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Catholic Studies - Minor

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A minor or other concentration, such as an option or specialization, is a secondary set of courses that can be completed as you earn a degree in your major area of study.

Catholic Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of Catholicism, by engaging its history, literature, philosophy and contemporary social role.  While Catholicism's institutional origins are European, today it is a global religion, with Brazil, Mexico, and the Philippines being home to about a third of the world's one billion Catholics. 

The Catholic Studies minor reflects this reality by offering courses not only about pre-modern Christian cultures, but also addressing the ethical and spiritual challenges of the global community in the postmodern era. 

As an academic study of Catholic cultures, the program is open to all University of Saskatchewan students.  Catholic students may wish to pursue the minor to enrich their understanding of their faith. Students of other traditions may wish to learn more about Catholicism to facilitate dialogue with Catholic friends, colleagues and fellow citizens, or to prepare to work within a Catholic organization or a country with a strong Catholic presence.

Drawing upon various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, the Catholic Studies minor shares with these fields the aim of developing skills of critical analysis, problem solving, cultural awareness, and effective writing, while at same time offering a unique perspective on Christian history and the contemporary role of religion.

While potentially applicable to many fields, the Catholic Studies minor provides especially useful background for those seeking work as educators or health-care providers within Catholic schools systems, hospitals or advocacy groups, such as Development and Peace. 

This program is coordinated by St. Thomas More College, under the academic authority of the College of Arts and Science. For more information please visit our program website or contact us by email at ctstminor@stmcollege.ca.


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