The Pastoral Studies academic area is divided into three concentrations: Spirituality, Religious Education/Catachetics, and Pastoral Studies. Please follow the links below for more information on each concentration and on the degrees offered in each.
In dialogue with the Catholic theological tradition, spirituality draws on the methods of philosophy, biblical studies, psychology, sociology and the history of religions to analyze religious experience as expressed in worship, contemplation, doctrine, catechesis, and the spiritual classics. The degrees offered are: MA, and PhD.
The concentration in catechetics is designed to prepare professionals for ministry in parishes, diocesan offices, religious publishing and as teachers of religion in elementary and secondary schools. Overall, the graduate program provides criteria for designing and evaluating catechetical methods and materials, and also examines specific current issues in catechesis. The degrees offered are: MA and PhD
The Goal of Pastoral Studies is to prepare students for ordination in the Catholic Church or for lay ministry through a coordinated program of courses in academic subjects, pastoral skills and supervised ministry. The degrees offered are: MDiv, and DMin.