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Spring 2019 (January 14 – May 4)

ALEXANDRIA CAMPUS COURSES

**THEO 590:  Introduction to Theology  (Dr. Joseph Arias)
Mondays 5 – 7 pm
This introduction to the graduate-level study of theology treats comprehensively the meaning of theology, its various disciplines, major methods and basic terminology.  Areas of focus are Divine Revelation and the characteristics of the human response, relationships between faith and reason, Scripture and Tradition, doctrine and its development, and the roles of the Magisterium and the theologian in the Church.  Special attention is also given to the history of theology, with particular emphasis on the patristic, medieval, and post-Vatican II periods.  Prerequisite for all M.A. and Diploma students unless exempt because of prior theological study. The credits for this 500-level course do not count toward the graduate-level theology credits required for the MA degree. 

PHIL 603: Philosophical Errors (Prof. Benjamin Block)
Mondays 7:30 – 9:30 pm  
A study of some of the false philosophies of man and God, especially in so far as these form the intellectual basis for the errors and shortcomings in contemporary popular thought and in Biblical exegesis, with a critique of these theories and a comparison of them with the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

**THEO 802: Catholic Social Teaching (Dr. Joseph Arias)
Tuesdays 5 – 7 pm
This course examines the role of the Church in society and focuses on the major papal and conciliar documents since Pope Leo XIII.  Special attention is given to teachings about the family, the political and economic spheres of society, the international community, and the Holy See’s unique contributions on the world stage.  The sacredness of life, the dignity of man, his creation in the image of God, and his personhood are emphasized as foundational to social morality.

**SCRI 702: Psalms & Wisdom Literature (Prof. Andrew Montanaro)
Tuesdays 7:30 – 9:30 pm
An examination of the Psalms and Wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach) of ancient Israel and the historical period in which they developed.  Special attention is given to the liturgical and catechetical uses of the Psalms and Proverbs in the Early Church, the problem of evil in the book of Job, and the historical period as described in the books of Joshua through 1 Kings.

**THEO 602: Christology (Dr. Robert Matava)
Wednesdays 5 – 7 pm
An introduction to the mystery of the Incarnation, from the perspectives of Scripture, patristic theology and St. Thomas Aquinas. Course includes the nature and method of Christology, the ‘quests’ for the historical Jesus, foreshadowings of the Incarnation and Jesus in the Old Testament, the patristic development of Christology, the motive for the Incarnation, the personal union of Christ’s divine and human natures, the human nature assumed by the Word, the theological implications of the union of natures, the Paschal Mystery and our redemption. This course combines historical and systematic methods in an engagement with Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae III.

HIST 611: Church History II (Prof. Steven Weidenkopf)
Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:30 pm  
A survey of the history of the Church from the High Middle Ages to the present time, with special emphasis on theological issues and the contributions of the Church to culture and civilization.   Includes the Renaissance, Reformation, the Catholic Counter-reformation, the evangelization of the New World, the scientific revolution and Enlightenment, up to the Second Vatican Council.

**SCRI 701: Prophets (Prof. Andrew Montanaro)
Thursdays 5 – 7 pm
A study of the history of prophecy in Israel: the prophets, their role in the development of salvation history, and their biblical theology. An emphasis is given to the prophet’s role in calling the Israelites to covenant fidelity, purity of worship of Yahweh, and authentic liturgical celebration.

 EDUC 602: Catechetical Tradition (Prof. David Wallace)
Thursdays 7:30 – 9:30 pm
The theology and history of evangelization and catechesis; the methods, models and experiences of evangelization and catechesis from Biblical times throughout the history of the Church; the teachings and normative directives of the Church on evangelization and catechesis.

LATN 501: Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. Kevin Jones)
Thursdays 7:30 – 9:30 pm
An introduction to the Latin language by which students may begin to develop reading competency in Latin. The course covers resources and techniques for effective learning of Latin, the Latin case system, the five main cases of the first three declensions, all six verb tenses in the active and passive voices of the indicative mood, and complex sentences and subordination, and several Latin prayers. This course may be taken on a pass/fail basis and does not count toward the graduate-level theology credits required for the MA degree. The course may be taken for undergraduate credit. Must be taken for credit, not audited.

 

** These courses will be live streamed from our Alexandria Campus using our new Integrated Classroom. The Integrated Classroom allows on-campus and online students to see and hear one another simultaneously and be part of one seamless, interpersonal discussion. Class recordings will still be made available for asynchronous use.

ONLINE COURSES

ASYNCHRONOUS (PRERECORDED) ONLINE:

THEO 590 ONLINE:  Introduction to Theology (Dr. Joseph Arias)
This introduction to the graduate-level study of theology treats comprehensively the meaning of theology, its various disciplines, major methods and basic terminology.  Areas of focus are Divine Revelation and the characteristics of the human response, relationships between faith and reason, Scripture and Tradition, doctrine and its development, and the roles of the Magisterium and the theologian in the Church.  Special attention is also given to the history of theology, with particular emphasis on the patristic, medieval, and post-Vatican II periods.  Prerequisite for all M.A. and Diploma students unless exempt because of prior theological study. The credits for this 500-level course do not count toward the graduate-level theology credits required for the MA degree. 

THEO 601 ONLINE: God the Father (Dr. Robert Matava)
An introduction to the doctrine of God, the Triune Creator, especially from the theological perspective of St. Thomas Aquinas. The course includes the existence of God and the divine attributes; our ability to know and speak about God; God’s knowledge, will, creative action and providence; the patristic development of Trinitarian dogma; the processions and personal relations within the Godhead; the divine persons considered with respect to the one divine essence and to each other; and the external divine missions. This course combines historical and systematic methods in a sustained engagement with primary sources, especially Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae I.

THEO 603 ONLINE: Holy Spirit & Ecclesiology (Dr. Joseph Arias)
A study of the Person of the Holy Spirit, both within the Trinity and within the mystery of the Church, as expressed in Scripture and Tradition.  Magisterial documents such as Mystici Corporis Christi, Suprema haec sacra, and Lumen Gentium receive particular attention.  Also studied in detail are the properties and marks of the Church, the privileged role of the Mother of God in the Church, and the universal call to holiness.

THEO 724 ONLINE: Sexual & Biomedical Ethics (Dr. Joseph Arias)
Moral and canonical issues related to procreation and the care of human life, including fornication, homosexual acts, contraception, sterilization, natural family planning, the prophylactic use of condoms, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, cloning, embryo adoption/rescue, abortion/craniotomy, ectopic pregnancies, organ transplantation, “permanent vegetative states,” end-of-life issues, euthanasia, brain death, and the mission and identity of Catholic health care institutions.

 PHIL 602 ONLINE: Philosophy of God and Man (Dr. Kristin Burns)
A study of Thomas Aquinas’s metaphysics and anthropology, based on the Summa Theologiae. Includes the proofs of the existence of God; the relations between essence and esse in creatures and in God; the attributes of God; human nature; knowledge, emotions and will; the spirituality, subsistence and immortality of the human soul; the union of soul and body, and the concept of personhood. 

HIST 610 ONLINE: Church History, Part I (Dr. Donald Prudlo)
A survey of the history of the Church from its Apostolic origins through the Middle Ages, with special emphasis on theological issues and the contributions of the Church to culture and civilization.  Includes the development of the early Church, major councils of the Church, the Monastic tradition, the Eastern Schism, the rise of Islam, and the Crusades.

HIST 700 ONLINE: The Crusades (Prof. Steve Weidenkopf)
This course seeks to impart knowledge of the crusading movement from the 11th – 17th centuries with specific emphasis on exploring the modern myths surrounding the Crusades and providing an authentic response. The Crusades are presented primarily as “armed pilgrimages” driven by a holy zeal to liberate conquered Christian lands, and as an organic and integral movement in the life of the Catholic Church. Finally, the course presents a narrative history of the crusading epoch in Church history by focusing on the persons, places and events that shaped this fascinating period of history.

EDUC 604 ONLINE: Methods of Catechesis & Evangelization (Prof. David Wallace)
This course explores the purpose and foundations of evangelization and catechesis and the practical processes of the presentation and proclamation of the Faith. Included are a study of human development, natural, moral and spiritual; a survey of evangelization and catechetical methods available for various age groups, levels of spiritual development, and situations, including methods and models for parish evangelization programs, RCIA, sacramental preparation, Bible studies, adult education, retreats, etc. Also included are religious education models, effective public speaking, and use of social media in evangelization. 

SCRI 602 ONLINE: The Pentateuch (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, Ph.D.)
This course covers the first five books of the Old Testament. It accentuates God’s revelation both in creation and to the Patriarchs and Moses. It reviews the creation accounts in Genesis in light of God the Creator, man’s creation in the image and likeness of God, and marriage. It examines the Fall and the biblical notion of sin, presenting an introduction to the Pentateuch and its biblical theology.

SCRI 606 ONLINE: Old Testament (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, Ph.D.)
A survey of the historical, wisdom, and prophetical books of the Old Testament as a preparation for the New Testament era.  Includes the revelatory stages of salvation history, the importance of Biblical typology, and the function of fulfilled prophecy.   

SCRI 723 ONLINE: The Gospel of St. John (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
The purpose and beauty of the Johannine text are examined in light of the Catholic Faith; included are the Fourth Gospel’s complementary role to the Synoptic Gospels, its significance for Trinitarian dogma, its contribution to sacramental theology, its value for Christological research, its place in the devotional life, and the unique role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in redemption. 

SCRI 724 ONLINE: Gospel of Mark (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
This exegesis of the action-filled Gospel of St. Mark highlights the doctrinal and spiritual truths within the text and examines themes such as the New Exodus of the New Covenant, the Messiah as “Servant,” the miracles that disclose Christ’s deity, the real humanity of the Son of God, his justice and mercy to sinners, the opposition between Jesus and the devil, the Last Supper within the economy of salvation, and the vivid accounts of the Savior’s Passion, Resurrection and Ascension.

TUITION & FEES

REGISTRATION FEE: $100 per student
(early registration – ends August 17th – $50)
No registrations will be accepted without the appropriate registration fee.

GRADUATE CREDIT TUITION: $1200/course – $1155/course for religious
AUDIT TUITION: $450/course – $345/course for religious, seniors, catechists

ONLINE COURSE MINIMUM PAYMENT TO BE GRANTED ACCESS: $500 per online course

TECHNOLOGY FEE: $100 per online course

MISCELLANEOUS FEES:
Admissions fee: $100
Course Reactivation fee: $300
Directed (Independent) Study fee: $300
Comprehensive Exam fee: $100
Graduation fee: $150

All credit card payments are subjected to a 3% convenience fee.