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The Department of Catholic Studies is intellectual in focus and interdisciplinary in nature. Rigorous intellectual study, a deepened critical understanding and an appreciation of the Catholic contribution to human civilization are its main goals. The program explores Roman Catholicism as a religious and cultural reality that expresses and motivates multiple forms of human expression. All members of the university are invited to participate in the scholarly examination of Catholicism and the development of Catholic thought. True to DePaul’s tradition, no religious test is applied to either students or faculty participating in the department. In addition to the offerings of DePaul University, upper-level students in the program in Catholic Studies are able to take selected courses at the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. The cooperative relationship between DePaul and CTU opens to students in the program the resources of the largest Catholic school of theology and ministry in North America. The Catholic Studies major is designed to give students with differing learning objectives and career goals maximum flexibility in the design of their Bachelor of Arts degree. In order to ensure intellectual coherence in their program, all students are expected to meet quarterly with their academic advisor to design a course of study, refine their learning goals, and select classes that meet their educational and professional objectives.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||88|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Identify and explain important terms, events, and concepts in Catholicism.
- Analyze Catholicism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
- Integrate classroom learning with Vincentian ideals.
College Core Requirements
Study in the Major Field
The student’s course of study in the College consists of three parts: Liberal Studies, the major field, and electives. Together these three parts contribute to the liberal education of the student which is the common purpose of all study in the College. By “liberal education” the College understands not only a deep and thorough knowledge of a particular area of study but a knowledge of the diverse areas of study represented by criticism, history, the arts, the behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, the natural science, and mathematics.
The major field program generally is built upon a set of core courses and a specialized “concentration.” The number of courses required for a major varies by department. Most students go beyond the minimum requirements, electing additional courses which both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen discipline.
Because no academic major program is built in isolation, students are required to pursue a number of electives of the student’s choice. The inherent flexibility of this curriculum demands that the student consult an academic advisor at each stage in the total program and at least once prior to each registration.
Students will be prompted to visit the College Office for their official graduation check early in their senior year.
Declaration of Major, Minor and Concentration
All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor in the major field department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.
Students must declare or change majors, minors, and concentrations, via Campus Connection. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.
The Modern Language Requirement (MLR)
All students will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language (i.e., a language other than English) equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. This Modern Language Requirement (MLR) may be demonstrated by:
- placing into 104 or above on the DePaul language placement exam
- completing the last course or earning AP/IB credit for the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language (e.g. 103 for DePaul language classes)
- completing a college course or earning AP/IB credit for a college course beyond the first-year level in any language (e.g. 104 or above for DePaul language classes)
- completing the final course of a four-year sequence of the same modern language in high school1
- completing a proctored exam by BYU and passing the exam (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
- completing a proctored Written Proficiency Test (WPT) by Language Testing International (LTI) and achieving a score of Beginner High or above (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
Students are strongly encouraged to take the DePaul language placement exam even if they have met the MLR via study of a language in high school. This will ensure continuation of language study at the proper level.
Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College will abide by this MLR in place on the effective date of the ICT, regardless of when they first matriculated at DePaul.
Students who have met the MLR and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” (MLO) of the Liberal Studies Program (see "Special Programs").
External Credit and Residency
A student who has been admitted to the College begins residency within the college as of the first day of classes of the term in which the student is registered. Students in residence, whether attending on a full-time or part-time basis, may not take courses away from DePaul University without the written permission of the college. Permission must be obtained in advance of registration to avoid loss of credit or residency in the college; see the LAS website for more information.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|LSP 120||QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I 2||4|
|LSP 121||QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY II 2||4|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.
- 3 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 1 Course Required
- 3 Courses Required
[1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]
- 3 Courses Required
See Program Director for one additional course reduction.
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
|CTH 180||INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLICISM||4|
|CTH 209||THEORIES OF THE CHURCH: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES||4|
|Select two of the following:||8|
|CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE I: EARLY CHURCH - 1200|
|CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE II: 1200 - FRENCH REVOLUTION|
|CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE III: FRENCH REVOLUTION - PRESENT|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|CATHOLICS AND SCRIPTURE|
|WHAT CATHOLICS BELIEVE|
|Select three courses over three of the five areas listed below||12|
|Select four Electives, three of which must be at the 300-level 1||16|
|Select one Senior Capstone 2||4|
The Study Abroad Program in Rome is encouraged.
One Senior Capstone (four credit hours) is required. Consult with the Department of Catholic Studies for approved Capstone options.
Philosophy, Scripture, and Theology
|THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE|
|THEMES IN CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT|
|METHODS OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION|
|ANCIENT ISRAEL: HISTORY, LITERATURE AND RELIGION|
|THE NEW TESTAMENT|
|THE HISTORICAL JESUS|
|VARIETIES OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY|
|PAUL AND HIS INFLUENCE IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY|
|THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE|
|THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL|
|MEDIEVAL MYSTICS IN EUROPE: 1000-1600 A.D.|
|THINKING ABOUT GOD|
|ROMAN CATHOLIC LITURGY|
|TOPICS IN CATHOLIC THOUGHT|
|ROMAN CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL THINKING|
|DEBATES ABOUT GOD|
|INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS|
|CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES|
|NATURE, COSMOS AND GOD: CATHOLICISM AND SCIENCE|
|THEORIES OF INTERPRETATION|
|GREEK AND MEDIEVAL THOUGHT|
|EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY|
|PHILOSOPHY SINCE KANT|
|LIBERATION THEOLOGY: THEORY AND PRACTICE|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN CATHOLIC THOUGHT|
Catholicism and Aesthetics
|ROMAN CATHOLIC SPIRITUAL LITERATURE|
|CATHOLICISM AS A SPIRITUAL PATH|
|ART IN THE SPANISH AMERICAN EMPIRE|
|CATHOLIC THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY CINEMA|
|CONQUEST AND CONVERSION: THE ART OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES|
|THE AGE OF CATHEDRALS: THE ART OF THE LATER MIDDLE AGES|
|ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART|
|ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART|
|NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART|
|ART, LITURGY AND LIFE|
|CATHOLIC FAITH AND MUSICAL EXPRESSION|
|CATHOLICISM AND LITERATURE|
|LITERATURE AND THE SACRED|
|CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUAL MEMOIRS|
|THE ART OF CRUSADING|
|LOVE IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN THE ART, MUSIC AND LITERATURE OF CATHOLICISM|
Social Concerns and Moral Questions
|CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING|
|ROMAN CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT IN CONTEXT|
|CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES|
|JESUS ACROSS CULTURES|
|ROMAN CATHOLICISM'S ENCOUNTER WITH OTHER RELIGIONS|
|HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE U.S.|
|IRELAND: RELIGION AND THE CONTEMPORARY "TROUBLES|
|MEDIEVAL PEOPLE: 400 TO 1400 A.D.|
|CATHOLICISM IN AFRICA|
|CATHOLICISM AND THE FAMILY|
|RELIGION AND EDUCATION IN WESTERN CULTURE|
|GOD, JUSTICE AND REDEMPTIVE ACTION|
|IRELAND, 1450-1800, CONQUEST, COLONIZATION & REBELLION|
|IRELAND, 1800 - 2000|
|THE CULTURE OF AMERICAN CATHOLICS|
|THE LIFE AND TIMES OF VINCENT DE PAUL|
|WOMEN AND SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL|
|NOTABLE VINCENTIAN WOMEN|
|THE VINCENTIANS IN AMERICA|
|INTRODUCTION TO WORLD CATHOLICISM|
|THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN WORLD POLITICS|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN THE SOCIAL DIMENSION OF CATHOLICISM|
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.