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Fairfield CT 06825
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.
Kristallnacht Remembered at Moving Commemoration
November 11, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Students, faculty, staff and community members remembered Kristallnacht at Sacred Heart University’s annual commemoration ceremony November 9 at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The cloudy, damp day set the mood for the topic of Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, when 78 years ago, Jews living in Germany encountered violence and destruction from the Nazi regime on the night of Nov. 9, 1938. Nazis broke the windows of Jewish businesses, school and synagogues, littering glass in the streets. The violence resulted in death, arrests and the beginning stages of the Holocaust.
Catholic Scholar Promotes Female Deacons During Talk
October 22, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—There are encouraging signs that women eventually may have more significant roles in their parishes, according to Catholic scholar Phyllis Zagano, who discussed the possibility at Sacred Heart University recently. Zagano is at the forefront of that potential change; she has been appointed to a papal commission set to meet in Rome later this year to address the topic.
Interdisciplinary Faculty Offer Interpretations of Pope's 'The Joy of Love'
June 1, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — An interdisciplinary panel of Sacred Heart University faculty members came together recently in the school’s Schine Auditorium to offer their respective interpretations of “The Joy of Love: Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation.” Pope Francis drafted the 256-page document following two synods (gatherings of bishops) at the Vatican, and it represents his reflections on those assemblies. His focus is on pastoral ministry—marriage, family, relationships and love.