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Most US Catholic colleges no longer require theology courses

December 11, 2012

Most of Catholic colleges in the US no longer require students to study theology, the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) has found.

A survey conducted by Kimberly Shankman of Benedictine College for the CNS Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education found that Catholic colleges have stronger general-education requirements than their secular counterparts. But most Catholic schools have abolished requirements for students to take theology courses.

The CNS study found that the schools with the strongest Catholic identity were most likely to retain a theology requirement. Those schools also had the strongest general-education requirements, the study found.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 12, 2012 2:26 PM ET USA

    Sounds like it would be easier for the bishops to remove the word Catholic from many of these schools. The odds are the ones that don't have theology classes are either the usual schools doing something outrageous and/or they're Jesuit schools (hearing "Jesuit Catholic" on a school campus leads one to believe they have their own "brand" of Catholicism,doesn't it?).