Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

The Concentration In American Catholic Studies
AMERICAN CATHOLIC STUDIES is a six-course interdisciplinary concentration focused on the study of Roman Catholic belief and culture in the United States, leading to a certificate at graduation. The program is designed to give students a deeper appreciation of the historical, theological and cultural manifestations of Catholicism, sharpen critical thinking and encourage students to contribute actively to their communities.

The concentration begins with a one-credit seminar for new concentrators in the spring of the sophomore year. An intensive two-semester American Catholic Studies seminar in the junior year follows. Each student crafts an individualized course of study comprising four additional courses in consultation with the directors of the undergraduate program. These courses are selected from offerings in a range of disciplines, including history, theology, philosophy, social science, art and literature.


Students participate in a program of community service and attend various communal and academic events designed to foster a community of scholars who seek to combine cultivation of their academic talents with a life of thoughtful and creative engagement within the University community, and in broader church and civic arenas.

Through the generosity of donors such as Shirley and Jonathan O’Herron, Jean and Albert Salvatico, Olga M. Ficarra, Edward I. O’Brien III, Mary and Ray Bonnabeau, and a scholarship endowment in memory of Martin Feeney, S.J., students in the concentration receive some financial aid toward tuition.

Program Benefits
The concentration fosters rigorous academic study of Catholicism and provides a forum for engaged exploration of essential questions of faith and practice.

Program directors provide careful attention to each student. They help students craft curricula and shape post-baccalaureate plans. A number of courses credited toward the concentration may fulfill requirements necessary for graduation.

The American Catholic Studies program is targeted to academically talented undergraduates at Fordham with a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Program directors and professors work closely with the Office of Prestigious Fellowships to prepare students for post-baccalaureate fellowships and scholarship programs.

Additional Programming
The American Catholic Studies program offers its students a range of additional opportunities. Among these are the following:

Lectures & Symposia

The Center hosts lectures, symposia, and readings each semester. These often feature speakers, scholars and artists of national and international reputation.

Communitas Discussion Dinners

Three times each semester, the Curran Center convenes a discussion dinner hosted by an invited speaker who brings to the table expertise in a topic of interest to CACS students and faculty.

Receptions, Networking, and Conviviality

To aid its students in their educational and career goals, the Center offers receptions to bring students into contact with scholarship donors as well as alumni currently working in the academic, legal, business, and not-for-profit fields.

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