Summer 2015 Online Learning Semester

The following courses are scheduled to be offered through the Online Learning program, undergraduate level, for the Summer 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 Summer 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 221 Novels, Short Stories, & Literary Research Hilary Dr. Hilary Finley
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.

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 300 Moral Theology Prof. Jacob Torbeck
This course introduces the foundational concepts of Catholic moral theology, and seeks to provide a mastery of the questions: What is moral theology? What are its underlying precepts? How can we use these to help ourselves and others lead a moral life?

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 304 History of Medieval Philosophy Prof. Steven Schultz
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.


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.

CHH 472 St Teresa of Avila Dr. Kristina Olsen
This course explores 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 are emphasized. Her writings, The Book of Her Life, The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle, are studied.

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 104 Humanities in the Early Christian and Medieval World Dr. John Bequette
This course covers the emergence and spread of Christianity as primary cultural phenomena from the time of Christ until the late middle ages, and introduces the major branches of the humanities–for example, the literature, philosophy, arts and architecture.

LAT 202 Latin II Dr. Philippe Yates
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.

PHE 215  Ethics of Educational Technology Prof. David Harrison
This course explores various ethical issues in educational technology: copyright, fair use, Creative Commons, accessibility, professional behavior, intellectual property, etc.

 PHH 404 History of Contemporary Philosophy Dr. Alan Vincelette
This course examines the views of various contemporary philosophers on issues in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, and other areas of philosophy.

PHS 421 Philosophy of Nature 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.

SCM 101 Mathematics Among the Liberal Arts Dr. Heric Flores-Rueda
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.

SOC 325 Catholic Formation and New Media Kristina Dr. Kristina Olsen
This course explores human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation and the trends and issues of new media technologies used to foster each.