The Catholic Studies Major prepares students for graduate study or a profession or a clerical, religious, or lay calling in a pastorally related field. These include a vocation in youth ministry, religious education, religious education management, parish leadership, diocesan administration, publishing, religious communications, retreat direction, humanitarian and community services, a career in law, business, or a variety of public leadership positions, the diaconate, priesthood, or a religious order. In addition to a meaningful education in Catholic Studies with a pastoral emphasis, students will have the opportunity to focus their interest with additional coursework, research, a second major, minors, and internships in specific areas of career preparation.
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Course Of Study
Students minoring in Catholic Studies must complete the two required religion courses from the general education curriculum (even if not required as a transfer student) and four (4) additional courses from any of the Catholic Studies areas of specialization. A person who has not matriculated at Anna Maria College or who already holds a college degree may wish to obtain a certificate in Catholic studies to further his or her personal or professional interests.
Students who earn a Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Studies will:
- Enter into written and oral scholarly discourse on topics in Catholic ecclesial, liturgical, theological, philosophical, cultural, historical, and educational studies
- Identify and describe foundational Catholic principles
- Describe and analyze expressions of Catholic faith, theology, or spirituality as these are globally presented through art, music, or literature
- Analyze and demonstrate the intersection of faith and reason in a global society, specifically in light of the Catholic intellectual tradition
- Explore and demonstrate the intersection of faith and reason in courses across the curriculum
- Describe the Catholic understanding of various contributions that individuals and groups can make toward forming a more peaceful society, drawing upon both moral theology and Catholic social teaching
- Present a portfolio of substantial written and creative coursework in conjunction with a cumulative, integrating reflection paper