Graduate


Fall 2015 Online Learning Semester

Comprehensive Examinations for Fall 2015:

Graduate students wishing to complete their program of study by taking the comprehensive exam during the fall semester must sign up for it by registering for the ‘Comprehensive Examination and Graduation Preparation Registration’ and paying the $275 exam/graduation fee during the fall course registration period. In order to take the comprehensive exam, graduate students must be finished with all coursework or in the final semester of coursework. Students are expected to complete the comprehensive exam within two semesters of finishing coursework.

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

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 860.632.3070.

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 Fall 2015 semester graduate course offerings are listed below.

Master of Arts in Philosophy

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.

Co-Requisite Courses Offered

PHH 605: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Section 2 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. [Please note: Dr. Smith hosts Saturday morning synchronous sessions as part of his course design, but students may post a short writing assignment in lieu of attending each week.]

PHH 605: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Section 3 Dr. John Finley
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. [Please note: Dr. Finley’s course is purely asynchronous, which means he does not host live sessions.]

PHH 620 Modern & 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.

Courses Offered by Concentration

Christian Wisdom

PHS 731 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.

PHS 761 The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful, and the Ugly Dr. Peter Redpath
This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas about good and its opposite, evil, and the beautiful and it opposite, the ugly, in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and truth and error, and different kinds of good and evil, beauty and ugliness, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God. Online only with an optional synchronous component.

Ethics

PHE 501 Ethics Dr. Ronda Chervin and Prof. Margaret Posner
This course studies the principles of ethics from a Thomistic and phenomenological perspective including criteria for making moral choices and a refutation of situation ethics, and addresses social justice, abortion, war and peace and sexual ethics.

PHE 615 Nicomachean Ethics Dr. Richard Geraghty
The course will consist of large selected portions of The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle The intent is to show the pagan material which aided St. Thomas Aquinas in his formulation of his Christian Moral Theology and Moral Philosophy.

PHE 775 Political Philosophy Dr. Donald DeMarco
This course studies the basic concepts of political philosophy from a Thomistic point of view. Topics include the nature and purpose of political association, the origin of obligation, the nature of power and authority, the relationship of law and liberty, the role of property, etc.

PHE 680 / MTH 680 Marriage & the Theology of the Body Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course introduces Catholic sexual ethics using the work of John Paul II, and examines the significant philosophical thought of Karol Wojtyla on this topic in his Love and Responsibility and Theology of the Body.

PHE 841 Catholic Social Teachings Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course traces major themes in Catholic social teachings by using the U.S. Bishop’s document, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions and includes topics therein.

History of Philosophy

PHH 650 Recent Catholic Philosophy Dr. Alan Vincelette
This course introduces important Catholic philosophers of the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries who responded to the cultural, scientific, philosophical, and theological ideas of the times, and defended the philosophical underpinnings of the Catholic faith.

PHH 651 Aristotle Dr. Richard Geraghty
This course will cover selections from Aristotle’s works of the Categories, the Physics, the De Anima, the Metaphysics, and the Nicomachean Ethics in order to show that reading Aristotle is still the best introduction to philosophy there is. The reason is that Aristotle, inspired by his teacher Plato who in turn was inspired by Socrates, showed that the ability to philosophize is natural to man. In pursuing an understanding of this, we will employ the Pagan Aristotle and the Christian Aquinas as our guides.

PHH 681 Arabic Philosophy Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, and Dr. Curtis Hancock
This course examines the historical and systematic development of philosophy as an aid to theology produced in the Arabic-speaking world during the classical period of Arabic scholasticism from al-Kindi (in the early 9th century) to Ibn Rushd (in the late 12th century).

PHH 781 Philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas Dr. Donald DeMarco
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.

Systematic Philosophy

PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians Fr. Brian Mullady, OP
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: 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 621 Philosophy of Nature and Metaphysics Dr. Timothy Smith
This course explores the fundamental aspects of the natural world knowable to philosophy and science, including a discussion of the methodology and limits of the scientific and philosophical methods, along with the metaphysics of Aristotle; presuppositions of metaphysics, 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.

PHS 657 Phenomenology Dr. John Finley
This course introduces phenomenology as a way of doing philosophy, and in particular, as a study of human experience. 

PHS 781 Thomistic Personalism: Knowledge & Love Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz
This course focuses on the creative growth of Thomism known as Thomistic personalism. It provides the general landscape of Thomistic personalism by exploring a selected set of topics, namely cognition, freedom, love, society, dignity, culture and religion. In discussing them, the student is assisted by a broad range of outstanding Thomistic personalists including St. Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla). The course is recommended for those who want to gain a better understanding of human life, of their own and of others, from the perspective of Christian philosophy.

Summative Evaluation

ENG 891: Academic Research, Design, and Writing Prof. Cynthia Buttjer and Dr. Daniel 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.

Master of Arts in Theology

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.

Co-Requisite Courses Offered

PHS 607: Philosophy for Theologians Fr. Brian Mullady, OP
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.

DTH 600 Introduction to Theology Fr. Brian Mullady, OP
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.

Courses Offered by Concentration

Apologetics

APO 512 Apologetics Prof. Patrick Madrid
This course introduces the student to the art of fulfilling this biblical mandate to cogently and convincingly explain and defend Christian truth, and focuses on the “what” and “how” of apologetics to present a compelling defense of the Faith.

APO 555 Theology & Science Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, OP, and Dr. Tom Sheahen (updated 7.26.15)
This course examines the relation between the disciplines and worldviews of modern science and Christian theology with the aim of providing a scientifically informed, theological understanding and appreciation of nature as God’s work of creation.

PAS 531 Theology of Social Media Dr. Kristina Olsen
This course explores the history, trends, and issues related to the Catholic Church and its use of media for social communications. Students discuss how media is “social” and how this can be used to “introduce people to the life of the Church and help our contemporaries to discover the face of Christ” (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for 44th World Communications Day, 2010).

Bioethics

BIE 661 Theology and Biotechnology for Ethicists H. & L. Frieboes [Per the Kentucky State Office of Higher Education, residents of Kentucky may not take this course]
This course studies the basic biological principles related to ethical issues such as in vitro fertilization and other reproductive technologies, embryonic and adult stem cells, artificial contraception, and genetic engineering from the standpoint of the Catholic faith.

Church History

CHH 661 Catholic Modernism Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course reviews Catholic modernism and addresses the intellectual causes of modernism and its major components. The study includes magisterial statements of Pius X concerning modernism and exposure to the works of several important Catholic modernists.

CHH 707 Church History Church History to 1400 Fr. Peter Kucer, MSA
This course surveys the first fourteen centuries of the Church, studying the major forces, events and persons shaping the growth and development of Christianity in the East and West. 

CHH 881 Patristics Fr. Brian Mullady, OP
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.

Dogmatic Theology

DTH 731: 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: 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 765 Mariology Lockwood
This course examines Marian doctrine in its scriptural, historical, and modern context using the infallible statements, Lumen Gentium and the post-conciliar documents.

DTH 800 The Seven Sacraments Dr. Daniel Van Slyke
This course explores the concept and nature of “sacrament” in general and then each of the seven sacraments of the Church in particular (the fundamentals of each sacrament’s doctrine and theology, the rites for celebrating the sacraments, the historical development of each sacrament and current issues and debates surrounding the sacraments).

Moral Theology

MTH 611: Fundamental Moral Theology I 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.

PHE 680 / MTH 680 Marriage & the Theology of the Body Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course introduces Catholic sexual ethics using the work of John Paul II, and examines the significant philosophical thought of Karol Wojtyla on this topic in his Love and Responsibility and Theology of the Body.

MTH 841 Catholic Social Teachings Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course traces major themes in Catholic social teachings by using the U.S. Bishop’s document, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions and includes topics therein.

MTH 991 Moral Virtues in Confession Fr. Brian Mullady, OP
The purpose of this course is to locate the moral virtues within the context of confessional practice. Special attention is given to the virtue of justice and the material sins needed to fully help penitents and encourage a thorough examination of conscience. Online and residential. Taught by Fr. Brian Mullady, OP, in both modes of delivery.

STM 702 Canon Law I: General Norms Msgr. James Ramacciotti
This class is designed to provide the students with an understanding of how to interpret the laws of the Catholic Church. Students will be provided a perspective of the legal system that governs the Catholic Church, which is unlike the common law system found in the United States.

Sacred Scripture

SAS 602 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 651 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 671 Letters of St Paul Mills
This course studies the composition, structure, purpose, historical background and theological themes of the Pauline letters with an exegesis of selected passages.

Summative Evaluation

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design, and Writing Prof. Cynthia Buttjer and Dr. Daniel 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.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

(MAPS courses may be taken as electives within the MA in Theology Degree Program)

Program Core Courses

PAS 511 Mission & Evangelization Fr. Dominic Anaeto
This course explores biblical-theological foundations of mission, the forms of evangelization, education for evangelization, specific missionary vocation, challenges in evangelization and an exploration of St. John Paul II’s call for new ardor, expression, and method in evangelization.

Concentrations

Marriage & Family

PAS 621 Pastoral Care of Marriage and Family Fr. Dominic Anaeto
This course will explore marriage as a spousal covenant from the biblical and traditional perspectives and consider how to minister to families, including those with handicapped persons and elderly and those going through the trauma of abortion. Online and residential. Taught by Fr. Dominic Anaeto in both modes of delivery.

PHE 680 / MTH 680 Marriage & the Theology of the Body Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course introduces Catholic sexual ethics using the work of John Paul II, and examines the significant philosophical thought of Karol Wojtyla on this topic in his Love and Responsibility and Theology of the Body.

PAS 668 Missionary Discipleship: Evangelization and Catechesis Fr. William Mills
This course will consider evangelization, new evangelization and catechesis as “a remarkable moment in the whole process of evangelization” (John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae) based on the mission of her Founder, “Go, teach . . .” (Matthew 28: 19).

Spiritual Direction

PAS 531 Theology of Social Media Dr. Kristina Olsen
This course explores the history, trends, and issues related to the Catholic Church and its use of media for social communications. Students discuss how media is “social” and how this can be used to “introduce people to the life of the Church and help our contemporaries to discover the face of Christ” (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for 44th World Communications Day, 2010).

PAS 671 Spiritual Direction: Skills and Practice Fr. Dominic Anaeto
This course equips the participants with the technical skills for spiritual direction, skills which enable the participants go through personal discernment and help others in both personal and communitarian discernment for discovery of personal vocation and decision making.

Summative Evaluation

ENG 891: Academic Research, Design, and Writing Prof. Cynthia Buttjer and Dr. Daniel 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.