Areas of Concentration
Concurrent MAPh/MATh- Catholic Social Teaching
"Charity is at the heart of the Church's social doctrine." Benedict XVI
DSPT has the only program on the continent that offers the concurrent degree in philosophy and theology with a concentration in Catholic Social Teaching.
Studying the Social Teaching requires both philosophical and theological competence. Our program offers a comprehensive approach and covers the whole of the theological Tradition, recognizing that the Social Teaching did not originate with Leo XIII and his encyclical Rerum Novarum, but it reaches all the way back to Scripture, Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church.
Studies in philosophy are also indispensable for a proper appreciation of the Catholic Social Teaching. It is impossible to understand fully what the Church has taught without knowing the philosophical backgrounds for western political and social institutions, starting with Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. It is also crucial to develop a proper understanding of some seminal philosophical ideas: the good, the common good, subsidiarity, natural law, which are used throughout the documents.
The goal of the program is to prepare students to take leadership in articulating alternative possibilities for political and social relationships, and to equip them with a practical grasp of how political and social thinking pertains today.
"Open to the truth, from whichever branch of knowledge it comes, the Church's social doctrine receives it, assembles into a unity the fragments in which it is often found, and mediates it within the constantly changing life-patterns of the society of peoples and nations." Benedict XVI