Deepen your understanding of the Catholic faith

Students in the Catholic Studies major at St. Edward's University are educated in the many paths of Catholic thought and culture.

The program challenges students with a rigorous examination of Catholicism from the perspectives of literature, history, philosophy and theology. In the process, you will study Catholicism's role in transforming every aspect of spiritual, social and intellectual life.

The program invites students to develop a profound and intellectually mature experience of faith. You will experience an interpersonal approach in the classroom and numerous opportunities for sustained reflection and engagement in the life of the Catholic church.

Students who graduate in Catholic Studies will be prepared for graduate school, nonprofit opportunities, teaching, ministry and other professional roles.


This program prepares students for graduate school, seminary, pastoral ministry and other professional opportunities.

Outside the Classroom

Nostra Aetate Lecture

The Nostra Aetate lectures are inspired by Nostra Aetate, a groundbreaking Catholic document issued more than 40 years ago at the close of the Second Vatican Council. The work the document called for continues in many parts of the Catholic Church, and this lecture series reflects the commitment to foster and promote interfaith dialogue by St. Edward's University. 

The Most Reverend John McCarthy Lecture Series on the Catholic Church in the 21st Century

St. Edward's University created this lecture series to honor Bishop John McCarthy, who led the Diocese of Austin from 1985 to 2001. The series presents a rich and academic dialogue about the past, present and future of the Catholic Church and underscores the university's commitment to its Catholic roots and Holy Cross heritage. Over the years, the series has brought some of the most influential Catholic voices from the around the nation and world to our campus.