Catholic Studies Program Minor
The Catholic Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences offers interdisciplinary and integrated study in the intellectual and social traditions of the Church from the New Testament period to the present. The program is designed to explore major questions that have occupied Christian philosophers and theologians, artists and literary writers, political theorists and historians, as well as natural and social scientists for two millennia. In addition to a variety of courses in the Christian intellectual tradition, Catholic Studies offers interested students opportunities to explore the history and mission of the Society of Jesus and the traditions underlying Saint Louis University as a Catholic, Jesuit institution. Along with course work, the program also offers a variety of social and spiritual activities.
The Catholic Studies Program is for students of all religious faiths and all academic majors who seek an undergraduate experience that more deliberately focuses on the unity of knowledge and inter-relationship that exists among disciplines through the lens of the Catholic and Jesuit intellectual tradition.
- 18 Credit hours meeting the following requirements:
- At least one approved course from each of the following departmental offerings that relate to the Catholic intellectual tradition.*
- The Catholic Studies Capstone Course (CATH 490)
- One additional
*The list of these approved courses can be found on the Catholic Studies page:
**Since the Theo 100 is required for all undergraduates, one additional course beyond the Theo 100
will be required for the Catholic Studies minor
The Minor in Catholic Studies would be an important credential in applying for graduate school or for employment after graduation. No matter what field of study you have as a major and no matter what profession you might pursue in the future, this program would be a great help in developing critical thinking, skills in written and oral communication and it will enhance your capacity to "see the big picture" through the course of your SLU education.
Since most of the courses applicable for the program also fulfill requirements in the core curriculum, obtaining the Catholic Studies Minor could well involve only the addition of the senior capstone research course, depending on the core courses one has selected in the first few years at SLU.
Contact: Fr. Christopher Collins, SJ in the Catholic Studies Program,