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

Professor Michelle Loris Wins Academic Leadership Award

May 1, 2018

The Connecticut chapter of the American Council on Education (ACE) has honored Sacred Heart University Professor Michelle Loris with its 2018 Connecticut Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Academic Leadership Award. Loris serves as chair of SHU’s Catholic Studies program and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Holocaust Survivor Speaks at Human Journey Colloquia Series

April 24, 2018

Judith Altmann, a Czechoslovakian native and Holocaust survivor, recently shared with Sacred Heart University students, faculty and staff a detailed account of her experiences growing up during the Nazi invasion in Europe. Her talk was part of the University’s Human Journey Colloquia Series.

Coffee with Imam Gazi

April 12, 2018

Coffee with Imam Gazmend Aga on the 3rd Floor of the Student Commons by the fireplace in Linda's. These open discussions will take place April 11 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Jesus in Islam), April 18 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Quran & Spirituality), April 25 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Misconceptions about Islam) and May 2 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Women in Islam).