Engagement with the rich traditions, notably the theological and philosophical traditions, that both emerged from and shaped Catholicism, will add value to a liberal education through the rigorous interdisciplinary exploration of enduring questions. Catholic theology constructs and assumes an anthropology where the message of faith can be understood and engaged in an intellectually reasonable way. In other words, there is no pure theology, only theological anthropology, since the central task of theology is to inquire into the enduring questions that shape the human experience. As a discipline, theology lends itself to interdisciplinary inquiry and serves to bring other disciplines into conversation on a range of contemporary issues and topics. CIT courses will invite students into these conversations so that each student will have a sustained, critical engagement with Catholic thought and practice.
Courses fulfilling the CIT Requirement, though different in topics and approaches, generally will aim for depth of engagement into a few theologically rich areas of the tradition rather than breadth of coverage of all the areas of theology. They will all explore such questions as:
Students demonstrate competence in this area through active contributions to class discussions, oral presentations, short writing assignments, examinations, and several formal papers. Other possibilities include participation in community-based learning activities, service, and creative projects.