Minor in Catholic Studies & Social Thought

The curriculum is divided into three areas of study: 1) History and Society; 2) Theology and Philosophy; 3) Culture and Aesthetics.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • present an accounting of major trends in Catholic social thought since Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical, Rerum Novarum (1891)
  • contextualize challenges to the fulfillment of Catholic social teaching through research on the manifold ways Catholic social action interfaces with modern and postmodern secular cultures
  • assess the justice missions and interests of the Church, and present proposals concerning advancement of those missions within morally and multiculturally complex worlds
  • account for some of the major intellectual, social, historical, and aesthetic perspectives developed in the ambit of Catholic culture
  • discuss the problematics of Catholic social teaching in a religious world characterized by ecumenical and interfaith differences, interreligious conflict, and violence


20 units

Core Course

  • THRS 220 Catholic Social Thought


12 units

Ordinarily, students will complete one course in each areas of study.

This area-coverage requirement may be waived by the student's Capstone adviser, in consultation with the program director, where students show interest and capacity for profitable research on a particular theme with an eye to the Capstone.

In preparing for the Capstone, the student selects an elective course that will be the "wrapper" for her/his Capstone project.

Area 1: History and Society

  • HIST 316 The Reformation
  • HIST 317 The Expansion of Europe, 1450-1715
  • HIST 318 Early Modern European Civilization
  • HIST 324 History of the Early Church
  • HIST 370 Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 372 Indigenous and Colonial Mexico
  • POLS 317 Religion and Politics
  • POLS 341 Nonviolence in Theory and Practice
  • POLS 344 Revolution and Reaction in Latin America
  • POLS 356 The Vatican in Global Politics
  • THRS 306 Theology in HIV/ AIDS Contexts
  • THRS 345 Religion of U.S. Latinos
  • THRS 355 Philippine Theology and the Revolutions
  • THRS 363 Religion in Latin America
  • THRS 384 Religion and Nonviolence

Area 2: Theology and Philosophy

  • PHIL 404 Contemporary Thomism
  • SII 201 Catholic Thought
  • SII 203 Religion and Culture in Late Antiquity
  • SII 405 Catholic Moral Tradition
  • THRS 100 The Christian Village
  • THRS 104 Mystery of God/Mystery of the Human Person
  • THRS 106 Introduction to Sacred Scripture
  • THRS 200 Christian Feminist Theology
  • THRS 202 Portraits of Christ: An Introduction to the Four Gospels
  • THRS 260 Sexuality and Scripture
  • THRS 262 Homosexuality and the Bible
  • THRS 280 Migrant and Diaspora Religions
  • THRS 308 Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology
  • THRS 312 Christian Marriage
  • THRS 322 Liberation Theology
  • THRS 361 Religion and the Environment
    ENVA 361 Religion and the Environment
  • THRS 305 Feminist Theology from the Third World(s)
  • THRS 405 Catholic Moral Tradition
  • THRS 470 Contemporary Moral Issues

Area 3: Culture and Aesthetics

  • ENGL 311 Writing Faith: Exploring Poetics and the Politics of Spirituality in Medieval Literature
  • MS 350 Human Rights and Film
  • SII 204 Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • SII 302 Music and Art
  • SII 413 Dante's Divine Commedia
    SPAN 413 Dante's Divina Commedia
  • THRS 330 Biblical and Spiritual Drama
    PASJ 315 Biblical and Spiritual Drama
  • THRS 340 Panamerican Saints: Hagiography and Politics

The Capstone

All students must complete a Capstone course (4 units), including a Capstone thesis project.

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