The Braegelman Catholic Studies Program at the College of St. Scholastica is guided by the conviction that Catholicism is one of the world’s great monuments of human flourishing, the rigorous and sensitive study of which benefits the Church, academy, and society. The core of the program is the Catholic intellectual tradition, with particular focus on its expression within the Benedictine heritage of the college. In offering students an articulation of the key dimensions of the Catholic intellectual tradition, the program’s curriculum explores the theological, philosophical, cultural, historical, and biblical foundations of the tradition. Reflecting the inherent breadth of Catholicism, the program is interdisciplinary in nature, highlighting for students the complementary interaction of faith and reason, religion and culture, Church and state.
The program offers a major and a minor in Catholic Studies. The major is designed to fit nicely with any number of other fields of study and will work well as a double, or second, major for many students.
The program was endowed by the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery and named for Sister Athanasius Braegelman, president of the College from 1942-54, and Sister Bernice Braegelman, who taught Scripture and other classes at the College from 1941-72.