Asynchronous Online Graduate Courses
(Available January 18 – May 8, 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.
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.
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/Church History, 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.
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.
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 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 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.
January 18 – May 8
The following courses will be held on campus and will also be live-streamed and recorded.
GREK 501/Introduction to Biblical Greek
Dr. Andrew Montanaro
Mondays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, ET
An introductory course aimed at a reading knowledge of Greek especially as used in classical, biblical, and patristic sources. This course focuses on the vocabulary, forms, and syntax of classical, biblical and patristic Greek. 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.
Please note that live-participation in this course is essential.
SCRI 701/The Prophets
Dr. Andrew Montanaro
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm ET
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.
PHIL 603/Philosophical Errors
Tuesdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
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 833/Theology of Mary and Joseph
Dr. Joseph Arias
Tuesdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
This course studies Mary, the Mother of God, and Joseph, her spouse and foster-father of Jesus, in the divine plan of salvation. Special attention will be given to the unique spousal and parental vocations of Mary and Joseph in the Holy Family, their participation in grace, and their roles as models and intercessors for the members of the Church throughout time. In addition to Sacred Scripture, documents of the Magisterium and writings from Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Church Fathers will serve as guides for the study.
THEO 802/Catholic Social Teachings
Dr. Joseph Arias
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm ET
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/The Psalms and Wisdom Literature:
Dr. Andrew Montanaro
Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm ET
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.
HIST 611/Church History, Part II
Prof. Steve Weidenkopf
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm ET
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.
Dr. RJ Matava
Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:00 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.
EDUC 602/ The Catechetical Tradition
Prof. David Wallace
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm ET
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.
NEW ELECTIVE! SCRI 725/ The Gospel of Luke
Prof. Salvatore Ciresi
Fridays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm ET*
This course is a reading, study, and meditation on the Gospel of St. Luke. Among the renowned Lukan themes to be examined are the Good News in view of world history, the infancy narrative linked to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the role of mercy in the divine economy, the journey to Jerusalem for the plan of redemption, the Last Supper event in light of Holy Mass, and the resurrection and Emmaus road episode as key lessons for both apologetics and evangelization.
*Please note the administrative offices will close at 5:00 on Fridays, but the school will be reopened at 7:30 pm for class.