Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Theology; Catholic Studies; Humanities
Location(s): Bismarck, ND; Tempe, AZ;
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Catholic Studies Bachelor's Degree Program

The Catholic Studies bachelor's degree at the University of Mary is an exciting interdisciplinary program that examines the Catholic Church’s contributions to human thought and culture. The Catholic Studies Program seeks to build a close-knit community of faculty and students, from multiple academic and pre-professional programs, who together discover the rich and multifaceted ways Catholicism can be integrated into academic, professional, cultural, personal, and social life. This program has the flexibility to be a double major and, indeed, is designed for this purpose.

  • 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.

Catholic Studies Degree Program Highlights

The University of Mary’s undergraduate Catholic Studies program will not only enrich your understanding of religion in general, it will also deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith and yourself. As a Catholic Studies major you will:

  • Study a wide range of fields from a Catholic perspective, including theology, history, economics and business, spiritual writings, art, philosophy, health care, architecture, political thought, the sciences, education, and literature.
  • Integrate faith and reason within different disciplines and professions, joining 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.
  • Learn how to articulate the essential harmony of faith and reason and its application in your primary major and future profession.
  • Learn to apply the Catholic faith to every facet of your life, and experience how this faith can transform every aspect of ordinary life.
  • Apply Catholic, Benedictine values as you learn to practice a vigorous spiritual and sacramental life through courses and other activities.

Community Life

  1. More than a classroom experience

    The Catholic Studies Program at the University of Mary is not only a rigorous academic program; it is much more. We are committed to a high level of faculty-student interaction both inside and outside the classroom, sponsoring and encouraging a full range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for students, staff, and faculty.

  2. Learn outside the classroom

    We require three semesters of the Catholic Studies Tutorial where small groups of no more than eight students gather weekly to integrate Catholic Studies into their broader academic and personal lives. We begin the year with a Catholic Studies immersion experience for our new students, providing an introduction to the program within the natural beauty and culture of western North Dakota.

  3. Develop virtue and friendships

    Catholic Studies also oversees a Leadership Formation Program, sponsors cultural activities, such as attending the symphony and poetry-recitations, and gathers for regular times of prayer, Mass, and adoration. All these provide ample opportunities for you to forge strong, lasting, and virtuous friendships.

Central to Catholic Studies life outside the classroom is our regular Convivium Mass and Dinner, as well as events by the fire at the Catholic Studies House near campus. 

Study in Rome

The University of Mary offers students the opportunity to study at the very heart of the Catholic faith: Rome.

Once at the University of Mary campus in Rome, students can live and study abroad while learning about Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine heritage firsthand. Having been immersed in the cultural and religious splendors of Italy, students return home with a new vision of life and its purpose—and an even deeper passion for learning.

We particularly encourage the program for Mary Catholic Studies students and sophomores. Qualified students can spend a semester or five weeks in studies and educational travel in Italy and other countries as well.

Study at Mary College at ASU

In this unprecedented partnership between the University of Mary and Arizona State University, University of Mary students are able to study for a semester at ASU, while ASU students can take courses in Catholic Studies taught by University of Mary faculty on the ASU campus.

Mary College at ASU is an opportunity for Mary students with a missionary heart to take the Catholic life out into the world. Students remain connected to the University of Mary through events and Catholic Studies courses at Mary College and have access to the opportunities and resources at ASU, a research-one university. At the same time, this partnership allows ASU students to fulfill their humanities requirements by entering into the tradition of Catholic thought and culture.

Major in Catholic Studies:

CTH Cross-listed Class Credits
101   The Great Catholic Adventure 3
150   Catholic Studies Tutorial 1 1
210 PHI Search for Happiness: Faith and Reason in Life 3
220 HSS Religion and Culture 3
234 THE Benedict: Yesterday and Today 3
250   Catholic Studies Tutorial 2 1
301   Catholic Imagination 3
350   Catholic Studies Tutorial 3 1
401   Great Catholic Figures 3
498   Integrating Capstone Seminar 3

Plus one CTH/HIS course from the following options:

CTH Cross-listed Class Credits
330 HIS Catholicism and the Modern World 3
310 HIS Catholicism and America 3

Plus one course from the following options:

CTH Cross-listed Class Credits
325/425   Special Topics in Catholic Studies 3
300/400   One approved interdisciplinary course 3

Minor in Catholic Studies:

CTH Cross-listed Class Credits
150   Catholic Studies Tutorial 1 1
234 THE Benedict: Yesterday and Today 3
250   Catholic Studies Tutorial 2 1
350   Catholic Studies Tutorial 3 1

Plus two courses from the following options:

CTH Cross-listed Class Credits
101    The Great Catholic Adventure 3
210  PHI  Search for Happiness: Faith and Reason in Life 3
220  HSS  Religion and Culture 3

Plus two courses from the following three options (cannot meet requirement with only HIS 310 and HIS 330):

CTH Cross-listed Class Credits
330 HIS Catholicism and the Modern World 3
310 HIS Catholicism and America 3
301   Catholic Imagination 3
325/425   Special Topics in Catholic Studies 3
300/400   One approved interdisciplinary course 3
401    Great Catholic Figures 3

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Dr. W. Scott Cleveland

Director of Catholic Studies
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office: Welder 159
Phone: (701) 355-8192
Email: [email protected]
Bio: Dr. W. Scott Cleveland's Biography

Dr. Carol Andreini

Professor of Classics and Catholic Studies
Office: Welder L107
Phone: 701-355-8322
Email: [email protected]
Bio: Dr. Carol Andreini's Biography

Dr. Ann Brodeur

Assistant Professor of History and Catholic Studies
Office: Welder 161
Phone: 701-355-8086
Email: [email protected]
Bio: Dr. Ann Brodeur's Biography

Dr. Donald Bungum

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Catholic Studies
Office: Welder 155
Phone: (701) 355-8023
Email: [email protected] 
Bio: Dr. Donald Bungum's Biography

Dr. Nathan Kilpatrick

Associate Professor of English and Catholic Studies
Office: Welder 164
Phone: 701-355-8062
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Rebecca Raber

Assistant Professor of Music and Catholic Studies
Director of Schola and Chapel Choir
Phone: 701-355-8374
Email: [email protected] 
Bio: Dr. Rebecca Raber's Biography

Dr. Jared Schumacher

Assistant Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies
Office: Welder 237
Phone: 701-355-8129
Email: [email protected]

Fr. Robert Shea

Chaplain of Catholic Studies
Director of University Ministry
University Chaplain
Office: Welder 159
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Julie Yarwood

Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies
Office: Welder 166
Phone: 701-355-8250
Email: [email protected] 
Bio: Dr. Julie Yarwood's Biography

The Catholic Studies bachelor’s degree is an ideal program to combine with another major. If you are considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota: