Spring 2016 Online Learning Semester

Classes begin Monday, January 11, 2016!

The following courses are scheduled to be offered through the Online Learning program, undergraduate level, for the Spring 2016 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 Spring 2016 semester undergraduate course offerings are listed below. Syllabi will be linked as they come available.


ENG 151 Drama (Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP)
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.

HIS 102 Western Civilization II (Dr. John Bequette)
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.

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. Michael Brinda)
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.

PAS 162 Catechism Pillars III & IV (Prof. Steven Schultz)
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.

PHE 425   Fundamental Bioethics (Prof. Judith Babarsky)
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.

PHH  304    History of Medieval Philosophy (Dr. Jon Kirwan)
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.

PHS 415 Philosophy of God (Prof. Christopher Apodaca)
This course is an examination of the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man.

PHS 490 Metaphysics (Dr. Jon Kirwan)
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.

PHS   551     Philosophical Anthropology (Dr. Ronda Chervin and Prof. Christopher Apodaca)
This course studies human nature from the perspective of the perennial tradition of Catholic philosophy, as well as that of Catholic phenomenological and existential insights.

PSY    200    Psychology (Dr. Jeffrey McLeod)
This course studies the mind, will, soul, behavior, character of the human person and the relation of the person to others. In doing so, it examines areas of cognitive and behavioral approaches, emotion, development, psychoanalytic and humanistic theories, personality and motivation. Assessment and cultural diversity are studied in each area.

SCM 201 Physics (Dr. Heric Flores-Rueda)
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 conservation of energy and momentum, waves, basic concepts of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. It includes an optional 1-credit lab, the fee for which is $320.


APO 555 Theology and Science: One Source in Theology and Philosophy (Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, OP, and Dr. Tom Sheahen)
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 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.

EDT 210 Foundations in Educational Technology (Prof. David Harrison)
This course explores the history, trends, issues and practices of educational technology.

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.

ENG 383 Dante’s Divine Comedy: Narrative Thomism (Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP)
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.

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.

GRK 202 Greek II (Prof. John Hornyak)
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.

HIS 202 American History II (Fr. Gregoire Fluet)
This course covers the Reconstruction and examines themes in modern America, the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, World War I and II, the 1950s, the 1960s and present topics.

HIS 351 Eastern Civilization I (Fr. Peter Kucer, MSA)
This course covers the foundational thought and beliefs of Eastern Civilization stemming from its ancient history.  These essential concepts and beliefs will be studied from a Catholic perspective with special reference to magisterial documents and papal writings.

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.

MTH  101     Building Catholic Character (Prof. Matthew Menking)
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.”

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   505 Narrative and the Moral Life (Dr. Randall Colton)
This course examines the ethical influence of stories by focusing on philosophical analyses of narrative and the moral life. Topics may include: the sources and limits of narratives’ moral power; their nature and structure; principles for the ethical evaluation of stories and their readers; and stories in Catholic spirituality.

SAI 213 Theology of the Icon (Prof. Chady Elias) [counts toward Theology] This course explores the canonical Scriptures and Apocrypha and their influence on Christian iconography. It analyzes various Christian artworks from both the pseudo-canonical and scriptural standpoints, enabling students to understand the Bible as main source of inspiration fundamental to Christian iconography, as well as the Apocrypha and their enduring significance in Christian art both in rhetorical and pictorial forms. We will investigate selected Christian icons and artwork to develop an understanding the theological foundation, interpretation and finality of Christian iconography.

SAI 222 Christian Arts through the Ages (Prof. Chady Elias) [counts toward English in the Humanities] This course explores the historical geography of various Christian art forms from Early Christianity to the present times and highlights its diversity in time and space within different cultural and social contexts. Students will learn to appreciate, identify and interpret the specificities of various monuments and artworks that attest to the rich diversity of Christian sacred artworks from across the world.

SAI 427 Hagiography from Sacred Art to Liturgy (Prof. Chady Elias) [counts toward Theology or English in the Humanities] This course explores the life of saints through their representation in figurative sacred artwork. It explains the relation between iconographic hagiography in its liturgical and scriptural contexts. Its main purpose is to enable the students to understand, appreciate, study and interpret hagiographic iconography and its meaning and uses in sacred space and time within liturgy.

SAS    461     Gospel of John (Fr. William Mills)
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 220 Chemistry (Dr. Stacy Trasancos)
This course introduces students to 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 an optional 1-credit lab, the fee for which is $320.

SOC 103 Sociology (Prof. Bob Sizemore)
This course surveys the methods of sociology and their application to contemporary society.

SOC 275 Economics (Prof. 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.