The University of St. Thomas

College of Arts & Sciences | Department of Catholic Studies | Undergraduate Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Catholic Studies?
Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that explores Catholic culture as expressed in theology, philosophy, literature, history, art, and the professions. Students can pursue a major or minor in Catholic Studies. The Catholic Studies Department is dedicated to the integration of faith and reason in every aspect of life, and thus, most students choose a second degree to complement their studies, such as business, biology, education, or philosophy. Watch our video to hear what our students and faculty have to say about Catholic Studies.
Can I live in a Catholic residential community on campus?
Yes. Students can choose to live in a house or residence hall that has an intentional emphasis on Catholic living. These students live together in communal study, prayer, meals and fellowship.
What do you do with a Catholic Studies major or minor?
Most Catholic Studies students choose to integrate Catholic Studies into their chosen career path. Current students are preparing for careers in education, law, medicine, business, psychology, and youth ministry, among others. Check out a few of our student profiles.
What are Catholic Studies alumni doing with their degree now?
Catholic Studies alumni are involved in many different fields, including law, medicine, religious life, finance, higher education, marketing, counseling, ministry and many others.
How many classes are required for a major or minor?
A major consists of 36 credits (9 classes) or 32 credits (8 classes) for students who are pursuing a double-major. A minor consists of 20 credits (5 classes).
How many St. Thomas students are studying Catholic Studies?
We currently have more than 250 students pursuing a major or minor in Catholic Studies.
Are scholarships available for Catholic Studies students?
Yes. The Department of Catholic Studies awards merit-based scholarships each semester. To apply, one must be a declared Catholic Studies major or minor. In addition, incoming students who are active in the Latino community (and meet all other appropriate qualifications) may apply for the Latino Leadership Scholarship. See more here.
Are there opportunities beyond the Catholic Studies classroom, such as social events, liturgies, and service activities?
Opportunities for Mass, liturgies, retreats, student-led Eucharistic Adoration, and service to the wider community are plentiful. In addition, Catholic Studies provides various events and opportunities to promote community and fellowship among students, alumni, staff and faculty. Regular events include a talent show, a casino night, an ultimate Frisbee tournament and an ice cream social.
Who are the Catholic Studies Leadership Interns?
To help foster growth, the Leadership Intern program brings together a group of dedicated Catholic Studies students who participate in ongoing leadership formation throughout the school year. The program imparts a vision of Catholic leadership and provides a variety of opportunities to grow in leadership skills and character. These students also attend a spring institute. Past trips have included France, Washington D.C., and Peru, with each trip focusing on a different aspect of leadership.
Can I study abroad with Catholic Studies?
Yes! Our Catholic Studies program in Rome accommodates 32 students each semester, and is an integral part of the Catholic Studies experience. Students live in community at St. Thomas' Bernardi Residence on the Tiber River and take courses in English at the Dominican Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum). Retreats, service, travel and participation in papal liturgies are some of the opportunities available to Catholic Studies students studying in Rome. Check out our Rome video and our Rome student blog to get an inside look at the program.