CATHOLIC STUDIES (CATH)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Catholic Studies
Sitzmann Hall,(55S) (651) 962-5703
Kennedy (chair), Boyle (Director of Graduate Program), Foote, Junker, Keating, Kidd, Naughton

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/catholicstudies/

The Department of Catholic Studies allows students to encounter the broad and diverse expressions of Catholic culture. While grounded in Catholic philosophy and theology, the curriculum engages students with the imaginative and sacramental expressions of Catholic life in literature, the arts, social systems and personal experience. The interdisciplinary dimension gives students insight into Catholicism’s dynamic interaction with and interpenetration of cultures, traditions, and intellectual life throughout history. By examining the role it has played in various cultures, students are challenged to take seriously Catholicism’s transforming power in every aspect of intellectual, spiritual, and social life.

Faculty are united by a profound respect for Catholicism, and are committed to a high degree of interaction among themselves as well as with students. Students thus enter into a community at once faithful and intellectual.

The curriculum can appeal to students of any faith tradition who seek to deepen their knowledge of Catholicism’s rich and living heritage. Its interpersonal approach and opportunities for sustained reflection on important issues invite students to a more profound and mature experience of faith.

Students graduating with a major in Catholic studies will have a knowledge of the living Catholic tradition, and will be conversant with resources from the Catholic intellectual tradition that will permit them to explore critically the history and contemporary significance of Catholicism. They will be familiar with major Catholic figures from a variety of cultural and historical settings, and will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the complex and broad history of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The major consists of 36 credits: 16 credits in required core courses, 16 credits in required distribution area electives, and additional 4 credits for single-majors. At least 7 courses (28 credits), must have a CATH designation. The minor consists of 20 credits: 8 credits in required core courses, 12 credits in required distribution area electives. At least 16 credits (4 courses), must have a CATH designation.

Students who participate in the Rome single-semester program may use up to three courses towards their major or minor course of studies. Students who participate in the full-year Rome program may use up to four courses towards their major. 

Major in Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies - Major Field Guide

Sixteen credits in core requirements:

  • CATH 101 The Search for Happiness (4 credits)
  • CATH 201 Paths and Practices of Catholic Spirituality (4 credits)
  • CATH 301 The Catholic Vision (4 credits)
  • CATH 401 The Church and Culture: Social Dimensions of Catholicism (4 credits)

 Plus:

  • Eight credits chosen from the following category:
  • Philosophical/Aesthetic based course

Plus:

  • Eight credits chosen from the following category:
  • Historical/Theological/Social based course 

Plus:

  • Four additional credits chosen from any of the above areas

Minor in Catholic Studies

  • Eights credits chosen from the core requirements above

Plus:

  • Four credits in approved electives chosen from the following category:
  • Philosophical/Aesthetic based course

Plus:

  • Four credits in approved electives chosen from the following category:
  • Historical/Theological/Social based courses

Plus:

  • Four additional credits from any of the categories above
  • Approved electives include (but may not be limited to) the following courses. Please consult the office of the department chair for an up-to-date list of approved courses.

Philosophically/Literary/Aesthetics Based courses:

  • CATH 222 The Catholic Literary Tradition (4 credits)
  • CATH 234 Love, Sex and Friendship (4 credits)
  • CATH 240 Faith and Doubt (4 credits)
  • CATH 250 Christian Mysteries from a Philosophical Viewpoint (4 credits)
  • CATH 308 Woman and Man (4 credits)
  • CATH 334 Literature from a Christian Perspective (4 credits)
  • CATH 357 Sacred Music of the Catholic Heritage (4 credits)
  • CATH 392 Dante’s Divine Comedy (4 credits)
  • CATH 297/397 Topics in Catholic Studies (4 credits each)
  • CATH 298/398 Topics in Catholic Studies (4 credits each)
  • PHIL 460 Philosophy of God (4 credits)
  • ARTH 280 Sacred Architecture and Space (4 credits)
  • ARTH 323 Colonial Latin America (4 credits)
  • ARTH 330 Churches and Mosques in the First Millennium (4 credits)
  • ARTH 335 Cathedrals, Monasteries, and Caliphates (4 credits)
  • ARTH 340 Southern Renaissance Art and Society (4 credits)
  • ARTH 345 Baroque and Rococo Art (4 credits) 

Historically/Theologically/Social Based courses

  • CATH 306 Christian Faith and Management Professions (4 credits)
  • CATH 321 Modernity and the Catholic Church: French Revolution to the Present (4 credits)
  • CATH 322 English Writers in the Catholic Tradition
  • CATH 346 Christian Faith and the Education Profession (4 credits)
  • CATH 364 Science and Christian Theology (4 credits)
  • CATH 379 Christian Faith and the Medical Profession (4 credits)
  • CATH 387 John Henry Newman (4 credits)
  • CATH 297/397 Topics in Catholic Studies (4 credits each)
  • CATH 298/398 Topics in Catholic Studies (4 credits each)
  • HIST 222 Early Modern Europe: 1450-1750 (4 credits)
  • HIST 306 The World of Late Antiquity: A.D. 284-641 (4 credits)
  • HIST 307 The Church in the Roman Empire to A. D. 395 (4 credits)
  • HIST 310 The Making of Europe: Middle Ages to 1000 (4 credits)
  • HIST 311 The Dawn of a New Era: Europe from 1000 to 1450 (4 credits)
  • HIST 366 The History of the Catholic Church in the United States (4 credits)
Course Number Title Credits
CATH  101 The Search for Happiness 4
CATH  201 Path/Expres/Pract in Cath Spir 4
CATH  222 Cath Lit Trad/Medieval-Mdrn 4
CATH  234 Love, Sex, & Friendship 4
CATH  240 Faith and Doubt 4
CATH  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
CATH  250 Christian Mysteries 4
CATH  269 Research 2 OR 4
CATH  297 Topics 4
CATH  298 Topics 4
CATH  301 The Catholic Vision 4
CATH  306 Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn 4
CATH  308 Woman and Man 4
CATH  321 Modernity and the Church 4
CATH  322 English Writers in the CATH Tr 4
CATH  334 Lit/Christian Perspective 4
CATH  357 Sacred Music:Cath Heritage 4
CATH  364 Science & Christian Theo 4
CATH  387 John Henry Newman 4
CATH  389 Research 2 OR 4
CATH  392 Dante's Divine Comedy 4
CATH  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
CATH  397 Topics 4
CATH  398 Topics 4
CATH  401 Church&Culture:Soc Dim of Cath 4
CATH  486 Seminar 4
CATH  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4