Spring 2023 Course Offerings

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Undergraduate

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 development of the early Church, the Age of the Fathers, the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Reformation period, and the Modern Era.

ENG 151 Drama Prof. Cynthia Gniadek
This course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to compose college- level academic papers. It will begin with instruction in grammar, paragraph structure, and other foundational skills. Students will then gain experience writing autobiographical essays, theological reflections, and a research paper. Assignments will be tailored to students’ abilities.

ENG 181 Research and Writing Prof. Mary 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 Internet will be a part of the course.

ENG 310 Rhetoric Prof. Patrick Reilly
This course teaches the principles and methods of classical rhetoric, which is the art of communicating truth, including both composition and public speaking. Students study exemplary orations that are historically and socially significant, and they compose and deliver their own orations. Truth and virtue are held in esteem, as students cultivate skills of logical persuasion and eloquence: vir bonus, dicendi peritus (“the good person speaking well”).

ENG/PHS 583 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.

ENG 400 Catholic English Literature Prof. Daniel Spiotta
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.

ENG 410 The Works of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis Prof. Daniel Spiotta
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 Dr. Matthew Ramage
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 French Revolution, the American War for Independence, the Napoleonic Age, the two world wars, the Communist Revolution, Vatican II, and more recent events.

HIS 351 Eastern Civilization I Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
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 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. Paul Chutikorn
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. Lucy Knouse
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. Kristina Olsen
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 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.

PHH/SAI 560 Medieval Christian Wisdom and Sacred Art Dr. Marguerite Mullee

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 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 that most general investigation of philosophy that attempts to arrive at reasoned judgments about how things really are. This course presents a comprehensive introduction to Aristotelian and Thomistic metaphysics. Topics included are the nature of metaphysics as a science and its subject matter; the distinction between being and essence; and the analogy of being.

PHS 492 Philosophy of God Prof. Jonathan Stute
This course is an examination of the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man. (Prerequisites are PHS 450 and PHS 490)

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 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
The art of the illuminated manuscript is a distinct branch of Christian art. This course surveys the evolution of Christian calligraphy, manuscripts, illumination and miniatures. We will explore the techniques of producing manuscripts, as well as examining the development of calligraphy and illumination styles in their historical and cultural contexts.

SAI 437 History of Mosaics, Murals and Stained Glass Dr. Marguerite Mullee
This course is a general survey of the development of mosaics, murals (frescoes), and stained glass. We will examine the specific techniques and evolution of these art forms as well as their theological and historical contexts.

SAS 101 Sacred Scripture Prof. Peter Swirzon
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 Prof. Peter Swirzon
This course explores the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students study the Synoptic Gospels’ theological, spiritual, and historical background.

SAS 561 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 571 Letters of St. Paul Fr. William Mills
This course studies the life and mission of St. Paul. It will also examine the composition, structure, purpose, historical background and theological themes of the Pauline letters with special concentration on Galatians, ! Corinthians, Philippians, and Romans.

SCM 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 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.

BIE 796 Bioethics in the Post-Christian Culture Dr. Hermann Frieboes
This course examines the relationship between Catholic bioethics and secular culture.

BIE/MTH 750 Magisterial Teaching Related to Major Catholic Bioethic Issues Dr. Lucy Knouse
This course 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 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 600 Faith and Revelation Dr. Joan Gilbert
This course will provide an exploration of the teachings of the Church on the mysteries of faith and revelation, through the study of related Magisterial documents and various writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. Topics include: the meaning of Revelation; the relationship between Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium; the relationship between faith and reason; the necessity, character, and effects of grace; the object, act, and virtue of faith; sins against faith; and the nature and mission of theology.

DTH 645 Nature and Grace Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo
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 The Holy Spirit (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 Theology of the Church (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 Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo
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. The professional paper will be written under the direction of an advisor the semester after passing the ENG 890 oral exam.

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design, and Writing Prof. Cynthia Gniadek & TBD
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 and thesis proposal.

MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I (8-week version) Dr. Matthew Minerd
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 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I (15-week version) Dr. Matthew Minerd
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 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. Lucy Knouse
This course approaches marriage from an interdisciplinary perspective, covering the biblical foundations for the Theology of the Body as expressed in the works of St. John Paul II, seeking to relate the Theology of the Body in the practical encounters of life, love and Marriage, and 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.

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.

SAS 561 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 571 Letters of St. Paul Fr. William Mills

SAS 602 Methods of Theology & Scripture Analysis Dr. John Joy
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 Peter Swirzon
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. Reto Nay
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. Thomas Crean
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.

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/PHS 583 Dante’s Divine Comedy: Thomistic Philosophy in Narrative Dr. Michela B. 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.

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design and Writing Prof. Cynthia Gniadek & TBD
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 and thesis proposal.

MTH/PAS/PHE 680 Marriage and Theology of the Body Dr. Lucy Knouse
This course approaches marriage from an interdisciplinary perspective, covering the biblical foundations for the Theology of the Body as expressed in the works of St. John Paul II, seeking to relate the Theology of the Body in the practical encounters of life, love and Marriage, and 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.

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 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

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/SAI 560 Medieval Christian Wisdom and Sacred Art Dr. Marguerite Mullee

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. Matthew Minerd
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 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. A. William McVey
This course is a study and application of the principles of Thomistic 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, and religious . We stress that this course is chiefly a study of the practical function of the executive exemplar leader and the diffusion and emulation of exemplar virtuous habits of character.

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 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.

Graduate - MA in Pastoral Studies

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 645 Nature and Grace Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo
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 Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo
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 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. Kristina Olsen
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.

PAS 653 Child and Adolescent Catechesis Fr. Gregory Lockwood
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. Offered online every other spring during the odd years.

PAS 660 Theology of Suffering (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 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 780 Spiritual Psychology of Addiction and Habits of Recovery Dr. A. William McVey
In this course, we approach the issue of addiction primarily from the perspective of a Spiritual Psychology of Addiction and Recovery. In the first part of the course, we construct this psychology basically from the work of Thomas Aquinas on the healing powers of the soul and the work of the Contemporary Christian psychiatrist, Gerald May, M.D., Addiction and Grace, Love and Spirituality in the Healing Addictions, especially in recovery programs. In the second part of the course, we focus on a predominant factor in the journey to recovery from alcoholic, drug, and behavioral addiction, i.e., the Escaping of Anxiety, Along the Road to Spiritual Joy.

M.Div. in the New Evangelization

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.

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 760 Theology of the Church (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.

MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I (8-week version) Dr. Matthew Minerd
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 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I (15-week version) Dr. Matthew Minerd
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 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. Kristina Olsen
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.

PAS 660 Theology of Suffering (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

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 628 Thomistic Exemplar Organizational Leadership Dr. A. William McVey
This course is a study and application of the principles of Thomistic 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, and religious . We stress that this course is chiefly a study of the practical function of the executive exemplar leader and the diffusion and emulation of exemplar virtuous habits of character.

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.

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