American Catholic Studies Concentration

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The American Catholic Studies Concentration 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 Program entails 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.

Learn more about concentrator requirements and scholarships.

Concentration Benefits and Highlights

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

  • Eligible students in the concentration receive some financial aid toward tuition 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, SJ.

  • We provide careful attention to each student, helping them craft curricula and shape post-baccalaureate plans. A number of courses credited toward the concentration may fulfill requirements necessary for graduation.

  • Our concentration 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.

  • 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.

  • The American Catholic Studies program offers its students a range of additional opportunities:

    • Lectures and Symposia
    • Communitas Discussion Dinners
    • Receptions and Networking
    • Social Activities with Faculty and Peers

    Please visit Events and Series for more information.