Catholic Studies (Minor)

SLU’s Catholic studies program explores the intellectual traditions of the Church from the New Testament to the present. You’ll explore questions that have occupied Christian philosophers and theologians, as well as artists, literary writers, political theorists, historians, and natural and social scientists. 

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In addition to courses in the Christian intellectual tradition, Catholic studies offers you the opportunity 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 classwork, SLU's Catholic Studies Program also offers you a variety of social and spiritual activities, as well as opportunities for community service in neighborhoods near campus. Co-curricular events include informal movie nights, field trips to local religious sites, weekly prayer and a spring day of reflection.

SLU’s Catholic studies minor is an 18-credit-hour program and welcomes students of all religious faiths and academic majors.

Curriculum

Students must take at least one approved course from each of the following disciplines:

  • Theology (“THEO 1000: Theological Foundations” does not fulfill this requirement)
  • Philosophy
  • English
  • History

Students are also required to take “CATH 4960: Catholic Studies Capstone.”

Internships and Careers

Students who graduate from SLU with a minor in Catholic studies often pursue careers in teaching, ministry and business. Others have gone on to graduate studies in theology and law.

Faculty
  • David Meconi, S.J.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Gatherings Every Monday Night

SLU’s Edmund Campion Centre for Catholic Studies offers informal gatherings every Monday night where SLU students can gather to hear top-notch Catholic speakers, engage in medieval-style debate, participate in weekly prayer and liturgy and serve in neighborhoods near SLU. Co-curricular events include informal movie nights, field trips to local religious communities and a spring retreat.