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  • Program Type
    Minor
  • School
    School of Arts & Sciences

Answer the Church’s call for missionary efforts in regions awaiting a first hearing of the gospel and those in need of renewal.

What You’ll Learn

From the exploration of basic Catholic beliefs to the examination of cultures with longstanding Christian traditions, you’ll be trained to form Christian disciples in a post-modern world. You’ll receive intensive classroom instruction as well as experiential education in supervised ministry settings in area parishes.

Complement your major.

The catechesis & the new evangelization minor is an ideal complement to a major in Theology or Catholic Studies.

Strengthen your understanding of servant leadership.

You’ll explore the qualities of the effective servant leader, who enables others to serve the Church more effectively.

Gain practical experience.

Students in our program engage in a practicum in either religious education or youth ministry.

Course Requirements

Please visit our catalog for a list of all courses and credits.

Careers & Outcomes

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This minor is well-suited for students interested in youth ministry, religious education, campus ministry, mission work and evangelization, and parish or diocesan communications as well as those exploring vocations to the priesthood or religious life.

Career Paths

  • Priest or Religious
  • Youth ministry director
  • Religious educator
  • Parish communications specialist
  • Religion journalist
  • Missionary

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Featured Faculty

Philip Porter, ThD

Chair of Theology Program, Assistant Professor of Theology

I am a theologian whose interests include philosophical theology, Latin Patristics, the theology of death, and Ordinary Language Philosophy. As an undergraduate, I attended the University of California, Berkeley earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2006. After graduation I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. I studied in the Master of Theological Studies program at Loyola University Maryland, graduating in 2015. I completed my doctoral studies at Duke University’s Divinity School in 2020. When not reading and writing theology, I spend time with my wife and four children.

Christopher D. Collins, PhD

Associate Professor of Theology, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I am a Catholic theologian that focuses on moral theology to help students live out a candid and profound relationship with Jesus Christ. I am concerned with how people are to respond, live, and worship the Triune God who has made himself known to us. I seek to help students see who they are in relation to God: that He cares deeply for them and wants them to live lives of great meaning for themselves, for the Church, and for the world. I am convinced that the universal call to holiness and greatness can be realized in our world today.

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