Welcome to the Department of Catholic Studies

The Department of Catholic Studies at the University of St Thomas is the oldest and largest program of its kind in the world. For more than 20 years we have offered students the opportunity to encounter the Catholic intellectual tradition in its richness and breadth.

Our courses, which seek to integrate such disciplines as theology, philosophy, literature, history and art, are taught by faculty deeply committed to the encounter of faith and reason.

With more than 280 undergraduate majors and minors we are able to sustain a vibrant community of learning, faith and friendship, combining a variety of scholarly, spiritual and social activities. At the same time, by encouraging them to pursue a second major as well, Catholic Studies students are also engaged in the wide range of opportunities—from education to social work, from business to the sciences—available at a comprehensive university.

Furthermore, every year a number of our students spend a semester in Rome, where they live in UST’s Bernardi residence near the center of the city and study at the famed Pontifical University of St Thomas. Accompanied by a member of our faculty, they have an experience of the city and the Church they will never forget and deepen friendships that will last a lifetime.

We are grateful for your interest in our program and welcome your inquiries. We look forward to getting to know you better and to welcoming you into the Catholic Studies community.

RGK
Dr. Robert Kennedy
Department Chair, Catholic Studies