Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the intellectual tradition, history and culture, both "high" and popular, of the Catholic Christian tradition. While the field of study includes religious questions and theological issues, it primarily follows a "cultural studies" model. In addition to courses on the Catholic Church and issues in Catholic theology, it examines the role of the Catholic tradition in history, in literature and the arts, in the history of science, and in cultural and ethical issues related to many fields of professional practice. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the distinctive contributions of the Catholic Church to religious, cultural intellectual issues throughout the last two thousand years.

The minor in Catholic Studies will explore the texts, traditions, themes, teachings, and cultural role of the Catholic Church from its inception to its contemporary expression. Particular attention will be paid to its place in contemporary America. This interdisciplinary program will enable students to study the Catholic tradition, its ethos, identity, and mission, as made tangible in history, philosophy, literature, theology, the visual and performing arts, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences.

Art History
Medieval Art of Western Europe
Celtic and Early Irish Art
Early Renaissance Art in Italy
High Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy
Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
Baroque Art
The Arts of Ireland and the British Isles, 500-1000
Byzantine Art
God and Modern Biology
Irish Literature
Irish Women Writers
Age of Chaucer
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
James Joyce
All About Eve
European Society Middle Ages
Anti-Semitism: Medieval to Modern
Ireland: Middle Ages to the Present
Colonial Latin America, 1492-1800
Religious Outsiders in Early Modern France and Europe
Philosophy of Religion
The Problem of God
Violence and the Sacred
Introduction to the Study of Peace and Justice
Northern Ireland: The Politics of War and Peace
Religious Studies
Writings of Paul
Good News of the Gospels
Writings of John
Early Christianity
Introduction to Catholicism
The Problem of God
Jesus Christ: Yesterday and Today
The Church
Liberation Theology
Christian Feminist Theology
Sacraments in Christian Life
Last Things: The Catholic Belief in Life After Death
The Medieval Church
Encountering God in Medieval Christian Thought
Finding God in All Things: The Spiritual Legacy of Ignatius of Loyola
Faith and Reason: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition
The Reformation Era
American Catholic Theologians
Contemporary Moral Problems
The Morality of Marriage in Christian Perspective
Catholic Social Teaching
Christian Spirituality
Reinterpretation of the New Testament
The Papacy
Saints and Sinners: Images of Holiness in Contemporary Fiction


Lakeland (Religious Studies)

Advisory Board

Behre (History)
Carolan (Modern Languages and Literatures)
Dallavalle (Religious Studies)
Rose (Visual and Performing Arts)