Catholic Studies Major & Minor

Announcing the Catholic Studies Major!

The Catholic Studies major will begin in the the 2019-2020 school year. The program will encounter Christ and his bride, the Church, where she has most faithfully taken up God’s gracious call. More than an academic discipline, Catholic Studies seeks a way of seeing how all things in the world hang together through the teachings of the Church, illuminated by and through an imaginative and compelling cast of characters that inflame the imagination. Get in on the ground floor of this major and minor and help to shape the future of this amazing new faith-based and intellectually rigorous program by contacting Dr. Eric Hall at or Dr. Mark Smillie at We would love to chat with you and get you some more information, helping you take the faithfulness of the Church into whatever occupation and vocation you might be called to take up.

    What to Expect

    Catholic Studies looks at the ways that reason, culture, and person can be integrated into the life of Roman Catholic faith, celebrating the cooperation between God and person when this faithful synthesis is achieved. Its goal is to help students see the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of the body of Christ and to bring this Truth, Beauty, and Goodness into whatever occupation and vocation they should be called to take up.

    Check out our courses we offer!

    Catholic Studies Classroom

    All Catholic Studies majors are strongly encouraged to double-major and empowered to do so, and the minor is setup so that our professional students in credit-heavy majors--Nursing, Pre-med Biology, Business--can greatly benefit from thoughtful reflection on their life in the Church as well.


    • Examine the role played by the Catholic faith intellectually, culturally, spiritually, and socially in the lives of specific individuals.
    • Assess the effect of the Catholic faith as a body of thought and culture on intellectual, cultural, spiritual, moral, individual and social developments throughout history.
    • Integrate knowledge from different disciplines, and synthesize this with the ongoing dialogue between faith and reason.
    • Articulate how the harmony of faith and reason applies to a student’s major and/or future profession