Catholic Studies

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Fairfield CT 06825

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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

Latest News

Sacred Heart University Gives Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre Honorary Degree

February 24, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. Christophe Pierre received an honorary degree during Sacred Heart University’s Special Academic Convocation Wednesday, Feb. 22, and also shared his thoughts on Pope Francis’s vision of the church in the 21st century during an evening lecture at the University’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

College of Arts & Sciences Hosts Inaugural Faculty Showcase

February 14, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—The University Commons area and adjacent classrooms at Sacred Heart University were a hive of activity Feb. 8 as SHU’s College of Arts & Sciences hosted its inaugural CASCon event. The conference showcased the work of 55 faculty members from multiple disciplines. They formed 15 panels to provide presentations that emphasized the interdisciplinary nature of faculty scholarship and reaffirmed the College’s commitment to faculty scholarship and undergraduate research.

Higgins Named Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought

February 14, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Michael W. Higgins has been named Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University. He previously served as vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity and professor of Religious Studies at the University.