Course Offerings

Spring 2022 Semester
January 17 – May 7

Onsite Graduate Classes

Onsite courses meet in the evenings at the Graduate School’s Alexandria campus.  Students also are welcome to join remotely via live-stream, or, watch the recorded video once it has been processed and posted into our learning management system, Populi.

LATN 501/Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin
Mondays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm ET | Dr. RJ Matava
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.

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

THEO 604/Moral Theology
Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm ET | Dr. Joseph Arias
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/The Virtues
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm ET | Dr. Joseph Arias
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 (3 credits).

SCRI 607/New Testament
Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:30 ET | 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).

HEBR 501/Biblical Hebrew Part I
Thursdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm ET | Dr. Andrew Montanaro
This course is the first of a two-part introduction to biblical Hebrew, the original language for most of the Old Testament. It covers the alphabet, writing system, nouns/adjectives, pronominal suffixes, and the tenses for each binyan or “stem” for Hebrew verbs. This course is ordered toward long-term retention through consistent vocabulary practice, experience reading and translating biblical texts, and a special emphasis on developing an understanding of the Hebrew language.

SCRI 711/Pauline Epistles and Acts of the Apostles
Fridays 7:30 – 9:30 pm ET | Prof. Salvatore Ciresi
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.

Asynchronous Online Graduate Courses

Asynchronous Courses are classes that have been recorded in previous semesters. While they do not have the same degree of student and faculty interaction as live courses, asynchronous classes grant students access to all content on the first day of class, thus enabling students to move through at their own pace.

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.

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 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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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