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Fall 2014 Online Learning Semester

August 25, 2014 to December 5, 2014

The following courses are scheduled to be offered through the Online Learning program, graduate level, for the Fall 2014 semester.


The following course has been canceled due to low enrollment: STP 617 Theology and Science


The following course has been canceled due to low enrollment:  CH 635: St. Augustine: Life, Times & Thought.  If you were enrolled in this course, please contact the Online Learning Office for re-enrollment or refund information.


The following course has been canceled due to no enrollment:  STP 806 Christian Social Teaching

08/05/2014 Courses Added -

PHS 731 The One and the Many  Dr. Peter Redpath

This course is a study of the metaphysical 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 and science. Online only. Taught by Dr. Peter Redpath with a synchronous mode of engagement on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm EDT.

STP 850 Research and Design  Dr. Daniel Van Slyke

This course walks students through the process for producing quality academic research papers. Beginning with deciding on a topic, students will progress through the steps of researching and writing. Students will learn how to use online databases and catalogues as well as printed resources, and how to evaluate and choose from among possible sources. Students also will learn how to produce and properly format bibliographies and footnotes. The course is aimed toward and culminates in the production of a quality research paper.

07/29/2014 Course Added -

PHL 615 Nicomachean Ethics Dr. Richard Geraghty
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.

Fall 2014 Registration Packet

Online Registration

Philosophy Registration Form

Theology Registration Form

For information regarding Required Materials for these courses, please click here.

Syllabi are being added as they are received.  Please do not contact any professor about his or her syllabus until August 25th. Prior to that date, all questions should be directed to the Online  Learning Office at 860.632.3015.

Note: At the start of the term, the syllabi that are located in the Info tab of your courses in Populi should be considered as the most updated.

Course descriptions for the Fall 2014 semester graduate course offerings are listed below.

CH 635 St. Augustine: Life, Times & Thought  Dr. Daniel Van Slyke
This course studies St Augustine, his major works and enduring contribution to the Church. It explores the life, times, and thought of St Augustine of Hippo mainly from the perspective of his own writings, including the Confessions, his treatise on the Trinity, and his City of God.

CH 670 Great Personalities in Church History: Saints, Sinners, and Interesting Characters Fr. Gregory Lockwood
This 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.

CH 676 St. Teresa of Avila Dr. Kristina Olsen
This course explores the life, writings and spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa's method of prayer and her reform of the Carmelite way of life to foster closeness with God are emphasized. Her writings, The Book of Her Life, The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle, are studied.

CH 682 Islam through Catholic Eyes Msgr. Witt & Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course explores the relationship between Christianity and Islam couched in terms of Nostra Aetate’s statement that "the Church regards with esteem also the Moslems" and compares this relationship with the myriad ways Catholicism encounters Islam in the world.

DTH 600  Introduction to Theology Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.
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.

LIT 621 Baptism, Confirmation and RCIA Dr. John Joy
This course examines the theology of Baptism and Confirmation, and the liturgical celebration of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and first Eucharist).

LIT 614A The Eucharistic Liturgy of the Western Church Fr. Dennis Kolinski, SJC
This course examines the historical development of the Mass of the Roman Rite, both as a whole and in its individual elements, looking also at the theology and spirituality of the Mass, as well as the role of the arts in liturgy, current liturgical issues and the hermeneutic of continuity.

PAS 531 Theology of Social Media Dr. Kristina Olsen
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).

PAS 621 Pastoral Care of Marriage & Family Fr. Dominic Anaeto
This course will explore marriage as a spousal covenant from the biblical and traditional perspectives and consider how to minister to families, including those with handicapped persons and elderly and those going through the trauma of abortion.

PHE 501 Ethics Dr. Ronda Chervin
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. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

PHE 505 Narrative and the Moral Life Dr. Randall Colton
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.This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

PHL 590 Metaphysics Dr. Timothy Smith
This course includes 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. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

PHL 627 Logic & Epistemology Dr. Philippe Yates
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.

PHL 635 Phenomenology Dr. John Finley
This course introduces phenomenology as a way of doing philosophy, and in particular, as a study of human experience using Robert Sokolowski’s Introduction to Phenomenology, a very clear and accessible text describing what phenomenology is and how it works.

PHL 712 Political Philosophy Dr. Donald DeMarco
This course studies the basic concepts of political philosophy from a Thomistic point of view. Topics include the nature and purpose of political association, the origin of obligation, the nature of power and authority, the relationship of law and liberty, the role of property, etc.

PHTH 600 Philosophy for Theologians Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.
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.

PHTH 711 Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas Dr. Donald DeMarco
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.

PHTH 725 Recent Catholic Philosophies Dr. Alan Vincelette
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.

PS 514 Mission & Evangelization Fr. Dominic Anaeto
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. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

PST 700 The Body of Christ & People of God Prof. Mark Tumeinski
This course provides a deeper understanding of Christian faith, vocation, catechesis, ministry and ecclesiology – in light of the presence and reality of physical & intellectual impairment among disciples drawing on various readings for discussion.

SS 632 Crisis at Corinth Rev. William Mills
This course examines Paul’s two letters to the Corinthian Church and studies themes regarding Church and community life, the celebration of the Eucharist, the resurrection, and practical and pastoral issues including historical, geographical, social, religious and cultural questions.

SS 637 New Testament Themes Rev. William Mills
This course will consider, in a practical and pastoral way, the ministerial themes of calling, discipleship, vocation, ministry and serving as they appear in the New Testament.

SS 649 The Gospel of Luke Rev. William Mills
This course is an in depth study of the Gospel of Luke taking into consideration the historical, religious, and cultural background of this rich and inspirational gospel.

SS 660 Prophetic Literature Dr. Emilio Chavez
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 apocalyptic.

STD 510 Spiritual LIfe in the Classics Dr. Ronda Chervin
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. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

STD 625 Interreligious Dialogue from a Catholic Perspective Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course examines inter-religious dialogue between Catholicism and the other four major religious traditions of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The Catholic understanding of inter-religious dialogue is studied, especially in light of the call to evangelization.

STD 707 One & Triune God Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course studies God, One and Three. It considers the divine nature and the trinity of persons in God, attending particularly to the theology of St. Augustine, of St. Thomas Aquinas, and of the contemporary Church.

STD 800 The Seven Sacraments [English Section] Dr. Daniel Van Slyke
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).

STD 901 Christology Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

STM 618 Governmental Structures Msgr. Ramacciotti
This course investigates the power of government in the Church, focused in the hierarchical constitution of Church, as found in Book Two of the 1983 Code (cc. 330-572) and provides an ability to interpret the law to lead the people of God in their rights and obligations.

STM 659 Moral Magisterium of John Paul II Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.
This course relates the teachings of the St. John Paul II in the area of moral theology, and addresses the sacred sources of Christian moral teaching, a correct understanding of human freedom, conscience and its application.

STM 660 Guiding Principles of Catholic Medical Ethics Fr. Tad Pacholczyk              
This course explores the extraordinary challenges, both medical and moral, currently facing Health care 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.

STM 662 Catholic Bioethics and the Dignity of the Human Person Fr. Tad Pacholczyk
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.

STM 672 Biology and Biotechnologies for Ethicists Drs. Hermann & Laura Frieboes
This course studies 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.

STM 701 Canon Law I Fr. Glen Pothier
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.

STP 617 Theology & Science Sr. Carla Mae Streeter & Dr. Tom Sheahen
This course examines the relation between the disciplines and worldviews of modern science and Christian theology with the aim of providing a scientifically informed, theological understanding and appreciation of nature as God’s work of creation.

STP 618 British Franciscan Philosophy Dr. Philippe Yates
The course examines the school at Oxford in the 13th-14th centuries founded by Bishop Robert Grossteste which produced Thomas of York, Roger Bacon, John Pecham, Richard of Middleton, John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham.

STP 640 Medical Ethics Fr. Luis Luna, MSA
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.

STP 650 Business Ethics Dr. Maciej Bazela
This course introduces ethical issues in business and offers timely and comprehensive overview of the most up-to-date ethical challenges in a fast changing global economy using cases, in-depth study projects and discussion points to help students manage business ethics.

STP 806 Christian Social Teachings  Dr. Cynthia Toolin **PR STP 805
This course exposes the student to the teachings of non-Catholic Christian social teachings from the Reformation to the present day by addressing these periods: The Reformation and Post-Reformation, the 18th Century, the 19th Century, the 20th Century, and the Recent Past. Pre-requisite: STP 805 Catholic Social Teachings.

THL 510 Catechetics I Prof. Steven Schultz & Dr. Cynthia Toolin
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 it in the light of Vatican Council II. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

THL 512 Apologetics Prof. Patrick Madrid
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. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

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