Catholic Studies Minor

Explore theology and the Catholic Heritage with a Loras College minor in Catholic Studies

The Catholic Studies minor is multidisciplinary in character, including not only theology but history, politics, social studies, philosophy, literature, the arts, and science. It is a study of Catholicism in its intellectual, historical, social, and cultural dimensions.

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Student Experience

As a Loras student, you have the opportunity to enhance your educational experience by adding one or more minors. We encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, engage in community outreach, explore internships and get involved in the many student and academic organizations available.

Fides et Ratio Scholarship

The Fides et Ratio Scholarship aids students pursuing either a minor in Catholic Studies, or a minor or major in Religious Studies and Theology. The goal of this scholarship is to equip Loras College students with the intellectual background to practice their faith as strong parish leaders following graduation. Learn more about the Fides et Ratio Scholarship.


Students will complete the following requirements in order to achieve a minor in Catholic Studies.

Catholic Studies Minor Requirements

Division of Philosophical, Religious, Theological, Social & Cultural Studies

Christoffer Lammer-Heindel, Ph.D., Chair

Requirements for minor in Catholic Studies:
Select two from Req 2 (Philosophy, Religion and Theology)

Req Course Cr’s
1 The Catholic Heritage 3
Select two from Req. 2 (Philosophy, Religion and Theology)
2 Belief, Unbelief and the Good Life 3
2 Bioethics, Society and Culture 3
2 Foundations of Ethics 3
2 Neuroethics-AV 3
2 Medieval Philosophy 3
2 Philosophy of God and Religion 3
2 Human Identity in Community-AI 3
2 Jesus and the Gospels-EI 3
2 Community of Hope-EI 3
2 Worship: Foretaste of Heaven-EC 3
2 Catholic Church in Latin America 3
2 Foundations for Ministry 3
2 Eucharist: Banquet of Justice 3
2 Christian Sexual Morality-AV 3
2 Science, Faith, and Knowledge 3
2 Seminar on the Letters of St. Paul 3
2 Councils, Creeds and Culture-AC 3
2 Christ and Culture-AC 3
2 Sacraments: Catholic Identity in Community-AI 3
2 Catholic Social Teaching 3
Select one from Req 3 (History and Social Science)
3 God, Catholicism & Capitalism-AV 3
3 Introduction to Latin American History 3
3 Catholic-Schism Controversy-AI 3
3 American Catholics, Sexual Morality & Public Policy 3
3 The Crusades-EI 3
3 Kings & Conversions: Medieval Europe 476-1075 3
3 Love & Reason: Medieval Europe 1075-1530 3
3 The Reformation 3
3 Medieval Christianity 3
3 U.S. Catholicism 3
3 Philosophy and the Rise of Christianity-AC 3
3 War and Pacifism-AV, VX 3
3 Intro to Peace & Justice 3
3 Little Less Than a God-AC
3 Martyrs, Mendicants, Masterpieces-AC 3
3 Catholicism Encounters Modernity-AC 3
3 Communication for Communion-AC 3
Select one from Req 4 (Literature and the Arts)
4 All for One, One for All-AI 3
4 Modern Irish Literature and Culture 3
4 Medieval/Renaissance British Literature 3
4 History of Sacred Music 3
4 Christianity, Film and the Arts-AA 3
4 Ethics in Philosophy, Literature and Film-AV 3
4 God’s Literature: Introduction to New Testament-AA 3
4 Roman Catholic Sacred Spaces 3
4 Bible and Literature 3
4 Catholic Liturgical Music in Theology and Practice 3
Select two from Req 5 (Electives)
5 Two of any of the courses listed above 6
21 total required credits

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Meet Our Professors

Christoffer Lammer-Heindel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Chair, Division of Philosophical, Religious, Theological, Social, & Cultural Studies
563.588.7733 |
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Jacob Kohlhaas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Moral Theology
Director of Honors Program
563.588.7308 |
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Amanda Osheim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practical Theology
Endowed Professorship, Catholic Thinkers and Leaders Program
563.588.7506 |
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David Pitt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Sacramental/Liturgical Theologian
563.588.7324 |
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