Fall 2015 Online Learning Semester

Classes begin Monday, August 24, 2015!

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

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 undergraduate course offerings are listed below. Syllabi will be linked as they come available.


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.

ENG 131 Poetry Dr. Angelyn Arden
This course introduces students to classics in poetry, and focuses on close-reading and interpretative skills of representative authors. Particular attention is given to the lyric tradition with Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, C. Rossetti, Dickinson and Hopkins.

ENG 221 Novels, Short Stories, & Literary Research Hilary Dr. Hilary Finley (updated 7.27)
This course examines classic and modern novels and short stories of authors such as Charlotte Bronte, Marilynne Robinson, George Bernanos, Flannery O’Connor, and Joseph Conrad. The students write a paper on the literature with guidance through the research and drafting.

ENG 400 Catholic English Literature Dr. Hilary Finley
This course examines the thoughtful and beautiful works of English playwrights, poets, and novelists, namely William Shakespeare, G.M.Hopkins, T.S.Eliot, Graham Greene, and Evelyn Waugh. The students write a paper on the literature with guidance through the research and drafting.

HIS 101 Western Civilization I Prof. Steven Schultz
This course studies the peoples of the Old Testament: the rise and fall of Greek and Roman civilizations, the birth of Christianity, the rise of Islam, the medieval period, the crusades, the Black Death, the Protestant reformation, and the Catholic counter-reformation.

MTH 380 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.

PAS 161 Catechism Pillars I & II Prof. Steven Schultz
This course presents an overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students study the first two parts, “The Profession of Faith” and “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery” to grasp its presentation of truth in the light of Vatican Council II.

PHH 301 History of Ancient Philosophy Dr. Peter Mango
This course studies the most representative thinkers of ancient philosophy, beginning with Plato, Socrates and Aristotle and ending with St. Augustine and Boethius.


APO 555 Theology & Science Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, OP, and Dr. Tom Sheahen (updated 8.13.15 to include Kindle hints)
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.

CHH 263 The Catholic Response during WWII Prof. Heather Voccola
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.

CHH 300 Church History Prof. Heather Voccola
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.

DTH 101 Fundamental Theology Prof. Randy Watson
This course introduces the sources, topics, and history of theology as a foundation for further study. Attention is given to the origins of doctrine and its form, important to almost all branches of theology.

ENG 171 Composition and Rhetoric Prof. Jason Braun
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.

FPA 311 Western Art Humanities: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music, and Dance Fr. Peter Kucer, MSA
Students will study Western Civilization through the medium of art. The class speed will depend on the students. Only what is most important will be covered and will be supported with visual graphics. A great emphasis will be placed on oral questioning, working in groups, student presentations and linking what is taught to the student’s background and life experiences.

GRK 201 Greek I Prof. John Hornyak
This course 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.

HIS 201 American History I Fr. Gregoire Fluet
The course surveys Pre-Columbus America and ends with the Civil War. Students examine the process of colonization, the Revolutionary War, the growth of the American Republic, and the issues that led to Southern secession.

HUM 103 Humanities in the Ancient World Fr. Peter Kucer, MSA
This course introduces the origin and development of the humanities, with an emphasis in the classical world. These branches of learning concerned with human thought and relations are distinguished from the sciences.

LAT 201 Latin I Dr. Philippe Yates
This course is designed to introduces the student to the basics of Latin, with the aim of enabling the student to approach medieval and modern ecclesiastical Latin texts. It is the first of three courses designed to give the student the skills to read modern ecclesiastical Latin.

LLT 453 Liturgical Theology Fr. Dennis Kolinski, SJC
This course demonstrates how the Liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian Life as found in Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10. It will examine liturgical theology especially in terms of its theological and spiritual aspects, while integrating pastoral and canonical applications.

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.

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).

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.

PHS 311 Logic Dr. Philippe Yates
This course introduces the basic structures of sound thinking, analytic reading, and the evaluation of arguments, the latter through practice in Aristotelian logic and examination of the three acts of the mind in Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy.

SAI 214 History of Christian Iconography Prof. Chady Elias
This course explores Christian iconography since its origins. It surveys major historical developments of Christian iconography, and highlights the styles, themes, materials and process that an iconographer uses to write an icon. It also focuses on learning to read iconographical symbolism in relation to Scripture and liturgy in particular within a Byzantine ichnographical church program, and emphasizes the notion of aesthetics as they relate to the theology of the icon and its meanings.

SAI 218 Sacred Art Technique (Iconography, Mosaics & Stained Glass) Prof. Chady Elias
This theoretical course explores several Christian art techniques, namely iconography, mosaics & stained glass. It surveys the different styles, themes and materials the sacred art artist applies in order to create various types of sacred Christian art forms, starting from early Christianity until the present times. During this conceptual endeavor, the students will work on three sacred art projects that cover the three aforementioned techniques respectively.

SAI 322 Christian Archaeology & Religious Sites Prof. Rita Sawaya
This course examines the role of archaeology and its investigation of sacred art and religious sites in relation to the Christian world. Its main focus is the to highlight the nature and function of archaeology as a multidisciplinary discipline and concrete tool that specialists use to attempt to reveal various aspects of the historical and cultural context of the Scriptures and of Christianity, with a focus on sacred arts. In the course of this endeavor, an examination of several religious Christian sites and sacred art artifacts from various epochs will shed different lights on Christianity since its origins until the present times.

SAS 101 Sacred Scripture Dr. Daniel Van Slyke
This course treats in detail the Biblical inspiration, canonicity, texts, versions, hermeneutics, literary genre, and the ongoing sanctifying activity of the Holy Spirit through the use of the Holy Scripture both by individuals and by the Church officially.

SAS 471 Letters of St. Paul Fr. William Mills
This course studies the major themes of the Pauline corpus with consideration of the form of writing known as the epistles. Concentration is on I Thessalonians, I Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans.

SCM 101 Mathematics Among the Liberal Arts Dr. Heric Flores-Rueda (updated 8.4.15)
By using game theory and its relation with other mathematical topics including probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry, this course will allow the student to develop a creative mind that  possesses critical, qualitative and quantitative thinking skills. Students will explore mathematics through games, which will allow them to learn key concepts organically without trepidation.

SCM 171 Biology Dr. Donald Sparling
This course is an introduction to the biological sciences directed toward non-science majors. Topics include elements of biochemistry, cell structure and function, reproduction, genetics, evolutionary theory, plant and animal diversity, elements of physiology, and a brief examination of ecology.

SCM 220 Chemistry Dr. Stacy Trasancos
This course introduces students the fundamentals of chemistry. Students will describe the concept of chemical change, compute equations that represent that change, and use knowledge of quantities to understand the behavior of matter. It includes a 1-hour lab for a total of 4 credits. Online only. Taught by Dr. Stacy Trasancos.

SOC 253 Political Science Fr. Peter Kucer, MSA [updated 7.28.15] 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.

SOC 275 Economics Prof. J. Joseph Jordan
This course will introduce students to the basic principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics from a Catholic perspective while paying close attention to the following Catholic principles: human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the common good. The economic theories and Catholic principles that will be presented will be complemented by demonstrating their practical applications.