Asynchronous Online Courses
(Available September 8 – December 19)
- 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.
- 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 be taken for undergraduate credit.
- PHIL 603/Philosophical Errors: 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/New Testament: 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.
*Old Testament must be taken before New Testament.
- SCRI 711/The Pauline Epistles & Acts of the Apostles: 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.
- THEO 602/Christology: 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/Moral Theology: 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/Liturgy and Sacraments: 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/The Virtues: 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.
September 8 – December 19
Most of the following courses will be live-streamed online and offered in person at the Graduate School’s campus.
NEW ELECTIVE! THEO 815/Ordered Liberty: Religion and Rights
Fr. David Pignato
Mondays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, ET**
This course examines the jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court on both the Religion Clause(s) of the First Amendment and the substantive due process theory of individual rights of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments from the perspective of related magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church. The course aims to compare and contrast the teachings of the Catholic Church and the United States Supreme Court on issues of establishment and free exercise of religion and the identification of fundamental rights, with a view to understanding the respective notions and principles of ordered liberty. **This course will be available online only, as Fr. Pignato will stream remotely.
SCRI 602/The Pentateuch
Dr. Andrew Montanaro
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm ET
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.
PHIL 602/Philosophy of God and Man
Tuesdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
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 724/Sexual and Biomedical Ethics
Dr. Joseph Arias
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm ET
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.
SCRI 606/Old Testament
Dr. Andrew Montanaro
Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm ET
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.
HIST 610/Church History, Part I
Prof. Steve Weidenkoph
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm ET
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.
THEO 601/God the Father
Dr. RJ Matava
Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:00 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.
EDUC 604/Methods of Catechesis and Evangelization
Prof. David Wallace
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm ET**
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.