Catholic Studies Minor

Students sit together in Arrupe Hall.

Program Description 

The Catholic studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to issues and themes in the study of the Catholic Church and Catholic beliefs. The Catholic studies program includes a curriculum that analyzes the rich contributions of Catholicism to human history, culture and thought. The program is ideal for students interested in Catholic theology, Christianity and developing a deeper understanding of Catholic beliefs and how they informed history and impact modern society.

The Catholic studies minor includes courses from a number of Rockhurst University departments, with a required overview course, Introduction to Catholic Thought and Culture. In addition to Introduction to Catholic Thought and Culture, students complete a total of 12 upper-division credit hours (normally four courses) chosen from an approved list that includes courses in both Catholic thought and Catholic culture. 

All Rockhurst University students, regardless of major, are invited to participate in the Catholic studies minor. No specific background or previous education is necessary and people of all faiths or persuasions are invited to participate.

Thomas More Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

Learning Outcomes 

  • Critically evaluate a range of Catholic traditions, narratives and expressions
  • Recognize how Catholic traditions and theology play important roles in local, national, and global issues and events.
  • Appreciate the diversity of perspectives among Catholicism, Christianity and other religious traditions.

Course Map 

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Small class sizes
  • Engaging discussion
  • Personalized attention from faculty


The Catholic studies minor complements many other areas of study, giving students a well-rounded education that prepares them for various career opportunities in fields such as:

  • Theology
  • Law
  • Government
  • Teaching
  • Higher education