University professors are the presenters in this program; thus, the content is geared toward college-level students. However, as the professors prepared and as each session was compiled, we kept in mind that our audience would not necessarily have a college background. Through this program we are striving to make Catholic higher-education accessible. Participants are invited to engage with the material at the level of their choosing. Some are simply seeking an exposure to new ideas in the Catholic tradition, while others would like a deeper formation and so will read the recommended readings and perhaps even take notes and write extensive reflections on the material.
How much homework will we have?
There is no required homework. We encourage participants to enter into discussions both within and beyond the session meetings. We also encourage them to take up the recommended readings if they are so inclined.
What course materials will we receive?
Participants recieve access to the course videos for the duration of the course, as well as a print booklet containing discussion questions, selections from texts, and suggested additional readings.
What if I miss a session?
Missing up to three sessions is permissible, and individual circumstances may make this necessary. However, one of the primary goals of the program is to foster community. Just as students at the University of Dallas study the same core curriculum and have discussions on history, theology, or literature outside the classroom--while walking across campus, over lunch in the cafeteria, and over a beer on Friday night--we hope the participants in this program will have similar experiences of the power of ideas and dialogue to create bonds of communion and friendship.
How do we decide when to offer this program?
It is best to offer the program during a time and day of the week that would suit the availability of participants. There are a number of suggested Schedule Models to choose from. Each course can be taken in two 5-week parts (or, if you do both parts together, for 10 weeks), and each meeting takes 60-90 minutes. The meetings may be scheduled across the year in many different ways. Of course, the session meetings should be scheduled at the institution well in advance so that the space and technological equipment needed are secured.
I'm interested in starting a group or joining one. What do I do next?
Contact us here. If you are looking to join a group, we can connect you with other interested people in your area. If you are looking to start a group, we can help you promote the program. As you seek to find participants for your cohort, personally invite people who you know may be interested. Announce the availability of the program at Sunday Masses, other community meetings, and in bulletins, emails, etc. Ask us to send you brochures for distribution.
What is the minimum number for a cohort?
Most groups do best with at least 8 participants. If you are worried that you will not have enough participants, don't worry; we can help you promote your cohort.
How will I be given access to the session videos?
After you have registered for a course, you will receive a password that will enable you to access the course materials on this website.
Do the courses have to be taken in sequence?
No. The material is interrelated, and there are many ways to follow the connections between Catholic culture and religion. The series provides, in reality, may ways to make those connections.
Do we receive college credit for each course?
While college credit is not granted for each course, host institutions can--based on attendance--grant to participants a Certificate of Completion for each course as well as a Certification in Catholic Faith & Culture upon the completion of all four program courses.