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Catholic Studies, Minor


The Catholic Studies minor introduces students to the intellectual, artistic, and spiritual riches of Catholic tradition.

The philosophy and theology courses offer engagement with the thinkers, artists, and saints who have shaped the faith. The junior- and senior-level seminars challenge students to engage the contemporary world in a faithful, interdisciplinary environment.

The minor consists of 6 courses and is indicated on your permanent record. This minor is open to students from any major and any religious background.

Qualifying students participating in the Salesian Honors Program will automatically earn the Catholic Studies minor as part of the completion of the honors program.


The Catholic Studies minor consists of the following six courses:

  • Honors Philosophy I
  • Honors Philosophy II
  • Honors Theology I
  • Honors Theology II
  • Salesian Honors Seminar I*
  • Salesian Honors Seminar II*

*Salesian Honors Seminars are semester-long courses for upperclassmen that engage themes, topics, or thinkers in the Catholic Intellectual tradition. Honors seminars can be taught on any subject, by any faculty member at the University.

How to Enroll

Admittance to the courses of this minor for non-honors students is based on GPA, satisfaction of prerequisites, and the availability of seats.

Interested students should contact the Director of the Salesian Honors Program ( and speak to their Advisor before registering for courses.

What does it mean to be a Catholic, Salesian University?

DeSales University provides a transformative environment for learning and growing in light of the Gospel grounded in tradition of Catholic higher education and the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales.
In addition, 15 themes from Ex Corde Ecclesiae, an apostolic constitution that highlights important values, including Catholic identity, hiring faculty for mission, and dialogue with culture, canon law, and the papacies of Popes Benedict XVI and Francis provide somewhat of a roadmap for DeSales University to arrive at strong Catholic identity. 

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