Spring 2021 On Campus Course Offerings

Please click on the appropriate program below to view available courses and syallbi 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

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.

DTH 210 – Introduction to the Theology of the Trinity
This course will consider the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity as the Communion of the Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Drawing on Sacred Scripture, the Fathers of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Conciliar and Magisterial teachings, the course will include such topics as the divine essence, the notions of relation and person, perichoresis, and the missions of the Son and the Holy Spirit.

ENG 115 – Writing and Composition
Writing is essential for communication. It complements speech. Some find it easier to put thoughts and feelings in writing than the spoken word. Like speech, writing relies on vocabulary, grammar and semantics (the branch concerned with meaning). You will be writing in English to communicate with others in many ways: letters, newsletters, reflections, analysis, storytelling, correspondence. This course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills for such writing.

ENG 221 – Novels, Short Stories, and Literary Research
This course examines classic novels and short stories. The students write a paper on the literature with guidance through the research and drafting processes.

HIS 102 – Western Civilization II
This course continues the study of Western Civilization: the Hundred 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 into the present day.

LLT 300 – 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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PHS 492 – Philosophy of God (Pre-Req: PHS 450 or PHS 490)
This course will introduce students to the Philosophy of God also known as Natural Theology. It will examine the metaphysical and moral aspects of natural theology and show how God through reason can be proven philosophically. Heavy emphasis is placed on the arguments for the proofs of God’s Existence, especially those of St. Thomas Aquinas. It will explain His Attributes and Divine Acts. This class prescinds from any discussion of faith except in comparative analysis.

SAS 471 – Letter of St. Paul
This course studies the life and mission of St. Paul. It will also examine the composition, structure, purpose, historical background and theological themes of the Pauline letters with special concentration on Galatians,! Corinthians, Philippians, and Romans.

Graduate

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.

DTH 601 – Faith, Revelation, and 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).

DTH 765 – Mariology
This course examines Marian doctrine in its scriptural, historical, and modern context using the infallible statements, Lumen Gentium and the post-conciliar documents.

DTH 871 –  Priesthood and Celibacy

This course presents the reality of the priesthood lived in the observance of the Celibacy, as one of the seven sacraments of the Christianism in which resides the hierarchical structure of the Church. By the Will of Jesus, who calls, some men assume His Virginal life dedicated completely to announce of the Kingdom of God on earth, they require to understand this life of Priesthood. The formation of these candidates for the priesthood is crucial in this ministry of life in the Church.

 

ENG 890 – MA Summative Evaluation: Comprehensive Exam & Professional Paper
ENG 890 has two primary objectives: to prepare students for the Comprehensive Exams in Dogmatic and Moral Theology, and to prepare students to write their Master’s essay by reviewing fundamental skills of academic research and writing. Specifically, students will learn how to identify the best sources for an academic essay and how to correctly and ethically use those sources. In addition, the class will guide students as they produce a research topic, research question, thesis statement, outline, footnote entries, bibliography, and introduction for a 10 page research paper. This course is offered in both on-ground and online formats for M.A. Theology students.

MTH 612 – Fundamental Moral 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.

PHS 632 – Three Contemporary Theistic Thinkers: Levinas, Milbank, Teilhard
These thinkers, who differ widely from each other in their approach give a common witness to Transcendence. Though we don’t have to agree with everything they say, the work of understanding them and integrating their ideas around the center of the philosophy of (the analogy of) being may be a most important task for contemporary Christian philosophers/theologians in developing new horizons commensurate with the “signs of the times.”

SAS 649 – The 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.

MTH 891 – Moral Virtues in Confession

This course of Special Moral Theology is designated for students who accomplished two courses of Fundamental Moral Theology. It introduces the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance as the pillars of the moral life of a Christian, and vivifying theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.

Even though the title suggests that the course is designed for those who minister in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, it is planned to be valuable for all in the position of leadership, i. e. teachers, ministry leaders, and spiritual advisers.

 

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