Catholic Studies

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Housed in the Department of History within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Program in Catholic Studies explores the history, spirituality, literary and artistic traditions, and contemporary significance of Roman Catholicism.  Through interdisciplinary teaching, student mentorship, and public lectures, it fosters greater understanding of Catholic beliefs, culture, and ethics to enrich the intellectual life of the university while contributing to the common good.

Our Program invites students from all backgrounds to examine Catholicism in an academic way.  Its curriculum places Catholic answers to life's enduring questions into comparative dialogue with other religious traditions and secular philosophies, enabling students to evaluate and discover through all applicable methods of analysis.  The Program stands within the Liberal Arts tradition, then, even as it aligns with the expectations of a research university.