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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.
Sacred Heart University's lecture series, Heart Challenges Hate, came to a close at the end of April after four complex and eye-opening discussions. The last lecture on religion was especially timely, as it occurred just three days after the Easter Sunday tragedy in Sri Lanka. In January, the University decided to respond to the troubling prevalence of violence in the world with a discussion series that examined the roots and resolutions of hate. Students, faculty and staff gathered for talks on the psychology and rhetoric of hate and hate in the context of the First Amendment and religion.
Sacred Heart University professors Joseph Audie and June-Ann Greeley have been selected among an applicant pool of 28 highly qualified teams for the Lilly Faculty Fellows Program. The new grant and fellowship program will encourage “mid-career faculty leaders across the disciplines to provide a space for creative exploration of how Christian thought and practice intersect the academic vocation,” according to the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities.
The Rev. John O’Malley, S.J., doesn’t claim to know how the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church will be resolved. But the Georgetown University theology professor, one of the premier Catholic intellectuals of modern times, came to Sacred Heart University Feb. 6 to offer a bird’s-eye view of how the Church found itself in crisis and how it might find its way out.