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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 adamcharlesa@sau.edu

Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Catholic Studies

A minimum of 16-18 semester credits.

Required courses – 7-9 credits
CATH 201: Introduction to Catholic Studies
THEO 141 : St. Ambrose of Milan
CATH 401: Capstone Course in Catholic Studies (1-3 credits)

Core Courses in Catholic History – 3 credits
One of the following for 3 credits: 
History 320: European Topics: Christianity and Culture, Early and Medieval (cross-listed as ART 326: Early - Medieval
        Christian Art and Architecture)
Theology 341: History of Christianity, Ancient & Medieval
Theology 342: History of Christianity, Reformation & Modern
Theology 344: Rome & Christianity
History 320: European Topics: Christianity and Culture, Early and Medieval (cross-listed as ART 326: Early - Medieval
        Christian Art and Architecture.)
Theology 341: History of Christianity, Ancient & Medieval
Theology 342: History of Christianity, Reformation & Modern
Theology 344: Rome & Christianity

Electives – 6 credits
Choose one area for electives, either A, B, or C. 

A: Individualized concentration: minimum 6 credits from:
ENG 120: Catholic Literature
HIST 216: Medieval Europe
ART HISTORY 250: Art through the Ages I (Cross-listed as HIST 215 Classical Europe)
ART HISTORY 251: Art through the Ages II
ENG 302: Medieval Literature
MUS 310: Music in Liturgy
HIST 325: History of the Renaissance 
HIST 326: The European Reformation
PHIL 343: Peace & Non-Violence
SOC 356: Sociology of Religion
THEO 107: Introduction to the Sacraments
THEO 110 Introduction to Moral Issues
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 Educators
EDUC 355: Methods of Teaching the Catholic Faith
And one of the following: 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
THEO: 319: Bio-ethics and Health Care
And one of the following: SOC: 336: Death & Dying; THEO 301: Prayer, Spirituality, and Liturgy; SOC 356: Sociology of Religion; or an appropriate course among the electives listed above.