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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.
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.
The Sacred Heart University Catholic Studies Film Series will present Silence on Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium. Two 17th-century Portuguese missionaries embark on a perilous journey to Japan to find their missing mentor. While there, the two men minister to the Christian villagers who worship in secret. If caught by feudal lords or ruling samurai, they must renounce their faith or face a prolonged and agonizing death. The moderator will be Liz Piliero, instructor of Catholic studies.
The Sacred Heart University Catholic Studies Film Series will present Calvary on Tuesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium. On the coast of Ireland, a town struggles with a broken Church and the loss of faith. One man decides that a "good" priest must die for the sins of others. The moderator will be June-Ann Greeley, associate professor of theology and religious studies.