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Catholic Studies

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

College of the Holy Cross Launches E-Journal on Global Catholicism

Sep 16, 2016

The College of the Holy Cross, in collaboration with Catholic studies scholars around the globe, announces the launch of the Journal of Global Catholicism. The international, peer-reviewed, electronic journal fosters understanding of contemporary Catholicism as it is lived and practiced …

Holy Cross Academic Conference to Showcase Student Work

Apr 22, 2016

As the academic year comes to an end, the College of the Holy Cross will celebrate the great and varied work accomplished by its students at the annual Academic Conference taking place across campus from April 27 through April 30. The four-day conference gives students from all class years the opportunity to present the results of their independent research and course work done in a variety of environments—from campus classrooms and libraries to within the Worcester community; from research labs and study abroad locations to art studios and field sites.