Spring 2021 Course Offerings

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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 535 Moral Apologetics (Prof. Trenton Horn)
This course focuses on engaging apologetics from a moral dimension.

CHH 300 Church History (Prof. Heather Voccola)
This course examines the history of the Catholic Church as a point of evangelization. Topics to be examined will include the development of the early Church, the Age of the Fathers, the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Reformation period, and the Modern Era.

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.

ENG 151 Drama (Prof. Cynthia Gniadek)
This course surveys Western dramatists from Ancient Greece to the modern-day. Dramas will be studied such as, but not exclusive to, the following: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Moliere, Ibsen, Lorca, and St. John Paul II.

ENG 181 Research and Writing (Prof. Margaret Posner)
This course is designed to instruct students to plan, research, and write a term paper. Students will be guided through the research phase and given a review of the fundamentals of composition. Extensive use of the library and the Internet will be a part of the course.

ENG 383 Dante’s Divine Comedy: Narrative Thomism (Dr. Michela Ferri)
This course examines Dante’s Divine Comedy, one canto a day for one hundred days, with breaks following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. Students will read the Divine Comedy as a narrativization of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, a way to experience a successful merger of theology and philosophy.

ENG 410 The Works of J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis (Dr. Hilary Finley)
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.

ENG 550 Advanced Academic Writing (Prof. Cynthia Gniadek)
This course prepares students to write clearly and strongly at the graduate level. The course walks through the stages of designing, drafting, formatting, and revising a research paper. Common writing issues will be addressed.

GRK 202 Greek II (Fr. Randy Soto)
This course builds on Greek I, emphasizes basic grammar and vocabulary drawn from philosophic and biblical Greek texts, and provides a working vocabulary of terms used in both Attic and Koine dialects. Prerequisite for Greek Readings.

HIS 102 Western Civilization II (Dr. John Bequette)
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 revolutions in France and America, the Napoleonic Age, the two world wars, Vatican II, and more recent events. Online and on campus.

HIS 351 Eastern Civilization I (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 Early Christian and 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.

HUM 125 History of Sacred Art (Dr. John Bequette)
This course provides an introduction to the history of sacred art. It explores the meaning of sacred art as it emerges within the history of the Catholic tradition, from the early Church to the contemporary period, exploring themes, religious symbolism, and the role of art in communicating the faith. Particular emphasis is paid to the portrayal of Jesus, Mary, and the saints in painting and sculpture.

LAT 202 Latin II (Dr. Philippe Yates)
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 (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. Lisa Gulino)
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 425 Fundamental Bioethics (Prof. Judith Babarsky)
This course studies the philosophical foundations for several ethical viewpoints concerning human life and the use of medical technologies, focusing primarily on the Catholic position rooted in personalistic principles.

PHE 505 Narrative and the Moral Life (Dr. David Arias)
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.

PHH 304 History of Medieval Philosophy (Dr. Jon 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 404 History of Contemporary Philosophy (Dr. David Arias)
This course examines the views of various 20th and 21st century philosophers on issues in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, and other areas of thought.

PHS 121 Logic (Dr. Philippe Yates)
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 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 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 490 Metaphysics (Dr. Jon Kirwan)
Metaphysics is the 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 (Prof. Jonathan Stute)
This course is an examination of the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man.

PSY 200 Psychology (Dr. Marc Tumeinski)
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.

SAI 171 Sacred Art, Research & Documentation (Dr. Marguerite Mullee)
This course is an essential tool that students need in order to perform proper academic research methodology and documentation within a sacred arts context. It familiarizes the students with academic research, writing, documentation and Sacred Arts projects – both theoretical and practical – presentation.

SAI 323 Sacred Architecture (Prof. Anthony Grumbine)
This course examines Christian archaeology, art, and architecture and also investigates religious heritage sites. The course highlights the multidisciplinary nature and function of archaeology as it relates to Christian art and architecture.

SAI 330 History of Calligraphy and Illumination (Dr. Marguerite Mullee)
This course surveys the evolution of Christian calligraphy, manuscripts, illumination and miniatures since the Early Christian era. It provides an overview of the writing systems of the Scriptures and the primary calligraphic sources from Judaism to Christianity, and the development of and transformations of the arts of calligraphy and illumination as a distinct branch of Christian art.

SAI 437 History of Mosaics, Murals and Stained Glass (Dr. Marguerite Mullee)
This course is a general survey of the historical development of mosaic, mural, and stained glass, their meaning, purpose and uses since their earliest phases until the present. It explores the ideas, values, purpose, and technical, historical and socio-cultural contexts of art production through the study of a selection of artworks from major art history eras from across the world.

SAS 101 Sacred Scripture (Fr. Randy Soto)
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 300 Wisdom Literature (Dr. Matthew Ramage)
This course views sapiential literature (Job, Proverbs, Sirach, Qohelet, Psalms and Song of Songs) as an expression of Israel’s spirituality both at the time of its writing and today.

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 461 Gospel of John (Fr. William Mills)
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 201 Physics (Dr. Heric Flores)
This course will introduce students to the concepts, principles and fundamentals of the physical science, including the study of motion, Newton’s law of motion, the conservation of energy and momentum, waves, basic concepts of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.

SCM 202 Physics Lab ** (Dr. Heric Flores)
This is a one-credit lab for SCM 201 Physics.

SCM 303 Anatomy and Physiology II (Prof. Adam Riso)
This course presents a systemic approach to the study of the human body. Lecture topics include discussions of the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

SOC 103 Sociology (Dr. Marc Tumeinski)
This course surveys the methods of sociology and their application to contemporary society.

SOC 275 Economics (Prof. Joe Jordan)
This course will introduce students to the basic principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics from a Catholic perspective while paying close attention to the following Catholic principles: human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the common good. The economic theories and Catholic principles that will be presented will be complemented by demonstrating their practical applications.

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 535 Moral Apologetics (Prof. Trenton Horn)
This course focuses on engaging apologetics from a moral dimension.

BIE 625 Catholic Bioethics (Prof. Judith Babarsky and 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 796 Bioethics in the Post-Christian Culture (Dr. Hermann Frieboes)
This course exams the relationship between Catholic bioethics and the secular culture.

BIE/MTH 750 Magisterial Teaching Related to Major Catholic Bioethic Issues (Dr. Lucy Knouse) 
This is a study of Magisterial and Church documents that provide the basis of many Catholic Church bioethics teachings. By taking this course, students will understand the continuity of Church teaching over time on matters of chastity, marriage, and respect for life as well as have an opportunity to synthesize their understanding for their own appreciation, for future study and for their work in evangelizing the culture.

CHH 613 Church in America (Fr. Gregoire Fluet)
This course surveys the Church’s growth in America, especially in the United States, from 1492 to the present. Topics such as patronage, missionary activities, religious orders, persecution, the immigrant Church, the maturing of the Church, and contemporary tensions are studied.

CHH 620 The Catholic Reformation (Dr. John Bequette)
Topics include the causes of the Reformation; the Council of Trent; Counter-Reformation popes and religious orders; saints and foundresses; France, the field of battle; Thirty Years War and the Peace of Westphalia.

CHH 631 Mystical Theology and the Church Fathers (Fr. Gregory Lockwood)
This course focuses on selected writings of representative Eastern and Western Church Fathers to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for their teachings on contemplative prayer and the journey of the soul to Divine Union.

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.

CLA 715 Canon Law of Marriage (Dr. Philippe Yates)
This course introduces student(s) to the canon law of marriage through a systematic presentation and study of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, reflecting on the sacred canons themselves (cc. 1055-1165 and 1671-1707), their purpose, nature, context, history, and theological meaning.

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.

DTH 600 Faith and Revelation (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.

DTH 645 Nature and Grace (Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.)
This course examines the natural desire to see God; the controversy over the desire to see God; the state of human nature; the nature of the law; the new law of Christ – sanctifying grace; and the nature, necessity and effects of sanctifying grace.

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 757 Pneumatology (Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo)
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.

DTH 760 Ecclesiology and 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 890 Spiritual Theology (Prof. Randy Watson)
This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of what is traditionally called ascetical and mystical theology but which implements the call of the Second Vatican Council to the various experiences and stages of growth in prayer in the universal call to holiness.

ENG 550 Advanced Academic Writing (Prof. Cynthia Gniadek)
This course prepares students to write clearly and strongly at the graduate level. The course walks through the stages of designing, drafting, formatting, and revising a research paper. Common writing issues will be addressed.

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. Donald Sparling)
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. Brian Mullady, O.P.)
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 659 Moral Magisterium of John Paul II (Prof. Randy Watson)
This course is devoted to the teachings of the Blessed Pope John Paul II in the area of moral theology. Specific topics addressed in this course include the sacred sources of Christian moral teaching, a correct understanding of human freedom, conscience and its application, Veritatis splendor; Evangelium vitae, and the theology of the body.

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.

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 Teaching (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.

PHS 607 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.

SAS 602 Methods of Theology & Scripture Analysis (Fr. Randy Soto)
The course examines concepts and criteria used in Biblical and Theological Sciences: word, Revelation, transmission, Truth in Scripture, Canonicity, Authenticity, Integrity, Magisterium, Tradition, etc., and acquaints the students with the Books of the Bible per se: languages; traditions.

SAS 631 Wisdom Literature (Fr. Randy Soto)
This course views sapiential literature (Job, Proverbs, Sirach, Qohelet, Psalms and Song of Songs) as an expression of Israel’s spirituality both at the time of its writing and today.

SAS 641 Apocalyptic Literature (Fr. William Mills)
This course focuses on the eschatological dimension of biblical revelation, exemplified in the book of Revelation. Apocalyptic literature is found in both the Old and New Testaments. Biblical and extra- biblical apocalyptic literature are compared.

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 657 Luke and the Acts of the Apostles (Fr. Randy Soto)
This course studies the Gospel of Luke taking into consideration the historical, religious, and cultural background of this rich and inspirational gospel along with the structure, purpose, authorship, historical background and theological themes of the Acts of the Apostles; its relation to the Gospel of Luke; and an exegesis of selected passages.

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.

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 550 Advanced Academic Writing (Prof. Cynthia Gniadek)
This course prepares students to write clearly and strongly at the graduate level. The course walks through the stages of designing, drafting, formatting, and revising a research paper. Common writing issues will be addressed.

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design, and Writing (Prof. Cynthia Gniadek & Dr. Donald Sparling)
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/PHE 841 Catholic Social Teaching (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 505 Narrative and the Moral Life (Dr. David Arias)
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.

PHE 615 Nichomachean Ethics (Dr. Peter Mango)
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.

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.

PHH 605 Ancient and 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 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.

PHH 792 Philosophy of Edith Stein (Dr. John Finley)
This course examines the intellectual life and writings of Edith Stein, or as she was later called, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, including her attempt to relate the phenomenological and Thomistic traditions of philosophy and her analysis of human personhood, her account of the nature and vocation of woman, and her discussion of the ways in which we can know God.

PHH 793 Plato’s Republic (Dr. Peter Mango)
This course provides a Catholic investigation of one of the great seminal works of philosophy. The Church has a tradition of faith and reason by which man flies to the fullness of truth, we will be trying to give the wing of reason a good work out.

PHS 607 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.

PHS 610 Philosophical Anthropology (Dr. John Finley)
This course studies human nature from the perspective of the perennial tradition of Catholic philosophy, as well as that of Catholic phenomenological and existential insights.

PHS 611 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.

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 628 Thomistic Exemplar Organizational Leadership (Dr. William McVey) This course is a study and application of Thomistic exemplar soulful organizational leadership based on a metaphysics of organization and a faculty-behavioral-psychology of the soul. It applies to a broad definition of organizations, i.e. profit, nonprofit, government, religious and volunteering. Since our study of exemplar soulful leadership is of an organizational context, the course focuses largely on the executive function of organizational leadership. The primary reason for a study of soulful organizational leadership is to comprehend and apply the executive function and diffusion of leadership powers at work in a soulful organization. Therefore, it is essential to our Thomistic exemplar organizational behavioral study that we must initially focus on the function of the executive and his/her character as a wise and prudent leader.

We stress that this course is chiefly a study of the practical function of the executive exemplar soulful leader and the diffusion and emulation of exemplar leadership throughout an organization. Fundamentally, it is a study of the executive function as a practice of exemplar virtuous habits of character. We argue that exemplar leadership is best comprehended and practiced from the perspective of a Thomistic practical understanding of a faculty-behavioral-psychology.

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 721 Philosophy of Science (Dr. Peter Mango)
The course examines the purpose of science and the reliability of scientific theories as these overlap with metaphysics and epistemology and consider the historical origins, methods and implications of “science” in both its ancient and its modern sense as well as the sociocultural implications of scientific claims within the history of ideas and of appeals to “science” for philosophical anthropology and ethics.

PHS 731 The One and the Many (Dr. Eduardo Bernot)
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, science.

PHS 751 The True, the False, the Lie, and the Fake (Dr. Eduardo Bernot)
This course is a s 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 783 Dante’s Divine Comedy: Thomistic Philosophy in Narrative (Dr. Michela Ferri)
This course examines Dante’s Divine Comedy, one canto a day for one hundred days with breaks following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. The work is read as a narrativization of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, a way to experience a successful merger of theology and philosophy.

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 535 Moral Apologetics (Prof. Trenton Horn)
This course focuses on engaging apologetics from a moral dimension.

CHH 631 Mystical Theology and the Church Fathers (Fr. Gregory Lockwood)
This course focuses on selected writings of representative Eastern and Western Church Fathers to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for their teachings on contemplative prayer and the journey of the soul to Divine Union

CLA 715 Canon Law of Marriage (Dr. Philippe Yates)
This course introduces student(s) to the canon law of marriage through a systematic presentation and study of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, reflecting on the sacred canons themselves (cc. 1055-1165 and 1671-1707), their purpose, nature, context, history, and theological meaning.

DTH 512 Spiritual Life in the Classics (Dr. 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.

DTH 645 Nature and Grace (Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.)
This course examines the natural desire to see God; the controversy over the desire to see God; the state of human nature; the nature of the law; the new law of Christ – sanctifying grace; and the nature, necessity and effects of sanctifying grace.

DTH 890 Spiritual Theology (Prof. Randy Watson)
This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of what is traditionally called ascetical and mystical theology but which implements the call of the Second Vatican Council to the various experiences and stages of growth in prayer in the universal call to holiness.

ENG 550 Advanced Academic Writing (Prof. Cynthia Gniadek)
This course prepares students to write clearly and strongly at the graduate level. The course walks through the stages of designing, drafting, formatting, and revising a research paper. Common writing issues will be addressed.

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 Teaching (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. Lisa Gulino)
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 607 Contemporary Youth Culture (Dr. Joseph White)
This course explores the culture of contemporary youth and its ramifications for catechesis. Students prepare to encounter the learner who is immersed in the secular, post-modern milieu. Families in contemporary culture, peer expectations, and the influence of media are addressed.

PAS 653 Child and Adolescent Catechesis (Dr. Joseph White)
This course explores the culture of contemporary youth and its ramifications for catechesis. Students prepare to encounter the learner who is immersed in the secular, post-modern milieu. Families in contemporary culture, peer expectations, and the influence of media are addressed.

PAS 683 Pastoral Counseling I: Spiritual Helping and Accompaniment (Fr. Gregory Lockwood)
This course explores the theology of suffering and how to properly frame common spiritual, emotional and relational problems, help the faithful discover paths for addressing these problems using solution-focused questioning techniques, spiritual resources, and basic pastoral interventions.

PAS 705 Hospital Spiritual Care (Fr. Jerome Madumelu)
This course locates the place of spiritual care in health-care management/services. Spirituality forms a significant piece of the puzzle in the holistic care of a person who happens to be sick. Discussed are the ethical issues, professional expectations, philosophical and theoretical bases.

PAS 785 Pastoral Issues Concerning Human Sexuality (Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund)
This course addresses the meaning of human sexuality, education and integration of emotion, sexual aberrations, relationship skills such as intra- and inter-personal skills, personal freedom skills, sexuality and spirituality, human sexuality and eschatology.

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