School of Education and Catholic Studies

School of Education students are able to complete a minor in Catholic Studies. In some cases, a Catholic Studies minor requires up to 2 additional summer courses or an overload compared to the standard degree plan. Careful planning is required in order to select courses that will satisfy Bridges requirements while also counting towards the Catholic Studies minor.

Students who declare a minor in Catholic Studies can apply for a Jeffery S. Kelly Term Scholarship. Additional details are available here.

Catholic Studies Opportunities by Program:

Leading Teacher Programs

Grades PK-4

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ or Gen Ed/BRDG is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology
  • Communications & Creative Expression - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute
  • Social & Historical Reasoning - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute

According to the normal degree plan (and assuming no College credits were earned in high school), at least one course taken must satisfy two of the above requirements, in order to free up an elective to take the required Catholic Studies minor course CATH 395 Development in the Life of the Church, which does not satisfy any Bridges requirement on its own.

Grades 4-8 English Language Arts

A Catholic Studies minor for this program is achieved through careful course selection and by adding up to 2 additional courses compared to the normal degree plan. (This can be avoided if College credits were earned in high school.)

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ or Gen Ed/BRDG is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology

Grades 4-8 Math

A Catholic Studies minor for this program is achieved through careful course selection and by adding up to 2 additional courses compared to the normal degree plan. (This can be avoided if College credits were earned in high school.)

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ or Gen Ed/BRDG is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology
  • Communications & Creative Expression - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute

At least one course taken must satisfy two of the above requirements, in order to free up an elective to take the required Catholic Studies minor course CATH 395 Development in the Life of the Church, which does not satisfy any Bridges requirement on its own.

Grades 4-8 Math and English Language Arts

A Catholic Studies minor for this program is achieved through careful course selection and by adding up to 2 additional courses compared to the normal degree plan. (This can be avoided if College credits were earned in high school.)

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ or Gen Ed/BRDG is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology

Grades 4-8 Science

A Catholic Studies minor for this program is achieved through careful course selection and by adding up to 2 additional courses compared to the normal degree plan. (This can be avoided if College credits were earned in high school.)

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ or Gen Ed/BRDG is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology

Secondary English Education (Literary Studies and Writing)

A Catholic Studies minor for this program is achieved through careful course selection and by adding up to 2 additional courses compared to the normal degree plan. (This can be avoided if College credits were earned in high school.)

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ or Gen Ed/BRDG is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology
  • Social & Historical Reasoning - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute

At least one course taken must satisfy two of the above requirements, in order to free up an elective to take the required Catholic Studies minor course CATH 395 Development in the Life of the Church, which does not satisfy any Bridges requirement on its own.

BS Secondary English Education and BA English

The many College Core requirements make this one of the easier programs to combine with a minor in Catholic Studies.

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ, Gen Ed/BRDG, or College Core is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology
  • Social & Historical Reasoning - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute
  • College Core - Select Catholic Studies courses are cross-listed with these departments:
    • Communication
    • Political Science
    • Sociology

At least one course taken must satisfy two of the above requirements, in order to free up an elective to take the required Catholic Studies minor course CATH 395 Development in the Life of the Church, which does not satisfy any Bridges or College requirements on its own.

Secondary Mathematics Education

This is one of the easier programs to combine with a minor in Catholic Studies, though it still requires careful course selection as 5 of the 6 opportunities in the degree plan must be allocated to courses that count towards the minor.

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ, Gen Ed/BRDG, or Elective is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology
  • Communications & Creative Expression - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute
  • Social & Historical Reasoning - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute
  • Elective - CATH 395 Development in the Life of the Church should be taken

Note: additional flexibility can be created by taking a course that satisfies multiple requirements above at the same time.

BS Secondary Mathematics Education and BA Mathematics

The many College Core requirements make this one of the easier programs to combine with a minor in Catholic Studies. In some circustances, a second major in Catholic Studies may be possible.

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ, Gen Ed/BRDG, or College Core is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology
  • Communications & Creative Expression - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute
  • Social & Historical Reasoning - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute
  • College Core - Select Catholic Studies courses are cross-listed with these departments:
    • Communication
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Sociology

At least one course taken must satisfy two of the above requirements, in order to free up an elective to take the required Catholic Studies minor course CATH 395 Development in the Life of the Church, which does not satisfy any Bridges or College requirements on its own.

Generally, the Communication course will also satisfy Communications & Creative Expression, so this is not difficult. Similarly, the History cource will most often satisfy Social & Historical Reasoning.

BS Secondary Mathematics Education and BS Mathematics

The College Core Elective requirements make this one of the easier programs to combine with a minor in Catholic Studies.

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ, Gen Ed/BRDG, or College Core Elective is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology
  • Communications & Creative Expression - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute
  • Social & Historical Reasoning - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute
  • College Core Elective - One should be CATH 395 Development in the Life of the Church

Note: additional flexibility can be created by taking a course that satisfies multiple requirements above at the same time.

Secondary Social Studies Education

Certain History courses are cross-listed with Catholic Studies, which makes this one of the easier programs to combine with a minor in Catholic Studies.

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ, Gen Ed/BRDG, or Content Area is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology
  • Communications & Creative Expression - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute
  • Content Area - Select courses are cross-listed at HIST 200-level and above

At least one course taken must satisfy two of the above requirements, in order to free up an elective to take the required Catholic Studies minor course CATH 395 Development in the Life of the Church, which does not satisfy any Bridges requirement on its own.

BS Secondary Social Studies Education and BA History

Certain History courses are cross-listed with Catholic Studies, which makes this one of the easier programs to combine with a minor in Catholic Studies.

Catholic Studies courses can fill requirements in the degree plan where EQ, Gen Ed/BRDG, or Content Area is indicated. The opportunities are these:

  • Essential Questions Seminar - EQ courses offered by the department contribute to a minor
  • Philosophy - CATH 251 Christian Philosophy (and select other courses) satisfies Philosophy
  • Theology - CATH 201 Introduction to Scripture (and select other courses) satisfies Theology
  • Communications & Creative Expression - A number of CATH courses carry this attribute
  • Content Area - Select courses are cross-listed at HIST 200-level and above

At least one course taken must satisfy two of the above requirements, in order to free up an elective to take the required Catholic Studies minor course CATH 395 Development in the Life of the Church, which does not satisfy any Bridges requirement on its own.