Loyola University Chicago

Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies Minor

Roman Catholicism is a religious tradition that has had a major impact on the world through its history, theology, artistic culture, philosophy, and institutions. The Catholic Church, both as a formalized institution and as a historical body of believers, has developed various approaches to understanding God, the experience of faith, the tangible world, and the nature and meaning of human existence.

Loyola University Chicago’s Catholic studies minor allows students to explore the religious tradition that serves as Loyola’s foundation. True to its Jesuit background, Loyola is a home for all faiths, and students from all cultural and religious backgrounds are welcome to study Catholicism’s rich intellectual and artistic heritage.


Loyola’s Catholic studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that incorporates courses in philosophy, theology, history, literature, classical studies, political science, and the arts. Students in the program:

  • Focus on the multicultural, multidisciplinary phenomenon of Roman Catholicism.
  • Explore the Catholic intellectual tradition as a set of developing meanings and values that informs the lives of Catholic communities.
  • Learn about the developing nature of Catholic beliefs and practices through history, especially Catholicism’s relationship with modern Western culture and political institutions.
  • Discover what is often called the “Catholic imagination” in the production and expression of culture through literature, art, theater, and music.
  • Study and engage in Catholic social teaching, issues of justice, and what the Church calls “the preferential option for the poor.”