Popular Majors, Sports, and Activities at Newman Guide Colleges

You can receive a faithful Catholic education….

…and major in engineering.

Several colleges combine engineering with a solid liberal arts core curriculum.

“Catholics need to succeed in the sciences to make an impact on the most important developments of our time,” said Dr. Stephen Minnis, president of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. “Students don’t just learn information or a skill—they become the person God wants them to be and the world needs.”

Benedictine College, The Catholic University of America, Franciscan University of Steubenville, University of Dallas, University of Mary, and University of St. Thomas-Houston offer programs in engineering.

Both four- and five-year programs are offered.  Some are cooperative or dual degree programs.  Choices include degrees in aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, petroleum, and software engineering.

…and compete in intercollegiate athletics.

Participating in sports is a great way to complement the rich experience of a faithful Catholic education.  The recommended colleges offer a wide range of athletic opportunities for students.  Mount St. Mary’s University competes at the Division I level of the NCAA, while Belmont Abbey College, University of Mary, and Walsh University compete at the Division II level.  Colleges that offer Division III athletic programs include The Catholic University of America, DeSales University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and University of Dallas.

Additionally, Ave Maria University, Benedictine College, St. Gregory’s University, and University of St. Thomas participate in NAIA athletics, and Christendom College is a part of USCAA collegiate athletics.

Many colleges also offer club and intramural athletic opportunities.  Some have programs that integrate faith formation and athletics.  At TheNewmanGuide.com, you can use our college-search option to see which recommended colleges offer a specific sport.

…and excel in a nursing program.

In a society that does not respect the dignity of all human life, it’s extremely important for Catholic college nursing programs to integrate Church teachings and prepare students for the ethical dilemmas they may face in the workplace.

Many of the colleges recommended in the Newman Guide have schools of nursing or offer nursing majors, including Ave Maria University, Benedictine College, The Catholic University of America, DeSales University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Mount St. Mary’s University, St. Gregory’s University, University of Dallas, University of Mary, University of St. Thomas in Houston, and Walsh University.

…and prepare for military service.

Serving our country is a noble calling, and several faithful Catholic colleges help put students on the path for careers in the military.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is offered at a number of our recommended colleges, sometimes in partnership with other local universities.  ROTC-colleges include Belmont Abbey College, Benedictine College, The Catholic University of America, DeSales University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Mount St. Mary’s University, University of Dallas, and University of St. Thomas-Houston.

…and become a teacher.

Graduates of liberal arts programs at our recommended colleges are not only well-prepared for a teaching career, but are also found at the helm of a number of faithful Catholic schools across the country.

Michael Van Hecke says that the liberal arts education at Thomas Aquinas College instilled in him “a love of learning” and a desire to be an educator “to provide joy and hope to younger students.”  Van Hecke is now the headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, Calif., which he helped to found.  Grammar, logic and rhetoric serve as “the philosophical basis” of St. Augustine Academy’s educational efforts.

A number of institutions in the Newman Guide provide a liberal arts education, while others prepare students to become teachers through a specific education program.  Many of these stress the critical responsibility that educators have in teaching the faith to students.

“We don’t want just ‘math’ teachers or ‘history’ teachers,” said Dr. Dan Guernsey, chair of Ave Maria University’s education department. “We want Catholic teachers— teachers of faith and versatility who by their example and commitment can attract their students to the great banquet of knowledge and who themselves have eaten and drunk deeply of all the best that humanity has discovered.”

Education programs are offered at Aquinas College, Ave Maria University, Belmont Abbey College, Benedictine College, The Catholic University of America, DeSales University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Mount St. Mary’s University, St. Gregory’s University, University of Dallas, University of Mary, University of St. Thomas, and Walsh University.

…and explore the visual and performing arts.

The Division of Performing Arts at DeSales University “believe[s] that creativity endeavors to elevate the human spirit.” Many recommended colleges offer a variety of opportunities in the visual and performing arts, and like DeSales, seek to help students “fulfill their artistic, scholarly, and professional capacities.”

Fine and performing arts majors and minors are available at Ave Maria University, Belmont Abbey College, Benedictine College, The Catholic University of America, DeSales University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Mount St. Mary’s University, St. Gregory’s University, University of Dallas, University of Mary, University of St. Thomas-Houston, and Walsh University.

 Many of the recommended colleges have vibrant acting clubs as well.

…and study business.

Recent reports indicate that corporate executives increasingly list the liberal arts as a great background for jobs in business.  This is good news for students attending the faithful Catholic colleges recommended by The Newman Guide, many of which challenge students with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum rooted in the Catholic tradition.

Dr. Andrew Abela, provost at The Catholic University of America, believes that Catholic values are directly applicable to a career in business.  “All of business, including accounting and finance, is properly understood to be oriented to serving the human person, whether that person be customer, employee, supplier, investor or neighbor,” he said.

Students can earn a major in business at Ave Maria University, Belmont Abbey College, Benedictine College, The Catholic University of America, DeSales University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Mount St. Mary’s University, St. Gregory’s University, University of Dallas, University of Mary, University of St. Thomas, and Walsh University.

Additionally, many alumni of colleges in this Guide that do not offer a business degree have still found that their liberal arts education provided essential tools for successful business careers.

…and so much more.

TheNewmanGuide.com includes much more information about the different majors, clubs, and other extracurricular opportunities awaiting you at our recommended Catholic colleges.

The institutions we recommend represent about 10 percent of all Catholic colleges in the United States.  You can find competitive athletics and excellent academics at other Catholic colleges, but most don’t have a strong Catholic identity.

Faithful Catholic education makes a huge difference in the lives of students.  That’s why we’re convinced that the colleges recommended in this Guide give students the best chance to grow in their faith while becoming well-rounded and mature graduates.

If you want to know more about the difference between colleges in The Newman Guide and the rest of the Catholic colleges in the country, see our response to the question, “What about other Catholic colleges and universities?

Read more about Aquinas College Ave Maria University Belmont Abbey College Benedictine College Christendom College DeSales University Franciscan University of Steubenville John Paul the Great Catholic University Mount St. Mary’s University St. Gregory’s University The Catholic University of America Thomas Aquinas College University of Dallas University of Mary University of St. Thomas Walsh University Wyoming Catholic College

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