Catholicism and the Disciplines

Arts and Letters classroom

The University mission statement avows that our distinctive goal is to provide a forum where “the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity.”
A new category of courses—Catholicism and the Disciplines—was created to embody this goal in the core curriculum. Courses in the CAD category should require students to engage faith questions or normative questions critically and constructively and should engage ideas central to the Catholic tradition from the perspective of one or more disciplines.

Such courses will enhance students’ capacity both to speak intelligently about their faith in a pluralistic world and to explore topics in the disciplines from a distinctively Christian or Catholic framework.

CAD courses have the potential of deepening student knowledge about a tradition whose reach extends from the Sistine Chapel as discussed in an art history course to a finance course that explores ethical perspectives on investing.

A more detailed discussion of the new CAD courses is available in the Core Curriculum Review Committee’s Catholic Mission Focus Group report.

A faculty committee is currently working to draft specific learning goals for this requirement, and those will be posted here once approved by the University's Core Curriculum Committee