Course Offerings


Asynchronous Online Graduate Courses 

(Available May 17 –  August 14, 2021)

THEO 590/Introduction to Theology: 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.
Students entering the MA or diploma program without sufficient previous coursework in theology must successfully complete THEO 590. A student may request that the Registrar record his or her grade for this course as a pass/fail instead of a letter grade, which is included in the student’s GPA.

LATN 501/Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin: 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 not be audited as participation is required.
It is an MA-degree requirement that students concentrating in systematic or moral theology demonstrate an ability to read Latin. Students may fulfill the language competency requirement by completing LATN 501, or they may test out by taking a competency exam consisting of a Scriptural or theological passage to be translated into English with the aid of a dictionary.

EDUC 604/Methods of Catechesis and Evangelization: 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.

HIST 610/ History of the Church Part I: 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.

PHIL 602/Philosophy of God and Man:
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.

SCRI 602/The Pentateuch: 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.

THEO 601/God the Father: 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 724/Sexual and Biomedical Ethics: 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. 

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Onsite Classes

The following courses will be held on the Christendom College campus in Front Royal, Virginia. Please see the Summer Page for more information. Please note these classes will not be live-streamed.

6 Week Residential MA Courses

THEO 603/Holy Spirit and Ecclesiology
Mondays, Wednesdays: 8:45 am – 11:15 am | 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 (3 credits).

THEO 720/Theological Anthropology
Mondays/Wednesdays 1 – 3:30 pm | Dr. Joseph Arias
This course examines the biblical roots and theological tradition of the study of the human person, the origins of mankind and the nature of the human person as a free and acting subject, Jesus Christ as the archetype and perfection of humanity, the concept of man and woman as image of God, the unity in sexual difference, and the nuptial meaning of the body. The course will also examine briefly the question of the end of man and the relationship between nature and grace (3 credits).

THEO 606/Apologetics
Tuesdays, 8:45 am – 11:15 am/Fridays 1 – 3:30 pm | Prof. David Wallace
The reasonable explanation and defense of the Catholic Faith utilizing Scripture, theology, Church history, and philosophy to explain Catholic beliefs and practices, such as Tradition, the Papacy, justification, the divinity of Christ, miracles, the problem of evil, the Real Presence, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Catholic moral teachings.  The course especially focuses on controversial points of Catholic doctrine and their rationale, those teachings which are most often misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike (3 credits).

GREK 801/Reading the Greek New Testament
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 1 – 3:30 pm | Dr. Kevin Tracy
This course focuses on applying the knowledge acquired at the elementary and intermediate levels in the context of interpreting ancient texts. The readings are extended passages from the Greek New Testament with a special focus on the gospels (3 credits).

SCRI 606/Old Testament
Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 9 p/ Thursdays 8:45 am – 11:15 am | Dr. Andrew Montanaro
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 (3 credits).

THEO 712/Patristics
Thursdays 6:30 pm – 9 pm/Fridays 8:45 am – 11:15 am | Dr. RJ Matava
A study of the Eastern and Western Fathers of the Church, with emphasis on their contributions to Church doctrine, morals and the spiritual life, including their historical context and the significance of their lives and writings for the contemporary Church (3 credits).

Additionally, HIST 611/History of the Church Pt II will be running between July 5 – July 30 (please note, NOT the full 6 weeks).  The class will meet on Tuesdays at 1 – 3:30 pm, Thursdays at 1 – 3:30 pm, and Fridays at 6:30 – 9 pm. Professor Donald Prudlo will be teaching this course.
This course is 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 (3 credits).

Vita Consecrata Institute

Students may register for any or each of the following courses. Class meeting times will not overlap.

VCI Session I: June 28 – July 9, 2021

SPIR 634: Virtues and the Spiritual Life | Rev. Brian Mullady, O.P.
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 AM – 10:45 AM 
This course provides an overview of the theological and moral virtues, their role in living out the Christian life, the necessity of growth in virtue to reach Christian perfection, charity as the essence of Christian perfection, and the role of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The primary focus is on the cardinal or moral virtues which the spiritual director assists the directed person to develop. (Students may take THEO 721, The Virtues, in place of this course.) (2 credits)

CONL 621:  History of the Consecrated Life | Rev. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.
Mondays – Fridays, 11 AM – 2:45 PM (lunch break provided)
An overview of the development of the consecrated life over the centuries showing the Apostolic origins and the growth of consecrated life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit working through founders, saints, and the Magisterium; includes examination of extra-biblical sources with special emphasis on early monastic and Patristic sources (2 credits). 

SPIR 805:  Mary and Joseph in the Spiritual Life | Fr. Boniface Hicks (first week), Msgr. Arthur Calkins (second week)
Mondays –Fridays, 3:00 – 5: 15 PM
Students in this course will focus on the four Marian dogmas and Mary’s active collaboration in the work of Redemption. Students will also explore the foundations of Josephology and St. Joseph’s exemplification of the virtues of contemplative life in order to develop a relationship with St Joseph as a father and friend in prayer, as well as an inspiration for the formation of the contemplative virtues. Points of reference will include sacred Scripture, Magisterial teaching–especially the writings of John Paul II on the Blessed Virgin–and the writings of other saints and doctors of the Church (2 credits).

VCI Session II:July 12 – July 23, 2021

CONL 625: Vatican II and the Consecrated Life | Rev. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 AM – 10:45 AM
The post-conciliar teaching on consecrated life, especially that of Pope John Paul II, including Redemptionis Donum and Vita Consecrata (2 credits).

CONL 623:  Scriptural Foundations of the Consecrated Life | Rev Gregory Dicks, O.Praem.
Mondays – Fridays, 11 AM – 2:45 PM (lunch break provided)
The Scriptural foundations of the consecrated life as found in the Gospels and other New Testament writings, especially those of St. Paul (2 credits).

SPIR 803: Heart Speaks to Heart | Rev. Alphonsus Hermes, O.Praem.
Mondays –Fridays, 3:00 – 5: 15 PM
This course will examine the formation of the heart according to human nature. Every consecrated person strives for the “perfection of charity.” The course will clarify what it means to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We will explore the impact of family dynamics on our understanding of “love,” and how our relationships – especially in communities – can help to heal and transform our hearts. You will learn about effective tools for healing the heart and have opportunities to practice using them (2 credits).

Classical Language Institute

CLI Session I: June 21 – July 9, 2021

Latin I  | Conversational Immersion with the Polis Institute
Beginner level

Ancient Greek | Conversational Immersion with the Polis Institute
Beginner and intermediate levels will be available.

About the Polis Courses
A full-immersion introduction to ancient Latin and Greek, the Polis courses will familiarize students with the languages through daily natural learning methods. From the first day, all lessons are conducted in Latin and ancient Greek using techniques based on the way in which children acquire their mother tongue, allowing the students to develop a keen intuition in understanding and speaking the language. Beginners Latin and beginners and intermediate Greek levels will be offered, but students of all levels are welcome. The program includes 90 hours of full immersion classes and activities and corresponds to a semester (3 credits each).

To register for the Polis Institute courses, please follow the links provided below:

Register for Ancient Greek with the Polis Institute

Register for Latin with the Polis Institute

Please note that those who attend Polis Latin or Greek should not plan to register for other courses for the duration of Polis in Session I. More information, including application and cost details, can be found on the Polis website.

Intensive Arabic I | Prof. David Owen
Mondays – Fridays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of the formal and spoken registers of Arabic. No prior knowledge of Arabic is required. We will learn the Arabic script, greetings, a data set of useful and frequent words, the ability to compose basic sentences, and the language’s fundamental grammatical and syntactic forms. Some attention will be paid to continuities in Arabic heritage, in both its ancient and modern dimensions (3 credits).
Registration for Intensive Arabic through the Graduate School’s registration portal.  New students will need to fill out an application form in order to register.

Session II Courses: July 12 – July 30, 2021

Intensive Greek II | Prof. Anthony McDonald
Mondays – Fridays, 1 – 3:30 pm
This intensive course meets daily for three weeks and covers the equivalent of one semester of intermediate Greek. While it may be taken by anyone with at least one semester of prior experience in Greek, it is an ideal “next-step” compliment to the Polis conversational immersion course. This course combines verbal methods with traditional grammar, translation, and reading exercises (3 credits).

Intensive Latin II | Dr. Kevin Tracy
Mondays – Fridays, 8:45 – 11: 15 am
This intensive course meets daily for three weeks and covers the equivalent of one semester of intermediate Latin. While it may be taken by anyone with at least one semester of prior experience in Latin, it is an ideal “next-step” compliment to the Polis conversational immersion course. This course combines verbal methods with traditional grammar, translation, and reading exercises (3 credits). 

Intensive Arabic II | Prof. David Owen
Mondays – Fridays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of the formal and spoken registers of Arabic. Familiarity with the Arabic script and basic grammatical and syntactic forms is required, as is the ability to produce simple sentences. We will consider examples of beautiful Arabic writing, expand our data set of useful and frequent words, and will introduce intermediate-level idioms and syntactic structures. Students will acquire basic oral and aural proficiency for communication, the ability to compose more complex sentences, and basic cultural competency through engagement with Arabic heritage. (3 credits) 

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