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Catholic Studies at Aquinas College

Catholic Studies Minor

>Two-Year Rotation of Courses
*Two year course rotations are not binding and are subject to change

Minor Requirements: Fifteen (15) semester hours.

  • At least twelve (12) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas, Itaty study away, or Poland study away.
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count toward the minor.

One (1) Course from each discipline: 

Art and Music:

  • AT/CA245 Renaissance Art in Rome, Florence, & Veni
  • AT/CA380 Rembrandt & the Baroque
  • MCHL/TY306 Music in Liturgical Celebration


  • HY/CA277 History of Christianity
  • HY/CA311 American Catholic History
  • HY/CA325 Christian View of History


  • EH/CA260 Catholic Writers
  • CA200 Tolkien's Middle Earth & Catholic Imagination


  • PH220 Medieval Philosophy
  • PC/CA248 Catholic Intellectual Tradition
  • CA210 Math and Theology


  • TY/CA147 The Catholic Vision
  • TY/CA212 Vatican II
  • TY/CA255 Catholic Social Teaching
  • TY345 Church and Spirt

A minor may also be completed by participating in the Study Away Programs below:

Rome, Italy:

  • ART250 Art & Architecture of Rome
  • HUM204 Humanities IV" Approaches to the Eternal
  • ENG217 Poetics
  • Philosophy Elective from list above (taken at AQ)
  • THEO220 Aquinas on Virtuous LIfe
    • THEO 200/210/240 also accepted

Krakow, Poland

  • ART303 The Most Significant Works of Art in Krakow
  • HIST303 The Most Significant Work fo Arti n the Krakow History
  • Literature Elective from list above (taken at AQ)
  • PH310/PSYC415 Personalist Psychology of Karol Wojityla/Jhn Paul II
  • THEO300 Karol Wojtyla and Vatican II




  • AT275/CA275 Renaissance Art in Rome, Florence, and Venice (3) AT

    Course offered fall of even years An investigation of the masters and monuments from 1250–1550. Emphasis is placed on Italy culminating in a study of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael and their legacy; however, Northern masters and styles will be introduced.

  • AT380 Rembrandt and the Baroque (3) AT

    Course offered fall of odd years. A study of the artistic styles and cultural centers of European painting, sculpture and architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Emphasis will be placed on the development and legacy of leading masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Bernini and Caravaggio.

  • MCHL306/TY306 Music in Liturgical Celebration (3)

    Integrated study of music and liturgy; historical, theological study of basic liturgy and function of music in liturgy; musician’s role in a parish.

  • HY277/CA277 History of Christianity (3) HP

    An investigation of the history of the Christian Church from its origins in the first century to modern times. The class focuses on the Western Catholic Church in the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods.

  • HY311/CA311 American Catholic History (3)

    Development of the Catholic Church from immigrant status to major denomination within the pluralist context of American society.

  • CA325/HY325 Christian View of History (3)

    This course is a cultural history of Christendom, with a particular emphasis on Catholic culture and Christian historiography.

  • EH260/CA260 Catholic Writers (3) AC

    This course explores fiction written by Catholic writers and analyzes and discusses how their faith manifests itself in their novels and short stories.

  • CA200 Tolkien’s Middle Earth and the Catholic Imagination (3)

    The analysis of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imaginative world, Middle-earth, from the perspective of a Catholic worldview and his concept of mythopoeia. This course is a Catholic Studies and Theology elective.

  • TY147/CA147 The Catholic Vision (3) TF

    This course introduces students to Roman Catholic tradition and its faith, doctrines, theology, ritual, spirituality and moral life. Its goals include 1) acquainting students with the distinctive spirit of the Catholic vision and tradition as it relates to other Christian denominations and religious traditions; 2) helping students to recognize that Catholicism is a theological heritage that encompasses a rich tradition of persons, doctrines, ways of celebrating, moral living, praying and social justice; and 3) familiarizing students with the challenges that contemporary Catholicism faces in the Third Millennium.

  • TY212 Vatican II and the American Catholic Experience (3)

    This course examines the major documents of the Second Vatican Council and how the paradigm shift experienced impacts the Roman Catholic tradition in the United States since 1965. After setting the historical context of Vatican II and its place in the Catholic theological tradition, the major themes of the council are addressed with a careful reading of select documents. Attention is then given to how the shifts in Vatican II, rooted in the documents, has effected contemporary concerns in the United States such as ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, understanding of church, the nature of theological reflection and relationship of faith to the world.

  • TY255/CA255 Catholic Social Teaching (3) TF

    An introduction to the official social teachings of the Catholic Church and the lived experience of the Judeo-Christian tradition in the United States since the end of the nineteenth century. Attention is given to the theological vision, the anthropology, and the principles used by the Church in its moral reflection on the various social problems of our day including rights and duties of workers and employers, racism, sexism, attacks on the dignity of human life and the family, political tyranny, economic injustice in the Third and Fourth worlds, and war.

  • TY345 Church and Spirit (3) SC

    This introduction to ecclesiology sets the church within the contemporary historical, sociological and theological context. Models of the church, how the church saw itself throughout various historical periods, its nature and mission as formulated in Vatican II, and challenges for the future are considered.