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Elective Courses


For specific information about Catholic Studies courses including schedule, professor and capacity go to the Loyola course catalogue and select the Term (Fall, Spring or Summer) and IC-Catholic Studies under Course Type.

A quick list of elective courses in the Catholic Studies Minor is provided below.

Art History

  • AH310 Church and Empire: Early Medieval Art, 250-1150
  • AH312 The Renaissance in Italy
  • AH313 Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
  • AH314 Art of Baroque Europe
  • AH325 Gothic Art and Architecture
  • AH326D The Crusades in Medieval Visual Culture 


  • CH113 Living Dangerously?
  • CH340 The Science and Philosophy of Human Nature: Teilhard and Polanyi


  • CL225 Biographical Tales of the Bible
  • CL226 Women in the Christian Tradition
  • CL301 The Church and the Roman Empire
  • CL313 History of Christmas
  • CL324 Seminar: The Persecution of the Christians in the Roman World
  • CL349 Latin Jesuit Drama and the Philosophy of Peace and War


  • EN328 Seminar in Literature and Catholicism (Pre-1800)
  • EN332 Literature and the Catholic Imagination (Pre-1800)
  • EN364 Literature and the Catholic Imagination (Post-1800)
  • EN365 Seminar in Literature and Catholicism (Post-1800)


  • HS301 The Church and the Roman Empire
  • HS303 The Early Middle Ages
  • HS305 The Later Middle Ages
  • HS313 History of Christmas
  • HS317 The Making of Modern Italy
  • HS370 The Jesuits in Asia Since 1542
  • HS381 Search for the Divine: Hindu, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist Ways in India
  • HS382 Jesuits and Empire from the Society's Beginning to Its Suppression
  • HS383 The Cross and the Sword: Christianity and the Making of Colonial Latin America
  • HS391 History of the Jesuits
  • HS475 Seminar: The Persecution of the Christians in the Roman World
  • HS486 Seminar: The Great Age of the European Reconnaissance: Travel and Discovery


  • IT352 Dante's Divine Comedy


  • LT335 Resistance to Rome: Perpetua's Passion
  • LT350 Readings in Medieval Latin I
  • LT351 Readings in Medieval Latin II

Law and Social Responsibility

  • LW319 Special Topics in Law, Social Responsibility, and Catholic Studies


  • MG319 Special Topics in Catholic Studies

Modern Languages

  • ML320 Liberation Theology from Its Origins
  • ML332 Dante's Divine Comedy (in translation)


  • PL313 Business Ethics and the Church
  • PL329 Philosophical Foundations of Catholic Social Thought
  • PL331 Natural Law and Natural Right
  • PL340 The Science and Philosophy of Human Nature: Teilhard and Polanyi
  • PL349 Latin Jesuit Drama and the Philosophy of Peace and War
  • PL350 Sexual Ethics
  • PL351 Virtue Ethics
  • PL352 Catholic Political Philosophy
  • PL353 Modern Morality and Human Nature
  • PL355 Philosophy of History
  • PL364 Renaissance Philosophy
  • PL369 Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • PL370 Medieval Philosophy
  • PL401 Morals and Politics of the Lord of the Rings
  • PL404 Reason, Science, and Faith in the Modern Age
  • PL407 Marriage and Family though the Lens of Catholic Social Thought and Developmental Psychology
  • PL450 Seminar: Renaissance Philosophy of Religion


  • PY417 Special Topics in Psychology and Catholic Studies


  • TH202 Theology and Catholic Autobiography
  • TH203 Catholic Church: Life and Thought
  • TH211 Women in the Christian Tradition
  • TH214 Friends and Foes: Jews and Christians through the Ages
  • TH216 Ignatius and the Jesuits: History and Spirituality
  • TH225 Biographical Tales of the Bible
  • TH244 Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • TH246 Who is Jesus?
  • TH249 Christian Sacraments
  • TH264 Theology & Children's Literature
  • TH265D World Christianity
  • TH266 Christian Theology and World Religions
  • TH269 Theology and Literature
  • TH301 Ethics: Theology and Ethics of Hospitality
  • TH303 Ethics: Ancient, Modern, and Christian Approaches to Ethics
  • TH304 Ethics: Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • TH306 The Moral Theology of Pope John Paul II
  • TH307 Ethics: Marriage and Sexuality
  • TH308 Ethics: Justice and the Church in the World
  • TH309 Ethics: Theology and Politics in America
  • TH310 Ethics: Peace Ethics
  • TH311 Ethics: Spirituality and Social Ethics - Biblical and Theological Perspectives
  • TH313 Ethics: Being Moral in America
  • TH316 Ethics: Catholic Spiritual Life in the United States
  • TH319 Ethics: The Church and the Human Body
  • TH322 Christianity and Its Critics
  • TH326 Ignatius Loyola and the Spiritual Exercises
  • TH327 The Virgin Mary in Scripture and Tradition
  • TH329 Medieval Women Authors
  • TH331 Finding God in All Things: Spirituality and Prayer in the Christian Tradition
  • TH333 The Tradition of Catholic Radicalism
  • TH335 An Introduction to the Theology of Saint Augustine
  • TH338 Theology of Thomas Aquinas
  • TH347 Jesus and the Gospels
  • TH350 Prophets and Peacemakers
  • TH355 Saint Paul and His Writings
  • TH362 Hope, Death, and the End of the World
  • TH363 Sacraments and the Christian Life
  • TH365 Theology and Art
  • TH366 Catholic Theology in Modernity
  • TH369 Faith and Reason
  • TH381 Faith and Film: The Apostle's Creed in the American Cinema
  • TH382 The Mysteries of the Life of Christ in Theology and Music
  • TH383 Christian Faith and Economic Justice
  • TH385 The 'Theological' and the 'Religious' in International Cinema
  • TH387 International Catholic Literature in the Twentieth-Century


  • WR356 Writers in the Catholic Tradition: Selected Authors