Spring 2022 On Campus Course Offerings

Please click on the appropriate program below to view available courses and syllabi which will detail the required book list for the course. Please note that it is your responsibility to purchase all materials prior to the start of classes.

Undergraduate

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.

ENG 115 Writing and Composition

This course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to compose collegelevel 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.

ENG 131 Poetry

This course introduces students to classics in poetry. Special focus will be given to close-reading and interpretive skills of representative authors.

ENG 410 The Works of J.R.R. Tolkien and 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.

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 French Revolution, the American War for Independence, the Napoleonic Age, the two world wars, the Communist Revolution, Vatican II, and more recent events.

LAT 202 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.

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?

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.

PHS 414 Epistemology

This course gives an insight into answers to Aristotelian, Socratic, and Platonic questions concerning the philosophy of knowledge and gives students the tools to devise their own responses.

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.

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.

SAS 101 Sacred 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.

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.

SCM 150 Modern Physics

This course will introduce students to Modern physics, which covers the physics that was developed in the 20th century including special and general theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, particle physics, and cosmology. Modern physics studies the behavior of matter and energy on a very large scale, like the universe, or on a very small scale, like the sub-atomic.

Graduate

CHH 501 Historical Knowledge and Human Good
This course explores the relationship between historical knowledge and human flourishing, both temporally and eternally. What key historical events, figures, controversies and concepts should an adult retain after having left college? How ought a mature, Christian adult view history? What role does historical knowledge play in establishing a flourishing social life? Is there a connection between a proper historical consciousness and eternal salvation?

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.

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.

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.

DTH 765 Mariology
This course studies how Marian theology has developed in time. This historical approach to Marian Theology will be supplemented with careful study of Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange’s classical text on Mary, Mother of the Savior: And Our Interior Life.

DTH 865 Penance and 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. Seminarians only.

ENG 890 MA Summative Evaluation: Comp. Exam & Prof. Paper
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.

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.

PAS 660 Thanatology
This course examines the topic of suffering, dying and death from doctrinal, pastoral, spiritual, and human dimensions. The psychological and social aspects of dying and death will also be considered, along with a brief study on end of life issues. This course enables one in any ministry to address concerns and questions that arise in life, especially with a view to family and youth ministry, hospital chaplaincy, grief ministry, the elderly, and care for the physically and mentally challenged.

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.

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

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.

PHS 624 Kierkegaard, Marcel, and Buber: Three “Theistic Existentialists”
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the writings of these three religiously oriented existentialist thinkers, Protestant, Catholic and Jewish respectively. We will of course be attentive to their immensely theologically relevant content, but at the same time will consider their phenomenological orientation in terms of a supplement to Aristotelian philosophy in the project of a renewed philosophy of Being.

SAS 649 Prophetic and Wisdom Books
This course surveys the Prophetic and Wisdom Books in light of commentary from ancient times through modern times while remaining always guided by the Magisterium of the Church. Jesus Christ will be presented as the main key that unlocks the ultimate meaning of the texts being studied.

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.

 

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