Catholic Studies


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

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In addition to the core curriculum, catholic studies majors take the following courses

THEO 206 Creation and Grace

THEO 307 Sacraments

THEO 309 Christ and His Church

THEO 405 Triune God

THEO 490 Senior Seminar

Elective Options (4 Required)

Any THEO Courses

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, text or issues as approved by the Theology Department Chair.

See the Academic Catalog for course descriptions