Catholic Studies

Program Structure

Major

The Major in Catholic Studies is a four-part course of studies totalling 36 credit hours:

1.  A required 3-credit introductory course: CATH 2003 Introduction to Catholic Studies
2. 18 credit hours in electives as indicated below

Group I - Catholic History - 3 credit hours
CATH 2203 Global Catholicism
HIST 3213 The Early Church

Group II - Catholic Theology - 6 credit hours
CATH 2203 Global Catholicism
RELG 2313 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
RELG 2333 Introduction to the New Testament
RELG 2613 Basic Issues in Theology
RELG 3323 Book of Isaiah
RELG 3343 Gospel of John

RELG 3353 Christian Liturgy and Sacramental Life
RELG 3363 Jesus of Nazareth - Christ of Faith

RELG 3373 Jesus the Christ as Understood Throughout History

RELG 3623 The God of Christians

Group III - Faith and Reason - 6 credit hours
PHIL 2133 Medieval Philosophy I
PHIL 2143 Medieval Philosophy II
PHIL 3413 God in Western Thought
PHIL 3523 Thomas Aquinas: Knowledge, Being, and Human Being
PHIL 3553 Augustine

Group IV - Faith and Values - 3 credit hours
CATH 3213 Catholic School Teaching and Contemporary Issues
PHIL 2213 Introduction to Moral Philosophy
PHIL 3533 Thomas Aquinas: Law, Morality, Society
RELG 2513 Foundations of Christian Ethics

3. Two compulsory 3 credit-hour reading/discussion courses in each of the student's third and fourth years:

CATH 3013 Catholic Studies Seminar I
CATH 3023 Catholic Studies Seminar II

4. Nine credit hours in electives drawn from Groups I - IV above, and Group V Faith, Culture, and the Arts

Group V - Faith, Culture, and the Arts
ENGL/CATH 2673 Literature and Catholicism I
ENGL/CATH 2683 Literature and Catholicism II
CATH 3823 Special Topics in Catholic Studies II
CATH 3923 Independent Study

Minor

A minor in Catholic Studies consists of 18 credit hours which must include:

1. CATH 2003 Introduction to Catholic Studies
    CATH 3013 Catholic Studies Seminar I
    CATH 3023 Catholic Studies Seminar II

2. Nine credit hours in electives, of which 3 credit hours must be from Group I – Catholic History, 3 credit hours from Group II – Catholic Theology, and 3 credit hours from Group III – Faith and Reason or Group IV – Faith and Values