Catholic Studies

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Fast Facts: Catholic Studies

  • An interdisciplinary program for students of all faiths who want to learn more about the tradition that has shaped both the culture of St. Scholastica and the entire Western world.
  • The Bragelman Program in Catholic Studies continues the College’s Benedictine tradition of rigorous engagement with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. 
  • Welcomes, facilitates and promotes discussion about the relationship between faith and modern culture.
  • Prepares students to become leaders who, inspired by the Gospel, can speak honestly and respectfully to people from all walks of life

Program Requirements

Major: 52 credits
Minor: 20 credits
Certificate: 16 credits

Internships

Placement assistance is available to those interested in a program internship.

Careers

Catholic Studies majors have gone on  to work in parishes, social service agencies and elementary and high schools. Others have gone on to medical school or to other graduate programs of study. The goal of a Catholic Studies major is to prepare richly for the multiplicity of adventures that await you in the future. 

Pair with a Language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample Curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse TRS 1101 - Intro to Christian Theology

Introduces students to the academic study of Christian theology (both Catholic and Protestant). Students are encouraged to discover the historical, theological, spiritual and ethical foundations of theology. Students will explore the religious dimension of human experience, God, salvation, evil, ritual, scriptures and community. Special emphasis is placed on issues affecting 21st century Christianity.

Expand and Collapse TRS 1103 - Introduction to the Bible

An introduction to the academic study of the Bible and survey of major portions of its writings. Designed to acquaint students with the historical, literary, and theological character of the Bible as well as the contents of the individual texts that comprise the Christian Scriptures. Students will acquire familiarity with the literature of the Bible, become self-conscious and critical readers and interpreters, and reflect on the role of readers in the construction of textual meaning and interpretation.

Expand and Collapse TRS 1104 - Intro to Hebrew Scriptures

An introduction to the academic study of the Hebrew Scriptures and a survey of major portions of its writings designed to acquaint students with the literary, historical, and theological character and contents of the individual texts comprising this collection. This course investigates the political, social, religious and philosophical, and literary environments in which the Hebrew Scriptures originated in order to contextualize adequately the reading and study of the documents. It introduces the methodologies employed in the investigation of the texts of the Hebrew Scripture during the modern period and the major scholarly issues that this research has addressed.

Expand and Collapse TRS 1105 - Intro to New Testament

An introduction to and survey of the New Testament designed to acquaint students with the literary, historical, and theological character and contents of the individual writings comprising this collection. It investigates the political, social, religious and philosophical, and literary environment in which the New Testament originated in order to contextualize adequately the reading and study of the documents. It introduces the methodologies employed in the investigation of New Testament texts during the modern period and the major scholarly issues that this research has addressed.

Expand and Collapse TRS 1110 - Introduction to Catholicism

An introduction to Roman Catholicism from the perspective of the American Catholic experience. The course reviews the history of Catholicism from the emergence of Christianity to the present, with special attention to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. It surveys the Church's beliefs and practices, the exercise of authority, its sacramental life and liturgical traditions, moral norms, and relations with Protestant denominations and other major religious communities. The course also encounters the Church in its local setting and explores issues that U. S. Catholics find most challenging.

Expand and Collapse TRS 3310 - Rel Prspctv Living, Dying,Grvg

Consideration of questions related to suffering, dying, prolonging and manipulating life. Study examines topics related to the meaning and end of human life according to various religious and cultural viewpoints. Topics include the quality and sacredness of life, end of life moral issues, funeral rites, grief and mourning, suicide, and perspectives on life after death.

Expand and Collapse TRS 3350 - The Person & Mission of Jesus

This course provides a study of the person, mission and teachings of Jesus Christ in scripture, doctrine and contemporary theology. Particular attention is paid to historical Jesus studies. Course is designed to deepen understanding of the central figure of Christianity and provide a basis for Christian life. Prerequisite: 1000 level TRS course or consent of instructor.

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  • "A deep love for the Catholic Church and its mission of evangelization was the catalyst for incorporating Catholic Studies as a double major to my academic career. The rigors of critical thinking, reading and writing enriched my prayer life and readied me for an exciting career as a Catholic youth minister and Director of Religious Education."

    – Zach Bennett, ‘06