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The Arthur McGovern, S.J. Catholic Studies Certificate Program
The 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 certificate program requires 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

Core Courses (9 credits)

CAS 1000 Catholic Studies and the Self 1 credit
CAS 2000 Catholicism: Spirit and Methods 3 credits
CAS 3000 Catholic Church History: Crystallizing Moments 3 credits
CAS 4000 Senior Seminar 2 credits

Elective Courses (Select 9 Credits)
The other nine hours of the program are drawn from courses throughout the university that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Are taught from a Catholic perspective;
  • Have a Catholic content or a content consistent with Catholic theology, spirituality, or social thought;
  • Cover a topic in which there is considerable Catholic contribution;
  • Are interdisciplinary with a Catholic component;
  • Raise issues that impinge on religious faith;
  • Deal with topics and issues that have a variety of competing understandings and interpretations, one or more of which are consistent with a Catholic perspective;
  • Have a content that could be augmented by reading and reflection to develop a Catholic content or perspective;
  • Put into practice a Catholic vision, involving spirituality and a concern for social justice;
  • Put into practice a professional skill with a dimension that includes a Catholic vision, involving spirituality and a concern for social justice; and
  • Develop a Catholic imagination

A Sampling of Courses that May Be Taken for Catholic Studies Credit:

Program Contact Information:

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

University of Detroit Mercy

4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221