MA in Catholic Studies Program

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See the World With Catholic Eyes

What does it mean to see the world with Catholic eyes?

It means seeing God’s hand working in human history to save us, guide us, and lead us to him.

It means seeing a world where art and architecture, food and literature, politics and psychology, poetry, and sport can all be occasions for grace because they all can teach us about God and give glory to God.

It also means seeing the true, the good, and the beautiful, understanding that to know the truth is to know God, to desire the good is to desire God, and to love the beautiful is to love God.

In short, seeing the world with Catholic eyes means seeing the world as God always meant us to see it. It means seeing the world as it truly is.

And that is what a fully online Master of Arts in Catholic Studies from Franciscan University of Steubenville Online can give you: the ability to see reality.

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The MA in Catholic Studies from Franciscan University of Steubenville is a 100 percent online program, and it can be finished in just one year!

Classes are offered year round in six sessions of eight weeks each. Students can jump in during any session, and since the program is only 30 hours, the full program can be completed in just one year.

Online classes mean maximum flexibility to fit into your life.

A Cross-Curricular Program

Franciscan University’s full online Master of Arts in Catholic Studies offers you an integrated Catholic vision of the world through a cross-curriculum program of study that combines theology and philosophy, history and literature, science and art.

You will take four core courses (course list below) that examine Catholic culture and thought from ancient times until today. To fulfill the remaining credit requirements, you will choose from an array of electives, including courses such as Philosophy of Religion, Natural Law and Natural Rights, Virtues and Morality, and more.

This combination will give you a framework around which you can build your life. It will make it possible for you to ground your professional pursuits—in law, education, business, communications, the arts, or elsewhere—in the Catholic vision of reality.

It will help you cultivate the true, the good, and the beautiful through your work in the wider culture.

And ultimately, it will draw you closer to Jesus Christ—who is Truth, Goodness, and Beauty—and help you follow in the footsteps of the saints, whose faith built a civilization rooted in Christ.

Core Courses (Required)
  • Catholic Culture and Thought II: Ancient and Medieval, 1-1500
  • Catholic Culture and Thought III: Modern, 1500-1900
  • Catholic Culture and Thought IV: 1900-Today
  • History and Theory of Catholic Arts
Electives (currently available or coming soon)
  • Catholic Social Theory and Practice
  • Science and Faith
  • The Thought of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Virtues and Morality
  • The Works of JRR Tolkien
  • The Philosophy of Religion
  • The Works of Dante
  • The Natural Law
  • An Introduction to the Bible
  • The Crusades and the Inquisition
Program Admission Requirements
  1. Application
  2. Provide official transcripts for your bachelor’s degree.
    Official transcripts may be emailed to online@franciscan.edu Or mailed to:
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    1235 University Boulevard
    Steubenville, OH 43952
    Attn.: Online and Graduate Enrollment

Note: No GRE is required for admission.

For more information, contact:

Thomas S. Weishaar
Director of Online Enrollment
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Phone: 740-283-4410 | Fax: 740-284-5456
tweishaar@franciscan.edu

Academic Catalog

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Program Faculty

Dr. Andrew Jones

Assistant Professor
Director, Catholic Studies Program

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Dr. Logan Paul Gage

Dr. Logan Paul Gage

Associate Professor
Department Chair

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Dr. Paul Symington

Dr. Paul Symington

Professor
Dean

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Dr. John Holmes

Dr. John Holmes

Professor

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Dr. Matthew Breuninger

Dr. Matthew Breuninger

Assistant Professor
Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence

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Jacob Wood

Dr. Jacob Wood

Associate Professor
Director

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Dr. Benjamin Wiker

Dr. Benjamin Wiker

Professor
Director

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Dr. Brandon Dahm

Dr. Brandon Dahm

Assistant Professor
Co-Director

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