As a Catholic Studies student you will:
- Explore the interplay between Catholicism and culture.
- Encounter the interaction of faith and reason within multiple disciplines.
- Experience how Catholic faith can enliven every facet of your life.
I. Explore the dynamic interplay between Catholicism and culture, past and present. Catholicism has acted as a leaven in human cultures throughout the ages and has profoundly shaped social institutions and patterns of human life and behavior. You will learn how to analyze Christianity's impact on thought and culture through an interdisciplinary study of a wide range of fields from a Catholic perspective: theology, history, economics and business, spiritual writings, art, philosophy, health care, architecture, political thought, the sciences, education, and literature.
II. Integrate faith and reason within diverse disciplines and professions. As a Catholic Studies student, you will join faculty and students from a variety of programs to discover how divine faith and human reason are two complementary, not competitive, orders of human knowledge. For example, in the "Search for Happiness" course, you will study human happiness by bringing into dialogue contemporary psychology, ancient pagan philosophy, and Catholic theology and spirituality. You will learn how to articulate the essential harmony of faith and reasonâ€”and its application in your own major and future professionâ€”by standing on the shoulders of those giants who have shaped the tradition of Catholic thought and culture.
III. Learn to apply the Catholic faith to every facet of your life. In Catholic Studies you will enrich your personal faith by learning how this faith can transform every facet of ordinary life. Through courses and other activities you will be encouraged to practice a vigorous spiritual and sacramental life as you undertake the search for truth with others in charity. With St. Benedict and the Blessed Virgin as our patrons, we affirm that Christians belong above all to "the school of the Lord's service" (Prologue to the Rule of St. Benedict).