Catholic Studies

Mission Statement

The Catholic Studies Program at Mercyhurst incarnates the Catholic identity and Mercy heritage of the university.  Inspired by the university’s core values, it aims to deepen appreciation of Catholicism, both past and present, through commitment to serious intellectual inquiry and hospitable dialogue in an atmosphere where faith and reason flourish.  The program’s primary focus will be interdisciplinary engagement with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition through a variety of scholarly disciplines.


The Catholic Studies Minor is composed of six, three credit courses chosen from the following areas:

  • Catholic Studies: courses specifically designed to deepen understanding of the Catholic tradition, both past and present.  All students seeking the minor must take CST 200: Exploring Catholicism, and one other course from this category
  • Religious Studies: one,  of many courses in Religious Studies, will be designated as meeting this requirement
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: any one course in this category
  • Two electives of your choice in any of the above three categories

Catholic Studies Minor

Catholic Studies/CST

CST 200 Exploring Catholicism

CST 250 Theology of Church

CST 210 Mariology

CST 225 Catholic Moral Tradition

CST 260 Vatican II

CST 275 Catholic Social Teaching

CST 400 Selected Topics in the Catholic Tradition

CST 300 Foundations for Youth & Young Adult Ministry

CST 320 Catholic Spirituality

Religious Studies

RLST 110 Understanding Scripture

RLST 200 Contemporary Moral Issues

RLST 205 Western Christian Heritage

RLST 210 New Testament

RLST 245 Christian Spiritual Traditions

RLST 255 Religious Perspectives on Human Relationships

RLST 260 Catholic Symbols & Sacraments

RLST 270 Women & Scripture

RLST 275 Liberation, Religion & Society

RLST 280 Prophetic Traditions

RLST 290 Wisdom Literature

RLST 300 Science & Religion

RLST 310 Religion, Modernity & Post-Modernity

RLST 320 American Religious Thought

RLST 375 Religion & the Environment

RLST 380 Christology

RLST 385 Poetry of the Sacred

RLST 405 Social Ethics

RLST 440 Peace & Justice

Interdisciplinary Courses

ART                       Art in the Catholic Tradition

DANC                    Liturgical Movement

ECON 250              Economics of Poverty

ENGL 358              Special Topics in Literature: The American Catholic Novel

PHIL 270               Foundations of Catholic Philosophy

POLI 201               Catholic Social & Political Thought

PSYC                     Stages of Faith Development


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum

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