How might a school's Catholic background affect its course work and classes?

Julie McCullohJulie McCulloh
Dean of Admission
Gonzaga University

Most Catholic institutions require religious studies or theology as well as philosophy and multiple humanities courses within their core curriculums. Understanding religions helps us understand history, current events and the perspective of others as well as creating a deeper understanding of our own faith traditions. While religious studies help us understand faith, studying philosophy helps us develop a habit of critical reasoning in pursuit of truth. And, in the Catholic intellectual tradition, studying the humanities allows us to more deeply appreciate faith and reason by studying art, literature, and communication. Pope John Paul II eloquently wrote, “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth, and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.”

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