As Director of the Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown University, I welcome you to our Catholic Studies website where you can read about our current courses and activities. We are a small program in the College but no less a vibrant one. You probably are wondering, what is Catholic Studies? Professor Anthony Tambasco writes: “Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses not only on Catholic doctrine or theology but also on the relationship of these teachings to the wider world and various cultures within which Catholicism lives." The Catholic Studies minor provides an opportunity to deepen knowledge of how Catholicism and Catholics have interacted with the world, both shaping and being shaped by culture and society both in the past and in the present. As an interdisciplinary program, the minor in Catholic Studies provides opportunities for encounter with the Catholic intellectual tradition as expressed in many disciplines from Philosophy to Science and English, providing courses that highlight the contribution of Catholic intellectuals and scholars. The program makes available various courses devoted to the Catholic intellectual tradition including theology, spirituality, liturgy and the sacramental life, and brings these into relationship with other courses that deal either in whole or in part with the ways in which Catholic belief is rooted in the lives of people. If you are interested in pursuing a minor in Catholic Studies, scroll down to see the course offerings and requirements (18 credits.) The minor is completed with a capstone tutorial seminar which gives the student the opportunity to examine in depth some question, or integrate one’s major or proposed career, through the lens of the Catholic intellectual tradition. I hope you will consider exploring this very rich tradition of thought and life.
For further information on the Minor in Catholic Studies, please contact Dr. Ilia Delio.