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Fairfield's Sacred Heart University Creates Department Of Catholic Studies

Sacred Heart University has started a Department of Catholic Studies.
Sacred Heart University has started a Department of Catholic Studies. Photo Credit: Courtesy Sacred Heart University

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University in Fairfield has announced the formation of a Department of Catholic Studies, which will offer an interdisciplinary minor to students.

The department's goal is to administer a key component of the university’s core curriculum, the seminars in the Catholic intellectual tradition, according to a press release.

“Both symbolically and functionally, the establishment of the department affirms Sacred Heart University’s mission, its Catholic identity and the interdisciplinary nature of the Catholic intellectual tradition,” said Robin Cautin, dean of the university's College of Arts and Sciences, in a press release.

“At this moment in the university’s history, the Department of Catholic Studies is an organic development that affirms who we are as a Catholic university.”

Working with various university offices, the new department will provide the structural basis from which to develop, implement and oversee curricular and co-curricular programs, create and nurture institutional partnerships and pursue grant opportunities, according to a press release.

“The foundation of the Department of Catholic Studies is an important step in the growth of Sacred Heart University, and I look forward to seeing this interdisciplinary effort grow in its mission in the coming years,” said university President John Petillo in a press release. “The new department is a reflection of a broader change that is represented by the new core curriculum. This will also specifically enhance students’ experience and understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition.”

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