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Dr. Michael J. Naughton

Director, Center for Catholic Studies; Koch Chair in Catholic Studies; Professor of Catholic Studies
Sitzmann Hall 105
(651) 962-5712

Michael Naughton is the holder of the Koch Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) where he is a full professor with an appointment in the department of Catholic Studies (College of Arts and Sciences) He is the director of the Center for Catholic Studies, which is the oldest and largest Catholic Studies program in the world.  He is the author and editor of nine books and over 40 articles. He helped coordinate and write the Vocation of the Business Leader issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2012), which is translated into 15 languages. He currently serves as board chair for Reell Precision Manufacturing (for profit).

Curriculum Vitae


Video Presentations

Selected Publications


  • Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business 2015 (Co-authors Jeanne Buckeye, Kenneth Goodpaster, T. Dean Maines).
  • Leading Wisely in Difficult Times: Three Cases of Faith and Business, 2011 (Co-author David Specht).
  • Bringing Your Business to Life: The Four Virtues that Will Help You Build a Better Business-and a Better Life, 2008 (Co-author Jeff Cornwall).
  • Rediscovering Abundance: Interdisciplinary Essays on Wealth, Income and their Distribution in the Catholic Social Tradition, 2005 (co-editors, Helen Alford, Charles Clark, S.A. Cortright).
  • Rethinking the Purpose of Business: Interdisciplinary Essays in the Catholic Social Tradition, Spring 2002 (co-editor, S.A. Cortright, translation in Chinese in progress).
  • Managing as if Faith Mattered: Christian Social Principles in the Modern Organization, 2001 (co-author Helen Alford-translated into Spanish, Russian and Hungarian with Italian and Chinese in progress).


Awards and Honors

  • The Monika K. Hellwig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life, 2015 from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.
  • Julie Hays Teaching Award of the Opus College of Business chosen by faculty, students and alumni at the Opus College of Business. The Award “recognizes faculty members who exemplify an ongoing commitment to teaching and learning.” 2014.
  • Awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley California and inducted into the school’s College of Fellows, 2009.
  • National Outstanding Course Award for "Christian Faith and the Management Professions: An Entrepreneurial Perspective," First Place from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2002.
  • The University of St. Thomas Business Ethics Award for 2001.

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
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CSMA 539 - 02 History of Western Education See Details * *

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3 Credit Hours


Michael J. Naughton

The heart of any culture, as well as its continuity, can be found in its educational tradition, the distillation for the next generation of its highest ideals and most important truths. For the West this began with the Greeks, who set in place, some five centuries before Christ, the main aspects of a tradition that lasted, with significant developments, up until very recent times. This course will trace that tradition, using both primary and secondary source material, and will include: its origins in fifth- century BC Greece; its universalization during the Hellenistic period; its encounter with Christianity in the Patristic era; its Christian instantiation under the Carolingian Empire; the great Medieval educational synthesis and the rise of the University; the development of Renaissance humanism and the Ratio Studiorum of the Jesuits; Newman’s classic expression of the tradition in The Idea of a University; and the great challenge to that tradition and change that has taken place during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This course fulfills the Catholic Studies and History area requirement of the CSMA program.

Schedule Details

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55S B101515-181521 Sep '18
55S B100800-150022 Sep '18
55S B101515-181502 Nov '18
55S B100800-150003 Nov '18
55S B101700-200015 Dec '18

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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