American Catholic Studies (ACS), the quarterly journal of the American Catholic Historical Association published by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, recently received several awards and honorable mentions at this year’s Catholic Media Conference. Held in St. Louis in June 2016, this annual conference for the Catholic Press Association celebrates Catholic communicators and the Catholic press. ACS is the oldest, continuously published Catholic scholarly journal in the U.S. and publishes high quality studies and reviews in the areas of U.S. Roman Catholic history, sociology, theology, architecture, art, cinema, music and popular movements.
At this year’s Catholic Media Conference, ACS was awarded with first place in the category of “General Excellence” for scholarly magazines. The journal was also awarded with first place in the “Best Essay” category for a scholarly magazine, in which two essays, both published by ACS, tied for the award. Additionally, Villanova University professor Stefanie Knauss’ book review earned first place for “Best Book Review” while a second place and honorable mention were earned in the category of “Best Review Section.” Lastly, third place and two honorable mentions were earned for “Best Feature Article” in a scholarly magazine.
“We are very pleased that Catholic media specialists affirm the scholarship of Villanova faculty,” said Peter Spitaler, PhD, chair, Theology. The awards recognize their excellent work and are especially welcome at the start of the most significant expansion of Villanova’s academic programs in theology.
Beginning in the fall semester of 2016, Villanova’s international reputation as an academic leader in the field of theological thought will be amplified further with the launch of a PhD in Theology program. Housed within the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, students will be challenged to relate faith and culture to their times.
About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.