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Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies
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Explore Catholicism and its cultural contributions

The Catholic Studies program will provide you with an informed understanding and appreciation of the depth and breadth of the Catholic tradition and its unique contribution to society—past and present. In our rigorous, interdisciplinary program, you’ll explore Roman Catholicism as a religious and cultural reality that expresses and motivates multiple forms of human expression.

Catholic Studies majors study and work with faculty members from a number of DePaul’s departments and colleges, including anthropology, economics, English, philosophy, religious studies and the College of Science and Health. And with flexibility in course selection, you’ll explore multiple subject areas and perspectives.

Chicago has one of the largest Catholic populations in the United States, with a rich theological, pastoral, ethnic, architectural, artistic and musical heritage for you to experience firsthand.

DePaul’s Catholic Studies department houses the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, an internationally renowned research institute focused on Catholicism around the world. We also have two study-abroad programs in Italy and offer upper-level Catholic Studies majors the opportunity to take selected courses at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.



  • The Experience of Catholicism in Chicago
  • Catholicism in World History
  • Theories of the Church: Concepts and Controversies
  • The Catholic Church in World Politics
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • The Social Economy of Catholicism
  • Catholic Themes in Contemporary Cinema
  • Contemporary Moral Issues

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Social justice advocacy
  • Journalism
  • Ministry work and leadership
  • Education
  • Nonprofit work
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