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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.

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Lecturer Examines Legacy of Slain Salvadoran Archbishop Romero

March 6, 2018

Sacred Heart University’s faculty and students learned about the life and death of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero recently in the latest installment of the University’s Contemporary Catholic Conversations Series.

Theologian Illuminates Congruence of Faith and Science

February 22, 2018

Sacred Heart University students and faculty gathered with community members in University Commons recently for a spirited conversation on “Evolution and Creation Theology,” led by Roger Haight, American Jesuit theologian and scholar-in-residence at Union Theological Seminary in New York. The talk was part of the “Contemporary Catholic Conversations” series, hosted by the Office of Mission and Catholic Identity.

Pope Francis' Call to Academics: Building Up the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

January 30, 2018

Sacred Heart University will host Mark Bosco, S.J., on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Linda E. McMahon Commons (Hearth Room). He will present his talk, "Pope Francis' Call to Academics: Building Up the Catholic Intellectual Tradition."