The Catholic Social Tradition minor is an interdisciplinary minor in the College of Arts and Letters.


Hesburgh Library
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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. Any undergraduate student interested in the themes of the Catholic social tradition may elect the minor in CST.

"From humanity's great trials, among which is the pandemic, we come out better or worse. We will not be the same. And that is why we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit today so that He might change our hearts and help us to come out better."
– Pope Francis, May 31, 2020

“Never tire of working for a more just world, marked by great solidarity!  No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world!”
– Pope Francis, Varginha, July 25, 2013

"The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these too are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ."
– Gaudium et Spes, 1 

"To teach and to spread her social doctrine pertains to the Church's evangelizing mission and is an essential part of the Christian message."
– John Paul II, Centesimus Annus