Our Catholic Heritage

The minor in Catholic studies is an important aspect of our educational mission as a contemporary Catholic college.

It provides you with an opportunity to explore the richness of the Catholic intellectual, cultural, social and ethical traditions from different academic perspectives. You are invited into an appreciative and critical study of the influence of Catholic belief and practice on the development of religion and culture. As part of Merrimack’s Augustinian heritage, the life and thought of Saint Augustine of Hippo is part of these studies.

Minor Requirements

There are four parts to the Catholic studies minor:

  • Five courses as described below.
  • 20 hours of service with reflection in light of Catholic social teaching (service hours done for other classes or programs such as service learning or campus ministry may be counted).
  • Attendance at four co-curricular programs during your enrollment here. These may be in the general area of Catholic intellectual tradition, social teaching, Augustinian heritage, or other aspects of church life. Examples include programs offered by Campus Ministry, The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, the Augustinians, and The Stevens Service Learning Center, among others.
  • Catholic Studies Colloquium hosted once a semester by our department. 

The five courses (20 credits) are as follows:

Required Course (choose one)  

RTS 2400 Sex, Politics, Religion and St. Augustine
PHL 2350W  Philosophy of Augustine (E and W)      

Elective Courses (choose four) 
Two of the electives must be from the RTS department.

Inside Religious and Theological Studies Department 

RTS 2425 Pellegrinaggio in Italia: in Search of Augustinian Community (AL, X)
RTS 2450 History of Christian Thought (H)
RTS 2300 Introduction to the New Testament (AL)
RTS 2800 Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives (E,D,X)
RTS 2810 Sex, Marriage, Family and Work (E)
RTS 3400  American Catholicism (H)
RTS 3600 The Roman Catholic Church
RTS 3610 Sacramental Theology
RTS 3620 Theology of the Virgin Mary
RTS 3710 Theology through Women’s Eyes (D)
RTS 3800 Having Heroes: Their Lives and Yours (E)
RTS 3850 War and Peace: Religious Perspectives (E)
RTS 4400 Saint Augustine Seminar

Outside the Religious and Theological Studies Department

HIS 3355 Barbarians and Holy Men: The History of Late Antiquity
HIS 3360  Medieval Civilization (H)
HIS 3370  Renaissance, Reformation and Exploration (H) 
PHL 2330 History of Medieval Philosophy
PHL 4030 Metaphysics
FAA 2630  The Art of the Middle Ages (AL or H)
FAA 2650  Artists, Princes, and Popes: From Renaissance to Reformation (AL)
FAA 3650 The World of Michelangelo (AL)
POL 3531  Politics of Developing Nations (SOSC)

This list of courses remains open to additions as suitable offerings are proposed within and to the RTS department.