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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. Students will earn a Certificate in Catholic Studies.

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 & 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:

ARCH 2120 Architectural History and Theory I
BUS 3110 Organizational Design and Structure
BUS 3190 Ethics, Business Leadership, and Social Responsibility
CHM 4740 Recent Advances in Biochemistry
CST 3040 Small Group Communication
ENL 2350 Study of Fiction
ENL 2450 Study of Poetry
ENL 2650 Study of Drama
ETH 3680 Catholic Health Care Ethics
HIS 2000 The Ancient Mediterranean World
HIS 2100 Medieval Europe
HIS 2200 Early Modern Europe
PHL 2020 Person and Society
PHL 3020 Philosophy of Religion
PHL 3030 Philosophy of God
PHL 3040 Aquinas: First University Masterpieces
PHL 3070 Medieval Philosophy
PHL 3560 Peace and Social Justice
PYC 3500 Psychology of Religion
RELS 2150 The Rise of Christianity
RELS 2300 Catholic Theology Today
RELS 2310 Introduction to Theology
RELS 2350 Christ in Faith Fiction and Film
RELS 2360 Religion and Film
RELS 2420 Religion and Science in the West
RELS 2500 The Quest For God today
RELS 2510 Theology and Literature
RELS 2560 God and The Human Condition
RELS 3310 The Christian God
RELS 3330 Theology of Karl Rahner
RELS 3340 Theology of Death and Resurrection
RELS 3380 Latin American Liberation Theology
RELS 3470 Catholic Social Thought
RELS 3480 Justice: Contemporary Issues and Theories
RELS 3500 Religion and Psychology
RELS 3510 Pastoral Theology
RELS 3530 Dynamics of Spiritual Growth
RELS 3550 Poets, Mystics and God
RELS 3580 Theology of the Imagination
RELS 3755 On the Divine
RELS 4320 Classic and Contemporary Catholicism
CAS 4950 Special Topics in Catholic Studies

Program Contact Information

Program Director: Si Hendry, S.J.

Arthur McGovern, S.J., Catholic Studies Program
University of Detroit Mercy

4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221

Telephone: 313-578-0352
email: hendrysi@udmercy.edu

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.

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