About Catholic Studies

The primary goal of Catholic Studies courses can be expressed shortly and simply: to understand Catholicism. But there is nothing short and simple about our subject of inquiry. There is much to be examined within a religious movement that has spanned nearly two thousand years and currently encompasses over a billion people worldwide. We invite you to explore this complex and wide-ranging religious tradition with faculty trained in its historical, anthropological, political, and literary study, at one of the most diverse public research universities in the nation.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the influence of Catholicism on US culture, the distinctive features of Catholicism in comparison with other religions, Catholics’ sacred texts, Catholic social justice movements, or even just basic information about the religious movement embraced by many of your fellow students, then consider taking a Catholic Studies course! You’ll learn more about the practices, people, history, institutions, and theologies that constitute Catholicism, and, in doing so, you may learn more about yourself.

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