Humanities & Catholic Culture Program

Humanities and Catholic Culture Bachelor’s Degree Program Overview

The major in humanities and Catholic culture at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio is a liberal arts program with comprehensive, integrated course work that explores the history, theology, philosophy, literature, economics, and political thought of different time periods. Explore the development of Western civilization and the crucial role religion, especially Catholicism, plays in the creation, unity, and change of human life and culture through the centuries.

A journey of discovery and understanding

Develop a deep understanding of the human person, culture, and religion’s impact on both, guided by the thought of the famous Catholic historian Christopher Dawson. The bachelor’s degree in humanities and Catholic culture program conveys an integrated spiritual and material vision of reality to enlighten all you do, and, in turn, provides you with the ability to find meaning in anything you do. Explore the timeless truths of God and creation and discern how your personal life and career ought to conform to such truths.

Explore More of the Humanities and Catholic Culture Bachelor’s Degree Program

Here are just a few other ways Franciscan’s humanities and Catholic culture bachelor’s degree program stands out from the rest:

  • Financial aid and scholarships: Visit the Franciscan Office of Financial Aid to learn about scholarships and other opportunities to get help covering the costs of college tuition and fees.
  • Job and life skills: Develop the ability to think critically, as well as evaluate and integrate factual material, in light of differing and complex viewpoints.
  • Study abroad: While earning your bachelor’s degree in humanities and Catholic culture from Franciscan University in Ohio, you have a variety of opportunities to explore other countries by studying abroad. Participate in the Franciscan University Austria Program during the spring semester of your junior year or study at Oxford University in England.
  • World-class faculty: Learn from professors drawn from a cross-section of academic disciplines at Franciscan, including faithful, well-educated Catholic scholars who are nationally recognized, as well as instructors specially trained and experienced in the vision and methods of an integrated liberal education at a Catholic university.
What Can You Do With a Humanities and Catholic Culture Degree?

The humanities and Catholic culture program at Franciscan University in Ohio provides excellent preparation for advanced degree programs and careers in many different fields, such as the humanities, social sciences, law, politics, journalism, teaching, health care, and religious life.

Graduate Programs for Humanities and Catholic Culture Majors

  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Master of Theology
  • Law School
  • Medical School
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Education

Potential Job Titles for Humanities and Catholic Culture Majors

  • Priest or Religious Leader
  • Doctor or Medical Professional
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Architect or Urban Developer
  • Pro-Life Worker
  • Artist
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HCC Course Topics

In the first year of study, explore the crucial role of religion in shaping a culture. In the second year, study political philosophy, Catholic political thought, Christian social teachings, and Catholic history, especially the early Church. In the third and fourth years, focus on the culture and thought of the Catholic Church in the Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, and later modern periods.

The Dawson Society

Join those who share a love for humanities and Catholic culture in the campus club, The Dawson Society. Club members have a variety of opportunities for intellectual camaraderie and fellowship outside the classroom through guest lectures, discussion groups, and cultural trips to nearby metropolitan areas, such as Pittsburgh, and surrounding Ohio communities.

Austrian Semester Abroad

Grow, develop, and be formed into a more mature student by spending a semester in Franciscan’s Austrian program. You’ll expand your major in unbelievable ways by traveling to places such as Rome and the holy sites of Christendom, and through courses taught at a 14th-century monastery that also serves as your home.

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Department Faculty
Dr. Regina Boerio

Dr. Regina Boerio


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Professor Bea Carreno

Prof. Bea Carreño

Austria Program

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Professor James Gaston

Prof. James Gaston

Associate Professor

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Dr. Anne Hendershott

Dr. Anne Hendershott


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Dr. Daniel Kempton

Dr. Daniel Kempton

Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor

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Dr. Stephen Krason

Dr. Stephen M. Krason

Department Chair

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Dr. Benjamin Wiker

Dr. Benjamin Wiker


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