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Catholic Studies

The Catholic Studies Minor at St. Ambrose University is an interdisciplinary program of study designed to offer the students an exploration of Catholic intellectual tradition. The goal is to gather students and faculty from all disciplines to engage in a critical, sympathetic investigation of Catholic thought and life.

Catholicism is complex; it is a faith tradition that incorporates doctrines, structures, rituals, customs, philosophical thought, sociological phenomena, and artistic secular, and therefore it is fitting that such a process of inquiry take place at a university setting.

Gaining Admittance
Contact your advisor or the program director, Fr. Chuck Adam, at

Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Catholic Studies (16-18 credits)

Required (7 credits):

+CATH 201 Introduction to Catholic Studies
+CATH 401 Capstone Course 
+THEO 141 St. Ambrose of Milan

Electives (9 credits):

Choose one section (A-D) below. Within each section, 3 credits each must come from: Theology; in a field other than Theology; and a 300 level course or higher.

A. Individualized Emphasis
ENG 120: Topics: Catholic Literature
ENG 302 Medieval Literature
MUS 309 Music in Liturgy
PHIL 343 Peace & Non-Violence
PHIL 360 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
SOC 356 Sociology of Religion
THEO 107 Introduction to the Sacraments
THEO 110 Introduction to Moral Issues
THEO 130 Introduction to the Old Testament
THEO 132 New Testament
THEO 301 Prayer, Spirituality, and Liturgy
THEO 304 Celtic Spirituality
THEO 310 Social Justice
THEO 312 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Peace & Justice
THEO 402 Eucharist

B. Catholic Education Emphasis
• EDUC 355: Methods of Teaching the Catholic Faith (Cross-listed as CATH 355 Methods of Teaching the Catholic Faith)
• Further course suggestions include: ENG 120 Catholic Literature; PHIL 343 Peace & Non-Violence; THEO 312 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Peace & Justice; MUS 310 Music in Liturgy; or an appropriate course among the electives listed above.

C. Catholic Health Care Emphasis
• THEO 319 Bio-ethics and Health Care
• Further course suggestions include: SOC 336 Death & Dying; THEO 301 Prayer, Spirituality, and Liturgy; SOC 356 Sociology of Religion; or an appropriate course among the electives listed above.

D. Catholic History Emphasis
AH 250 Art through the Ages I (cross-listed as HIST 215 Classical Europe)
AH 251 Art through the Ages II
HIST 320 European Topics: Christianity and Culture, Early and Medieval -(cross-listed as ART 326 Early - Medieval Christian Art and Architecture)
THEO 341 History of Christianity, Ancient & Medieval
THEO 342 History of Christianity, Reformation & Modern
HIST 322 History of Rome (cross listed as Art History 323)
HIST 216 Medieval Europe
HIST 325 History of the Renaissance
HIST 326 The European Reformation