Christian Intellectual Tradition
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Overview: The Catholic Studies Program offers interdisciplinary study in the intellectual traditions of the Church from the New Testament to the present. Designed to explore questions that have occupied Christian philosophers, theologians, artists and literary writers, political theorists and historians, and natural and social scientists, the program welcomes students of all religious faiths and all academic majors.
Curriculum: 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 offers a variety of social and spiritual activities and opportunities for community service in neighborhoods near the university. Co-curricular events include informal movie nights, field trips to local religious sites, weekly prayer and a spring day of reflection.
Faculty: Foundations courses are taught in the Department of Theological Studies by teachers that have won many awards in the College of Arts & Sciences. Crosslisted faculty represent a wide array of interests, including Philosophy, Theology, English, History, Art History and Biology. Two recipients of the university wide Nancy McNeir Ring Award teach in the program.
Careers: Alums of Catholic Studies have gone on to graduate studies in theology and Law. Some are pursuing careers in teaching or ministry. Others work now in business. Our students represent a wide range of fields including Theology, Philosophy, English, History, MIS, and Occupational Therapy! Our goal is to enrich students in every field as they look at their future work not just as a job, but as a vocation.
Internships: Some work study opportunities are available. Service learning provides students with potential contacts in the community.