Christian Humanism and Economic Development


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Christian Humanism and Economic Development (UCSE, in its Italian abbreviation) is the new educational program in the areas of economics and Catholic social teaching developed by the MCE Research Centre and the Higher Institute of Religious Studies at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. The program is inspired by the words of Pope Francis, in his analysis of the socio-economic world in Evangelii Gaudium: “The dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies. At times, however, they seem to be a mere addendum imported from without in order to fill out a political discourse lacking in perspectives or plans for true and integral development” (Evangelii Gaudium, 203).

UCSE will offer two different programs: the Executive Programme and the Masters Degree / Specialization.

The Executive Programme in Christian Humanism and Economic Development is a higher education training program lasting two years, and aims to offer students perspective on the major ethical and socio-economical issues of our time. It takes an integrated and interdisciplinary approach, combining a rigorous formation in economics, philosophy, theology, politics, and law.

The course is primarily geared towards undergrad and graduate students of the sciences who want to complement their studies by investigating the issues of economic development in light of the social teaching of the Church. The program is also for graduates of any discipline already in the workforce who want to better read and interpret the socio-economic phenomena from the perspective of Catholic social teaching, helping them to live their professional calling in the middle of the world with greater depth and understanding.

In completing the program the student will acquire a Christian formation in the areas of socio-economic policies and management, and will gain a deeper understanding of the anthropological foundations of the economy, business, and politics as expressed by the Magisterium. The students will be granted an Executive Diploma in Christian Humanism and Economic Development.

The Executive Programme therefore aims to form a new group of leaders, preparing lay people for a more qualified commitment to their work, enlightened by the faith; and it hopes to instill a more conscious exercise of those leadership and technical skills acquired during their studies and professional experience.

The Masters Degree / Specialization is geared towards those who are or will be working in sectors that call for a Christian formation up to date with current issues, and those who are responsible for forming lay people in the working world. The aim is to offer a broad interdisciplinary formation, focusing both on the anthropological foundations of economy and business, and on the role of the Church, institutions, volunteer work, and non-profit organizations in the current socio-economic context.

Depending on the track chosen – Masters or Specialization – the program aims to complete or to deepen the formation received in the three year Religious Studies program, and, in general in the fields of theology, the social sciences, and economics, preparing and making students more qualified to work both inside and outside the Church. At the end of the program students will earn either a Masters of Science in Religious Sciences or a Diploma for Specialization in Christian Humanism and Economic Development.

Both initiatives will be taught by a faculty of professors from the University of the Holy Cross, the ELIS Consortium, and the Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre. Classes will begin on January 3rd, and registration is open until November 30th.

Information is available by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visiting Higher Institute of Religious Studies “all’Apollinare”.