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.

Dr. Robert Kennedy
Department Chair, Catholic Studies

Upcoming Department Events

Jan 31 2015

The 3rd Annual Conference for Women:“How Literature Helps Us Live Our Relationships”

Saturday, January 31, 2015  |   1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Have you heard of Well-Read Mom? It’s a way for women to accompany one another in reading great books, spiritual classics and worthy reads from the Catholic and Western Tradition.

Feb 21 2015

Living the Discerning Life: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living

Saturday, February 21, 2015  |   8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

CSMA, Campus Ministry, Alumni Relations, and the Office for Mission are co-sponsoring a two-day seminar on Ignatian spirituality and the process of Discernment of Spirits.

Mar 13 2015

Talent Show

Friday, March 13, 2015  |   7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Calling all performers: We need Acts! We welcome everybody else to watch them on March 13th in OEC Auditorium at 7:00