Majors and Minors in Catholic Studies

A major in Catholic Studies consists of either 32 or 36 credits: 12 credits in required core courses, 20 credits in distribution-area electives, and an additional 4 credits in electives for students who are single-majors in Catholic Studies. At least 7 courses (28 credits) must have a CATH designation.

A minor in Catholic Studies consists of 20 credits: 8 credits in required core courses and 12 credits in distribution-area electives. At least 4 courses (16 credits) must have a CATH designation.

Students who participate in the Catholic Studies Rome Program may use up to three courses towards their major or minor course of studies.

Beyond the first course (CATH 101), courses in Catholic Studies are grouped into three categories:

  • 2XX-level courses are "Traditions" courses, which explore and reflect critically upon the reality of the Church in its intellectual and practical dimensions and as a community situated in time and place. These courses tend to focus on historical periods, events, or distinct locations in which the Church has taken root.
  • 3XX-level courses are "Concepts" courses, which explore and reflect critically upon important themes and ideas in the life of the Catholic Church from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • 4XX-level courses are "Persons" courses, which focus on the work of one person, or on a group of persons of significance for the Catholic tradition, which could include persons whose work is in dialog or tension with that tradition. These courses ordinarily require junior-standing in the University.

A single-major in Catholic Studies requires at least 36 credits, a double-major requires at least 32 credits, broken down as follows:

Twelve credits in core requirements:

  • CATH 101: The Search for Happiness (4 credits)
  • CATH 205: Crisis and Development in the Church (4 credits)
  • CATH 301: The Catholic Vision (4 credits)

Plus:

  • At least four credits at the 2XX-level ("Traditions" courses)
  • At least four credits at the 3XX-level ("Concepts" courses)
  • At least four credits at the 4XX-level ("Persons" courses)

Plus:

  • Eight credits in CATH electives or a suitable course from another deparment approved by the chair of Catholic Studies (students who are single-majoring in only Catholic Studies must take twelve credits in this category)

A minor in Catholic Studies requires at least twenty credits, broken down as follows:

Eight credits in core requirements:

  • CATH 101: The Search for Happiness (4 credits)
  • One additional core course, either CATH 205: Crisis and Development in the Church (4 credits), or CATH 301: The Catholic Vision (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Twelve credits in CATH electives or a suitable course from another department approved by the chair of Catholic Studies

Major and Minor Requirements for Students who Matriculated Before Fall 2018

These requirements listed below are for any students who have matriculated at the University of St. Thomas before the fall 2018 semester, all others should refer to the above requirements.

The Catholic Studies double-major program consists of 32 credits (8 courses): 16 credits in required core courses, and 16 credits in required distribution area electives. At least 7 courses (28 credits), must have a CATH designation.

The Catholic Studies single-major program has the same requirements as the double-major, but consists of an additional 4 credits, for a total of 36 credits (9 courses).

The Catholic Studies 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 program may use up to three courses towards their major or minor course of 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 (for single-majors):

  • Four additional credits chosen from any of the above areas
  • Eights credits chosen from the core requirements above

Plus:

  • Four credits in approved electives chosen from the following category:
  • Philosophical/Literary/Aesthetic based courses

Plus:

  • Four credits in approved electives chosen from the following category:
  • Historical/Theological/Social based courses

Plus:

  • Four additional credits from any of these categories
  • Approved electives include (but may not be limited to) the courses listed above. Please consult the office of the department chair for an up-to-date list of approved courses.