Minor in Catholic Studies and Social Thought

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Catholic Studies and Social Thought is an interdisciplinary minor that engages 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, from the sciences to the arts and humanities.

Areas of Study:

  • History and Society
  • Theology and Philosophy
  • Culture and Aesthetics

Capstone Thesis: Grounded in the Core

For their Capstone thesis, students research perspectives or problems presented in the minor’s core course. Typically, students pursue a project that considers Catholic social thought and/or teaching from a historical, aesthetic-cultural, theological, sociological, philosophical, or interdisciplinary perspective.

What They Studied

Michael Campos, Student - Catholic Studies & Social Thought

The Hollywood Production Code and the Catholic Church

"Combining what I learned in my Media Studies major with Catholic Studies and Social Thought, my capstone concerns the the Catholic Church’s involvement in the Hollywood Production Code of 1934. This crusade against immorality in film during its ‘Golden Age’ influenced the way we view film today."—Michael Campos

Hannah Mora, Student - Catholic Studies & Social Thought

The Catholic Church in El Salvador

"The program 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, I had the opportunity to visit many of the different communities and organizations working to make a difference within the country."—Hannah Mora


Contact Info

Catholic Studies and Social Thought

Kalmanovitz Hall, 2nd Floor
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
(415) 422-5200 (415) 422-2206