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The Arthur McGovern, S.J., Catholic Studies Program

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Program: Certificate - Catholic Studies
Credit Hours: 18

The Arthur J. McGovern, S.J., Catholic Studies Program, recognizing the richness, depth, and breadth of the Catholic tradition, seeks to help students understand the Catholic vision, its contribution to various fields of study, and its influence on contemporary life. The course of studies aims at developing a thoughtful appreciation of the living tradition of the Catholic faith in dialogue with social and personal experience. The program is guided by the principle that faith should inform life in the real world and awaken a responsibility to seek social justice.

The program offers a certificate in Catholic Studies upon the completion of 18-credit hours in courses from several disciplines that address six content areas:

  • Traditions of Catholic Spirituality and Theology
  • Christian Social Justice Traditions
  • The Catholic Imagination and the Diversity of Its Expression
  • Christian Perspectives on the Human Person and on Human Development
  • Church History as It Informs Today's Church and Society
  • The Meaning and Importance of Vatican Council II


Si Hendry, S.J.
Director, Arthur McGovern, S.J., Catholic Studies Program


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