Academic Building - SC 128
5151 Park Avenue
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.
Sacred Heart University will host a collaborative regional conference on the Catholic intellectual tradition for universities in April 2020 through a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. The Lilly Fellows Program seeks to renew and enhance the connections between Christianity and the academic vocation at church-related colleges and universities. The program awarded the grant to SHU’s Department of Catholic Studies to host the conference.
Sacred Heart University has established an online forum to help rebuild the Catholic Church in a time of disunity and spiritual decay. The forum, “Go, Rebuild My House,” will serve as an open forum and allow experts from all over the world to contribute posts. Contributors will include Catherine E. Clifford of Saint Paul University, Ontario, Canada; David Gibson, journalist, author and director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University; Paul Lakeland, teacher, scholar and director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University; Robert Mickens, English editor for La Croix International website; Catherine Mulroney, program coordinator and faculty of theology at the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, Canada; Gerry O’Hanlon, Irish Jesuit theologian and author; Myroslaw Tataryn, professor emeritus at St. Jerome’s University, Canada and a Ukrainian Greco-Catholic priest; Michael Sean Winters, a journalist and writer for the National Catholic Reporter; and Tina Beattie, British writer, broadcaster, professor of Catholic Studies at London’s University of Roehampton and director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing. Sacred Heart faculty members who will also contribute include Michael W. Higgins, June-Ann Greeley, Brent Little, Jennifer Reek, Daniel Rober and Brian Stiltner.
Sacred Heart University students, faculty and community members gathered in the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center theater recently for a Skype call with Brother Guy Consolmagno in Italy to discuss the relationship between faith and science. The conversation was part of the University’s Human Journey Colloquia Series.