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Catholic Studies (BA)

The Catholic Studies program will provide you with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Catholic contribution to society. 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 colleges and departments, including anthropology, economics, English, philosophy, religious studies and the College of Science and Health. With flexibility in course selection, you will 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 has two study-abroad programs in Italy and offers 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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of Interdisciplinary Program graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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