Stonehill College, in its mission statement, identifies itself as “a community of scholarship and faith, anchored by a belief in the inherent dignity of each person.” The Catholic Studies Program helps fulfill the values and spirit of the College’s mission by:
- Fostering critical thinking, free inquiry and the interchange of ideas, while providing students with the tools to recognize, understand and appreciate the diversity of intellectual traditions within Catholicism.
- Enhancing the experience of students who have arrived at the College with an interest in Catholic culture or who develop an interest in response to their coursework.
- Integrating courses of study from different departments by providing students with opportunities to explore Catholicism from multiple perspectives.
- Preparing students for postgraduate opportunities related to Catholic studies, e.g. graduate work, ministry and education.
This is an interdisciplinary major and minor that exposes students to nearly every academic department at the College. It is also an ecclesiastically oriented program that engages students in contemporary issues — social, economic and political issues — not just history.
In addition to dedicated faculty and extensive course offerings, another valuable resource available to students pursuing this major is the library. Over the years, acquisitions in Roman Catholicism were chosen across the disciplines rather than concentrating solely on theology. The quality and quantity of books are above average for an undergraduate program in Catholic Studies. The same holds true for periodicals.