Catholic Studies

CATH 200 Introduction to Catholic Studies 

The goal of Catholic Studies 200 is to introduce students to the range of methodologies and topics that the study of Catholicism includes. It will equip students with the tools they will need to understand Catholic history, culture, and religious disciplines. The main areas of study will be scripture, history of Christianity,  religious thought, art and literature, and contemporary topics and issues. The methodologies will be biblical, historical, philosophical, and comparative.

 

CATH 290AB Classical and Christian Art and Architecture

Rome, Assisi, and Florence, in their archaeological sites (Etruscan, Roman, early Christian) as well as churches and museums, contain a record of Classical & Christian architecture and art forms from the earliest period to the Renaissance. Students will be able to study these works and come to appreciate not just the art and architecture themselves but also the role they played in the cultural life of the first century. Those working towards a Catholic Studies minor will also come to appreciate the subsequent architectural and artistic development of Christianity.

 

CATH 290 AC Science and Ethics from a Catholic Perspective

Science advances at a breakneck pace, and it significantly affects our lives. The value of these advances needs to be discerned from an ethical perspective, as science is not always right or always wrong. The Catholic Church is very vocal in many of these issues, but its stance is often not taken seriously due to misguided preconceptions. A lack of understanding in both the scientific developments and the teachings of the Catholic Church is unhelpful. It leads us into painting a skewered picture with uninformed opinions. The aim of the course is to look at these issues from both sides and better understand the taken positions. This will be done by examining various topics: evolution, beginning- and end-of-life issues, ecology, and cutting-edge issues such as synthetic biology and neuro-enhancement.

 

CATH 290 AD Women in Christianity

This is a survey course that explores the history of women through 21 centuries of Christianity. From Jewish and Judeo-Christian roots, through subsequent centuries, the content will focus on women’s contributions, struggles, and evolution within and outside of ecclesiastical structures. Discussion will assess women’s contributions to the community of faith and how their role in church leadership has been recorded from the early church until today.

This course offers an Engaged Learning option.

 

CATH 290 AF Ignatian Spirituality

This course entails spirituality for everyday life. Texts include the writings of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, as well as the funny, insightful book A Jesuit Guide to (almost) Everything by James Martin, SJ. Learn about a spirituality that emphasizes creativity, practicality, and God found in personal experience.

 

CATH 290AG Mary in the Catholic Tradition     

In Catholic tradition, and increasingly in ecumenical circles, Mary, the Mother of Jesus is a figure of popular and theological significance. This course will explore the cult of Mary, the history and development of Mariology, and will deal with aspects of piety, art, dogma, cultural and other perspectives. We will look at how world religions and other Christian traditions perceive her, and will critically examine her significance in contemporary Catholic practice.

 

CATH 290AH Principles of Catholic Education

This course will explore the principles of Catholic education in light of Church teaching and a Catholic understanding of the whole human person.  We will investigate Catholic pedagogy and other aspects of the educational experience from both theoretical and practical points of view. This course would be particularly suitable as an elective for students who wish to eventually teach in a Roman Catholic school system.

 

CATH 390 History of the Jesuits

Founded in 1540, the Society of Jesus has aroused admiration and respect, but also fear and suspicion, throughout its eventful history, culminating in the election of Francis, the first Jesuit Pope.  As explorers and missionaries, educators and scientists, confessors and reformers, Jesuits have left an indelible mark on the history of the Catholic church as well as on the modern age itself. This course explores the origin, expansion, suppression and return of the Jesuits, examining their impact on political, religious, sociocultural and intellectual life worldwide.  We will assess the rapid growth of the order, from its beginnings in Reformation Europe to its contact with cultures in Asia, the Americas and Africa. Jesuit contributions to science, the arts, politics and social reform will also be considered.