world.

Five elective courses allow students to explore a particular topic more deeply. Appropriate courses from other departments (such as art history, English, history, political science, and sociology) can count toward the minor with the department adviser's approval.

Minor Requirements

Course Title
Catholic Studies (6 units)
At least 1 of the following:
Global Catholicism in the Contemporary World
Catholicism & Making of the Modern World
Catholic Social Ethics
5 additional courses:
Must be chosen with the department adviser from:
Global Catholicism in the Contemporary World
Catholicism & Making of the Modern World
Catholic Social Ethics
Soundings in the Catholic Tradition
Topics in United States Catholicism
Topics in Latin America Catholicism
Or other relevant courses in religious studies and other departments.