Catholic Studies-Boyle

Majors and Minors

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

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: Philosophically/Literary/Aesthetics based course
  • 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) 

Plus:

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

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.