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Fall 2018 (September 4 – December 15)

ALEXANDRIA CAMPUS COURSES

THEO 833: Theology of Mary and Joseph (Dr. Joseph Arias)
Mondays, 5 – 7 pm
This course studies Mary, the mother of God, and Joseph, her spouse and the foster-father of Jesus, in the divine plan of salvation. Special attention is given to the biblical teachings of Mary and Joseph, their unique spousal and parental vocations, 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 St. Thomas Aquinas and the Church Fathers will serve as guides for the course.

PHIL 602: Philosophy of God & Man (TBD)
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
A study of Thomas Aquinas’s metaphysics and philosophy of man, based on the Summa Theologiae, including the proofs of the existence of God; the relations between essence and esse in creatures and in God; the attributes of God; human nature; man’s knowledge, emotions and will; the spirituality, subsistence and immortality of the human soul; the union of soul and body, and man as a person.

*SCRI 602: The Pentateuch (Prof. Andrew Montanaro)
Tuesdays, 5 – 7 pm
This course 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, and presents an introduction to the Pentateuch and its biblical theology.

THEO 601: God the Father TBD)
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
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 (Dr. Joseph Arias)
Wednesdays, 5 – 7 pm
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.

HIST 610: Church History, Part I (Prof. Steve Weidenkopf)
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
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 801: The Deuterocanonicals (Prof. Andrew Montanaro)
Thursdays, 5 – 7 pm
This course explores the deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament (Baruch, Judith, Tobit, Sirach, 1 & 2 Maccabees, Wisdom). This course will especially focus on the Hellenistic age, which entailed the fight of the Jews to preserve their faith in an encroaching and antagonistic Greek culture. By examining the texts written in and around this period, students will gain an understanding of the ideas (such as resurrection, sacrifice, prayers, tribute), institutions (such as the Pharisaical schools, Sadducees), and the political situation current in the world of Jesus Christ in the Gospels.

EDUC 604: Methods of Catechesis & Evangelization (Prof. David Wallace)
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
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.

* Students must complete Old Testament before taking New Testament.

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 602 ONLINE: Christology (Dr. Robert Matava)
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.

THEO 604 ONLINE: Moral Theology (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 605 ONLINE: Liturgy & Sacraments (Rev. Paul deLadurantaye)
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.

THEO 721 ONLINE: The Virtues (Dr. Kristin Burns)
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.

PHIL 603 ONLINE: Philosophical Errors (Dr. Kristin Burns)
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.

*SCRI 607 ONLINE: New Testament (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
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.

*SCRI 711 ONLINE: The Pauline Epistles & Acts of the Apostles (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
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 purpose of composition, unifying themes, and unique character become clear.

LATN 501 ONLINE: Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. Robert 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 be taken for undergraduate credit. Must be taken for credit, not audited.

ONLINE ELECTIVES:

HIST 700 ONLINE: The Crusades (Prof. Steve Weidenkopf)
This course seeks to impart knowledge of the crusading movement from the 11th – 17th centuries with particular 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 ONLINE: THE GOSPEL OF 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 such 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 – up to 1 month before classes start – $50)
No registrations will be accepted without the appropriate registration fee.

GRADUATE CREDIT TUITION: $400/credit – $385/credit for religious
AUDIT TUITION: $145/credit – $110/credit for religious, seniors, catechists

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

TECHNOLOGY FEE: $100 per online course

ROOM & BOARD – Summer 2018: $1700/six-week session
$600/two-week session

VCI TOTAL COST – Summer 2018: (includes registration fee, tuition, room & board)
4-week program: $2100/audit; $4150/credit
2-week program: $1060/audit; $2070/credit

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.