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Catholic Studies Program

Saint Louis University’s Catholic Studies Program offers interdisciplinary and integrated study in the intellectual and social traditions of the Church from the time of the New Testament to present day. 

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Offered through SLU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the program is designed to explore major questions that have occupied Christian philosophers, theologians, artists, literary writers, political theorists, historians, and natural and social scientists for two millennia.

The courses in Catholic Studies will center around the following ideas:

  • A sacramental worldview which sees all creatures as reflections of God's own life.
  • The inherent and inalienable dignity of each and every human person.
  • The common good and a proper understanding of the organic unity of all human persons.
  • A radical appreciation and appropriation of how Jesus Christ and his Church have shaped human history.

Why Study Catholic Studies at SLU?

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 inter-relationship of faith and reason; humanity and divinity;  and the natural and supernatural. Through the lens of the Jesuit tradition, the Catholic Studies program will hope you see "God in all things," fostering the moral and intellectual habits that alone allow for true human flourishing.

Learn More About SLU's Catholic Studies Minor

The Value of SLU's Catholic Studies Minor

The Catholic Studies minor is an important credential in applying for graduate school or for employment after graduation.

No matter what your major or profession you might pursue in the future, the program can develop your critical thinking skills, as well as help you develop excellent written and oral communication skills. You’ll also enhance your capacity to see the big picture through the course of your SLU education.