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Onsite Courses (January 13 – May 2)

*Asterisked courses will be live-streamed.
Please note that all course meeting times are in Eastern Time.

*THEO 605/Liturgy and Sacraments (Dr. Joseph Arias):
Mondays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
This course is devoted to a study of the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church encompassing the historical, theological and canonical developments of the sacraments, and situating them in their relation to the entirety of the liturgy as a celebration of Christ and his Church.

**LATN 501/Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. RJ Matava):
Mondays, 7:30 pm – 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.
**Note: LATN 501 will be live-streamed for those who wish to join remotely, but will not be recorded for asynchronous use.

*SCRI 607/New Testament (Dr. Andrew Montanaro):
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A survey of the books of the New Testament as the fulfillment of the old covenant epoch, including the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline corpus, the Catholic epistles, and the Apocalypse of St. John.

THEO 604/Moral Theology (Dr. Joseph Arias):
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A study of the fundamental principles of moral theology in light of the revelation of God’s law and the grace of Christ, including the nature and end of morality, the vocation to beatitude, freedom and the morality of human acts, moral conscience, infused habits, the nature of sin, the commandments and the natural law, the question of moral absolutes, and an examination of some contemporary trends in moral theology.

*THEO 721/Virtues (Dr. Joseph Arias):
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
A study of the nature of virtue and the types of virtue continuing with a focus on the particular virtues, specifically, the four cardinal virtues with their related virtues, and the three theological virtues. The course is based on the Summa Theologiae II of St. Thomas Aquinas and involves close examination and discussion of the texts. The aim of the course is to revive an authentically Thomistic ethics based on the human person.

**HEBR 502/ Biblical Hebrew II (Dr. Andrew Montanaro):
Thursdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
This course is the second of a two-part introduction to biblical Hebrew, the original language of most of the Old Testament. It centers around in-class translations of biblical texts, providing students with important experience in applying and solidifying material from first semester biblical Hebrew. In this course, students will also deepen their understanding of Hebrew grammar through practice, discussion, and assimilation of scholarly works on some of the most common features of biblical Hebrew.
**Note: HEBR 502 will be live-streamed for those who wish to join remotely, but will not be recorded for asynchronous use.

*SCRI 711/The Pauline Epistles & Acts of the Apostles (Dr. Andrew Montanaro):
Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A study of the Pauline epistles and Acts of the Apostles.  This course focuses on the historical setting of the Pauline epistles in the apostolic period as described in Acts of the Apostles.  Viewed through this historical window, the Pauline epistles spring to life, and their unifying themes, unique character and the purposes of their composition become clear.


ONLINE COURSES (January 13 – May 2)

LIVE ONLINE: The asterisked onsite courses listed above will be live-streamed so that online students may join remotely. A list of these courses is also provided here:

1. THEO 605/Liturgy and Sacraments (Dr. Joseph Arias):
Mondays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

2. LATN 501/Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin:
Mondays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Note: LATN 501 will be live-streamed for those who wish to join remotely, but will not be recorded for asynchronous use.

3. SCRI 607/New Testament (Dr. Andrew Montanaro):
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm –9:30 pm

4. THEO 721/Virtues (Dr. Joseph Arias):
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

5. SCRI 711/The Pauline Epistles & Acts of the Apostles (Dr. Andrew Montanaro):
Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

6. HEBR 502/ Biblical Hebrew II (Dr. Andrew Montanaro):
Thursdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Note: HEBR 502 will be live-streamed for those who wish to join remotely, but will not be recorded for asynchronous use.


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.

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.

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 603/Holy Spirit and Ecclesiology: 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.

SCRI 606/Old Testament: 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.

THEO 712/Patristics: 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.

THEO 720/Theological Anthropology: 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.

SCRI 610/The Synoptic Gospels: The course reflects on the meaning and content of the gospel genre in the New Testament. It highlights the relationship between the Synoptic Gospels and the Johannine gospel. It also provides an in-depth study of Ss. Matthew, Mark, and Luke, as well as the Acts of the Apostles. Special emphasis is given to the Infancy Narratives, the Lord’s Supper, and his passion, death and glorious resurrection.

SCRI 710/The Johannine Corpus: A study of John’s gospel and epistles, the Book of Revelation and the Catholic epistles, emphasizing the influence of the Old Testament on this literature as well as the historical setting of composition, especially in regard to the heresies of the Judaizers and gnostics, and the persecutions of Christianity under the Roman empire in the latter half of the first century.  This emphasis in study transports the modern reader back into the world of the early Church, making these books, along with the rest of the New Testament, come alive today in the modern world.

THEO 606/Apologetics: 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.

HIST 700/The Crusades: 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.

SCRI 723/The Gospel of St. John: 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/Gospel of Mark: 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.


Spring List of Required Textbooks


REGISTRATION FEE: $100 per semester
(early registration – ends December 15th – $50)
No registrations will be accepted without the appropriate registration fee.

GRADUATE CREDIT TUITION: $410/credit – $395/credit for religious
AUDIT TUITION: $155/credit – $120/credit for religious, seniors, catechists


TECHNOLOGY FEE: $100 per online course

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.