Catholic Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Studies at St. Edward’s, a top Catholic university prepares you to contribute to the world in meaningful ways through in-depth study of Catholic thought and culture. This program leads you through a captivating examination of the role of Catholicism throughout the ages.

You’ll explore the numerous dimensions of Catholicism’s past and present and how this ideology has influenced Western civilization for centuries. And you’ll conduct a rigorous analysis of the Catholic faith from a philosophical, historical and sociological perspective.

Catholic Studies

Overview:

As a BA in Catholic Studies major, you’ll explore the Catholic Intellectual Tradition through critical inquiry, research and in-depth discussions. You’ll study Catholicism’s great writers and thinkers, from Augustine and Thomas Aquinas to Dante and Flannery O’Connor. And you will investigate the historical, philosophical, theological and artistic aspects of the Catholic Tradition: What is the nature of God? What is the relationship between God and the world? What does this relationship say about human responsibility and action? How have these relationships been explored and expressed in art and literature?

Students of all faiths and traditions select this degree to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Catholicism’s rich and living heritage. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and independent research projects — allows you to learn more about career options and the choice of undertaking graduate work.

With a BA in Catholic Studies, you’ll gain well-rounded knowledge and skills suited to many careers, including business, education, journalism, ministry or social work. For example, you could become a parish-based minister in adult religious formation or sacramental preparation, or a journalist reporting on the geopolitics of world religions. Students often pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields, such as religious or theological studies, medicine, and law. Our students have attended leading graduate schools such as Notre Dame, Fordham, Duke and Harvard.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (28 CREDIT HOURS):
• Methods in Religious Studies
• Catholic Intellectual Life
• Introduction to Catholicism
• Introduction to the New Testament
• Justice, Peace and Liberation
• The Documents of Vatican II
• Catholic Intellectual Heritage
• Faith and Reason
• Sacramental Theology
• Senior Seminar

Electives in the Major
9 hours of electives including 6 hours of upper division courses. Elective courses are chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.
• Special Topics in Catholic Studies
• Special Issues in Catholic Studies
• Advanced Topics in Catholic Studies
• History of Philosophy I
• Philosophy of Religion
• Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
• New Testament Literature
• Christian Spirituality
• History of Christian Theology I
• History of Christian Theology II
• Dialogue of World Religions
• Contemporary Theological Questions

V. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VI. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.