Graduate Courses


Graduate Summer 2016

Online Learning Semester

Classes begin on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Comprehensive Examinations for Summer 2016:

Graduate students wishing to complete their program of study by taking the comprehensive exam during the summer semester must sign up for it by registering for the ‘Summer 2016 Comprehensive Examination Resource’ and paying the $275 exam/graduation fee during the summer 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 Summer 2016 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 2016 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 some of the most important figures and themes of Ancient and Medieval philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, the nature of man, education, the ultimate end of human activity, the meaning of life, God, Providence, and faith and reason. [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 some of the most important figures and themes of Ancient and Medieval philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, the nature of man, education, the ultimate end of human activity, the meaning of life, God, Providence, and faith and reason. [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.

Core Courses Offered

  • 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 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 & Metaphysics, Section 2 (Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo)
    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. [Please note: Dr. Carrasquillo’s course is purely asynchronous, which means he does not host live sessions.]
  • PHS 621 Philosophy of Nature & Metaphysics, Section 3 (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. [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.]

Concentration Courses Offered

Christian Wisdom

  • PHS 741 St. Thomas Aquinas on Being & Nothingness (Dr. Robert Delfino)
    This course will help students to learn the most important metaphysical doctrines of St. Thomas. It presents an understanding of reality from Being itself (God) to nothingness (complete absence of being). We shall mostly focus on primary texts from Aquinas, but, when appropriate, we shall read selections from other thinkers who have influenced Aquinas, such as Aristotle and St. Augustine.

Ethics

  • PHE 663 Natural Law (Dr. Maciej Bazela)
    This course includes topics such as enlightenment jurisprudence and the “Culture of Death,” the foundations of the natural law, how the natural law works, natural law as a basis for good laws, and natural law in Catholic moral teaching.
  • PHE 775 Political Philosophy (Dr. Jon Kirwan)
    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 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 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. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo)
    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. Jon Kirwan)
    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 541: Natural Theology (Dr. Randall Colton)
    This course examines arguments for the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man.
  • 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 641: Reason in the Theology of St. Thomas (Dr. Donald Boland)
    This course explores and applies as a solution to some of the most acute problems discussed in modern theology Aquinas’s third way, expressed in the Summa Theologica (I, q. 32 a. 1), of using reason in sacred theology, the first two ways being explained in the Summa Contra Gentiles involving Natural Theology and a movement from principles of Faith revealed through Jesus Christ.
  • 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 671 Aesthetics (Dr. Michela Ferri)
    The discipline of Aesthetics emerged in the modern period consequent upon the separation of the transcendental qualities True, Good, and Beautiful from each other, and the emergence of a notion of “fine art” dedicated to beauty. We will argue that this differentiation is a good thing, provided we can begin to see these three in their complex interrelationship and relate fine art to the broader human capacity of 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.

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.

*** Please note that all Pastoral Studies courses qualify as electives for the Master of Arts in Theology program. ***

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.

Core Courses Offered

  • 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.
  • MTH 611: Fundamental Moral Theology I (Fr. Brian Mullady, OP)
    This course presents fundamental moral principles from the perspective of the classical Catholic moral tradition especially as represented by Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II. . Primary questions include the end of man, human acts, moral determinants, freedom, sin, moral responsibility, and conscience.
  • 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 652 Synoptic Gospels in Spain (Fr. Randy Soto; while on the ground in Spain the classroom work with Fr. Soto in Avila will transfer from UCAV to HACS as an additional 2 credits in Gospel Literature)
    This course explores the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students study the Synoptic Gospels’ theological, spiritual, and historical background. [This course is paired with CHH630: Spanish Mysticism. Students who register for this course will normatively also register for CHH 630. Only those interested in participating in the intercultural study tour to Spain may register for this course. See details at http://tinyurl.com/hacs-spain-trip]

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 620 Evolution and Catholic Thought (Rev. Dr. Donald Sparling)
    This course explores the theory of evolution and sources of Catholic teaching regarding whether evolution is an ‘acceptable’ concept within the Church.
  • APO 652 The New Atheism (Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, and Rev. Dr. Donald Sparling)
    This course focuses on the nature of the New Atheism and the attempt it is making to secure political power in its assault against the faith.

Bioethics

  • BIE 625: Catholic Bioethics (Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson and Prof. Judith Babarsky)
    This interdisciplinary course prepares students for pastoral service through an intensive review of the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the sanctity and dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Topics include the most challenging and difficult moral and medical issues in the field of contemporary bioethics.
  • BIE 639: Bioethics and the Law (Rev. Dr. Tom Davis)
    This course introduces basic constitutional, statutory, and regulatory law related to bioethics. United States Supreme Court case law is a central component of the course. The course will examine the development of constitutional substantive due process, privacy, individual autonomy, and equal protection. The structure of American constitutional government, the separation of powers, the protection of individual liberties, and related political and philosophical foundations are examined.
  • BIE 661: Biology and Biotechnologies for Ethicists (Drs. Hermann and Laura Frieboes)
    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. [Due to Kentucky state law, residents of Kentucky may not register into this course.]

Church History

  • CHH 630: Spanish Mysticism (Dr. Kristina Olsen in coordination with Prof. Katie Goudie of the Catholic University of Avila (UCAV) – while on the ground in Spain, students will engage for an additional 2 transfer credits in Spanish Mystical Literature Prof. Goudie’s syllabus)
    This course explores Spanish Mysticism in the lives and writings of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross. Students will spend the first part of the course reading and preparing for a four- week study in Avila, Spain, where they will develop an appreciation for the cultural context of Spanish mysticism through excursions to key historic, cultural and religious sites. [This course is paired with SAS 652: Synoptic Gospels. Students who register for this course will normatively also register for SAS 652. Only those interested in participating in the intercultural study tour to Spain may register for this course. See details at http://tinyurl.com/hacs-spain-trip]
  • CHH 671: Documents of Vatican II (Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson)
    This course introduces the history of Vatican II and the content of the documents. Topics include the background of the Council, the nature of the Church, inner spiritual renewal, the Church and the world, and the effects of the Council. (Cross-listed as DTH 671)
  • CHH 707: History of the Church 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.

Dogmatic Theology

  • DTH 641 Protology & Eschatology (Dr. Marianne Siegmund)
    This course studies God as the Creator of all things and the relation of created things to Him. The four last things (death, judgment, heaven and hell) are related to Him as the fulfillment of man and nature, the end of His saving plan.
  • DTH 645: Nature and Grace (Fr. Brian Mullady, OP)
    This course examines the natural desire to see God; the controversy over the desire to see God; the state of human nature; the nature of the law; the new law of Christ – sanctifying grace; and the nature, necessity and effects of sanctifying grace.
  • DTH 671: Documents of Vatican II (Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson)
    This course introduces the history of Vatican II and the content of the documents. Topics include the background of the Council, the nature of the Church, inner spiritual renewal, the Church and the world, and the effects of the Council. (Cross-listed as CHH 671)
  • DTH 760: Ecclesiology & Ecumenism (Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson)
    This course investigates the nature and characteristics of the Church, its attributes, its structures, its mission and its relation to the world, and the development of Catholic thought concerning ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.
  • DTH 765: Mariology (Fr. Gregory Lockwood)
    This course examines Marian doctrine in its scriptural, historical, and modern context using the infallible statements, Lumen Gentium and the post-conciliar documents.

Moral Theology

  • MTH 612 Fundamental Moral Theology II (Fr. Brian Mullady, OP)
    This course provides a balanced foundation for the personal and pastoral practice of virtue within the context of the moral law. Students examine in detail the practice of each of the virtues in their proper application to the commandments.
  • 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.
  • STM 648 Ordinary Contentious Trial (Canon Law) (Msgr. James Ramacciotti)
    Governmental Structures is an investigation of the power of government in the Church, focused in the hierarchical constitution of Church, as found in Book Two of the 1983 Code (cc. 330-572). Envisioned outcomes: an appreciation for the role of Canon Law in the life of the Church; an ability to interpret the law, given the context and subject matter of a particular Canon; a sense of canonical equity as a tool for the work of a shepherd in the Church; an ability to fulfill the function of Church leadership by empowering the people of God in their rights and obligations. Format: audio lectures and posted discussions.

Sacred Art Institute Workshops on Enders Island in Mystic, CT – 1-credit mini-courses, each is one-week long. See http://www.sacredartendersisland.com/ for details.

  • SAI 502 Greek Iconography Workshop (Onsite in Mystic, CT) (Prof. Salzman)
    This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of Greek icons through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will write a complete Icon to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop.
  • SAI 503 Russian Iconography Workshop (Onsite in Mystic, CT) (Prof. Forbes)
    This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of Russian icons through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will write a complete Icon to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop.
  • SAI 504 Mosaics Workshop (Onsite in Mystic, CT) (Prof. Vonn Hartung)
    This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of Mosaics through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will create a complete mosaic artwork to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop.
  • SAI 505 Stained Glass Workshop (Onsite in Mystic, CT) (Staff)
    This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of stained glass through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will create a complete stained glass artwork to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop.
  • SAI 506 Calligraphy Workshop (Onsite in Mystic, CT) (Prof. Weilmuenster)
    This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of calligraphy through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will create a complete calligraphy artwork to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop.
  • SAI 507 Illumination Workshop (Onsite in Mystic, CT) (Prof. Crittenden)
    This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of illuminations through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will create a complete illumination artwork to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop.
  • SAI 508 Mural Painting Workshop (Onsite in Mystic, CT) (Prof. Chady Elias)
    This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of small portable mural paintings through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will create a complete small portable mural artwork to take home at the end of this one-week workshop.
  • SAI 509 Sculpture, Clay Modeling & Casting Workshop (Onsite in Mystic, CT) (Prof. Chady Elias)
    This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of Sculpture through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will create a complete Clay figure and cast the artwork with plaster to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop.
  • SAI 510 Sacred Music Workshop (Onsite in Mystic, CT) (Prof. Youssef)
    This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and use of the sacred music in our daily life through practice, theory and theological discussion. No musical skills needed to attend this workshop.

Sacred Scripture

  • SAS 661: Gospel of John (Fr. William Mills)
    This course studies the Gospel of John considering the historical, religious, and cultural background of this gospel and major themes such as covenant, Kingdom of God, grace, redemption, wisdom, prophecy, creation, Trinity, faith, angels, resurrection and priesthood.
  • SAS 671: Letters of St Paul (Fr. William Mills)
    This course studies the composition, structure, purpose, historical background and theological themes of the Pauline letters with an exegesis of selected passages.
  • SAS 681: Hebrews (Fr. Randy Soto)
    This course teaches the Theology of the Priesthood in the Letter to the Hebrews. The first two modules illuminate the Sitz im Leben, the third is a meditation via Lectio Divina, and the fourth relates the Priesthood of Jesus Christ to the Priesthood in the Catholic Church.

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)

Core Courses Offered

  • PAS 511 Mission and Evangelization (Dr. Marianne Siegmund)
    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.

Concentration Courses Offered

Marriage & Family

  • PAS 741 D. Von Hildebrand & C.S. Lewis on Love (Dr. Ronda Chervin)
    In this course the nature of love as explored by Dietrich Von Hildebrand and C.S. Lewis, will be studied from the philosophical, spiritual and psychological perspectives. Topics will include what love is, types of love, loving and unloving masculine/feminine traits, marriage and family, friendship and ethical choices.
  • PAS 791 Morals & Psychology (Fr. Brian Mullady, OP)
    This course concerns the mutual influence of the life of reason and the emotions on moral practice with emphasis on the nature of emotions, repressive and affirmation neuroses, freedom of the will in neurotics, and the influence of moral practice on the prevention of neuroses.

Spiritual Direction

  • PAS 671: Spiritual Direction: Skills & 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.