Catholic Studies

Welcome to Catholic Studies

Study the global Catholic community

With a Catholic Studies minor, students learn about the writings of the New Testament; the catacombs; the institution of the papacy; the rise of monasticism; the building of medieval cathedrals; the creation of the university;  the history of the Crusades; the lives of the saints; the theological writings of Augustine, Rahner, and Lonergan; the philosophical thought of Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, and Duns Scotus; the music of Gregorian chant; the Inquisition and counter-Reformation; the work of the Second Vatican Council; the literature of Flannery O'Connor and Gerald Manley Hopkins; the dancing Church in Africa; and much more

About Catholic Studies
Program Requirements
Current Course Offerings

About Catholic Studies 

Mission: The Catholic Studies Program at Loyola University New Orleans offers an interdisciplinary minor for any student who desires to learn about the Catholic faith tradition and its myriad cultural and social manifestations. Richly faceted, Catholicism is a living tradition of faith and witness that can be exploited through its history, doctrines and theologies, philosophies, artistic expressions, literature, devotional life, and sacramental practices. Catholicism has many dimensions. It is a religious institution, a social force, a creator and shaper of culture, and a way of approaching God. The Catholic Studies Program is designed to offer the students a coherent and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the global Catholic community and its living tradition. Indeed this tradition is the basic inspiration for Loyola University New Orleans.

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.

Attributed to Pedro Arrupe, S.J. (1907-1991)
Superior General of the Society of Jesus 1961-1984

Program Requirements

The Catholic Studies minor is a 21 credit hour program of study (7 courses) with a wide selection of designated Catholic Studies courses to chose from. In addition to two core courses, the remaining courses must include at least one additional Catholic Studies course in the Department of Religious Studies and at least two courses from other departments.

An itemized academic program listing and course requirements for Catholic Studies can be found in the University Bulletin. 

Course Offerings

Students can use the Course Section Search on the Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) system to find courses that are eligible for the Catholic Studies Program. Before declaring a Catholic Studies minor, please contact the program director. 


The Director of the Catholic Studies Program is Father Nathan O'Halloran

Participating faculty include: 

Mark Gossiaux
Robert Gerlich, S.J.
Thomas Ryan
Edward Vacek, S.J. 


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