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Catholic Heritage Minor

Why Study Catholic Heritage at Fisher?

The Minor in Catholic Heritage encourages you to realize the various intellectual underpinnings for your intentional choices in the service of others. The minor's interdisciplinary approach mutually strengthens your understanding of the Roman Catholic religion as well as its expression in the arts and sciences.

The minor utilizes talented faculty from various departments at Fisher and explores in depth the rich heritage of liberal arts that John Fisher fostered as Chancellor of Cambridge University.

Goals of the Catholic Heritage Minor

  • Identify and articulate common themes in our Catholic Heritage (e.g. faith and reason as a basis for understanding the teachings of the Roman Catholic tradition; the use of imagination in the study of theology; etc.)
  • Recognize and articulate some of these common themes as expressed in the arts, humanities, physical and social sciences. One of the main purposes of the Minor in Catholic Heritage is to demonstrate intellectually and practically how the arts and sciences play a key role in a Catholic person’s daily life
  • Articulate reasons for studying one’s Catholic Heritage in an institution like St. John Fisher College which is rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition
  • Explore at least one of the themes/reasons in an interdisciplinary capstone paper or project under the guidance of a suitable mentor

Who Was Saint John Fisher?

Saint John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, England, and Chancellor of Cambridge University, was committed to the liberal arts as tools to best prepare students for further work in theology and careers of service and transformation. John Fisher embodied the Basilian motto "Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge" as a man of integrity, a scholar rooted in the liberal arts, and one who chose to make a difference in his service to others.

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