Catholic Studies

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The Department of Catholic Studies aims to preserve, transmit, develop and advance the interdisciplinary study and teaching of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. The Department is the only department which intentionally and directly expresses the University’s Mission and Catholic Identity, and provides students with a solid interdisciplinary foundation in the Catholic Intellectual tradition through teaching the University’s academic signature core seminars: The Human Journey Seminars: Great Books in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

Using seminar pedagogy, these two courses engage students in an interdisciplinary understanding of the roots and development of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition as a 2000 year ongoing conversation between the great thinkers, writers, and artists of this Tradition and the cultures in which they have lived asking fundamental questions about God, humanity, society, and nature.

The Department offers students an interdisciplinary Minor in Catholic Studies. The Catholic Studies minor provides students from any major or discipline the opportunity to examine the social, political, economic, environmental, and health issues we face in the world today, and to develop constructive and positive solutions to these issues. The minor in Catholic Studies provides students not only with a broad based interdisciplinary study of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, but also fosters the development of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and moral and ethical understanding employers seek in today’s college graduates.

Human Journey Seminar Course

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While global violence has pervaded the nation’s consciousness for nearly 20 years, violence closer to home has become up-close and personal for Americans, according to George A. Lopez, this year’s Hesburgh lecturer at Sacred Heart University.

Three Catholic Studies Professors Publish New Books on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

September 21, 2017

Three professors in Sacred Heart University’s Department of Catholic Studies recently published books that explore aspects of Catholic intellectual tradition (CIT), a 2,000-year-old examination by theologians, philosophers, writers, artists and others seeking answers about God, humanity, society and nature.

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