The Need for Catholic Studies
Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary program that includes, but is not limited to, theology, history, literature, political science, economics, sociology, fine arts, music, and social work. Catholic Studies courses enable students to explore the myriad ways in which Catholicism has informed people's lives and the world in which they live. Catholic Studies programs can be found at Catholic colleges and universities throughout the United States, and a growing number of Catholic and non-Catholic universities have raised money for endowed chairs in this field. English, economics, political science, and sociology are all potential vehicles for informing undergraduates about Catholic teachings, life, and culture; in other words, Catholicism is taught across the curriculum. Recently, Catholic Studies courses have become a part of the curriculum of non-Catholic colleges and universities. Catholic Studies chairs at non-Catholic universities serve as a reminder of other issues that will need to be addressed as this emerging discipline finds its place in academia.
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