Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies

Program Advisor: William Riordan, Professor of Theology

 The Catholic Studies major at Ave Maria University focuses on the interdisciplinary character of the impact of the Catholic Faith on the broader society across the centuries.  The major includes a foundation of doctrinal and moral studies.  The students then have the opportunity to study other disciplines in which the engagement with Catholic teaching is a primary component of the course.  With this approach, students will be introduced to the doctrinal and moral foundations of Catholic theology while also studying how the Catholic Faith has influenced all of the disciplines within Western Civilization. 

Ex Corde Ecclesiae directly calls for this interdisciplinary approach:  “While each discipline is taught systematically and according to its own methods, interdisciplinary studies, assisted by a careful and thorough study of philosophy and theology, enable students to acquire an organic vision of reality and to develop a continuing desire for intellectual progress” (no. 20). 

Student Learning Goals and Outcomes for the Major in Catholic Studies

Goal 1: Upon completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate  a basic understanding of the truths of the Catholic Faith as outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Goal 2: Upon completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the manner in which the Catholic Faith has influenced disciplines outside of theology.

Required Theology Courses from the Core Curriculum:

THEO 105 Sacred Scripture
THEO 205 Sacred Doctrine
THEO 305 Moral Theology

Required Theology Courses:

THEO 206 Creation and Grace
THEO 306 Catholic Spirituality or Christian Marriage THEO 409
THEO 307 Sacraments
THEO 309 Christ and His Church
THEO 405 Triune God
THEO 490 Senior Seminar

Elective Courses (four required):

THEO 409 Christian Marriage
ECON 315 Catholic Social Teaching and Economic Life
POLT 302 Catholic Political Thought
LITR 415 Thomas More
PHIL 406 St. Augustine
PHIL 407 Thomas Aquinas
PHIL 408 Franciscan Philosophy
PHIL 409 John Henry Newman
MUSC 305 Heritage of Sacred Music
LITR 205 Medieval Literature
HIST 362 The Crusades
LATN 304 Latin Church Fathers
LATN 403 Scholastic Latin Texts
Other courses dealing primarily with Catholic themes, texts, or issues as approved by the Theology Department Chair.


Theology Department Faculty