Summer 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.

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” (HACS Course Catalogue 2017-2018, p. 84).

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 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 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.

GRK 203 Greek III (Prof. John Hornyak) 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 Southern secession.

HIS 352 Eastern Civilization II (Fr. Peter Kucer) This course covers the foundational thought and beliefs of Eastern Civilization stemming from its ancient history.  These essential concepts and beliefs will be studied from a Catholic perspective with special reference to magisterial documents and papal writings.

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 203 Latin III: Ecclesiastical (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 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. Steve 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. Steve 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.

PAS 559 The New Evangelization (Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund) This course explores the biblical-theological foundations of the new evangelization in light of Saint John Paul II’s call for new “ardor, methods and expression” in evangelization. 1 Specific attention will be paid to the unique and remarkable role of Saint John Paul II in bringing the hope of the Gospel to those who have fallen away from the Faith of Holy Mother Church.

PHE 450 Ethics (Prof. Christopher Apodaca) 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. Christopher Apodaca) This course provides an examination of the most important philosophers within the modern tradition from Descartes through Kant. Special topics of emphasis will include the “turn to the subject,” the subordination of philosophy to science and mathematics, and the effects that modern thought has had on the philosophy of religion.

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. Topics include the nature of substance, matter, form, space, time, motion, causality, and the transcendent first cause.

PHS 450 Philosophy of Man (Philosophical Anthropology) (Prof. Christopher Apodaca) 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. 2. 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. You will be expected to apply what you have learned to modern challenges to the dignity of the human person.

PHS/SAI 471 Aesthetics in Sacred Art (Dr. Michela Ferri) This course explores the various elements of Aesthetics in the field of the “Sacred Art”, related to the Christian world, in comparison with the secular Christian Arts of religious themes, and in comparison with the Art in general.

During this course, students will learn the specifics of Christian theological, doctrinal, theosophical and philosophical thought foundations as they relate to Aesthetics in Sacred Arts, and will examine their evolution through the ages. Students will recognize and develop an appreciation for the uniqueness of the Aesthetics used in Christian Arts through their multiple facets, intended relation, and effect on the human senses both cognitively, symbolically and spiritually.

SAI 214 History of Christian Iconography (Dr. Michela Ferri) This course explores the history of Christian Iconography as a fundamental moment in the History of our Sacred Art – starting from the discovery of its roots during the Roman Empire until the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453 Anno Domini – with an insight dedicated to the iconoclasm controversies in relation to the Icon. This course highlights also the Historical Schools of Iconography, the styles, themes, and materials used to write an icon from Early Christianity until the present times, in the light of the Sacred Scriptures and the Liturgy. The course explores the places, the Monasteries, all around the world, where this tradition is cultivated. It also focuses on Christian Sacred art symbolism and aesthetics as they relate to the theology of the icon and its meanings.

SAI 427 Hagiography from Sacred Art to Liturgy (Dr. Michela Ferri) The course “Hagiography from the Sacred Art to Liturgy” provides a complete analysis dedicated to the discipline “Hagiography” – both from a Historical and Aesthetic Perspective, in its interrelation with the discipline that is the Iconography of the Saints.

During the course, we will describe the lives of the major Christian Saints and the places of Veneration of them. The literature of Hagiography embraces also: acts of martyrs (accounts of their trials and deaths); biographies of saint monks, of saint bishops, of saint politics, of saint virgins and of saint mothers; and accounts of miracles connected with saints’ tombs, relics, icons, or statues. The discipline “Hagiography” is studied here in its obliged relation with the field of the Symbology, with the background provided by the Iconography of the Sacred Art.

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 will introduce students to the fundamental of chemistry. After completing the course, students will have enough knowledge to appreciate the impact of chemistry in daily life.

SCM 221 Chemistry Lab (Dr. Stacy Trasancos) This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of chemistry lab
techniques. After completing the course, students will have enough knowledge to appreciate the impact of chemistry in daily life.

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. Section 2 of this course includes discussion of the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

SCM 302 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1 credit) (Prof. Adam Riso) This course will introduce students to the concepts, principles and fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology. In this course, you will familiarize yourself with scientific thinking and techniques and will enable you to explore of some key principles of human anatomy. You will be asked to assess your knowledge, which eventually can be put to practical or experimental use. Experiments in this course will involve studying the different body tissues, the skeletal system, and the muscular system.

SOC 253 Political Science (Prof. Joe Jordan) In this course, from a Catholic perspective, students will be introduced to the fundamental ideas, institutions and practical issues of politics.

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.

*** Please note that all Pastoral Studies courses qualify as electives for the Master of Arts in Theology program. ***

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 620 Evolution and Catholic Thought (Dr. Donald Sparling) This course explores the theory of evolution and sources of Catholic teaching regarding whether evolution is an ‘acceptable’ concept within the Church. Can also be used for credit in CHH 620.

APO 652 The New Atheism (Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP and Dr. Donald SparlingThis 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.

BIE 625 Catholic Bioethics (For non-NCBC students) (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 651 Medical Ethics (Dr. Peter Mango) This course will consider some of the questions arising in Medical Ethics today, as well as sociocultural implications
of ideological claims within the history of ideas. The course will examine the suppositions of ethical claims in medicine as these overlap with questions of metaphysics and epistemology; as well as the implications of appeals to “science” for philosophical anthropology and ethics.

BIE 661: Biology and Biotechnologies for Ethicists (Drs. Laura & Hermann Frieboes) This course studies the basic biological principles related to ethical issues such as in vitro fertilization and other reproductive technologies, embryonic and adult stem cells, artificial contraception, and genetic engineering from the standpoint of the Catholic faith.

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 (Dr. Christopher Bellitto) This course surveys Church history, studying the major forces, events and persons shaping the growth and development of Christianity in the East and West.

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” (HACS Course Catalogue 2017-2018, p. 84)

DTH 600 Introduction to Theology (Fr. Brian Mullady, OP) 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 731: One and Triune God (Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson) This course studies God, One and Three. It considers the divine nature and the trinity of persons in God, attending particularly to the theology of St. Augustine, of St. Thomas Aquinas, and of the contemporary Church.

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.

DTH 753 The Mystery of Jesus Christ (Fr. Randy Soto) This course will engage students in a study of the Mystery of Salvation brought forth by Our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our study of this Mystery of Salvation, also  known as Soteriology, will be conducted from different angles: i.e., dogmatic, historical, theological, pastoral and spiritual approach in order to provide the students with the necessary tools to have a personal encounter with the of the Person of Christ and his Salvific Act, under the complementary relationship of faith and reason.

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 766 Mary, Mother of God & Mother of the Church (Fr. Peter KucerThis course examines Marian doctrine in its scriptural, historical, and modern context using the infallible statements, Lumen Gentium and the post-conciliar documents.

MTH 611: Fundamental Moral Theology I (Fr. Brian Mullady, OP)
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. Brian Mullady, O.P.) 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 21 st 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 educating of
children.

To be able to evangelize, a future leader must have a working knowledge of Church doctrine and of the culture in which they are working. This course exposes the student to Catholic teaching on marriage and family, and some secular perspectives on the same topics.

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 (Elective) (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 (Fr. Brian Mullady, OP)
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 638 Torah and Old Testament Historical Books  (Dr. Matthew Ramage) This course is a study of the composition, structure, purpose, historical background and theological themes of the following books from the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, I and II Samuel, and I and II Kings. There is also exegesis of selected passages.

SAS 651 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 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 (Elective) (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.

Summative Evaluation

ENG 891: Academic Research, Design, and Writing (Prof. Cynthia Gniadek and 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.

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.

MTH/PAS/PHE 680 Marriage and Theology of the Body (Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson) This course introduces Catholic sexual ethics using the work of John Paul II, and examines the significant philosophical thought of Karol Wojtyla on this topic in his Love and Responsibility and Theology of the Body.

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.

PHE 610 Ethics (Dr. Francisco J. 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. Within this context various forms of governments will be examined, such as democracy, monarchy, and socialistic and communistic states.

PHH 605 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (Dr. Timothy Smith) This course covers some of the most important figures and themes of Ancient and 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. Randall Colton) This course is a 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. Peter Mango) This course will cover selections from Aristotle’s works of the Categories, the Physics, the De Anima, the Metaphysics, and the Nicomachean Ethics in order to show that reading Aristotle is still the best introduction to philosophy there is. The reason is that Aristotle, inspired by his teacher Plato who in turn was inspired by Socrates, showed that the ability to philosophize is natural to man. In pursuing an understanding of this, we will employ the Pagan Aristotle and the Christian Aquinas as our guides.

PHH 681 Arabic Philosophy (Dr. Francisco J. 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 alKindi (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 607 Philosophy for Theologians (Fr. Brian Mullady, OP) 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 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 & 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 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.

Summative Evaluation

ENG 891: Academic Research, Design, and Writing (Prof. Cynthia Gniadek and 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.

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.

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” (HACS Course Catalogue 2017-2018, p. 84)

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 21 st 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 educating of children.

To be able to evangelize, a future leader must have a working knowledge of Church doctrine and of the culture in which they are working. This course exposes the student to Catholic teaching on marriage and family, and some secular perspectives on the same topics.

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 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.

PAS 511 Mission & Evangelization (Dr. Marianne SiegmundThis 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 559 The New Evangelization (Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund) This course explores the biblical-theological foundations of the new evangelization in light of Saint John
Paul II’s call for new “ardor, methods and expression” in evangelization. 1 Specific attention will be paid to the unique and remarkable role of Saint John Paul II in bringing the hope of the Gospel to those who have fallen away from the Faith of Holy Mother Church.

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 641 Methods in Counseling (Dr. Gregory Popcak) In this course, learners will learn how to conduct standard counseling assessments for individual adults, children, couples, and families. Learners will also evaluate different theories of counseling in light of Catholic anthropology and analyze how each counseling methodology applies to different populations.

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 720 Nurturing the Domestic Church: Facilitating Authentic Marriage, Family Life and Spirituality (Dr. Gregory Popcak) This course will enable learners to understand marriage and family life as a ministry; a noble and unique vocation intended to be both a catalyst for profound spiritual growth and an instrument of graceful social transformation. Learners will explore the underappreciated spirituality of marriage, sexuality, the roles of motherhood and fatherhood, and child-rearing. They will discover how to facilitate a deep and meaningful, domestic church-based spirituality, exploring different approaches to couple and family prayer, the development of family rituals, and a household’s mission and charism. Finally, students will learn to evaluate and facilitate growth through the psycho-spiritual stages of faith development and foster healthy God-attachment. Learners will develop the skills necessary to help families become the crucibles of intentional discipleship and social and ecclesial renewal.

PAS 791 Morals and Psychology (Fr. Brian Mullady, OP)  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.

Summative Evaluation

ENG 891: Academic Research, Design, and Writing (Prof. Cynthia Gniadek and 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.

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