'Major' Changes Toward Philosophy and Theology: Interpreting a Recent Trend for Millennials in Catholic Higher Education

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Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M.
Melissa A. Cidade, M.A.

Abstract

This study examines emerging trends among those members of the Millennial generation who have dedicated a significant portion of their young-adult lives to the study of philosophy and theology at Catholic colleges and universities. Our analyses suggest that the number and percentage of Millennial undergraduates who earned degrees in philosophy or theology at Catholic institutions of higher education and the subsequent variation between them and their Generation X predecessors provide statistically signifi cant data that might better inform our understanding of the religiosity, spiritual searching, and adherence to Church authority in this population.

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Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., Siena College, Loudonville, NY

Daniel Horan is a Franciscan Friar of Holy Name Province, New York, NY, and teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Siena College, Loudonville, NY.

Melissa A. Cidade, M.A., Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Melissa Cidade is the director of CARA parish surveys at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University, Washington, DC.