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 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.
State Rep. Cristin McCarthy-Vahey (D-133) tossed a ball of yarn into the crowd gathered in late September for “Faith and the Public Life: How, When and Where Do You Draw the Line Between Church and State?” Soon the yarn snaked through the group of students and local residents sitting in Sacred Heart University’s UC Auditorium. “What I do… Can you feel that?” she said, giving the yarn a gentle tug. “It’s impacting you.”
Ian Hockley, father of Dylan Hockley who was tragically killed in the Sandy Hook shooting nearly six years ago, came to Sacred Heart University to share his inspiring story and foundation’s work. Hundreds of students crowded into the UC Auditorium in late September to hear Hockley present his lecture, “The Butterfly Effect.” The event was presented by the Human Journey Colloquia Series and the Department of Catholic Studies.