Core Courses

Catholic Studies courses are designated with the abbreviation “CST” in course offerings.

CST 120: Introduction to Catholic Thought (Spring 2018; Laura Dingeldein)

From the death of Jesus in the first century CE through Pope Francis’s papacy in the 21st century, Catholicism has been shaped in part through literature. In “Introduction to Catholic Thought” we will look at some of the finest letters, autobiographies, and novels written within the Catholic tradition in an effort to investigate some of the prominent and distinctive themes of Catholic thought.

Same as RELS 120. Past course.

CST 150: Catholicism in US History (Fall 2017; Laura Dingeldein)

This course surveys the nature of Catholicism and the Catholic experience in the United States from the 17th century to today. We will identify and analyze the interplay between American Catholicism and American culture over the past few hundred years, examining in particular Catholics’ colonization of the “New World,” Catholic immigration during the 19th and early 20th centuries, changes within American Catholicism during the 1960s, and contemporary American Catholic groups and concerns.

Same as as RELS 150 and HIST 150. US Society course.

CST 293: Dante’s Divine Comedy (Fall 2017; Maria C. Fabbian)

An in-depth study of the Divine Comedy, read in English, against the historical, religious, philosophical, and cultural background of the Middle Ages.

Same as RELS 293 and ITAL 293. Creative Arts course and Past course.

CST 294: Topics in Catholic History

An investigation of the impact of human migration and cultural pluralism on Catholicism and an analysis of the role of the Catholic Church in group relations. Topics will vary.

Same as HIST 294 and RELS 294.

CST 295: Topics in Catholic Thought: Catholicism, In the Beginning (Fall 2017; Laura Dingeldein)

Today, over a billion people in this world identify as Catholic. But 2,000 years ago, Catholics and Catholicism did not exist. Rather, there existed in the eastern part of the Roman Empire a Jewish teacher and healer named Jesus whose followers began worshipping him as a divine being and the son of God. This marks the beginnings of what we now know as Catholic Christianity, and so it is this moment in history to which we turn in this course, studying the ancient people, culture, and events from which this global religious movement arose.

Same as RELS 295 and CL 298.

CST 394: Topics in Catholic History and Culture

Exploration of various topics in Catholic history and culture. Prerequisite(s): One course in History or Catholic Studies, or the consent of the instructor.

Same as HIST 394 and RELS 394.

CST 396: Independent Study

Selected topics for individual study. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above, and consent of the instructor. Recommended background: CST 120 or CST 150.