A Deeper Understanding

As a Catholic Studies' student, you'll learn to identify the theological and philosophical tenets, doctrines, and practices that distinguish Catholicism from other religions. You will also learn to:

  • Articulate the impact of Catholicism on various aspects of human civilization and in different historical moments
  • Communicate with fluency about major figures in Catholic artistic and intellectual traditions
  • Describe the Church as a global human family and cultural diversity as a gift of God's creation
  • Apply Spiritan principles of justice, peace and the integrity of creation (JPIC) in personal and professional life that demonstrates leadership, teamwork and service in Catholic, ecumenical, inter-religious contexts

Catholic Studies welcomes students of all religious faiths and backgrounds to learn more about the Catholic faith and the contributions of Catholicism to world history, local and global culture.

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Kenneth Parker

Dr. Kenneth Parker

Chair & Professor, Catholic Studies, Professor of Historical Theology, Ryan Endowed Chair for Newman Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Cochran

Dr. Elizabeth Cochran

Professor, Catholic Studies and Theology

Fr. Drew Morgan

Fr. Drew Morgan

Assistant Professor, Catholic Studies & President of the Board of Directors, National Institute for Newman Studies

Dr. Kathleen Roberts

Dr. Kathleen Roberts

Professor, Catholic Studies

Dr. James Swindal

Dr. James Swindal

Professor, Catholic Studies and Philosophy

Dr. William Wright

Dr. William Wright

Professor, Catholic Studies and Theology

Contact for more info

Gerriet Suiter

Program Manager