Since 2012, students studying at Arizona State University (ASU) have been able to take Catholic Studies and Theological Studies courses through a partnership with the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.
The programs include the “study of Christology, church history, the Bible, faith and justice, Catholic Church architecture, and the role of St. Benedict and Benedictine monasticism,” according to the University of Mary’s website.
Fr. Robert Spitzer, the former president of Gonzaga University, recently praised the partnership. The University reports:
In a most recent article published by the Catholic News Agency (CNA), Father Robert Spitzer, former president of Gonzaga, a leading author on Catholicism and one of the world's most respected theologians, gave the partnership high praise, saying it tears down old models that created an "artificial separation" between a public university and religious studies.
"I don't really see any drawbacks," Spitzer told reporter Kevin Jones of CNA. "But I do see that every Catholic student at Arizona State can benefit tremendously from it."
Spitzer …believes other universities could learn from this as "an experiment in the logic of complementarity. Theological studies enhance the entire liberal arts curriculum. They can't help but do so."
The University of Mary is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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