Summer 2021 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.

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Undergraduate

APO 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.

APO 540 The New Atheism – Prof. Trenton Horn 
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.

DTH 512 Spiritual Life in the Classics – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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 131 Poetry – Prof. Cynthia Gniadek
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.

ENG 151 Drama – Prof. Cynthia Gniadek
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.

ENG 221 Novels, Short Stories, and Literary Research – Prof. Cynthia Gniadek
This course examines classic and contemporary novels and short stories. Each student will write a paper with guidance through the research and drafting processes.

ENG 400 Catholic English Literature – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
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. 

GRK 203 Greek III – Fr. Randy Soto 
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.

HIS 101 Western Civilization I – Dr. John Bequette
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.

HIS 200 American History – Fr. Gregoire Fluet
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.

HIS 352 Eastern Civilization II – Fr. Peter Kucer
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.

HUM 104 Humanities in the Early Christian & Medieval World – Dr. John Bequette
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.

LAT 201: Latin 1 – Dr. Philippe Yates

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of ecclesiastical Latin, which will also enable the student to begin to approach medieval and modern Latin texts. It is the first of three courses designed to give the student the skills to read modern ecclesiastical Latin (including that used in the Code of Canon Law) and medieval Latin theological and philosophical documents (such as St. Thomas’ Summa).

LAT 203 Latin III: Advanced Latin – Dr. Philippe Yates
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

MTH 300 Introduction to Moral Theology – Prof. Jacob Torbeck
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 – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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 161 Catechism I – Prof. Steven Schultz
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 162 Catechism II – Prof. Steven Schultz
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.

PAS 511 Mission and Evangelization – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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.

PHE 450 Ethics – Prof. Jonathan Stute
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 304 History of Medieval Philosophy – Dr. Jonathan Kirwan
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.

PHH 401 History of Modern Philosophy – Prof. Jonathan Stute
This course examines the classical modern philosophers beginning with Descartes, Spinoza, Hobbes, and ending with the 19th century idealist,

PHS 421 Philosophy of Nature – Dr. David Arias
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.

PHS 450 Philosophical Anthropology – Dr. John Finley
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.

PHS/SAI 471 Aesthetics in Sacred Art – Dr. Michela Ferri
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 214 History of Christian Iconography – Dr. Michela Ferri
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.

SAI 427 Hagiography from sacred Art to Liturgy – Dr. Michela Ferri
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.

SAS 451 Synoptic Gospels – Fr. Randy Soto
This course explores the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students study the Synoptic Gospels’ theological, spiritual, and historical background.

SAS 471 Letters of St. Paul – Fr. William Mills
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.

SCM 101 Mathematics Among the Liberal Arts – Dr. Heric Flores
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.

SCM 220 Chemistry – Dr. Stacy Trasancos
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.

SCM 221 Chemistry Lab – Dr. Stacy Trasancos
This is a one-credit lab for SCM 220 Chemistry.

SCM 301 Anatomy and Physiology I – Prof. Adam Riso
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.

SCM 302 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1-credit) – Prof. Adam Riso
This is a one-credit lab for SCM 301 Anatomy and Physiology I.

SOC 253 Political Science – Prof. Joe Jordan
The course surveys ideas in the 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.

Graduate - MA in Theology

New Students, please note that the first course you must take in the program is PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians. You may take any core course at the same time.

APO 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.

APO 540 The New Atheism – Prof. Trenton Horn
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.

APO 620 Evolution and Catholic Thought – Dr. Stacy Trasancos
This course explores the theory of evolution and sources of Catholic teaching regarding whether evolution is an ‘acceptable’ concept within the Church.

BIE 625 Catholic Bioethics (For non-NCBC students) – Prof. Judith Babarsky & Dr. Hermann Frieboes
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.

BIE 651 Medical Ethics – Dr. Peter Mango
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.

CHH/DTH 671 Documents of Vatican II – Fr. Gregoire Fluet
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.

CHH 700 Church History – Fr. Gregoire Fluet
This course surveys Church history, studying the major forces, events and persons shaping the growth and development of Christianity in the East and West.

CLA 702 Canon Law I: General Norms – Dr. Philippe Yates
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 512 Spiritual Life in the Classics – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course provides a study of the great spiritual writers with an emphasis 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 731 One and Triune God – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

DTH 751 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. Students registering for Christology must have already completed DTH 731 One and Triune God.

DTH 753 The Mystery of Jesus Christ – Fr. Randy Soto
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.

DTH 760 Ecclesiology & Ecumenism – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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.

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

ENG 890 Summative Evaluation: Comprehensive Exam & Professional Paper (Theology) – Dr. James Gentile
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.

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design and Writing – Prof. Cynthia Gniadek & Dr Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I – Fr. Tadeusz Zadorozny
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 Theology II – Fr. Tadeusz Zadorozny
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.

MTH/PAS 620 Marriage and Family in Secular Culture – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

MTH/PAS/PHE 680 Marriage and Theology of the Body – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

MTH/PAS/ PHE 841 Catholic Social Teachings – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

MTH 851 Contemporary Moral Issues – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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.

PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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 660 Natural Theology – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course examines arguments for the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man” (Course Catalogue, p. 103). The course is an introduction to the philosophical study of God’s existence, attributes, and operations. After considering the essence of natural theology and answering some objections to it, we investigate the Five Ways of Saint Thomas Aquinas that demonstrate God’s existence. After considering additional arguments for God’s existence and briefly surveying atheism, we finish with a study of God’s attributes and operations.

SAS 638 Torah and Old Testament Historical Books – Dr. Matthew Ramage
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.

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

SAS 661 Gospel of John – Fr. William Mills
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.

SAS 671 Letters of St Paul – Fr. William Mills
This course studies the composition, structure, purpose, historical background and theological themes of the Pauline letters with an exegesis of selected passages.

SAS 681 Hebrews – Fr. Randy Soto
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.

Graduate - MA in Philosophy

New Students, please note that the first course you must take in the program is PHH 605 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. You may take any core course at the same time.

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design and Writing – Prof. Cynthia Gniadek & Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

MTH/PAS/PHE 680 Marriage and Theology of the Body – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

MTH/PAS/PHE841 Catholic Social Teachings – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

PHE 610 Ethics – Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo
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.

PHE 663 Natural Law – Dr. David Arias
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.

PHE 775 Political Philosophy – Dr. Jon Kirwan
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.

PHH 605 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy – Dr. Timothy Smith
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.

PHH 620 Modern and Contemporary Philosophy – Dr. Randy Colton
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.

PHH 651 Aristotle – Dr. John Finley
This course is an examination of Aristotle’s thought. One of the greatest philosophers in history, Aristotle is an especially important figure in the Catholic philosophical tradition, given his prominence in the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. We wish to understand his thought and his way of doing philosophy. To this end, we will focus on his work on the soul: De Anima. We will also consider themes from his Categories, Nicomachean Ethics, and Poetics.

PHH 681 St. Thomas and Arabic Philosophy – Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo
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).

PHH 781 Philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas – Dr. Jon Kirwan
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.

PHS 611 Logic and 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.

PHS 621 Philosophy of Nature and Metaphysics – Dr. Timothy Smith
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.

PHS 641 Reason in the Theology of St. Thomas – Dr. Peter Mango
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.

PHS 657 Phenomenology – Dr. John Finley
This course introduces phenomenology as a way of doing philosophy, and in particular, as a study of human experience.

PHS 660 Natural Theology – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course examines arguments for the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man” (Course Catalogue, p. 103). The course is an introduction to the philosophical study of God’s existence, attributes, and operations. After considering the essence of natural theology and answering some objections to it, we investigate the Five Ways of Saint Thomas Aquinas that demonstrate God’s existence. After considering additional arguments for God’s existence and briefly surveying atheism, we finish with a study of God’s attributes and operations.

PHS 671 Aesthetics – Dr. Michela Ferri
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.

PHS 741 St. Thomas Aquinas on Being and Nothingness – Dr. Robert Delfino
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.

PHS 751 The True, the False, the Lie & the Fake – Dr. Eduardo Bernot
This course is as 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.

PHS 761 The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful and the Ugly – Dr. Eduardo Bernot
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.

Graduate - MA in Pastoral Studies

APO 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.

APO 540 The New Atheism – Prof. Trenton Horn
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.

APO 620 Evolution and Catholic Thought – Dr. Stacy Trasancos
This course explores the theory of evolution and sources of Catholic teaching regarding whether evolution is an ‘acceptable’ concept within the Church. 

DTH 512 Spiritual Life in the Classics – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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.

MTH/PAS 620 Marriage and Family in Secular Culture – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

MTH/PAS/PHE 680 Marriage and Theology of the Body – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

MTH/PAS/ PHE 841 Catholic Social Teachings – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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.

MTH 851 Contemporary Moral Issues – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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.

PAS 511 Mission and Evangelization – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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.

PAS 602 Fundamentals of Practical Theology – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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 621 Pastoral Care of Marriage and Family – Fr. Gregory Lockwood
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.

PAS 660 Thanatology – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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 668 Missionary Discipleship: Evangelization and Catechesis – Fr. William Mills
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).

PAS 671 Spiritual Direction: Skills and Practice – Fr. Dominic Anaeto
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.

PAS 684 Pastoral Counseling II: Spiritual DIagnosis and Accompaniment – Fr. Gregory Lockwood
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.

PAS 720 Nurturing the Domestic Church: Facilitating Authentic Marriage, Family Life and Spirituality – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
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.

PAS 791 Morals and Psychology – Dr. Marc Tumeinski
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.

PAS 805 Trinity and the Incarnation – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course provides a pastoral understanding of two central mysteries of the Catholic Faith: the Holy Trinity and the Incarnation of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Since pastoral ministry concerns putting people in “communion with the Person of Christ” and helping others to follow Him, this course focuses upon Jesus Christ as the Way to the Father (John Paul II, Catechesis Tradendae #5). A second pastoral focus highlights the practical dimensions by which we can live our communion with the Blessed Trinity in family life, pastoral settings, and in the various ministries in the Church (Catalogue).

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