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Minor Catholic Studies

Roman Catholic ways of thinking, living, and organizing the world have been fundamental to the making of the world’s cultures since the fifth century of the Common Era and remain important around the globe today. The Catholic Studies minor offers the opportunity to interpret the civilizations and cultures of the world through interdisciplinary approaches to Catholicism. Students apply the critical tools of contemporary academic research and conversation to the study of the engagement of Catholics and Catholicism with the realities of their worlds.

Students must take at least six courses to complete the minor: one of the three core courses listed below and five other courses chosen in consultation with the director of Catholic Studies (these may include other core courses). The core courses are designed to introduce students to contextual, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Catholic culture, thought, and history and to explore the interaction between Catholic ideas and institutions and the broader world in which Catholicism finds itself. The electives permit students to explore a particular set of questions more deeply.

Requirements (6 units)

Core Courses

Students in Catholic Studies are encouraged to seek out appropriate courses across the university’s offerings, including occasional courses taught in other departments and programs, for approval by the director of the program.

Core Faculty

For more information, contact the Director of Catholic Studies and see the Weinberg College of Art and Sciences Undergarduate Catalog.

To submit a petition to minor in Catholic Studies, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Religious Studies.

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