Memphis – Thirteen men and women completed Master of Arts in Catholic Studies (MACS) at Christian Brothers University and graduated as the inaugural class in this degree program on May 14, 2010. They have completed 30 graduate credit hours in ten areas of Catholic theology.
“I expected the MACS program to enrich the intellectual basis of my faith, but was surprised that it also deepened my spiritual life as well,” says Leo Arnoult, one of the graduates and member of the CBU Board of Trustees. “The program gave my faith a much deeper understanding of why I am a Catholic, and the moral theology has provided me with the tools to more fully integrate my faith into all dimensions of my life, family, business, social, political and economic. I am now better equipped to articulate and share my faith and defend it when necessary.”
The Catholic Studies program at CBU is designed to provide students with a solid theological foundation in preparation for service to the Church and the larger society. The traditional graduate degree program awards a Master of Arts in Catholic Studies degree upon successful completion. The program also offers a Certificate in Catholic Theological Foundations, which is awarded upon completion of three specified classes in the program. Students may also take classes of special interest as a special, non-degree seeking student. If one is interested in knowledge and not academic credit, there is an audit option in which a person simply sits in the class and soaks in all the lectures and discussions with no grades.
Upcoming classes for the summer and fall of 2010 include Catholicism and Other Faith Traditions taught by Dr. Emily Holmes is being offered June 11-12, 25-26, and July 9-10 on Fridays from 5:30-10:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Catholic Social Ethics will be taught by Dr. J. Burt Fulmer on the Saturdays of August 21, September 4, 18, October 9, 30, and November 13.
The admissions process for the Catholic Studies program is handled through the CBU office of Graduate and Professional Studies, which can be contacted at (901) 321-3291. Course details and more information on the program can be found at www.cbu.edu/arts/macs. ###