Holy Apostles College & Seminary


Spring 2015 Online Learning Semester

The following courses are scheduled to be offered through the Online Learning program, undergraduate level, for the Fall 2014 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 undergraduate course offerings are listed below.    

CHH 263 (formerly CH 325): Catholic Response during World War II

This course examines the Catholic response during World War II. Topics include a review of the Papal response, including Pius XI and Pius XII; the martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; and exposure to the holocaust in literature and film. Taught by Prof. Heather Voccola.

CHH 300 Church History (formerly CH 300 Church History)

This course examines the history of the Catholic Church as a point of evangelization. Topics to be examined will include development of the early Church, the Age of the Fathers, the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Reformation period, and the Modern Era. Taught by Prof. Heather Voccola.

EDT 231 Principles of Instructional Design (formerly ED 231)

This course explores modern/postmodern models of instructional design and processes used in the creation of instructional resources and environments. Taught by Dr. Mary Beckmann.

ENG 151 Drama (formerly Lit 200)

This course surveys Western dramatists from Ancient Greece to the modern day. Dramas will be studied such as, but not exclusive to, the following: Aeschylus’ Agamemnon,Sophocles’ Antigone, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Moliere’s Misanthrope, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Lorca’s Blood Wedding, St. John Paul II’s The Jeweler’s Shop. Taught by Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, and Dr. Ronda Chervin.

ENG 171 Composition and Rhetoric (formerly LA 104)

This course utilizes the reading and writing of essays to learn syllogistic/logical strategy, critical thinking and writing, fallacious argumentation, persuasive writing and speaking skills, and examines the use of metaphor and symbolism in descriptions of the experience of God. Taught by Prof. Jason Braun.

GRK 202 Greek II (formerly LA 221)

This course builds Greek I, emphasizes basic grammar and vocabulary drawn from philosophic and biblical Greek texts, and provides a working vocabulary of terms used in both Attic and Koine dialects. This course is a prerequisite for Greek Readings. Taught by Prof. John Hornyak.

HIS 102 Western Civilization II (formerly HIST 102)

This course continues the study of Western Civilization: the Hundred Years’ War as nations fought to restore a united Christendom, the Enlightenment, the revolutions in France and America, the Napoleonic Age, the two world wars, Vatican II, and into the present day. Taught by Prof. Steve Schultz.

LAT 202 Latin II (formerly LA 302)

This course builds on Latin I and familiarizes the student with the majority of Latin grammar and a significant amount of theological and philosophical Latin vocabulary. It is the second of three courses designed to give the student the skills to read modern ecclesiastical Latin. Taught by Dr. Philippe Yates.

MTH 101 Building Catholic Character (formerly THL 201)

This course analyzes character, how it is constituted, developed, preserved and perpetuated, and examines customary social challenges to Christian family life and character development, and explores possible remedies advanced by “character education.” Taught by Prof. Matthew Menking.

PAS 162 Catechism Pillars III & IV (formerly THL 505)

This course presents an overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students study parts three and four of the Catechism, “Life in Christ” and “Christian Prayer,” to grasp its presentation of truth in the light of Vatican Council II. Taught by Prof. Steven Schultz.

PHE 425 Fundamental Bioethics (formerly PHL 405 Bioethics)

This course studies the philosophical foundations for several ethical viewpoints concerning human life and the use of medical technologies, focusing primarily on the Catholic position rooted in personalistic principles. Topics covered include conscience and the crisis of authority; contemporary debates in modern bioethics drawn from topics addressing the beginning of life and end of life; as well as current challenges for Catholics and Catholic organizations in the political arena. Taught by Prof. Judith Babarsky.

PHH 304 History of Medieval Philosophy (formerly PHL 304)

This course studies the most representative thinkers, beginning with St. Augustine and Boethius and ending with St. Albert the Great, St. Bonaventure, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Taught by Prof. Steven Schultz.

PHS 414 Epistemology (formerly PHL 414)

This course gives an insight into classical answers to Aristotelian, Socratic, and Platonic questions and give students the tools to devise their own responses. Taught by Dr. Philippe Yates.

PHS 415 Philosophy of God (formerly PHL 415)

This course is an examination of the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man. Taught by Dr. Ronda Chervin and Prof. Christopher Apodaca.

PHS 490 Metaphysics (formerly PHL 590 Metaphysics)

This course includes 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. Taught by Dr. Timothy Smith.

SAS 461 Gospel of John (formerly RS 238 Gospel of St. John)

This course examines the Fourth Gospel. Topics include the unique character of the Gospel of John in relation to the Synoptics, theories of authorship, specifics of Johannine spirituality as highlighted by patristic commentators and in liturgy.

SCM 201 Physics (formerly PHY 121 Physics/Lab)

This course will introduce students to the concepts, principles and fundamentals of the physical science, including the study of motion, Newton’s law of motion, the onservation of energy and momentum, waves, basic concepts of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. It includes a 1-hour lab for a total of 4 credits. Taught by Dr. Heric Flores-Rueda.

SOC 253 Political Science (formerly PS 103)

The course surveys ideas in the study of government and politics, examines the perennial questions in political life (Who should rule? and Is it good to have power? and Do truth and right change in the course of history?), and explores the various fields of political science. Taught by Fr. Peter Kucer, MSA.