Fall 2020 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 520 Adapting Evangelization to Hispanic Cultural Contexts – Prof. Margaret Posner
This course focuses on Hispanic cultural contexts as integral to effective evangelization models. Traditional evangelization strategies do not acknowledge the cultural differences between the particular pastoral needs of multiple Hispanic populations. Broadening the evangelist’s scope of specific themes, central to Hispanic perspectives, is crucial to effectively personalize the faith message.

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

APO 565 Reading Science in the Light of Faith – Dr. Stacy Trasancos
This course teaches the non-scientist layperson how to articulate developments in current research in biological or biochemical fields (with particular emphasis on evolutionary biology, genetics, or neuroscience) by reading scientific papers and how to classify the conclusions in the scientific papers as neutral, contradictory, or consistent with the tenets of Catholic faith.

CHH 263 The Catholic Response During WWII – Prof. Heather Voccola
This course examines the Catholic response during World War II. Topics include a review of the Papal response, including Pius XI and Pius XII; the martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; and exposure to the holocaust in literature and film.

CHH 501 Historical Knowledge & Human Good – Dr. John Bequette
This course explores the relationship between historical knowledge and human flourishing, both temporally and eternally. What key historical events, figures, controversies and concepts should an adult retain after having left college? How ought a mature, Christian adult view history? What role does historical knowledge play in establishing a flourishing social life? Is there a connection between a proper historical consciousness and eternal salvation?

DTH 101 Fundamental Theology – Prof. Randy Watson
This course introduces the sources, topics, and history of theology as a foundation for further study. Attention is given to the origins of doctrine and its form, important to almost all branches of theology.

ENG 115 Writing & Composition – Prof. Margaret Posner
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 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 221 Novels, Short Stories, & 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.

FPA 311 Western Art Humanities: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Dance – Fr. Peter Kucer
Students study western civilization through the medium of important art. The studies are supported by visual graphics. The class emphasizes oral questioning, working in groups, student presentations, and linking what is taught to the student’s background and life experiences.

GRK 201 Greek I – Fr. Randy Soto
his course 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.

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 102 Western Civilization II – Dr. John Bequette
This course continues the study of Western Civilization: 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 into the present day.

HIS 200 American History – Fr. Gregoire Fluet
The course surveys Pre-Columbus America and ends with the Civil War. Students examine the process of colonization, the Revolutionary War, the growth of the American Republic, and the issues that led to the secession of the south. This course will then continue with the history of the United States of America from the Reconstruction to the election of 2000. The student focuses on the persons who moved that history, seeing them as human being with both flaws and great talents.

HUM 103 Humanities in the Ancient World – Dr. John Bequette
This course introduces the origin and development of the humanities, with an emphasis in the classical world. These branches of learning concerned with human thought and relations are distinguished from the sciences.

HUM 115 The History of Western Art – Dr. John Bequette
This course provides a general introduction to the history of art in the Western world. It explores the themes of western art in relation to their historical, geographical, anthropological, and sociological contexts, and will include a theological reflection upon the significance of these themes. Focus is on visual art: painting, sculpture, and architecture.

HUM 220 A Joyful Noise: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs – Dr. Marguerite Mullee
Singing the praise of God is a prominent theme throughout the Bible. This course will explore the development of liturgical and extra-liturgical musical forms. Through active listening and readings, we will examine the rich history of Psalms, hymns and other sacred songs in both Western and Eastern churches.

HUM 230 The Church Music – Dr. Marguerite Mullee
This course will serve as a practical guide to developing a vibrant sacred music program. Topics will include the roles of the music director, the organist and the cantor, how to develop, grow and maintain a church choir, rehearsal techniques, and choosing music for the liturgical year.

LAT 201 Latin I – Dr. Philippe Yates
This course introduces the student to the basics of Latin, with the aim of enabling the student to approach medieval and modern ecclesiastical Latin texts. It is the first of three courses designed to give the student the skills to read modern ecclesiastical Latin.

LLT 300 Liturgy – Fr. Gregoire Fluet
This course explains that all theology is derived from the sacred Liturgy, the heart of Catholic faith and life. It will look at Liturgy as the starting point and the greatest teacher, opening to the mysteries of the Catholic faith.

LLT 453 Liturgical Theology – Fr. Gregoire Fluet
This course demonstrates how the Liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian Life as found in Sacrosanctum concilium, 10. Students examine liturgical theology especially in terms of its theological and spiritual dimensions, while integrating pastoral and canonical applications.

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 405 Intercultural Competencies – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course will explore the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith.

PHH 301 History of Ancient Philosophy – Dr. Peter Mango
This course studies the most representative thinkers of ancient philosophy, beginning with Plato, Socrates and Aristotle and ending with St. Augustine and Boethius.

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 414 Epistemology — Dr. Philippe Yates
This course gives an insight into classical answers to Aristotelian, Socratic, and Platonic questions and give students the tools to devise their own responses.

PHS 450 Philosophical Anthropology – Dr. John Finley
This course will study human nature from two perspectives: 1. We will begin with an examination of the humanity in light of the twentieth century Catholic philosophical tradition, one which begins its examination of the human person in light of lived experience. We will then proceed to understand human nature as developed in the Medieval Catholic tradition, especially as it is presented through the work of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor.

PHS 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.

PHS 541 Natural Theology – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course examines arguments for the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man.

SAI 213 Theology of the Icon – Dr. Michela Ferri
This course explores the canonical Scriptures and Apocrypha and their influence on Christian iconography and analyzes various Christian artworks from both the pseudo-canonical and scriptural standpoints, enabling students to understand the Bible as main source of inspiration fundamental to Christian iconography, as well as the Apocrypha and their enduring significance in Christian art both in rhetorical and pictorial forms.

SAI 222 Christian Art through the Ages – Dr. Marguerite Mullee
This course explores the historical geography of various Christian art forms from Early Christianity to the present times and highlights its diversity in time and space within different cultural and social contexts. Students will learn to appreciate, identify and interpret the specificities of various monuments and artworks that attest to the rich diversity of Christian sacred artworks from across the world.

SAI 510 Introduction to Sacred Music – Dr. Marguerite Mullee
This course will guide and introduce students to the meaning and use of the sacred music in our daily life through practice, theory and theological discussion. No musical skills needed to attend this class.

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 471 Letters of St. Paul – Fr. William Mills
his 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 171 Biology – Dr. Don Sparling
This course is an introduction to the biological sciences directed toward non-science majors. Topics include elements of biochemistry, cell structure and function, reproduction, genetics, evolutionary theory, plant and animal diversity, elements of physiology, and a brief examination of ecology.

SCM 301 Anatomy and Physiology I – Prof. Adam Riso
This course presents a systemic approach to the study of the human body. Lecture topics include an introduction of anatomical terminology and an overview of cellular processes and tissue classification. Students then learn the gross and microscopic anatomy of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, and muscular system.

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

SOC 253 Political Science – Prof. Joe Jordan
The course surveys ideas in the study of government and politics, examines the perennial questions in political life (Who should rule? and Is it good to have power? and Do truth and right change in the course of history?), and explores the various fields of political science.

SOC 325 Catholic Formation & New Media – Prof. Cynthia Gniadek
This course explores human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation and the trends and issues of new media technologies used to foster each.

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 520 Adapting Evangelization to Hispanic Cultural Contexts – Prof. Margaret Posner
This course focuses on Hispanic cultural contexts as integral to effective evangelization models. Traditional evangelization strategies do not acknowledge the cultural differences between the particular pastoral needs of multiple Hispanic populations. Broadening the evangelist’s scope of specific themes, central to Hispanic perspectives, is crucial to effectively personalize the faith message.

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

APO 565 Reading Science in the Light of Faith – Dr. Stacy Trasancos
This course teaches the non-scientist layperson how to articulate developments in current research in biological or biochemical fields (with particular emphasis on evolutionary biology, genetics, or neuroscience) by reading scientific papers and how to classify the conclusions in the scientific papers as neutral, contradictory, or consistent with the tenets of Catholic faith.

APO/PAS 631 Social Media and the New Evangelization – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course explores the history, trends, and issues related to the Catholic Church and its use of media for social communications. Students discuss how media is “social” and how this can be used to “introduce people to the life of the Church and help our contemporaries to discover the face of Christ” (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for 44th World Communications Day, 2010).

BIE 639 Bioethics and the Law – Dcn. Thomas Davis
This course introduces basic constitutional, statutory, and regulatory law related to bioethics. United States Supreme Court case law is a central component of the course. The course will examine the development of constitutional substantive due process, privacy, individual autonomy, and equal protection. The structure of American constitutional government, the separation of powers, the protection of individual liberties, and related political and philosophical foundations are examined.

BIE 661 Biology and Biotechnologies for Ethicists – Drs. Hermann & Laura Frieboes
This course focuses on 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.

BIE/MTH 750 Magisterial Teaching Related to Major Catholic Bioethics Issues – Dr. Lucy Knouse
This course is a study of Magisterial and other official Vatican 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 and have an opportunity to synthesize their understanding of this teaching for their own appreciation, for future study and for their work in evangelizing the culture.

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

CHH 501 Historical Knowledge & Human Good – Dr. John Bequette
This course explores the relationship between historical knowledge and human flourishing, both temporally and eternally. What key historical events, figures, controversies and concepts should an adult retain after having left college? How ought a mature, Christian adult view history? What role does historical knowledge play in establishing a flourishing social life? Is there a connection between a proper historical consciousness and eternal salvation?

CHH 661 Catholic Modernism – Fr. Gregoire Fluet
This course reviews Catholic modernism and addresses the intellectual causes of modernism and its major components. The study includes magisterial statements of Pius X concerning modernism and exposure to the works of several important Catholic modernists.

CHH 670 Great Personalities in Church History – Fr. Gregory Lockwood
This reading course surveys a panoply of sources, church fathers, heterodox writers, heretics and saints, men and women, throughout our history. The original works of the writers themselves serve as the material basis for the class.

CHH 881 Patristics – Fr. Brian Mullady. O.P.
This course surveys selected writings from the principal Fathers of the Church. The focus is on the development of Catholic Doctrine from the Apostolic Fathers to St. Gregory the Great, with emphasis on the Trinitarian and Christological questions.

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 641 Protology & Eschatology – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course studies God as the Creator of all things and the relation of created things to Him. The four last things (death, judgment, heaven and hell) are related to Him as the fulfillment of man and nature, the end of His saving plan.

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 Ecclesiology & Ecumenism – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course investigates the nature and characteristics of the Church, its attributes, its structures, its mission and its relation to the world, and the development of Catholic thought concerning ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.

DTH 765 Mariology – Fr. Gregory Lockwood
This course examines Marian doctrine in its scriptural, historical, and modern contexts using infallible statements, Lumen gentium, and post-conciliar documents.

DTH 800 The Seven Sacraments – Fr. Gregoire Fluet
This course explores the concept and nature of “sacrament” in general and then each of the seven sacraments of the Church in particular (the fundamentals of each sacrament’s doctrine and theology, the rites for celebrating the sacraments, the historical development of each sacrament and current issues and debates surrounding the sacraments).

ENG 890 Summative Evaluation: Comprehensive Exam & Professional Paper – Dr. James Gentile
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 891 Academic Research, Design, and Writing – Prof. Cynthia Gniadek & Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
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 681 Theology of the Body: Sexual Difference & Complementarity – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course will study the “Theology of the Body” as it was taught by Saint John Paul II in a series of General Audiences in which he offered a catechesis on human love and sexuality, based in Sacred Scripture and the Tradition of the Church.

MTH/PAS 620 Marriage & Family in Secular Culture – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course examines the nature of family in a post-Christian, secular culture.

MTH/PAS/PHE 680 Marriage & the 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.

PAS 605 Intercultural Competencies – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course explores the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith.

PAS 891 Methods in Teaching – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood & Prof. Judith Babarsky
This course is designed to engage students in the study of teaching methods for face-to- face and online learning environments.

PHS 541 Natural Theology – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course examines arguments for the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man.

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.

SAI 510 Introduction to Sacred Music – Dr. Marguerite Mullee
This course will guide and introduce students to the meaning and use of the sacred music in our daily life through practice, theory and theological discussion. No musical skills needed to attend this class.

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 621 Prophetic Literature – Dr. Matthew Ramage
This course examines the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel, and surveys early “non-writing” prophets, and classical prophets in their historical contexts to uncover their theological message and understand the development of prophecy into eschatology and apocalypse.

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

SAS 661 Gospel of John – Fr. William Mills
This course studies the Gospel of John considering the historical, religious, and cultural background of this gospel and major themes such as covenant, Kingdom of God, grace, redemption, wisdom, prophecy, creation, Trinity, faith, angels, resurrection and priesthood.

Graduate - MA in Philosophy

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

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design and Writing – Prof. Cynthia Gniadek & Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
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 & The 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.

PAS 605 Intercultural Competencies – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course explores the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith.

PAS 891 Methods in Teaching – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood & Prof. Judith Babarsky
This course is designed to engage students in the study of teaching methods for face-to- face and online learning environments.

PHE 610 Ethics – Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo
This course studies the principles of ethics from a Thomistic and phenomenological perspective including criteria for making moral choices and a refutation of situation ethics, and addresses social justice, abortion, war and peace and sexual ethics.

PHE 617 Personalism of John Paul II – Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz
The course teaches about the philosophical personalism of St. John Paul II/Karol Wojtyła. It seeks to present St. John Paul II/Karol Wojtyła as an original thinker who can be satisfactorily classified neither as fully Thomist nor fully phenomenologist.

PHE 775 Political Philosophy – Dr. Jon Kirwan
This course seeks to introduce students to political philosophy by undertaking a critical historical study of the most influential works (ancient, medieval, and modern) of the Western tradition. Students will study and analyze the fundamental issues that have shaped the debate throughout the centuries, including the nature of justice, law and liberty, power and authority, political equality, human rights, and the relation of Church and the state.

PHH 605 Ancient 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 620 Modern & Contemporary Philosophy – Dr. Randy Colton
This course is an historical introduction to the thought and texts of principal modern philosophers from Descartes to Hegel and of principal contemporary philosophers from Kierkegaard to the present.

PHH 650 Recent Catholic Philosophy – Dr. Alan Vincelette
This course introduces important Catholic philosophers of the nineteenth and twentieth- centuries who responded to the cultural, scientific, philosophical, and theological ideas of the times, and defended the philosophical underpinnings of the Catholic faith.

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.

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 541 Natural Theology – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course examines arguments for the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man.

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 621 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 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 731 The One and the Many – Dr. Peter Redpath
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 761 The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful, and the Ugly – Dr. Peter Redpath
This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas about good and its opposite, evil, and the beautiful and it opposite, the ugly, in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and truth and error, and different kinds of good and evil, beauty and ugliness, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God.

PHS 781 Thomistic Personalism: Knowledge and Love – Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz
The course seeks to demonstrate that personalism can be effectively grounded in the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. It presents Thomistic personalism as that which successfully addresses all the essential issues concerning the human person.

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 520 Adapting Evangelization to Hispanic Cultural Contexts – Prof. Margaret Posner
This course focuses on Hispanic cultural contexts as integral to effective evangelization models. Traditional evangelization strategies do not acknowledge the cultural differences between the particular pastoral needs of multiple Hispanic populations. Broadening the evangelist’s scope of specific themes, central to Hispanic perspectives, is crucial to effectively personalize the faith message.

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

APO 565 Reading Science in the Light of Faith – Dr. Stacy Transancos
This course teaches the non-scientist layperson how to articulate developments in current research in biological or biochemical fields (with particular emphasis on evolutionary biology, genetics, or neuroscience) by reading scientific papers and how to classify the conclusions in the scientific papers as neutral, contradictory, or consistent with the tenets of Catholic faith.

APO/PAS 631 Social Media and the New Evangelization – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course explores the history, trends, and issues related to the Catholic Church and its use of media for social communications. Students discuss how media is “social” and how this can be used to “introduce people to the life of the Church and help our contemporaries to discover the face of Christ” (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for 44th World Communications Day, 2010).

MTH/PAS 620 Marriage & Family in Secular Culture – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course explains the Catholic understanding of marriage and family as contrasted with the views of many in United States secular culture in the early 21st century. Topics include the meaning and value of marriage, “living together”, serial monogamy, divorce, same-sex “marriage”, chemical and surgical contraception, abortion, solutions to the inability to conceive, and the raising and education of children.

MTH/PAS/ PHE 680 Marriage and Theology of the Body – Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course covers the biblical foundations for the Theology of the Body as expressed in the works of St. John Paul II, and seeks to relate the Theology of the Body in the practical encounters of life, love and Marriage.

MTH 681 Theology of the Body: Sexual Differences and Complementarity – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course will study the “Theology of the Body” as it was taught by Saint John Paul II in a series of General Audiences in which he offered a catechesis on human love and sexuality, based in Sacred Scripture and the Tradition of the Church.

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 602 Fundamentals of Practical Theology – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course explores the emerging field of practical theology, which examines how phronesis
(i.e., authentic spirituality/practical wisdom) is facilitated through various ministerial efforts and sacred practices.

PAS 605 Intercultural Competencies – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course explores the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith.

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 – Fr. Gregory Lockwood
This course presents appropriate methods in pastoral counseling.

PAS 660 Thanatology – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course examines the topic of suffering, dying and death from doctrinal, pastoral, spiritual, and human dimensions. The psychological and social aspects of dying and death will also be considered, along with a brief study on end of life issues. This course enables one in any ministry to address concerns and questions that arise in life, especially with a view to family and youth ministry, hospital chaplaincy, grief ministry, the elderly, and care for the physically and mentally challenged (Catalogue).

PAS 671 Spiritual Direction: Skills and Practice – Fr. Dominic Anaeto
This course equips the participants with the technical skills for spiritual direction, skills which enable the participants go through personal discernment and help others in both personal and communitarian discernment for discovery of personal vocation and decision making.

PAS 684 Pastoral Counseling II – Fr. Gregory LockwoodThis course explores how pastoral helping professionals can evaluate healthy and unhealthy expressions of spirituality, facilitate healthy spiritual growth, assess the spiritual dimensions of emotional, relational, and physical problems, and both develop and employ spiritually-based interventions to help clients overcome threats to human flourishing.

PAS 700 Christian Life Together in the Presence of Human, Physical, and Intellectual Impairments – Dr. Marc Tumeinski
This course will draw us into a deeper understanding of Christian faith, vocation, catechesis, ministry & ecclesiology – in light of the presence and reality of physical & intellectual impairment among disciples. As part of the core of Christian life or ministry, our focus is pastoral & ecclesial; rather than clinical, medical, legal or psychological.

PAS 720 Nurturing the Domestic Church: Facilitating Authentic Marriage, Family Life, and Spirituality – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course explores the pastoral minister’s role in facilitating the emotional, psychological, relational and spiritual well-being of couples and families. Special emphasis will be given to the building blocks of an authentic, dynamic, marriage and family spirituality.

PAS 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.

PAS 805 Trinity and the Incarnation – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund

PAS 891 Methods in Teaching – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood & Prof. Judith Babarsky
This course is designed to engage students in the study of teaching methods for face-to- face and online learning environments.

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