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Housed under the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, students work closely with faculty and their advisors to create their own unique Catholic Studies curriculum. Choosing from at least three disciplines, students create a major or minor path of study that supports their individual interests and passion.

Self-Designed Major

A multidisciplinary major in Catholic Studies requires:

  • 14 courses (max) from at least three disciplines within the competence of the College faculty.
  • A proposal that includes a statement of intellectual rationale for the proposed field of study, an outline of courses already taken, and a plan of proposed courses. Proposals are written in consultation with the Catholic Studies advisor, the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and two faculty sponsors based in departments related to the proposed major.
  • Letters of support from faculty sponsors.


A multidisciplinary minor in Catholic Studies requires:

  • 6 courses from at least three disciplines within the competence of the College faculty.
  • A proposal similar to that for the student-designed major though on a smaller scale. Students may design their own minor, or use a faculty-designed template as a basis for their course work and study.

Fall 2019 Courses


  • CLAS 109 Classical and Biblical Sources of European and English Literature
  • CLAS 112 Greek Myths in Literature


  • ENGL 379 Confrontations with Christianity


  • HIST 226 Irish American Experience

Religious Studies

  • RELS 114 (01, 02) Introduction to Theology
  • RELS 115 (01, 02) Angels and Demons
  • RELS 116 Catholicism
  • RELS 117 (01) History of Christianity
  • RELS 117 (02) History of Christianity (1st and 2nd Year Students only; 1/2 of available seats for 1st-Year Students)
  • RELS 139 (01, 02) Understanding Jesus
  • RELS 141 (01, 02) Contemporary Christian Morality
  • RELS 143 Social Ethics
  • RELS 234 Conflicts in the Church

Visual Arts

  • VAHI 204 Arts of Religion

Spring 2020 Courses


  • CLAS 114: Discerning God and Discovering Self
  • LATN 323: Latin Letters


  • RELS 111: Rise of the Christian West
  • RELS 112: Emerging Europe

Religious Studies

  • RELS 292: Medieval Christianity
  • RELS 225: Love and Friendship in the Catholic Tradition
  • RELS 199: Christian Martyrdom
  • RELS 116: Catholicism
  • RELS 219: Christian Prayer in Theory and Practice
  • RELS 205: God: A Love Story
  • RELS 280: Liberation Theology
  • RELS 119: History of Christianity II
  • RELS 295: Un Tal Jesus

Visual Arts

  • VAHI 136: Narrative in Art and Film (students can work on Catholic themed project with the professor)

Apply to the Major or Minor