Holy Apostles College & Seminary


Spring 2015 Online Learning Semester

The following courses are scheduled to be offered through the Online Learning program, graduate level, for the Spring 2015 semester.

For information regarding Required Materials for these courses, please click here.

Syllabi are being added as they are received.  Please do not contact any professor about his or her syllabus until the first day of the term. Prior to that day, all questions should be directed to the Online Learning Office at 860.632.3015.

Note: At the start of the term, the syllabi that are located in the Info tab of your courses in Populi should be considered as the most updated.

Course descriptions for the Spring 2015 semester graduate course offerings are listed below.

MA in Theology Courses -

New Students, please note that the first course you must take in the program is PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians. You may take any core course at the same time.

BIE 625 (formerly STM 625): Catholic Bioethics Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson and Prof. Judith Babarsky

This interdisciplinary course prepares students for pastoral service through an intensive review of the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the sanctity and dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Topics include the most challenging and difficult moral and medical issues in the field of contemporary bioethics.

BIE 675 (formerly STM 665) Case Studies and Applied Topics  Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

This course examines a number of bioethical topics and critically analyzes case studies from a Catholic perspective, including research ethics, ethics committee process topics, beginning and end-of-life ethical issues, selected clinical issues. Requires separate enrollment with the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Online Only. Taught by Fr. Tad Pacholczyk.

BIE 795 (formerly PHE 795)   Gospel of Life and Culture of Death Dr. Donald DeMarco

This course covers the culture of death, the unity of life, love, and human dignity, the notion of freedom in Evangelium Vitae, real vs. counterfeit virtues, the roots of Evangelium Vitae in natural law, Sacred Scripture and the Catholic tradition, and the new feminism. Online and residential. Taught by Dr. Donald DeMarco in both modes of delivery.

CHH 671 (formerly CH 659): Documents of Vatican II Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson

This course introduces the history of Vatican II and the content of the documents. Topics include the background of the Council, the nature of the Church, inner spiritual renewal, the Church and the world, and the effects of the Council.

CHH 672 (formerly CH 676): St. Teresa of Avila Dr. Kristina Olsen (syllabus forthcoming)

This course will explore the life, writings and spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa’s method of prayer and her reform of the Carmelite way of life to foster closeness with God will be emphasized. Her major writings will be studied, including The Book of Her Life, The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle. 

CHH 881 (formerly CH 801): Patristics Fr Brian Mullady

This course surveys selected writings from the principal Fathers of the Church. The focus is on the development of Catholic Doctrine from the Apostolic Fathers to St. Gregory the Great, with emphasis on the Trinitarian and Christological questions.

CLA 715 (formerly STM 802): Canon Law of Matrimony Dr. Philippe Yates

This course includes a thorough study of the canon law of marriage.

DTH 600 (formerly STD 600): Introduction to Theology Fr Brian Mullady

This course explains why modern European ideas both within and outside the Catholic Church have led to the conclusion that faith is contrary to reason; examines the relationship of theology, the science of faith, to reason, emphasizing why theology is the queen of the sciences identifying its nature and method; and shows the nature of the act of faith itself and how it relates to other kinds of human knowledge.

DTH 731 (formerly STD 707): One and Triune God Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson

This course studies God, One and Three. It considers the divine nature and the trinity of persons in God, attending particularly to the theology of St. Augustine, of St. Thomas Aquinas, and of the contemporary Church.

DTH 751 (formerly STD 901): Christology Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson

This course considers the person of Jesus Christ and the theology of the Incarnation, with particular attention to the development of Christological doctrine and to the theology of Thomas Aquinas.

DTH 771: Angels, Demons, Deliverance, and Exorcism Dr. Daniel G. Van Slyke

This course covers angelology, demonology, and the appropriate pastoral response to certain manifestations of diabolical activity. Students will begin by studying angels and demons from the perspectives of Scripture, patrology, liturgy, and systematic theology. Next, students will study the types of diabolical activity, and the Church’s responses to that activity. Special attention will be given to the theological implications of the rite of exorcism. The course ends by considering the role of angels in Christian spirituality, including liturgical worship and devotion.

ENG 891 (formerly STP 850): Academic Research, Design, and Writing Dr. Daniel G. Van Slyke

This course walks through the process for producing quality academic research papers, beginning with topic selection, research, and writing. The course culminates in the production of an academic research paper.

MTH 585 (formerly STP 626 and THL 514): Marriage and Theology of the Body Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson

This course covers the biblical foundations for the Theology of the Body as expressed in the works of St. John Paul II, and seeks to relate the Theology of the Body in the practical encounters of life, love and Marriage.

MTH 611 (formerly STM 620): Fundamental Moral Theology I Fr Brian Mullady

This course presents fundamental moral principles from the perspective of classical and contemporary moralists. Primary questions include the end of man, human acts, moral determinants, freedom, sin, moral responsibility, conscience, conversion, divine love.

PAS 601 (formerly PS 805): Fundamentals of Pastoral Theology Fr Dominic Anaeto

This course reflects on the identity of the church and its praxis, the ultimate point of reference is the praxis of Jesus Christ himself, examining the pastoral shift from Vatican Council I to Vatican II.

PAS 605: Intercultural Competencies Dr. Sebastian Mahfood and Fr Dominic Anaeto

This course will explore the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith.

PAS 705: Spiritual Care in the Hospital Fr Baaju Izuchi

This course introduces students to the arts and sciences of hospital spiritual care as an interdisciplinary endeavor by examining how psychology, sociology, economics and politics interface in the provision of hospital spiritual care services.

PHS 607 (formerly PHTH 600): Philosophy for Theologians Fr Brian Mullady

This course teaches basic philosophy, which is at the basis of the theology of the Catholic Church, for graduate students. This material is necessary to understand the terminology used in Catholic theology.

SAS 602 (formerly SS 670): Methods of Theology and Scripture Analysis Fr Randy Soto

The course examines concepts and criteria used in Biblical Sciences: word, Revelation, transmission, Truth in Scripture, Canonicity, Authenticity, Integrity, Magisterium, Tradition, etc., and acquaints the students with the Books of the Bible per se: languages; traditions.

SAS 641 (formerly SS 663): Apocalyptic Literature Fr. William Mills

This course focuses on the eschatological dimension of biblical revelation, exemplified in the book of Revelation. Apocalyptic literature is found in both the Old and New Testaments. Biblical and extra-biblical apocalyptic literature are compared.

SAS 651 (formerly SS 704): Synoptic Gospels Fr. Randy Soto

This course explores the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students study the Synoptic Gospels’ theological, spiritual, and historical background.

SAS 661 (formerly SS 648A): Gospel of John Fr William Mills

This course studies the Gospel of John considering the historical, religious, and cultural background of this gospel and major themes such as covenant, Kingdom of God, grace, redemption, wisdom, prophecy, creation, Trinity, faith, angels, resurrection and priesthood.

SAS 671 (formerly SS 667): Letters of St Paul Fr William Mills

This course studies the composition, structure, purpose, historical background and theological themes of the Pauline letters with an exegesis of selected passages.

M. A. in Philosophy Courses

New Students, please note that the first course you must take in the program is PHH 605 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. You may take any core course at the same time.

PHE 616 (formerly PHTH 616): Authentic Virtue/Christian Personalism Dr. Donald DeMarco

This course will explore the difference between an authentic or true virtue and the counterfeit variety that is all too common in our contemporary secular world through the personalist contributions of Socrates, Kierkegaard, Buber, Tillich, Marcel, Maritain, Berdyaev, John Paul II, and others.

PHE 663 (formerly PHL 652): Natural Law Dr. Maciej Bazela

This course includes topics such as enlightenment jurisprudence and the “Culture of Death,” the foundations of the natural law, how the natural law works, natural law as a basis for good laws, and natural law in Catholic moral teaching.

PHH 605 (formerly PHL 730): Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Dr. Timothy Smith

This course covers Aquinas on medieval education, the rise of universities, faith and reason, Aristotelian thought, Aquinas on the world and man, man as a moral agent, the meaning of life, the ultimate end of human action, difference between knowledge and faith; God.

PHH 620: Modern and Contemporary Philosophy Dr. Randall Colton

This course is an historical introduction to the thought and texts of principal modern philosophers from Descartes to Hegel and of principal contemporary philosophers from Kierkegaard to the present.

PHH 792 (formerly STP 715 and PHL 716): Philosophy of Edith Stein Dr. John Finley

This course examines the intellectual life and writings of Edith Stein, or as she was later called, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, including her attempt to relate the phenomenological and Thomistic traditions of philosophy and her analysis of human personhood.

PHH 793 (formerly PHL 723): Plato’s Republic Dr. Richard Geraghty

This course provides a Catholic investigation of one of the great seminal works of philosophy. The Church has a tradition of faith and reason by which man flies to the fullness of truth, we will be trying to give the wing of reason a good work out.

PHL 590: Metaphysics Dr. Richard Geraghty

Topics include the metaphysics of Aristotle; presuppositions of metaphysics (incorruptibility of the human soul / proof of Prime Mover); the subject matter of metaphysics; the scandal of generality; substance and essence; from finite to Infinite Being; the nature of existence; the names of God. This course is being offered as a teach-out on the graduate level for those who matriculated into the pre-Spring 2015 philosophy program. Undergraduates should take PHS 490 taught by Dr. Timothy Smith.

PHS 607 (formerly PHTH 600): Philosophy for Theologians Fr Brian Mullady

This course teaches basic philosophy, which is at the basis of the theology of the Catholic Church, for graduate students. This material is necessary to understand the terminology used in Catholic theology.

PHS 611 (formerly PHL 627): Logic and Epistemology Dr. Philippe Yates

This course surveys twin foundations upon which all philosophy depends relying on Aristotelian insights as developed by the great Christian philosophers of the Middle Ages, and develops these in the light of contributions from modern and contemporary philosophy.

PHS 721 (formerly PHL 999): Philosophy of Science Dr. Peter Mango

The course will examine the purpose of science and the reliability of scientific theories as these overlap with metaphysics and epistemology and consider the historical origins, methods and implications of “science” in both its ancient and its modern sense as well as the sociocultural implications of scientific claims within the history of ideas and of appeals to “science” for philosophical anthropology and ethics.

PHS 731 (new course): The One and the Many Dr. Peter Redpath

This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas concerning the nature of the metaphysical principles of unity and multiplicity and the essential role that these principles play in the existence of things and all other principles of being, becoming, and knowing, including those of experience, art, philosophy, science. Online only with an optional synchronous component. Taught by Dr. Peter Redpath.

PHS 783 (formerly PHTH 615 and STP 615): Dante’s Divine Comedy: Thomistic Philosophy in Narrative Dr. Sebastian Mahfood

This course examines Dante’s Divine Comedy, one canto a day for one hundred days with breaks following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. The work is read as a narrativization of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, a way to experience a successful merger of theology and philosophy.