What is an academic minor?
An academic minor is a field of study that is secondary to a major degree. Rather than pursuing a double major - which is generally more expensive and takes longer to finish - students can expand their range of knowledge with a minor.
A minor can be focused on an area of personal interest that may not be included in the program of the major. Also, it may be a field of study that expands the scope of their major; for example, psychology majors may take religious studies in order to practice within a faith community.
What is a Catholic Studies Minor?
The Catholic Studies Minor is granted by the Christianity and Culture program at TWU but is administered and taught by Catholic Pacific College professors. The minor is comprised of theology and philosophy courses that are designed to expose students to the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. In turn, the skills and knowledge gained from these courses complement the programs that Trinity Western University provides.
Why pursue a minor?
In general, a minor has both personal and career benefits. Regardless of the reason behind taking the minor, it is additional education that will enrich your life and add to your uniqueness. A Catholic Studies minor particularly excels in this regard since it directly engages with fundamental questions that pertain to all aspects of life, enabling students to make informed choices about faith, relationships, vocation, and careers.
Further, the minor will boost the students’ CV/resume. In order to add depth and insight to organizations employers often look for persons with diverse experience and education. Well-rounded individuals have potential to think outside of the box, a critical asset in an ever-changing marketplace. In addition, a graduate with a Catholic Studies minor is particularly well-suited for work within Catholic institutions (e.g., Catholic education).
The Details - See official TWU Catholic Studies Minor Checklist
A total of 24 s.h. of credit, including a minimum of 12 s.h. of upper-level credit is required to complete a Minor. A minimum overall (cumulative) GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation.
In order to be eligible for graduation you must complete an Application for Graduation via the Student Portal and submit a completed checklist to the Office of the Registrar by April 30 of the year prior to your completion (there is no fee to apply for graduation). Once your complete application has been received, a degree audit will be completed for you. This audit will confirm which courses are still outstanding in order for you to complete your degree.
List of Required Courses for Catholic Studies Minor*:
Choice between 1 of the following: PHIL 111 CP - History of Western Philosophy: Ancient & Medieval
Choice between 4 of the following: RELS 224 CP - New Testament Theology
*Please note that other courses may be substituted for the ones listed if permission is obtained from CPC’s Academic Dean. A full list of CPC courses can be found here: catholicpacific.ca/allcourses, and a tentative cycle of courses can be found here: catholicpacific.ca/cycle.