CATH 200 – Introduction to Catholic Studies
As a comprehensive introduction to Catholic Studies, this course explores the intriguing history, dynamic culture, and widespread influence of the Catholic tradition.
CATH 290AB - Ancient & Early Christian Art
This course begins with a review of Greek and Roman art, with a focus on key words and their principles and ideals. It then examines early Christian artistic production, with an emphasis on how craftsmen adopted and transformed the practices of their Classical predecessors.
CATH 290 AI – Catholicism and the Paranormal
This course will survey the Catholic Church’s historical and contemporary reactions to the supernatural. It will focus in particular on topics such as apparitions, levitation, ghosts and possession, mystical visions, Eucharistic miracles, bilocation, the occult, stigmata, as well as other unexplained religious phenomena.
CATH 290 AK – Mystics, Saints, and Sinners
This course explores the collective legacy of ten influential Catholics whose work and writings continue to resonate across religious as well as secular society. A thematic engagement of renowned saints, reputed sinners, and quirky mystics will provide insight into the diversity of oddball characters that help comprise the Catholic Church.
CATH 290 AL – Catholicism and Human Sexuality
Exploration of the Catholic Church’s understanding of sexual expression with a focus on topics such as reciprocity, fidelity, romantic love, sexual identities, and intimacy with special attention given to the work of Pope St. John Paul II as well as other contemporary Catholic thinkers.
CATH 390 AB – History of the Jesuits
The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) left an indelible mark on the history of the Church and the modern age. This course explores the origin, expansion, suppression, and return of the Jesuits, examining their impact on political, religious, socio-cultural, and intellectual life in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
CATH 390 – Catholic Social Teaching
An introduction to Catholic social teaching with a dual focus on critical theory and praxis. Students will engage the Church’s position on issues such as human dignity, solidarity with minority and oppressed populations, the common good, subsidiarity, rights and responsibilities, as well as the preferential option for the poor.