Loyola University Chicago

Catholic Studies

Courses and Requirements


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 phenomenon of Roman Catholicism from a multitude of disciplinary perspectives. 
  • 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, life, and human dignity. 
  • Discern the dynamic relationship between faith and reason.