Catholic Studies at Aquinas College

Catholic Studies Minor

>Two-Year Rotation of Courses
*Two year course rotations are not binding and are subject to change

Minor Requirements: Twenty-one (21) semester hours.

  • At least twelve (12) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count toward the minor.
CA401 Christian View of History 3.0
EH260 Catholic Writers 3.0
HY277 History of Christianity 3.0
PH248 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3.0
TY147 The Catholic Vision 3.0
Six (6) semester hours from the following:
AT275 Renaissance Art in Rome, Florence and Venice 3.0
AT380 Rembrandt and the Baroque 3.0
CA200 Tolkien’s Middle-Earth and the Catholic Imagination 3.0
CA210 Math and Theology 3.0
CA310 Special Topics in Catholic Studies 3.0
HY311 American Catholic History 3.0
MCHL/TY306 Music in Liturgical Celebration 3.0
PH220 Medieval Philosophy 3.0
TY212 Vatican II and the American Catholic Experience 3.0
TY255 Catholic Social Teaching 3.0
TY345 Church and Spirit 3.0



  • AT275 Renaissance Art in Rome, Florence, and Venice (3) AT

    Course offered fall of even years An investigation of the masters and monuments from 1250–1550. Emphasis is placed on Italy culminating in a study of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael and their legacy; however, Northern masters and styles will be introduced.

  • AT380 Rembrandt and the Baroque (3) AT

    Course offered fall of odd years. A study of the artistic styles and cultural centers of European painting, sculpture and architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Emphasis will be placed on the development and legacy of leading masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Bernini and Caravaggio.

  • CA200 Tolkien, Narnia, and the Catholic Imagination (3)

    The analysis of J.R.R. Tolkien’s and C.S. Lewis’s imaginative worlds, Middle-earth and Narnia, from the perspective of a Catholic worldview, Tolkien’s concept of mythopoeia and Lewis’s theological writings. This course is also a Theology elective.

  • CA210 Math and Theology

    Three influential mathematical developments of the 20th century have had repercussions in theology: Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems, Cantor’s transfinite cardinals and non-Euclidean geometries. We will learn enough math to support our understanding of these results. We will also consider the historical, philosophical and theological contexts in which these results were developed, exploring various controversies associated with these developments. This course also earns one (1) semester hour toward the math major or minor.

  • CA310 Special Topics in Catholic Studies (3)

    Special topics in Catholic Studies offered on an occasional basis by faculty or visiting scholars.

  • CA401 Christian View of History (3)

    This course is a cultural history of Christendom, with a particular emphasis on Catholic culture and Christian historiography. When cross-listed with HY312, this course is also a History elective.

  • EH260 Catholic Writers (3) AC

    This course explores fiction written by Catholic writers and analyzes and discusses how their faith manifests itself in their novels and short stories.

  • HY311 American Catholic History (3)

    Development of the Catholic Church from immigrant status to major denomination within the pluralist context of American society. 

  • HY277 History of Christianity (3) HP

    An investigation of the history of the Christian Church from its origins in the first century to modern times. The class focuses on the Western Catholic Church in the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods.

  • MCHL306/TY306 Music in Liturgical Celebration (3)

    Integrated study of music and liturgy; historical, theological study of basic liturgy and function of music in liturgy; musician’s role in a parish.

  • PH220 Medieval Philosophy (3) H

    Major philosophers between the 4th and 14th centuries: Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, members of the Arabic and Jewish schools, Duns Scotus, Ockham.

  • PH248 The Catholic Intellectual Tradition (3)

    This course is a survey of themes and impact of the Catholic intellectual tradition on the development of Western Civilization. The Catholic vision of God (Being), the World (Creation), the Human Being and Society in the works of major Catholic thinkers will be foundational to understanding Catholicism’s contribution to the fields of philosophy, science, politics and ethics.

  • TY147 The Catholic Vision (3) TF

    This course introduces students to Roman Catholic tradition and its faith, doctrines, theology, ritual, spirituality and moral life. Its goals include 1) acquainting students with the distinctive spirit of the Catholic vision and tradition as it relates to other Christian denominations and religious traditions; 2) helping students to recognize that Catholicism is a theological heritage that encompasses a rich tradition of persons, doctrines, ways of celebrating, moral living, praying and social justice; and 3) familiarizing students with the challenges that contemporary Catholicism faces in the Third Millennium.

  • TY212 Vatican II and the American Catholic Experience (3)

    This course examines the major documents of the Second Vatican Council and how the paradigm shift experienced impacts the Roman Catholic tradition in the United States since 1965. After setting the historical context of Vatican II and its place in the Catholic theological tradition, the major themes of the council are addressed with a careful reading of select documents. Attention is then given to how the shifts in Vatican II, rooted in the documents, has effected contemporary concerns in the United States such as ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, understanding of church, the nature of theological reflection and relationship of faith to the world.

  • TY255 Catholic Social Teaching (3) TF

    An introduction to the official social teachings of the Catholic Church and the lived experience of the Judeo-Christian tradition in the United States since the end of the nineteenth century. Attention is given to the theological vision, the anthropology, and the principles used by the Church in its moral reflection on the various social problems of our day including rights and duties of workers and employers, racism, sexism, attacks on the dignity of human life and the family, political tyranny, economic injustice in the Third and Fourth worlds, and war.

  • TY345 Church and Spirit (3) SC

    This introduction to ecclesiology sets the church within the contemporary historical, sociological and theological context. Models of the church, how the church saw itself throughout various historical periods, its nature and mission as formulated in Vatican II, and challenges for the future are considered.