The Catholic Studies Major prepares students for graduate study or a profession or a clerical, religious, or lay calling in a pastorally related field. These include a vocation in youth ministry, religious education, religious education management, parish leadership, diocesan administration, publishing, religious communications, retreat direction, humanitarian and community services, a career in law, business, or a variety of public leadership positions, the diaconate, priesthood, or a religious order. In addition to a meaningful education in Catholic Studies with a pastoral emphasis, students will have the opportunity to focus their interest with additional coursework, research, a second major, minors, and internships in specific areas of career preparation.

Students who earn a Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Studies will:

  • Enter into written and oral scholarly discourse on topics in Catholic ecclesial, liturgical, theological, philosophical, cultural, historical, and educational studies
  • Identify expressions of Catholic faith, theology, or spirituality as these are presented in art, music, or literature
  • Explore and demonstrate the intersection of faith and reason in courses across the curriculum
  • Present a portfolio of substantial written and creative coursework in conjunction with a cumulative, integrating reflection paper