Catholic Social Tradition (CST) Minor

The Catholic Social Tradition minor is an interdisciplinary minor in the College of Arts and Letters. Since its inception in 1997, the program has been committed to providing undergraduate students with a deeper understanding of the social ramifications of the Catholic faith by drawing on the wealth of resources of the Catholic Social Tradition as found in the official documents of the Church and the experience of the Catholic community.

The Catholic Social Tradition offers a long-standing and profound corpus of thought and teaching that draws upon classical texts and tradition in the full range of social spheres - economic, political, religious, cultural, and familial. It does so through a constellation of concepts that, taken as a whole, give articulation to a coherent yet variegated vision of the good society, a vision that serves as a guide for human and institutional behavior. Such concepts include the Common Good, Rights and Responsibilities, Option for the Poor, Subsidiarity, and Peace.

A key thesis of the Catholic Social Tradition is that the pursuit of truth, the life of faith, and the practice of social justice are not limited to those who have made a formal commitment to ministry in the Church but are essential elements of the vocation of every Christian in every state of life and profession (Gaudium et Spes #43). 

We welcome inquiries from students, faculty, and visitors and invite you to explore the CST website. If you have questions about the CST minor, please contact Co-Director Bill Purcell or Co-Director Todd Whitmore.

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Upcoming Events

February 2020

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Engaged Learning Forum | Community-Based Learning from the Inside Out
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Postgraduate Service | Precious Blood Volunteers Information Session
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
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Development on the move: Global strategies informed by local contexts
Friday, February 21, 2020 (All day) to Saturday, February 22, 2020 (All day)
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Labor Café | Teachers' Strikes, Racial Justice, and the Common Good
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2020

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Ethical development and life in/beyond higher education
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Deadline | Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC Memorial Essay Contest
Friday, March 6, 2020 (All day) to Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (All day)
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Engaged Learning Forum | Spanish CBL @ Ten!
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 8:15am to 9:45am
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Labor Café
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

April 2020

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Labor Café
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm