Catholic Studies & Social Thought

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Catholic Studies & Social Thought

The Minor in Catholic Studies and Social Thought is conceived as a Catholic interdisciplinary engagement between/among forms of Catholic social thought as expressed in social theory, the Catholic socio-cultural imaginary, and the Roman Catholic magisterial discourse on society.

The program presents the principles and vision of Catholic social teaching as a complement to any major field of study from business to education to the sciences to the arts and humanities.

The curriculum is divided into three areas of study:

  1. History and Society
  2. Theology and Philosophy
  3. Culture and Aesthetics

Capstone Thesis: Grounded in the Core

The thesis and research pursued in the Capstone course substantially grounds itself in perspectives or problematics presented in the minor’s required core course. Ordinarily students shall pursue a project that considers Catholic social thought and/or teaching in historical, aesthetic-cultural, theological, sociological, philosophical, or otherwise in interdisciplinary perspective.

See the catalog for requirements

Hannah Mora, Student - Catholic Studies & Social Thought

Hannah Mora, Capstone Project in Focus: the Catholic Church in El Salvador

"I was inspired to begin a Catholic Studies minor after taking a Catholic Social Thought class that completely altered the way I thought about the relationship between Catholicism, politics, economics, and social issues in the world today. After taking Liberation Theology in El Salvador during the spring semester of my junior year, I had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador and to visit many of the different communities and organizations working to make a difference within the country."

Michael Campos, Student - Catholic Studies & Social Thought

Michael Campos, Capstone Project in Focus: The Hollywood Production Code and the Catholic Church

"Combining what I have learned in my Media Studies major as well as what I have continued to learn about Catholic Studies and Social Thought, my capstone concerns the Hollywood Production Code of 1934 and the involvement of the Catholic Church in its writing. The influence of the Catholic Church is far reaching and the introduction of a new medium, motion pictures, is no exception. This new crusade against immorality in film during its "Golden Age" paved the way for the way we view film today."