COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR ALL DEGREE PROGRAMS

A. Course Classification and Description

Classification and description follow a simple pattern, for example:

CLA 601 Fundamentals of Canon Law

The course introduces students to ecclesiastical law through a systematic presentation and study of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, reflecting on the purpose, nature, content, history, background, and consequences of what ecclesiastical law achieves in the life of the Church.

Every course has (1) a prefix, (2) a 3-digit number, (3) a short descriptive title, and (4) a short description of course content (maximum 30 words).

B. Course Prefixes

The course prefixes are drawn from the following list, which has been chosen to match the divisions of seminary courses envisioned in Optatam totius and the Program of Priestly Formation. In other words, for ecclesiastical subjects, it sorts courses in the way common to ecclesiastical faculties.

APO Apologetics
BIE Bioethics
CHH Church History
CLA Canon Law
DTH Dogmatic Theology
EDU Education
ENG English
ESL English as a Second Language
FPA Fine and Performing Arts
GRK Greek
HUM Humanities
LAT Latin
LLT Liturgy and Liturgical Theology
MTH Moral Theology
PAS Pastoral Theology
PHE Philosophical Ethics
PHH Historical Philosophy
PHS Systematic Philosophy
PSY Psychology
SAI Sacred Art Institute
SAS Sacred Scripture
SCM Science and Mathematics
SOC Social Sciences

C. Course Offerings

a. Apologetics (APO)

APO 512 Apologetics
This course introduces the student to the art of fulfilling this biblical mandate to cogently and convincingly explain and defend Christian truth, and focuses on the “what” and “how” of apologetics to present a compelling defense of the Faith. Online and on campus

APO 520 Adapting Evangelization to Hispanic Cultural Contexts
This course focuses on Hispanic cultural contexts as integral to effective evangelization models. Traditional evangelization strategies do not acknowledge the cultural differences between the particular pastoral needs of multiple Hispanic populations. Broadening the evangelist’s scope of specific themes, central to Hispanic perspectives, is crucial to effectively personalize the faith message. Online and on campus.

APO 535 Moral Apologetics
This course focuses on engaging apologetics from a moral dimension. Online and on campus.

APO 565 Reading Science in the Light of Faith
This course teaches the non-scientist layperson how to articulate developments in current research in biological or biochemical fields (with particular emphasis on evolutionary biology, genetics, or neuroscience) by reading scientific papers and how to classify the conclusions in the scientific papers as neutral, contradictory, or consistent with the tenets of Catholic faith. Online only.

APO 620 Evolution & Catholic Thought
This course explores the theory of evolution and sources of Catholic teaching regarding whether evolution is an ‘acceptable’ concept within the Church. Can also be used for credit in CHH 620. Online only.

APO/PAS 631 Social Media and the New Evangelization
This course explores the history, trends, and issues related to the Catholic Church and its use of media for social communications. Students discuss how media is “social” and how this can be used to “introduce people to the life of the Church and help our contemporaries to discover the face of Christ” (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for 44th World Communications Day, 2010). Online only.

APO 652 New Atheism
This course focuses on the nature of the New Atheism and the attempt it is making to secure political power in its assault against the faith. Online only.

b. Bioethics (BIE)

BIE 625 Foundations in Catholic Bioethics
This course presents a broad overview of contemporary bioethics issues prevalent in western cultures and in those eastern cultures that are medically and scientifically advanced. The course will help students to understand key bioethics issues, to appreciate Catholic Church teaching relative to these issues, and to focus their study on one research topic of interest to the student. On campus.

BIE 625 Catholic Bioethics
This interdisciplinary course prepares students for pastoral service through an intensive review of the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the sanctity and dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Topics include the most challenging and difficult moral and medical issues in the field of contemporary bioethics. Can also be used for credit in MTH 625. Online and on campus.

BIE 639 Bioethics & the Law
This course introduces basic constitutional, statutory, and regulatory law related to bioethics. United States Supreme Court case law is a central component of the course. The course will examine the development of constitutional substantive due process, privacy, individual autonomy, and equal protection. The structure of American constitutional government, the separation of powers, the protection of individual liberties, and related political and philosophical foundations are examined. Online and on campus.

BIE 651 Medical Ethics
This course begins with the background out of which the Catholic Medical Ethics grew, and then explores the modern situation and its failure will be described and the contemporaneous need for the religious traditions to exercise their appropriate influence will be affirmed. Online and on campus.

BIE 653 Guiding Principles of Catholic Medical Ethics
This course explores the extraordinary challenges, both medical and moral, currently facing Healthcare in the U.S. The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, will be used to overview critical topics in Catholic medical ethics. Requires separate enrollment with the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Online only.

BIE 661 Biology & Biotechnologies for Ethicists
This course focuses on the basic biological principles related to ethical issues such as in vitro fertilization and other reproductive technologies, embryonic and adult stem cells, artificial contraception, and genetic engineering from the standpoint of the Catholic faith. Online only.

BIE 673 Catholic Bioethics & the Dignity of the Human Person
This course examines key areas of modern bioethics, and be able to articulate the major ethical concerns raised by these issues and areas where ethical ambiguity may still exist from the vantage point of Catholic teaching. Requires separate enrollment with the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Online only.

BIE 675 Case Studies & Applied Topics
This course examines a number of bioethical topics and critically analyzes case studies from a Catholic perspective, including research ethics, ethics committee process topics, beginning and end- of-life ethical issues, selected clinical issues. Online only.

BIE 796 Bioethics in the Post Christian Culture
This course exams the relationship between Catholic bioethics and the secular culture. Online only.

c. Church History and Historical Theology (CHH)

CHH 263 Catholic Response During World War II
This course examines the Catholic response during World War II. Topics include a review of the Papal response, including Pius XI and Pius XII; the martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; and exposure to the holocaust in literature and film. Online only.

CHH 300 Church History
This course examines the history of the Catholic Church as a point of evangelization. Topics to be examined will include development of the early Church, the Age of the Fathers, the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Reformation period, and the Modern Era. Online and on campus.

CHH 501 Historical Knowledge and Human Good
This course explores the relationship between historical knowledge and human flourishing, both temporally and eternally. The course introduces students to the key historical events, figures, controversies and concepts that an adult should retain after having left college. Students also will explore how a mature, Christian adult views history, the role historical knowledge plays in a flourishing social life, and the connection between historical consciousness and eternal salvation. Online Only.

CHH 613 The Church in America
This course surveys the Church’s growth in America, especially in the United States, from 1492 to the present. Topics such as patronage, missionary activities, religious orders, persecution, the immigrant Church, the maturing of the Church, and contemporary tensions are studied. Online and on campus.

CHH620 The Catholic Reformation
Topics include the causes of the Reformation; the Council of Trent; Counter-Reformation popes and religious orders; saints and foundresses; France, the field of battle; Thirty Years War and the Peace of Westphalia. Online Only

CHH 631 Mystical Theology in the Church Fathers
This course focuses on selected writings of representative Eastern and Western Church Fathers to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for their teachings on contemplative prayer and the journey of the soul to Divine Union. On campus and Online.

CHH 661 Catholic Modernism
This course reviews Catholic modernism and addresses the intellectual causes of modernism and its major components. The study includes magisterial statements of Pius X concerning modernism and exposure to the works of several important Catholic modernists. Online only.

CHH 670 Great Personalities in Church History
This reading course surveys a panoply of sources, church fathers, heterodox writers, heretics and saints, men and women, throughout our history. The original works of the writers themselves serve as the material basis for the class. Online Only.

CHH/DTH 671 Documents of Vatican II
This course introduces the history of Vatican II and the content of the documents. Topics include the background of the Council, the nature of the Church, inner spiritual renewal, the Church and the world, and the effects of the Council. Online and on campus.

CHH 675 Spirituality of St. John Paul II
In order to better understand what influenced St. John Paul II’s spiritual life and made him a saint, this course will look, among other things, at the history of Poland, its intense Catholic culture, his own Marian spirituality and the influence which the great Carmelite mystics had on him. On campus only.

CHH 700 History of the Church
This course surveys Church history, studying the major forces, events and persons shaping the growth and development of Christianity in the East and West. Online and on campus.

CHH 881 Patristics
This course surveys selected writings from the principal Fathers of the Church. The focus is on the development of Catholic Doctrine from the Apostolic Fathers to St. Gregory the Great, with emphasis on the Trinitarian and Christological questions. Online and on campus.

d. Canon Law (CLA)

CLA 601 Fundamentals of Canon Law (Canon Law I)
The course introduces students to ecclesiastical law through a systematic presentation and study of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, reflecting on the purpose, nature, content, history, background, and consequences of what ecclesiastical law achieves in the life of the Church. On campus only.

CLA 702 Canon Law I: General Norms
This class is designed to provide the students with an understanding of how to interpret the laws of the Catholic Church. Students will be provided a perspective of the legal system that governs the Catholic Church, which is unlike the common law system found in the United States. Online Learning Only.

CLA 715 Canon Law of Marriage
This course introduces student(s) to the canon law of marriage through a systematic presentation and study of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, reflecting on the sacred canons themselves (cc. 1055-1165 and 1671-1707), their purpose, nature, context, history, and theological meaning. Online and on campus.

CLA 801 The Code of Canons of the Eastern Church
This course explains the importance of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches due to the Code of Canon Law and Pastor Bonus forming one juridical body of the Catholic Church. On campus only.

e. Dogmatic, Systematic, and Fundamental Theology (DTH)

DTH 101 Intro to Theology
This course introduces the sources, topics, and history of theology as a foundation for further study. Attention is given to the origins of doctrine and its form, important to almost all branches of theology. Online only.

DTH 504 Introduction to the Spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux, O.C.D.
This course will introduce students to the teaching of St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, the youngest Doctor of the Catholic Church. The teaching of this Carmelite saint, known as the ‘little way of spiritual childhood’, was often evoked by the Fathers of Vatican Council II as a teacher of prayer and theological hope, a model of communion with the Church and a sure guide for teachers, educators, pastors, and theologians. We will study her simple and yet profound message. On campus.

DTH 512 Spiritual Life in the Classics
This course provides a study of the great spiritual writers with an emphasis will be on how the beautiful images and concepts in such classics can help us grow in our own union with God, and in our love of those we encounter in friendship, family, work and mission. Online and on campus.

DTH 540 Introduction to the Spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux, O.C.D.
This course will introduce students to the teaching of St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, the youngest Doctor of the Catholic Church. The teaching of this Carmelite saint, known as the ‘little way of spiritual childhood’, was often evoked by the Fathers of Vatican Council II as a teacher of prayer and theological hope, a model of communion with the Church and a sure guide for teachers, educators, pastors, and theologians. We will study her simple and yet profound message. On campus.

DTH 600 Faith and Revelation
This course explains why modern European ideas both within and outside the Catholic Church have led to the conclusion that faith is contrary to reason; examines the relationship of theology, the science of faith, to reason, emphasizing why theology is the queen of the sciences identifying its nature and method; and shows the nature of the act of faith itself and how it relates to other kinds of human knowledge. Online only.

DTH 601 Faith, Revelation & Grace
This course focuses on God’s call to man (supernatural revelation, the nature of theology as science; Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium), man’s response in faith (the natural desire to see God; the states of human nature; the Old and New Law), and the role of grace (its necessity, character and effects as perfecting human nature). On campus only.

DTH 635 Inter-religious Dialogue
This course addresses the Catholic understanding of inter-religious dialogue, tolerance, and the call to evangelization. To that end, we will study Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger’s book, Truth and Tolerance:
Christian Belief and World Religions, as well as examine some magisterial documents and papal addresses. And we will briefly review the other four major world religions of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Online only.

DTH 641 Protology and Eschatology
This course studies God as the Creator of all things and the relation of created things to Him. The four last things (death, judgment, heaven and hell) are related to Him as the fulfillment of man and nature, the end of His saving plan. Online and on campus.

DTH 645 Nature & Grace
This course examines the natural desire to see God; the controversy over the desire to see God; the state of human nature; the nature of the law; the new law of Christ – sanctifying grace; and the nature, necessity and effects of sanctifying grace. Online only.

DTH 646 Theological Anthropology
This course examines human nature in relation to God as creator and as supernatural end, with attention to twentieth-century controversies and developments in Catholic theological anthropology. On campus only.

DTH 650 Sacraments of Initiation and Pneumatology
This course begins with an introduction to the study of the Holy Spirit and His work within the Church. It moves on to a classical Thomistic sacramentology and examines the theology of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Most Holy Eucharist, attending to the Scriptural foundations, patristic development, medieval synthesis, and modern presentation of the material. Special care is taken with the theology of the Real Presence and Eucharistic Sacrifice. On campus only.

DTH 655 Sacraments of Initiation
Building on the knowledge of the Sacraments, students in this course will study the words and rituals of the Sacraments of Initiation for a deeper appreciation of their continuing effects in our lives. On campus.

DTH 731 One and Triune God
This course is a doctrinal study of the nature and attributes of God as known by revelation and reason. The God we know and love is One and Three. Topics in this course address both the unity of God and the three-ness of God. The work of St. Thomas Aquinas is used to expose students to these truths to be believed and to form a foundation for further growth and study. This course is a pre- requisite to DTH 751 Christology. Online and on campus.

DTH 751 Christology
This course considers the person of Jesus Christ and the theology of the Incarnation, with particular attention to the development of Christological doctrine and to the theology of Thomas Aquinas. Students registering for Christology must have already completed DTH 731 One and Triune God. Online and on campus.

DTH 753 The Mystery of Jesus Christ
This course will engage students in a study of the mystery of Jesus Christ from a dogmatic, historical, theological, pastoral and spiritual approach. The main purpose is to bring the students to a personal encounter with the Person of Christ under the complementary relationship of faith and reason. Online Only.

DTH 757 Pneumatology
This course studies the Person and work of the Holy Spirit, including the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, the life of Jesus, the New Testament, and the Church, with emphasis on the Spirit’s primary role in the New Evangelization. On campus and Online.

DTH 760 Ecclesiology & Ecumenism
This course investigates the nature and characteristics of the Church, its attributes, its structures, its mission and its relation to the world, and the development of Catholic thought concerning ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. Online and on campus.

DTH 766 Mary, Mother of God & Mother of the Church
This course examines Marian doctrine in its scriptural, historical, and modern contexts using infallible statements, Lumen gentium, and post-conciliar documents. Online and on campus.

DTH 800 The Seven Sacraments
This course explores the concept and nature of “sacrament” in general and then each of the seven sacraments of the Church in particular (the fundamentals of each sacrament’s doctrine and theology, the rites for celebrating the sacraments, the historical development of each sacrament and current issues and debates surrounding the sacraments). Online only.

DTH 865 Penance & Anointing
This course treats sacramental confession and pastoral ministry to the sick, the dying and the bereaved, particularly Penance, Viaticum, Anointing of the Sick and the Mass and Rite of Christian Burial. On campus only. Seminarians only.

DTH 871 Priesthood & Celibacy
This course studies the theology of the priesthood and the discipline of priestly celibacy. On campus only. Seminarians only.

DTH 890 Spiritual Theology
This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of what is traditionally called ascetical and mystical theology but which implements the call of the Second Vatican Council to the various experiences and stages of growth in prayer in the universal call to holiness. Online and on campus.

f. English (ENG)

ENG 115 Writing and Composition
This course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to compose college- level academic papers. It will begin with instruction in grammar, paragraph structure, and other foundational skills. Students will then gain experience writing autobiographical essays, theological reflections, and a research paper. Assignments will be tailored to students’ abilities. Online and On Campus.

ENG 131 Poetry
This course introduces students to classics in poetry and focuses on close-reading and interpretative skills of representative authors. Particular attention is given to the lyric tradition with Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, C. Rossetti, Dickinson, and Hopkins. Online and on campus.

ENG 151 Drama
This course surveys western dramatists from ancient Greece to today. Students will study dramas such as: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Moliere, Ibsen, Lorca, and Pope St. John Paul II. Online and on campus.

ENG 181 Research and Writing
This course is designed to instruct students to plan, research, and write a term paper. Students will be guided through the research phase and given a review of the fundamentals of composition. Extensive use of the library and Internet will be a part of the course. Online and on campus.

ENG 221 Novels, Short Stories, & Literary Research
This course examines classic and contemporary novels and short stories. Each student will write a paper with guidance through the research and drafting processes. Online and on campus.

ENG 300 Great Christian Literature
This course introduces the student to select writings of Christian literature post-New Testament to the present. The material selected for discussion gives signposts to allow the student to gain a greater appreciation of Christian thought, wisdom, and eloquence. On campus only.

ENG 383 Dante’s Divine Comedy: Narrative Thomism
This course examines Dante’s Divine Comedy, one canto a day for one hundred days, with breaks following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. Students will read the Divine Comedy as a narrativization of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, a way to experience a successful merger of theology and philosophy. Online only.

ENG 400 Catholic English Literature
This course examines the thoughtful and beautiful works of select English playwrights, poets, and novelists, including William Shakespeare, G.M.Hopkins, T.S. Eliot, Graham Greene, and Evelyn Waugh. Each student writes a paper on the literature with guidance through the research and drafting. Online only.

ENG 410 The Works of J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis
This course will explore the literary works of Tolkien and Lewis, delving into the deeper theological, philosophical, historical, and intertextual dimension of Middle-earth and Narnia. Online only.

ENG 890 Summative Evaluation: Comprehensive Exam & Professional Paper (Theology)
This course prepares M.A. Theology students to pass the oral-comprehensive exam in Dogmatic and Moral Theology during Final Exam Week and to write a ten-page professional paper in the student’s concentration. Dr. Toolin-Wilson will test on Dogma. Fr. Peter Kucer will test on Moral Theology. The professional paper will be written under the direction of an advisor and is due the following semester. Online and On-campus.

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design, & Writing
This course walks through the process for producing quality academic research papers, beginning with topic selection, research, and writing. The course culminates in the production of an academic research paper. Online only.

g. Fine and Performing Arts (FPA)

FPA 311 Fine Arts: Western Art History: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music, and Dance
Students study western civilization through the medium of important art. The studies are supported by visual graphics. The class emphasizes oral questioning, working in groups, student presentations, and linking what is taught to the student’s background and life experiences. Online and on campus.

h. Greek (GRK)

GRK 201 Greek I
This course emphasizes basic grammar and vocabulary drawn from philosophic and biblical Greek texts, and provides a working vocabulary of terms used in both Attic and Koine dialects. Online and on campus.

GRK 202 Greek II
This course builds on Greek I, emphasizes basic grammar and vocabulary drawn from philosophic and biblical Greek texts, and provides a working vocabulary of terms used in both Attic and Koine dialects. Prerequisite for Greek Readings. Online and on campus.

GRK 203 Greek III
This course is third in a series of courses on Koine Greek, and continues the exploration of the language with selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers. Short, project-based assessments help each student build a personalized Linguistic Toolkit. Online and on campus.

i. History (HIS)

HIS 101 Western Civilization I
This course studies the peoples of the Old Testament, the rise and fall of Greek and Roman civilizations, the birth of Christianity, the rise of Islam, the developments in the middle ages, the crusades, the Black Death, the Protestant reformation, and the Catholic counter- reformation. Online and on campus.

HIS 102 Western Civilization II
This course continues the study of western civilization and covers the Thirty Years’ War as nations fought to restore a united Christendom, the Enlightenment, the revolutions in France and America, the Napoleonic Age, the two world wars, Vatican II, and more recent events. Online and on campus.

HIS 200 American History
The course surveys Pre-Columbus America and ends with the Civil War. Students examine the process of colonization, the Revolutionary War, the growth of the American Republic, and the issues that led to the secession of the south. This course will then continue with the history of the United States of America from the Reconstruction to the election of 2000. The student focuses on the persons who moved that history, seeing them as human being with both flaws and great talents. Online and on campus.

HIS 351 Eastern Civilization I
This course covers the foundational thought and beliefs of Eastern Civilization stemming from its ancient history. These essential concepts and beliefs will be studied from a Catholic perspective with special reference to magisterial documents and papal writings. Online and on campus.

HIS 352 Eastern Civilization II
This course complements Eastern Civilization I by chronologically tracing the history of East and Southeast Asia from ancient times to modern times. In so doing, students learn about cultures, philosophies, and religions of East Asia. The course pays special attention to the role of Catholicism in East Asian history. Online and on campus.

j. Humanities (HUM)

HUM 103 Humanities in the Ancient World
This course introduces the origin and development of the humanities, with an emphasis in the classical world. These branches of learning concerned with human thought and relations are distinguished from the sciences. Online and on campus.

HUM 104 Humanities in the Early Christian & Medieval World
This course covers the emergence and spread of Christianity as primary cultural phenomena from the time of Christ until the late middle ages, and introduces the major branches of the humanities– for example, the literature, philosophy, arts and architecture. Online and on campus.

HUM 115 The History of Western Art.
This course provides a general introduction to the history of art in the Western world. It explores the themes of western art in relation to their historical, geographical, anthropological, and sociological contexts, and will include a theological reflection upon the significance of these themes. Focus is on visual art: painting, sculpture, and architecture. Online Only.

HUM 125 The History of Sacred Art.
This course provides an introduction to the history of sacred art. It explores the meaning of sacred art as it emerges within the history of the Catholic tradition, from the early Church to the contemporary period, exploring themes, religious symbolism, and the role of art in communicating the faith. Particular emphasis is paid to the portrayal of Jesus, Mary, and the saints in painting and sculpture. Online Only.

Hum 530 The History of Symphonic Music from Ancient Greece to the 20th Century This course will trace the development of music based on world events and the effect of those world events on the music produced in the various eras. On campus only.

Hum 531 The Greatest Composers and Symphonic Music of All Time
This course will emphasize the personal lives and music of the great composers beginning with the middle to high Baroque of Vivaldi, Handel and Bach and continuing with the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, etc. On campus only

k. Latin (LAT)

LAT 101 Latin I
This course introduces the student to the basics of Latin, with the aim of enabling the student to approach medieval and modern ecclesiastical Latin texts. It is the first of three courses designed to give the student the skills to read modern ecclesiastical Latin. Online only.

LAT 102 Latin II
This course builds on Latin I and familiarizes the student with the majority of Latin grammar and a significant amount of theological and philosophical Latin vocabulary. It is the second of three courses designed to give the student the skills to read modern ecclesiastical Latin. Online Only.

LAT 203 Latin III: Ecclesiastical
This course transitions from learning the grammar and basic vocabulary to translating significant texts of ecclesiastical Latin. This course builds on LAT 101 and LAT 102. Online Only.

l. Liturgy and Liturgical Theology (LLT)

LLT 300 Introduction to Liturgy
This course explains that all theology is derived from the sacred Liturgy, the heart of Catholic faith and life. It will look at Liturgy as the starting point and the greatest teacher, opening to the mysteries of the Catholic faith. Online and on campus.

LLT 453 Liturgical Theology
This course demonstrates how the Liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian Life as found in Sacrosanctum concilium, 10. Students examine liturgical theology especially in terms of its theological and spiritual dimensions, while integrating pastoral and canonical applications. Online Only.

LLT 653 Liturgical Theology
This course demonstrates how the Liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian Life as found in Sacrosanctum concilium, 10. Students examine liturgical theology especially in terms of its theological and spiritual aspects, while integrating pastoral and canonical applications. On campus only.

LLT 812 Pre-Deacon Practicum, Part 1
A liturgical tutorial for third year theology seminarians preparing for ordination to the diaconate, which gives them the liturgical training necessary to function as a deacon at Mass, preside over the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours and conduct Exposition and Benediction. No Credit.
Seminarians only. On campus only.

LLT 813 Pre-Deacon Practicum, Part 2
A liturgical tutorial for third year theology seminarians preparing for ordination to the diaconate, which gives them the liturgical training necessary to function as a deacon at Mass, preside over the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours and conduct Exposition and Benediction. No Credit. Seminarians only. On campus only.

LLT 820 Ordinary Form of the Mass Practicum, Part 1
This course will review the Rites of the Church with particular focus on the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance, Confirmation, Matrimony and the Anointing of the Sick. The principal objective of the PRACTICUM course is a “How to.” How to say what’s in “black.” How do what’s in “red.” The presumption of this course is that students have received the necessary philosophical, theological, sacramental, canonical and liturgical formation to understand the deeper nature of the “saying” and “doing.” THEREFORE THE FOCUS IS ON “GETTING IT RIGHT/THE RUBRICS.” On campus Only.

LLT 821 Ordinary Form of the Mass Practicum, Part 2
This course will review the Rites of the Church with particular focus on the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance, Confirmation, Matrimony, the Anointing of the Sick and the Holy Eucharist. The principal objective of the PRACTICUM course is a “How to.” How to say what’s in “black.” How do what’s in “red.” The presumption of this course is that students have received the necessary philosophical, theological, sacramental, canonical and liturgical formation to understand the deeper nature of the “saying” and “doing.” THEREFORE THE FOCUS IS ON “GETTING IT RIGHT/THE RUBRICS.” On campus only.

LLT 831 Extraordinary Form of the Mass Practicum, Part 2
A liturgical tutorial for deacons on how to properly celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, which will familiarize the student with the 1962 Roman Missal, as well as special liturgical aspects of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. No Credit. Seminarians only. On campus only.

m. Moral Theology (MTH)

MTH 300 Moral Theology
This course introduces the foundational concepts of Catholic moral theology, and seeks to provide a mastery of the questions: What is moral theology? What are its underlying precepts? How can we use these to help ourselves and others lead a moral life? Online and on campus.

MTH 425 Theology of the Body
This course covers the biblical foundations for the Theology of the Body as expressed in the works of St. John Paul II, and seeks to relate the Theology of the Body in the practical encounters of life, love and Marriage. Online and on campus.

MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I
This course presents fundamental moral principles from the perspective of the classical Catholic moral tradition especially as represented by Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II. Primary questions include the end of man, human acts, moral determinants, freedom, sin, moral responsibility, and conscience. Online and on campus.

MTH 612 Fundamental Moral Theology II
This course examines the nature of moral habit, virtue, and sin with the purpose of preparing priests and religion teachers, spiritual advisors, or other Christians to engage accurately in moral evaluation and formation. Online and on campus.

MTH/PAS 620 Marriage and Family in Secular Culture.
This course explains the Catholic understanding of marriage and family as contrasted with the views of many in United States secular culture in the early 21st century. Topics include the meaning and value of marriage, “living together”, serial monogamy, divorce, same-sex “marriage”, chemical and surgical contraception, abortion, solutions to the inability to conceive, and the raising and education of children. Online only.

MTH 659 Moral Magisterium of Saint John Paul II
This course is devoted to the teachings of the Blessed Pope John Paul II in the area of moral theology. Specific topics addressed in this course include the sacred sources of Christian moral teaching, a correct understanding of human freedom, conscience and its application, Veritatis splendor; Evangelium vitae, and the theology of the body. Online Only.

MTH/PAS/PHE 680 Marriage & Theology of the Body
This course covers the biblical foundations for the Theology of the Body as expressed in the works of St. John Paul II, and seeks to relate the Theology of the Body in the practical encounters of life, love and Marriage. Online and on campus.

MTH 681 Theology of the Body: Sexual Difference & Complementarity
This course will study the “Theology of the Body” as it was taught by Saint John Paul II in a series of General Audiences in which he offered a catechesis on human love and sexuality, based in Sacred Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. Online and on campus.

MTH/PAS/PHE 841 Catholic Social Teachings
This course traces major themes in Catholic social teachings by using the U.S. Bishop’s document, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions and includes topics therein. Online and on campus.

MTH 851 Contemporary Moral Issues
This course researches and evaluates selected significant moral questions confronting the Church and the world today, including such issues as abortion and euthanasia in their contemporary aspects, pressing issues in social justice, issues in business, environment, and media ethics, and critical issues in sexual ethics. Online and on campus.

MTH 891 Moral Virtues in Confession
The purpose of this course is to locate the moral virtues within the context of confessional practice. Special attention is given to the virtue of justice and the material sins needed to fully help penitents and encourage a thorough examination of conscience. Online and on campus.

n. Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Studies (PAS)

PAS 161 Catechism I
This course presents an overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students study the first two parts, “The Profession of Faith” and “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery” to grasp its presentation of truth in the light of Vatican Council II. Online and on campus.

PAS 162 Catechism II
This course presents an overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students study parts three and four of the Catechism, “Life in Christ” and “Christian Prayer,” to grasp its presentation of truth in the light of Vatican Council II. Online and on campus.

PAS 405 Intercultural Competencies
This course will explore the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith. Online Only.

PAS 511 Mission & Evangelization
This course explores biblical-theological foundations of mission, the forms of evangelization, education for evangelization, specific missionary vocation, challenges in evangelization and an exploration of St. John Paul II’s call for new ardor, expression, and method in evangelization. Online only.

PAS 559 The New Evangelization
This course explores the biblical-theological foundations of the new evangelization in light of St. John Paul II’s call for new ardor, expression, and method in evangelization. Specific attention will be paid to the unique and remarkable role of the feminine person in bringing the hope of the Gospel to those who have fallen away from the faith of Holy Mother Church. Online only.

PAS 602 Fundamentals of Practical Theology
Practical, or pastoral theology is the “practical application of scientific theology to the care of souls in the sacred ministry”(John A. Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary). Unfortunately, in today’s world, the “unrestricted application of scientific methods to matters of faith appears to be sheer presumption, whereby man oversteps his limits and undermines his own foundations” (Joseph Ratzinger, The Nature and Mission of Theology, 8). Consequently, practical theology must first be grounded in theology itself.

Firmly rooted in “scientific theology,” the course seeks to apply the doctrinal truths of the Faithto various pastoral situations confronting today’s minister. Since Sacred Scripture is to “inspire all pastoral work,” this course copiously invokes it (Benedict XVI Verbum Domini#73).

PAS 605 Intercultural Competencies
This course explores the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith. Online only.

PAS 607 Contemporary Youth Culture
This course explores the culture of contemporary youth and its ramifications for catechesis. Students prepare to encounter the learner who is immersed in the secular, post-modern milieu. Families in contemporary culture, peer expectations, and the influence of media are addressed. Online only.

PAS 612 Field Education
This course involves engagement in a given field. No credit. Seminarian only. On campus only.

PAS 613 Field Education
This course will involve engagement in a given field. No credit. Seminarian only. On campus only.

MTH/PAS 620 Marriage and Family in Secular Culture.
This course examines the nature of family in a post-Christian, secular culture. Online only.

PAS 621 Pastoral Issues of Marriage & Family
This course will explore marriage as a spousal covenant from the biblical and traditional perspectives and consider how to minister to families, using as a basic text, John Paul II’s Magisterial Document, Familiaris consortio. Modern challenges to marriage will also be addressed. Online and on campus.

PAS 641 Methods in Counseling
This course presents appropriate methods in pastoral counseling. Online and on campus.

PAS 651 History and Foundations of Catechesis
This course will examine the roots and history of catechesis, starting from early foundations of faith formation in the Jewish tradition, exploring the teaching of the faith in the New Testament and early Church, and continuing through the modern era. Students will become acquainted with the foundational documents of catechesis and their application to religious education in parishes and schools. Offered online every other fall during the even years. Online Only.

PAS 653 Child and Adolescent
peer expectations, and the influence of media are addressed.
This course explores the culture of contemporary youth and its ramifications for catechesis. Students prepare to encounter the learner who is immersed in the secular, post-modern milieu. Families in contemporary culture,peer expectations, and the influence of media are addressed.
Offered online every other spring during the odd years.

PAS 661 Catechism I
This course presents an overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students study the first two parts, “The Profession of Faith” and “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery” to grasp its presentation of truth in the light of Vatican Council II. On campus only.

PAS 662 Catechism II
This course presents an overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students study parts three and four of the Catechism, “Life in Christ” and “Christian Prayer,” to grasp its presentation of truth in the light of Vatican Council II. On campus only.

PAS 668 Missionary Discipleship: Evangelization & Catechesis
This course will consider evangelization, new evangelization and catechesis as “a remarkable moment in the whole process of evangelization” (John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae) based on the mission of her Founder, “Go, teach . . .” (Matthew 28: 19). Online and on campus.

PAS 671 Spiritual Direction: Skills & Practice
This course equips the participants with the technical skills for spiritual direction, skills which enable the participants go through personal discernment and help others in both personal and communitarian discernment for discovery of personal vocation and decision making. Online and on campus.

PAS 681 Pastoral Counseling
This course will instill in the students the basic skill of a counselor, which is active listening. This involves not only listening to what the client says but more importantly to what he does not say. To attend to this basic skill of listening, the students should be equipped with the basic personal qualities of a counselor: Empathetic understanding, acceptance and genuineness. On campus only.

PAS 683 Pastoral Counseling I: Spiritual Helping and Accompaniment
This course explores the theology of suffering and how to properly frame common spiritual, emotional and relational problems, help the faithful discover paths for addressing these problems using solution-focused questioning techniques, spiritual resources, and basic pastoral interventions. Online only.

PAS 684 Pastoral Counseling II: Spiritual Diagnosis and Intervention
This course explores how to diagnose and treat spiritual disorders as well as how to recognize and treat the spiritual dimensions of psychological, relational, and medical problems. Online only.

PAS 700 Christian Life Together in the Presence of Human, Physical, and Intellectual Impairments
This course will draw us into a deeper understanding of Christian faith, vocation, catechesis, ministry & ecclesiology – in light of the presence and reality of physical & intellectual impairment among disciples. As part of the core of Christian life or ministry, our focus is pastoral & ecclesial; rather than clinical, medical, legal or psychological. Online only.

PAS 701 Pastoral Theology I
This course covers practical and theological topics for future pastors, including current resources, major pastoral challenges, boundaries and special settings such as prisons and hospitals. The course will examine the pastoral shift from Vatican Council I to Vatican II designing a new pastoral methodology. 4th year seminarians only. On campus only.

PAS 702 Pastoral Theology II
This course addresses issues of need in the pastoral realm with directives as to the shepherding tasks of the parish priest together with a description of the necessary skills. This part II of Pastoral Theology will focus more on the concrete pastoral situations. 4th year seminarians only. On campus only.

PAS 705 Spiritual Care in the Hospital
This course locates the place of spiritual care in health-care management/services. Spirituality forms a significant piece of the puzzle in the holistic care of a person who happens to be sick. Discussed are the ethical issues, professional expectations, philosophical and theoretical bases. Online only.

PAS 706 Auto-Formation in Light of Pastores Dabo Vobis
This course emphasizes personal involvement in appropriating formation and promotes freedom with responsibility for human maturity cannot materialize without a strong training in freedom (Pastores Dabo Vobis 44). On campus only.

PAS 712 Field Education
This course will involve engagement in a given field. No credit. Seminarian only. On campus only.

PAS 713 Field Education
This course will involve engagement in a given field. No credit. Seminarian only. On campus only.

PAS 720 Nurturing the Domestic Church: Facilitating Authentic Marriage and Family
Life and Spirituality
This course explores the pastoral minister’s role in facilitating the emotional, psychological, relational and spiritual well-being of couples and families. Special emphasis will be given to the building blocks of an authentic, dynamic, marriage and family spirituality. Online only.

PAS 751 Homiletics I
This course develops preaching skills for ordination to the diaconate and priesthood with attention on the spiritual formation of the preacher. Students develop public speaking skills through constructive critique. Reserved for the ordained or those preparing for ordination. Seminarians only. On campus only.

PAS 752 Homiletics II
This course builds on, and develops the skills learned in Homiletics I, so the student can prepare and deliver homilies with passion and conviction. Pre-requisite PAS 751 Homiletics. Seminarian only. On campus only.

PAS 785 Pastoral Issues concerning Human Sexuality
This course addresses the meaning of human sexuality, education and integration of emotion, sexual aberrations, relationship skills such as intra- and inter-personal skills, personal freedom skills, sexuality and spirituality, human sexuality and eschatology. Online and On campus.

PAS 791 Morals & Psychology
This course concerns the mutual influence of the life of reason and the emotions on moral practice with emphasis on the nature of emotions, repressive and affirmation neuroses, freedom of the will in neurotics, and the influence of moral practice on the prevention of neuroses. Online and on campus.

PAS 795 Fundamental Human Formation
This course focuses on self-knowledge, formation in Christ and cooperation with the grace of God. To that end, it draws on work on attachment, human development, boundaries, homosexuality, trauma, addiction and the essence of masculinity and femininity. Seminarians only. On campus only.

PAS 812 Field Education
This course will involve engagement in a given field. No credit. Seminarian only. On campus only.

PAS 813 Field Education
This course will involve engagement in a given field. No credit. Seminarian only. On campus only.

PAS 820 Field Education
This course will involve engagement in a given field. No credit. Seminarian only. On campus only.

PAS 821 Field Education
This course will involve engagement in a given field. No credit. Seminarian only. On campus only.

PAS 891 Methods in Teaching
This course is designed to engage students in the study of teaching methods for face-to- face and online learning environments. Online only.

o. Philosophy of Ethics (PHE)

PHE 422 Christian Social Ethics
This course is an application of basic Christian principles to the political, economic and social spheres. It includes analysis of questions of wealth and poverty, cultural development, war and peace, and Christian involvement in government. On campus only.

PHE 425 Fundamental Bioethics
This course studies the philosophical foundations for several ethical viewpoints concerning human life and the use of medical technologies, focusing primarily on the Catholic position rooted in personalistic principles. Online and on campus.

PHE 450 Ethics
This course studies the principles of ethics from a Thomistic and phenomenological perspective including criteria for making moral choices and a refutation of situation ethics, and addresses social justice, abortion, war and peace and sexual ethics. Online and on campus.

PHE 505 Narrative & the Moral Life
This course examines the ethical influence of stories by focusing on philosophical analyses of narrative and the moral life. Topics may include: the sources and limits of narratives’ moral power; their nature and structure; principles for the ethical evaluation of stories and their readers; and stories in Catholic spirituality. Online only.

PHE 610 Ethics
This course studies the principles of ethics from a Thomistic and phenomenological perspective including criteria for making moral choices and a refutation of situation ethics, and addresses social justice, abortion, war and peace and sexual ethics. Online and on campus.

PHE 615 Nicomachean Ethics
The course will consist of large selected portions of The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle The intent is to show the pagan material which aided St. Thomas Aquinas in his formulation of his Christian Moral Theology and Moral Philosophy. Online only.

PHE 617 The Personalism of John Paul II
The course teaches about the philosophical personalism of St. John Paul II/Karol Wojtyła. It seeks to present St. John Paul II/Karol Wojtyła as an original thinker who can be satisfactorily classified neither as fully Thomist nor fully phenomenologist. Online only.

PHE 663 Natural Law
This course includes topics such as enlightenment jurisprudence and the “Culture of Death,” the foundations of the natural law, how the natural law works, natural law as a basis for good laws, and natural law in Catholic moral teaching. Online only.

PHE 760 Augustine on War and Politics
The course “Augustine on War and Politics” will take up the question of the meaning and implications of the notion that Christians are citizens of two cities — the heavenly and the temporal cities. We will study Augustine’s great work, The City of God, and his various letters and tracts pertaining to questions of public service, war, and the turmoil caused by Donatism and other heretical movements. These great themes will be explored: the two cities in their contrasting principles and histories, the complex aspects of Roman political history, the problem of war in the midst of a fallen world, the teaching of the gospel, and the use of temporal power to enforce religious compliance. Online Only.

PHE 775 Political Philosophy
This course seeks to introduce students to political philosophy by undertaking a critical historical study of the most influential works (ancient, medieval, and modern) of the Western tradition. Students will study and analyze the fundamental issues that have shaped the debate throughout the centuries, including the nature of justice, law and liberty, power and authority, political equality, human rights, and the relation of Church and the state. Online only.

PHE 780 Thomism and Democracy
This course explores the development of Thomistic political philosophy and Catholic social teaching in response to the political challenges of Enlightenment, namely modern liberalism and socialism. Online only.

PHE 796 Virtue, Personalism, and the Secular World
This course develops the thesis that the heart of true virtue (Christian virtue) is love and is enacted through the person. The personalist philosophies of Wojtyla, Marcel, Maritain, Kierkegaard, Buber, Tillich and others are closely examined. On campus only.

p. Historical Philosophy (PHH)

PHH 301 History of Ancient Philosophy
This course studies the most representative thinkers of ancient philosophy, beginning with Plato, Socrates and Aristotle and ending with St. Augustine and Boethius. Online and on campus.

PHH 304 History of Medieval Philosophy
This course will introduce students to medieval philosophy and, in addition to focusing on major thinkers such as Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham, examine its importance today in such topics as the nature and existence of God, the relationship between faith and reason, and the human soul and its faculties. Online and on campus.

PHH 401 History of Modern Philosophy
This course examines the classical modern philosophers beginning with Descartes, Spinoza, Hobbes, and ending with the 19th century idealist, Hegel. Online and on campus.

PHH 404 History of Contemporary Philosophy
This course examines the views of various 20th and 21st century philosophers on issues in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, and other areas of thought. Online and on campus.

PHH 605 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
This course covers some of the most important figures and themes of Ancient & Medieval philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, the nature of man, education, the ultimate end of human activity, the meaning of life, God, Providence, and faith and reason. Online only.

PHH 620 Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
This course is an historical introduction to the thought and texts of principal modern philosophers from Descartes to Hegel and of principal contemporary philosophers from Kierkegaard to the present. Online only.

PHH 650 Recent Catholic Philosophy
This course introduces important Catholic philosophers of the nineteenth and twentieth- centuries who responded to the cultural, scientific, philosophical, and theological ideas of the times, and defended the philosophical underpinnings of the Catholic faith. Online only.

PHH 651 Aristotle
This course will cover selections from Aristotle’s works of the Categories, the Physics, the De Anima, the Metaphysics, and the Nicomachean Ethics in order to show that reading Aristotle is still the best introduction to philosophy there is. Online Only.

PHH 681 St. Thomas and Arabic Philosophy
This course examines the historical and systematic development of philosophy as an aid to theology produced in the Arabic-speaking world during the classical period of Arabic scholasticism from al- Kindi (in the early 9th century) to Ibn Rushd (in the late 12th century). Online only.

PHH 781 Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
This course covers Aquinas on medieval education, the rise of universities, faith and reason, Aristotelian thought, Aquinas on the world and man, man as a moral agent, the meaning of life, the ultimate end of human action, difference between knowledge and faith; God. Online only.

PHH 792 Philosophy of Edith Stein
This course examines the intellectual life and writings of Edith Stein, or as she was later called, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, including her attempt to relate the phenomenological and Thomistic traditions of philosophy and her analysis of human personhood, her account of the nature and vocation of woman, and her discussion of the ways in which we can know God. Online only.

PHH 793 Plato’s Republic
This course provides a Catholic investigation of one of the great seminal works of philosophy. The Church has a tradition of faith and reason by which man flies to the fullness of truth, we will be trying to give the wing of reason a good work out. Online only.

q. Systematic Philosophy (PHS)

PHS 121 Logic
This course introduces the basic structures of sound thinking, analytic reading, and the evaluation of arguments, the latter through practice in Aristotelian logic and examination of the three acts of the mind in Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy. Online and on campus.

PHS 414 Epistemology
This course gives an insight into classical answers to Aristotelian, Socratic, and Platonic
questions and give students the tools to devise their own responses. Online and on campus.

PHS 415 Philosophy of God
This course is an examination of the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man. Online and on campus.

PHS 421 Philosophy of Nature
This course explores the fundamental aspects of the natural world knowable to philosophy and science, including a discussion of the methodology and limits of the scientific and philosophical methods. Online and on campus.

PHS 450 Philosophical Anthropology
This course will study human nature from two perspectives: 1. We will begin with an examination of the humanity in light of the twentieth century Catholic philosophical tradition, one which begins its examination of the human person in light of lived experience. We will then proceed to understand human nature as developed in the Medieval Catholic tradition, especially as it is presented through the work of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor. Online and on campus.

PHS/SAI 471 Aesthetics in Sacred Art
This course explores the various elements of Aesthetics in “Sacred Christian Art”, in comparison with secular Christian Arts of religious themes, and in comparison with Art in general. We learn the specifics of Christian theological, doctrinal, theosophical and philosophical thought foundations as they relate to Aesthetics in Sacred Arts and examine their evolution through the ages. (SAI 471) Online only.

PHS 490 Metaphysics
Metaphysics is that most general investigation of philosophy that attempts to arrive at reasoned judgments about how things really are. This course presents a comprehensive introduction to Aristotelian and Thomistic metaphysics. Topics included are the nature of metaphysics as a science and its subject matter; the distinction between being and essence; and the analogy of being. Online and on campus.

PHS 507 Compendium of Scholastic Philosophy I
This course provides a philosophical survey of the Scholastic Philosophy, especially the Aristotelian- Thomistic approach to main philosophical questions. Topics include the elements of Aristotelian Logic about the three acts of the human mind (simple apprehension, judgment and reasoning; notions about first principles, demonstration and science), natural psychology (philosophy of nature, matter and form, motion, place and time and the First Unknown Mover), and rational psychology or philosophy of man (life and soul, cognition including sensation, perception and intellection, appetition including sensitive appetites and volition, and, finally, a reflection on the nature of man). On campus only.

PHS 508 Compendium of Scholastic Philosophy II
A continuation of PHS 507. This course provides a philosophical survey of the Scholastic Philosophy, especially the Aristotelian-Thomistic approach to main philosophical questions. Topics include the elements of metaphysics (being, transcendentals, substance and subsistence, causality), epistemology (knowledge, truth and falsity, evidence and certitude), natural theology (proofs of God’s existence, God’s essence, entitative and operative attributes, divine causality, the problem of evil), and ethics (moral philosophy, the human act, the ends of human act, voluntarity and involuntarity, morality and responsibility, law and right reason, the life of virtue, justice and rights). On campus only. Prerequisite for PHS 507.

PHS 541 Natural Theology
This course examines arguments for the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man. Online only.

PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians
This course teaches basic philosophy, which is at the basis of the theology of the Catholic Church, for graduate students. This material is necessary to understand the terminology used in Catholic theology. Online and on campus.

PHS 610 Philosophical Anthropology
This course studies human nature from the perspective of the perennial tradition of Catholic philosophy, as well as that of Catholic phenomenological and existential insights. Online and on campus.

PHS 611 Logic and Epistemology
This course surveys twin foundations upon which all philosophy depends relying on Aristotelian insights as developed by the great Christian philosophers of the Middle Ages, and develops these in the light of contributions from modern and contemporary philosophy. Online only.

PHS 620 Plato and his Philosophical and Theological Legacy
This course pursues a grasp of the pervasive influence of Plato on the rest of Western philosophy and theology in terms of method and content. On campus only.

PHS 621 Philosophy of Nature & Metaphysics
This course explores the fundamental aspects of the natural world knowable to philosophy and science, including a discussion of the methodology and limits of the scientific and philosophical methods, along with the metaphysics of Aristotle; presuppositions of metaphysics, the subject matter of metaphysics, the scandal of generality, substance and essence, from finite to Infinite Being, the nature of existence, the names of God. Online only.

PHS 641 Reason in the Theology of St. Thomas
This course explores and applies as a solution to some of the most acute problems discussed in modern theology Aquinas’s third way, expressed in the Summa Theologica (I, q. 32 a. 1), of using reason in sacred theology, the first two ways being explained in the Summa Contra Gentiles involving Natural Theology and a movement from principles of Faith revealed through Jesus Christ. Online only.

PHS 650 Personalism: European Friends and Critics
Though there are various schools of Personalism, the philosophical trend of that name we are primarily concerned with is that Catholic personalism which begins formally with Emmanuel Mounier and finds a powerful exponent in Pope St. John Paul. In this philosophy phenomenological insights complement traditional teachings on the person to expand our thinking into a rich and theologically relevant understanding. There are many philosophers, often not Catholic, who are influences and critics and a part of the dialogue, some of them from past centuries, like Immanuel Kant or Soren Kierkegaard. In this course we will sample a small number of them. The student will become acquainted, in an introductory manner, with a group of modern and contemporary philosophers who state their insights within the ambit of personalist philosophy and thereby exhibit their relevance for the ongoing project of Catholic theology. On campus.

PHS 657 Phenomenology
This course introduces phenomenology as a way of doing philosophy, and in particular, as a study of human experience. Online and on campus.

PHS 671 Aesthetics
The discipline of Aesthetics emerged in the modern period consequent upon the separation of the transcendental qualities True, Good, and Beautiful from each other, and the emergence of a notion of “fine art” dedicated to beauty. We will argue that this differentiation is a good thing, provided we can begin to see these three in their complex interrelationship and relate fine art to the broader human capacity of making. Online and on campus.

PHS 721 Philosophy of Science
The course examines the purpose of science and the reliability of scientific theories as these overlap with metaphysics and epistemology and consider the historical origins, methods and implications of “science” in both its ancient and its modern sense as well as the sociocultural implications of scientific claims within the history of ideas and of appeals to “science” for philosophical anthropology and ethics. Online only.

PHS 731 The One & the Many
This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas concerning the nature of the metaphysical principles of unity and multiplicity and the essential role that these principles play in the existence of things and all other principles of being, becoming, and knowing, including those of experience, art, philosophy, science. Online only.

PHS 741 St. Thomas Aquinas on Being & Nothingness
This course will help students to learn the most important metaphysical doctrines of St. Thomas. It presents an understanding of reality from Being itself (God) to nothingness (complete absence of being). We shall mostly focus on primary texts from Aquinas, but, when appropriate, we shall read selections from other thinkers who have influenced Aquinas, such as Aristotle and St. Augustine. Online only.

PHS 751 The True, the False, the Lie & the Fake
This course is a s study the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas about truth and its opposites, the false, the lie, and the fake in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and good and evil; and different kinds of falsehood, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God. Online only.

PHS 761 The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful & the Ugly
This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas about good and its opposite, evil, and the beautiful and it opposite, the ugly, in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and truth and error, and different kinds of good and evil, beauty and ugliness, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God. Online only.

PHS 781 Thomistic Personalism: Knowledge & Love
The course seeks to demonstrate that personalism can be effectively grounded in the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. It presents Thomistic personalism as that which successfully addresses all the essential issues concerning the human person. Online Only.

PHS 783 Dante’s Divine Comedy: Thomistic Philosophy in Narrative
This course examines Dante’s Divine Comedy, one canto a day for one hundred days with breaks following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. The work is read as a narrativization of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, a way to experience a successful merger of theology and philosophy. Online only.

r. Psychology (PSY)

PSY 103 The Collapse & Restoration of the Family
This course explores the dissolution of the nuclear family and its current renovation. The world wars, existentialist movements and the sexual revolution will inform us about the weakening of the father, the assumption of the woman of masculine roles, and the autonomy of children. On campus only.

PSY/HUM 110 The Psychology and Humanities of the 1950’s in America
A study of the artifacts from 1950-1960 to explore the response to the intense anxiety from two World Wars, a Depression, the cold war and nuclear threat from the first half of the 20th century, and how to best deal with anxiety in and through Christ. On campus only.

PSY 200 Psychology
This course studies the mind, will, soul, behavior, character of the human person and the relation of the person to others. In doing so, it examines areas of cognitive and behavioral approaches, emotion, development, psychoanalytic and humanistic theories, personality and motivation. Assessment and cultural diversity are studied in each area. Online and on campus.

s. Sacred Art Institute (SAI)*

SAI 171 Sacred Art, Research and Documentation
This course is an essential tool that students need in order to perform proper academic research methodology and documentation within a sacred arts context. It familiarizes the students with academic research, writing, documentation and Sacred Arts projects – both theoretical and practical – presentation. Online only.

SAI 213 Theology of the Icon
This course explores the canonical Scriptures and Apocrypha and their influence on Christian iconography and analyzes various Christian artworks from both the pseudo-canonical and scriptural standpoints, enabling students to understand the Bible as main source of inspiration fundamental to Christian iconography, as well as the Apocrypha and their enduring significance in Christian art both in rhetorical and pictorial forms. Online only.

SAI 214 History of Christian Iconography
This course explores Christian iconography since its origins, surveying major historical developments of Christian iconography, and highlights the styles, themes, materials and process that an iconographer uses to write an icon. It also focuses on learning to read iconographical symbolism in relation to Scripture and liturgy in particular within a Byzantine ichnographical church program, and emphasizes the notion of aesthetics as they relate to the theology of the icon and its meanings. Online only.

SAI 222 Christian Arts through the Ages
This course explores the historical geography of various Christian art forms from Early Christianity to the present times and highlights its diversity in time and space within different cultural and social contexts. Students will learn to appreciate, identify and interpret the specificities of various monuments and artworks that attest to the rich diversity of Christian sacred artworks from across the world. Online only.

SAI 323 Christian Archaeology, Art and Architecture
This course examines Christian archaeology, art, and architecture and also investigates religious heritage sites. The course highlights the multidisciplinary nature and function of archaeology as it relates to Christian art and architecture. Online only.

SAI 330 History of Calligraphy and Illumination
This course surveys the evolution of Christian calligraphy, manuscripts, illumination and miniatures since the Early Christian era. It provides and overview of the writing systems of the Scriptures and the primary calligraphic sources from Judaism to Christianity, and the development of and transformations of the arts of calligraphy and illumination as a distinct branch of Christian art. Online only.

SAI 427 Hagiography from Sacred Art to Liturgy
This course explores the life of saints through their representation in figurative sacred artwork. It explains the relation between iconographic hagiography in its liturgical and scriptural contexts. Its main purpose is to enable the students to understand, appreciate, study and interpret hagiographic iconography and its meaning and uses in sacred space and time within liturgy. Online only.

SAI 437 History of Mosaics, Murals and Stained Glass
This course is a general survey of the historical development of mosaic, mural, and stained glass, their meaning, purpose and uses since their earliest phases until the present. It explores the ideas, values, purpose, and technical, historical and socio-cultural contexts of art production through the study of a selection of artworks from major art history eras from across the world. Online only.

SAI 510 Introduction to Sacred Music
This course will guide and introduce students to the meaning and use of the sacred music in our daily life through practice, theory and theological discussion. No musical skills needed to attend this class. Online only.

t. Sacred Scripture and Biblical Theology (SAS)

SAS 101 Intro to Scripture
This course treats in detail the Biblical inspiration, canonicity, texts, versions, hermeneutics, literary genre, and the ongoing sanctifying activity of the Holy Spirit through the use of the Holy Scripture both by individuals and by the Church officially. Online and on campus.

SAS 211 The Old Testament
This course surveys the principal books of the Old Testament, following the history of Israel as an outline including literary and cultural forms essential to an understanding of ancient Hebrew writings. On campus only.

SAS 251 The New Testament
This course surveys all the principal works of the New Testament, emphasizing the historical, literary, and theological background necessary for a fruitful reading of the texts. Special emphasis is placed on the problem of historicity and on Pauline and Johannine literature. On campus only.

SAS 300 Wisdom Literature
This course views sapiential literature (Job, Proverbs, Sirach, Qohelet, Psalms and Song of Songs) as an expression of Israel’s spirituality both at the time of its writing and today. Online and on campus.

SAS 451 Synoptic Gospels
This course explores the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students study the Synoptic Gospels’ theological, spiritual, and historical background. Online and On campus.

SAS 461 Gospel of John
This course examines the Fourth Gospel. Topics include the unique character of the Gospel of John in relation to the Synoptics, theories of authorship, specifics of Johannine spirituality as highlighted by patristic commentators and in liturgy. Online only.

SAS 471 Letters of St. Paul
This course studies the major themes of the Pauline corpus with consideration of the form of writing known as the epistles. Concentration is on I Thessalonians, I Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans. Online and on campus.

SAS 510 Introduction to the Old Testament
This course is a study of the background, purpose, composition, structure, and theological content of the various books of the Old Testament. Students will be introduced to a variety of patristic, medieval, and contemporary exegetical approaches to the Old Testament as found in the rich Catholic tradition. Emphasis will be placed upon the narrative of salvation history and how the divine pedagogy of God among his people Israel finds its fulfillment in Jesus Christ. On campus.

SAS 540 Synoptic Gospels
In addition to shaping the three-year lectionary cycle of the Church, the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) make up the majority of what we know about the first-century life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Contrasted with the Gospel of John, the Synoptic Gospels possess a shared historical and literary outlook, as well a great deal of shared written material (“synoptic” means “seeing together”). This course is a study of the background, purpose, composition, structure, and theological content of each of the three Synoptic Gospels, as well as of traditional and contemporary methods of interpretation applied to them. The course will examine each of the gospels as individual works while simultaneously surveying and analyzing key parallel passages. On campus.

SAS 601 Introduction to Scripture
This course is an introduction to Sacred Scripture and therefore to theology and the history of salvation. Special attention is given to select biblical texts that have been foundational in western theological tradition with a special emphasis on the various methods of scriptural interpretation will also be covered. Online only.

SAS 602 Methods of Theology and Scripture Analysis
The course examines concepts and criteria used in Biblical and Theological Sciences: word, Revelation, transmission, Truth in Scripture, Canonicity, Authenticity, Integrity, Magisterium, Tradition, etc., and acquaints the students with the Books of the Bible per se: languages; traditions. Online only.

SAS 621 Prophetic Literature
This course examines the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel, and surveys early “non-writing” prophets, and classical prophets in their historical contexts to uncover their theological message and understand the development of prophecy into eschatology and apocalypse. Online and on campus.

SAS 631 Wisdom Literature
This course views sapiential literature (Job, Proverbs, Sirach, Qohelet, Psalms and Song of Songs) as an expression of Israel’s spirituality both at the time of its writing and today. Online and on campus.

SAS 638 Torah and Old Testament Historical Books
This course is a study of the composition, structure, purpose, background, and theological themes of the Torah and historical books of the Bible. Students will be introduced to a variety of patristic, medieval, and contemporary exegetical approaches to the Old Testament as found in the rich Catholic tradition. Emphasis will be placed upon the narrative of salvation history and how the divine pedagogy of God among his people Israel finds its fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Online Only

SAS 641 Apocalyptic Literature
This course focuses on the eschatological dimension of biblical revelation, exemplified in the book of Revelation. Apocalyptic literature is found in both the Old and New Testaments. Biblical and extra- biblical apocalyptic literature are compared. Online and on campus.

SAS 651 Synoptic Gospels
This course explores the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students study the Synoptic Gospels’ theological, spiritual, and historical background. Online and On Campus.

SAS 652 Synoptic Gospels
This course explores the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students study the Synoptic Gospels’ theological, spiritual, and historical background. Onsite in Avila, Spain when available.

SAS 657 Luke & the Acts of the Apostles
This course studies the Gospel of Luke taking into consideration the historical, religious, and cultural background of this rich and inspirational gospel along with the structure, purpose, authorship, historical background and theological themes of the Acts of the Apostles; its relation to the Gospel of Luke; and an exegesis of selected passages. Online and campus only.

SAS 661 Gospel of John
This course studies the Gospel of John considering the historical, religious, and cultural background of this gospel and major themes such as covenant, Kingdom of God, grace, redemption, wisdom, prophecy, creation, Trinity, faith, angels, resurrection and priesthood. Online only.

SAS 671 Letters of St. Paul
This course studies the composition, structure, purpose, historical background and theological themes of the Pauline letters with an exegesis of selected passages. Online and on campus.

SAS 681 Hebrews
This course teaches the Theology of the Priesthood in the Letter to the Hebrews. The first two modules illuminate the Sitz im Leben, the third is a meditation via lectio divina, and the fourth relates the Priesthood of Jesus Christ to the Priesthood in the Catholic Church. Online only.

SAS 802 Johannine Writings
This course covers the Fourth Gospel, the three Letters of John, and the Book of Revelation. Topics include the unique character of John’s Gospel in relation to the Synoptics and theories of authorship. Specifics of Johannine spirituality highlighted by patristic authors is also discussed. On campus only.

u. Science and Mathematics (SCM)

SCM 101 Mathematics Among the Liberal Arts
By using game theory and its relation with other mathematical topics including probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry, this course will allow the student to develop a creative mind that possesses critical, qualitative and quantitative thinking skills. Students will explore mathematics through games, which will allow them to learn key concepts organically without trepidation. Online and on campus.

SCM 171 Biology
This course is an introduction to the biological sciences directed toward non-science majors. Topics include elements of biochemistry, cell structure and function, reproduction, genetics, evolutionary theory, plant and animal diversity, elements of physiology, and a brief examination of ecology. Online only.

SCM 201 Physics
This course will introduce students to the concepts, principles and fundamentals of the physical science, including the study of motion, Newton’s law of motion, the conservation of energy and momentum, waves, basic concepts of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Online and on campus.

SCM 202 Physics Lab (1 credit)
This is a one-credit lab for SCM 201 Physics. Online and on campus.

SCM 220 Chemistry
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of chemistry. Students will describe the concept of chemical change, compute equations that represent that change, and use knowledge of quantities to understand the behavior of matter. Online only.

SCM 221 Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
This is a one-credit lab for SCM 220 Chemistry. Online only.

SCM 301 Anatomy and Physiology I
This course presents a systemic approach to the study of the human body. Lecture topics include an introduction of anatomical terminology and an overview of cellular processes and tissue classification. Students then learn the gross and microscopic anatomy of the following
systems: integumentary, skeletal, and muscular system. On campus and online.

SCM 302 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1 credit)
This is a one-credit lab for SCM 301 Anatomy and Physiology I. On campus and online.

SCM 303 Anatomy and Physiology II
This course presents a systemic approach to the study of the human body. Lecture topics include discussions of the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Online and On campus

SCM 304 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 credit)
This is a one-credit lab for SCM 302 Anatomy and Physiology II. On campus and online.

v. Social Science (SOC)

SOC 103 Sociology
This course surveys the methods of sociology and their application to contemporary society. Online and on campus.

SOC 209 Emergence and Development of the Social Sciences
This course examines the development of the social sciences, looking first to the enlightenment and then to the 19th and 20th centuries, and develops a better understanding of both the benefits and limits of sociology, psychology and anthropology. On campus only.

SOC 253 Political Science
The course surveys ideas in txhe study of government and politics, examines the perennial questions in political life (Who should rule? and Is it good to have power? and Do truth and right change in the course of history?), and explores the various fields of political science. Online and on campus.

SOC 275 Economics
This course will introduce students to the basic principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics from a Catholic perspective while paying close attention to the following Catholic principles: human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the common good. The economic theories and Catholic principles that will be presented will be complemented by demonstrating their practical applications. Online and on campus.

SOC 325 Catholic Formation & New Media
This course explores human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation and the trends and issues of new media technologies used to foster each. Online only.

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