Fall 2022 Semester
September 6 – December 17
On Campus & Live Online Courses
These courses can be attended live online or in person on our Front Royal campus.
Sessions are recorded and can be viewed later if a live class is missed.
HIST 610 History of the Church Part I
Mondays 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET / Prof. Steve Weidenkopf
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
Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET / Dr. Andrew Montanaro
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 802 Paul Seminar
Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET / Dr. Andrew Montanaro
In this course, students will examine the life and writings of St. Paul through his letters, through his interpreters, and through active discussion in class meetings. Students will closely study the fourteen Pauline epistles and the Acts of the Apostles as well as read deeply and widely in the great patristic, medieval, and modern commentators on St. Paul. As a seminar, this is a reading and discussion class, with a seminar paper. This seminar class can only be taken live, either in person or online. So settle up with your St. Paul and commentaries, fill up a glass or mug of your favorite beverage, and get ready to read and discuss the teachings of the great saint known simply as “the Apostle.”
This course fulfills the SCRI 711 requirement for the Sacred Scripture concentration.
GREK 506 Advanced Greek II
Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. / Dr. Montanaro
The focus of this course is twofold: translating more difficult Greek texts and gaining further practice in text criticism. Students will expand their experience in translation by branching into Septuagint, Patristic, and/or Classical Greek. The capstone project will involve transcribing, translating, analyzing, and comparing manuscript witnesses of a single Scriptural passage in Alexandrian, Western, and Byzantine text traditions. Students will there by also advance their skills in Greek grammatical and discourse analysis.
THEO 590 Introduction to Theology
Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET / 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.
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.
THEO 724 Sexual & Biomedical Ethics
Wednesdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. / Dr. Joseph Arias
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.
PHIL 602 Philosophy of God & Man
Thursdays 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET / Dr. Stephen Hipp
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 602 The Catechetical Tradition
Thursdays 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET / Prof. David Wallace
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.
These courses are pre-recorded and may be taken at one’s own pace.
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.
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 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.
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.