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Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies: Self-Designed Major, Self-Designed Minor 

From its biblical origins to today’s global realities, Catholicism continues to impact and transform humanity. Through the Catholic Studies program, selected students enter into the intellectual life of the Church, its social teachings and rich cultural heritage, gaining a highly focused Jesuit and Catholic perspective on the arts, sciences, humanities, law, medicine, politics, and business.

Catholic Studies offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to Catholic society and culture. Students accepted into the program design their own majors and minors across multiple disciplines to pursue a curriculum that suits their interests and passion. Engaging with individual advisors and expert faculty in classics, English, history, Modern Languages, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, and visual arts, students enrich their personal and career goals with the strength of purpose and moral formation that come from Catholic learning.

Program Highlights

Catholic Studies supports a variety of scholarly, spiritual and social activities resulting in a vibrant community of learning, faith and friendship:
  • Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Orthodox Christian Fellowship
  • Pax Christi
  • Religious Education Teacher's Club
  • Society of Saints Peter and Paul 

Catholic Studies News

Lee Oser, professor of English, presents his newest novel "Oregon Confetti."

English Professor Challenges Literary Norms in New Catholic Novel

Apr 19, 2018

“You write about what you know,” says Lee Oser, professor of English, about writing his newest novel, “Oregon Confetti” (Wiseblood Books, 2017). As a former musician in Portland, a professor of English and a committed Roman Catholic, Oser combines his …