Catholic Studies at Aquinas College

Catholic Studies: About

Mission Statement:

The mission of Catholic Studies is to share "the rich experience of the Church's own culture," assist students in their spiritual as well as their intellectual development, and establish Aquinas College as the regional center for Catholic intellectual and creative life (Ex Corde Ecclesiae, § 43).

The Goals of the Catholic Studies Program are:

  • To share "the rich experience of the Church's own culture" in an academically challenging setting with students and Catholic educations (Ex Corde Ecclesiae § 43)
  • To host lectures, seminars, and other programming geared toward the mission of the program.
  • To establish a Catholic Studies Center.
  • To endow a named annual lecture series on the intersection of Catholic faith, thought, and culture.
  • To endow a named chair in Catholic Studies who would oversee the minor as well as the Center.

Student Learning Outcomes

Successful minors in Catholic Studies will complete their education with:

  • A broad knowledge of the history of Christianity.
  • A broad knowledge of the Christian view of history best explicated by St. Augustine of Hippo, G.K. Chesterton, and Christopher Dawson.
  • A broad knowledge of the distinctive spirit of the Catholic vision and tradition.
  • A broad knowledge of the Catholic theological heritage and worldview.
  • The distinctive hallmarks of the Catholic imagination, particularly in literature.
  • A clear understanding of how faith and reason interact in the Catholic intellectual tradition, and of this tradition’s impact on the development of Western Civilization.
  • Extensive opportunities for spiritual development that provide deep integration of authentic Catholic intellectual understanding and practice of the faith.