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Minor and Certificate in Faith & Praxis

According to the Bible, truth and action are inseparable (see, e.g., John 3:21). In the contemporary world, liberation theologians have described this faith in action as a “praxis” that involves the whole person within the context of our everyday lives. Inspired by this biblical tradition, the interdisciplinary study of faith and praxis will encourage you to reflect critically on the practical dimensions of faith.

Why Study Faith & Praxis at St. Thomas?

Centered on an active commitment to social justice and the common good, faith & praxis will provide you with the tools to analyze and understand the dynamics of social change within contemporary culture and society, theology and religion. The program builds on the insights of social movements, social theories and theologians of the last century, emphasizing that a "faith that makes power felt through love" (Gal 5:6) must learn to express itself in contextually-rooted and concretely-engaged action starting in the communities in which we live. 

Integrating Faith and Social Justice

  • Courses and Competencies
  • Minor Requirements
  • Certificate Requirements
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Courses and Competencies

    You will have the option to begin your studies through the lenses of praxis opening out to faith by taking Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies or through the lenses of faith opening up to praxis by taking Contexts: Justice and Peace. You will then choose courses from a variety of programs to develop skills in at least two different competency areas:

    • Theology
    • Interreligious understanding
    • Social justice
    • Communication
    • Political policy
    • Intercultural agility
    • Environmental sustainability

    Minor Requirements

    The minor in faith & praxis requires four courses (16 credits) selected from a variety of programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. You will choose courses in at least two different competency areas.

    Certificate Requirements

    The interdisciplinary certificate in faith & praxis requires three courses (12 credits). You will choose courses in at least two different competency areas then complete a final capstone project that demonstrates an interdisciplinary integration of faith and praxis. 

    Degrees Awarded

    • Minor in Faith & Praxis
    • Certificate in Faith & Praxis 

    Courses and Competencies

    Courses and Competencies

    You will have the option to begin your studies through the lenses of praxis opening out to faith by taking Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies or through the lenses of faith opening up to praxis by taking Contexts: Justice and Peace. You will then choose courses from a variety of programs to develop skills in at least two different competency areas:

    • Theology
    • Interreligious understanding
    • Social justice
    • Communication
    • Political policy
    • Intercultural agility
    • Environmental sustainability

    Minor Requirements

    Minor Requirements

    The minor in faith & praxis requires four courses (16 credits) selected from a variety of programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. You will choose courses in at least two different competency areas.

    Certificate Requirements

    Certificate Requirements

    The interdisciplinary certificate in faith & praxis requires three courses (12 credits). You will choose courses in at least two different competency areas then complete a final capstone project that demonstrates an interdisciplinary integration of faith and praxis. 

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    • Minor in Faith & Praxis
    • Certificate in Faith & Praxis 
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    Career Paths

    Faith & praxis complements your major and prepares you for a variety of different career paths.

    • Community organizing
    • Communications
    • Public policy
    • Immigration law
    • Theology
    • Environmental sustainability

    Versatility in Action

    A minor or certificate in faith & praxis provides you with the tools to analyze and understand the dynamics of social change in whatever career path you choose. 

    Interdisciplinary

    Our program draws from the knowledge of more than one field to provide greater context and understanding. 

    Committed to Action

    We will challenge you to make strategic and ethical plans of action for improving the communities in which we live. 

    A Social Justice Lens

    You will learn to analyze and reflect critically on the problems of violence and injustice in society.