Fall 2020 On Campus Course Offerings

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Undergraduate

ENG 131 – Poetry
This course introduces students to classics and modern forms in poetry, and focuses on close-reading and interpretative 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 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.

HUM 104 – Humanities in the Early Christian and Medieval World
In this course the emergence and spread of Christianity are viewed as primary cultural phenomena from the time of Christ until the late middle ages. The student is introduced to the major branches of the humanities–for example, the literature, philosophy, arts and architecture as they continue to develop among the civilized peoples of Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa with some emphasis on the culture of Western Europe. An examination of representative ideas and themes, selected texts, and cultural institutions and artifacts provides the data for a cultural overview of the period.

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.

PAS 558 – Mission of Evangelization and Catechesis
This course explores the biblical-theological foundations of the Church’s mission of evangelization, a historical review of Church documents on its mission of evangelization, present day challenges in society and culture, and a review of the role and connection between Evangelization and catechesis.

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.

PHH 404 – History of Contemporary Philosophy
This course examines the views of various contemporary philosophers on issues in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, and other areas of philosophy.

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.

PHS 492 – Philosophy of God (Pre-Req: PHS 450 or PHS 490)
Natural Theology, the highest of the sciences, is the reasoned, philosophical study of the existence of God and His attributes. In this course, we will begin by exploring various types of atheism and then move on to the study of St. Thomas’ famous Five Ways for proving God’s existence. Next we will learn about the various Divine Attributes which one can discover by reason alone, and finally, students will demonstrate their understanding of the topics covered in this course by developing a presentation on a book relating to theism and the challenges of atheism.

SAS 101 – Introduction 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 residential.

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.

SCM 171 – Biology
This course is an introduction to the biological sciences. 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.

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.

Graduate

CHH 706 – Highlights of Church History
This course will trace and highlight major developments in the history of the Catholic Church, from the Apostolic Period to the present day. Emphasis will be placed upon central historical figures, movements, institutions, controversies, and councils, with special attention paid to their importance for ministry and evangelization today.

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.

CLA 702 – Canon Law I
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.

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 residential.

DTH 751 – Christology (Pre-Req: DTH 731)
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. One & Triune God is a pre-requisite to this course. (Pre-Req: DTH 731)

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. Residential and Online.

ENG 890 – MA Summative Evaluation: Comprehensive Exam & Professional 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 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.

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.

PAS 558 – Mission of Evangelization and Catechesis
This course explores the biblical-theological foundations of the Church’s mission of evangelization, a historical review of Church documents on its mission of evangelization, present day challenges in society and culture, and a review of the role and connection between Evangelization and catechesis.

PHS 640 – Fides et Ratio: A Close Reading in Context of the History of Philosophy
St. John-Paul II provides a rich treatment of the relationship between faith and reason, or more narrowly philosophy and theology; the latter relation he calls “circular.” We will study the text carefully with a special emphasis on this circular relationship and in the process consult writings both ancient and new, and mentioned in the text, that would likely be unfamiliar to many: Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Gilson, Florensky and Soloviev and Edith Stein. all of this with an eye to the centrality of the encyclical’s call for a new philosophy of being.

SAS 643 – Pentateuch and Historical Books
This course surveys the Pentateuch and the Historical 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.

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