Online Courses


Undergraduate & Graduate Online Courses Spring 2018

Registration – Spring 2018
Registration for the Spring 2018 semester will begin November 27th. A late registration fee will be applied after January 5th.  Spring semester courses begin January 15th.

Syllabi Information

Syllabi will be added as they are approved.  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.

Comprehensive Examinations for Spring 2018:

Graduate students wishing to complete their program of study by taking the comprehensive exam during the Spring semester must sign up for it by registering for the Spring 2018 Comprehensive Examination Resource’ and paying the $275 exam/graduation fee during the spring 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.

Tuition & Financial Aid:

For information regarding tuition, fees, refund policy and financial aid, please visit Tuition & Financial Aid

APO 512 ApologeticsProf. 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 535 Moral Apologetics – Prof. Trenton Horn This course focuses on engaging apologetics from a moral dimension.

APO 565 Reading Science in the Light of FaithDr. Stacy Trasancos This online course teaches the non-scientist student how to articulate developments in current research in biological or biochemical fields—with particular emphasis on evolutionary biology, genetics, or neuroscience as it relates to the human body—by reading scientific papers. Then the course teaches how to classify the conclusions in the scientific papers as neutral, contradictory, or consistent with the tenets of Catholic faith, particularly as it relates to St. John Paul the Great’s Theology of the Body.

CHH 300 Church HistoryProf. 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.

ENG 151 DramaProf. Cynthia Gniadek This course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to compose college-level academic papers. It will begin with instruction in grammar, paragraph structure, and other foundational skills. Students will then gain experience writing autobiographical essays, theological reflections, and a research paper. Assignments will be tailored to students’ abilities.

ENG 181 Research and WritingProf. Jason Braun This course is designed to instruct students to plan, research, and write the term paper. Students will be guided through the research phase and given a review of the fundamentals of composition. Extensive use of the library and Internet will be a part of the course.

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

GRK 202 Greek IIProf. John Hornyak This course builds on 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. Prerequisite for Greek Readings.

HIS 204 Western Civilization IIDr. John Bequette This course continues the study of western civilization and covers the Thirty 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 more recent events.

HIS 351 Eastern Civilization IFr. Peter Kucer 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 Early Christian and Medieval WorldDr. 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 IIDr. 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 300 Moral TheologyProf. 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?

MTH 425 Theology of the BodyDr. 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 IProf. 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.

PAS 162 Catechism IIProf. 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.

PAS 511 Mission and EvangelizationDr. 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.

PAS 551 Towards a Catholic Understanding of Women – Dr. Monica Miller This course will explore the anthropology of the female person in light of her innate authority demonstrated through her influence, power, and effect as portrayed in Sacred Scripture, Church teaching, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the dynamic of covenant.  ** – This is a  2-credit courses for students dually enrolled with Holy Apostles and the Benedicta Leadership  Institute for the Catholic Women’s  Leadership program.  Payment is made to the BLI directly.  Please see http://benedicta.womenofgrace.com/ for more information.

PAS 561 The Fundamentals of Catholic Servant (Virtue) LeadershipFr. Joshua Genig This course will explore the nature of servant leadership (among the various leadership theories) in light of an inextricable connection with the person of Jesus Christ, who came, not to be served, but to serve. Emphasis will be both theological and practical, with the aim of forming faithful and skilled servants of Jesus Christ, across all walks of life. ** – This is a  2-credit courses for students dually enrolled with Holy Apostles and the Benedicta Leadership  Institute for the Catholic Women’s  Leadership program.  Payment is made to the BLI directly.  Please see http://benedicta.womenofgrace.com/ for more information.

PHE 425 Fundamental BioethicsProf. Judith R. 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.

PHE 505 Narrative and the Moral Life – Dr. David Arias 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.

PHH 304 History of Medieval PhilosophyDr. Jon Kirwan This course will introduce students to medieval philosophy and, in addition to focusing on major thinkers such as Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham, examine its importance today in such topics as the nature and existence of God, the relationship between faith and reason, and the human soul and its faculties.

PHH 404 History of Contemporary Philosophy – Dr. David Arias This course examines the views of various 20th and 21st century philosophers on issues in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, and other areas of thought.

PHS 121 LogicProf. 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.

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 450 Philosophy of Man (Philosophical Anthropology) – Prof. Christopher Apodaca This course will study human nature from two perspectives: 1. We will begin with an examination of the humanity in light of the twentieth century Catholic philosophical tradition, one which begins its examination of the human person in light of lived experience. 2. We will then proceed to understand human nature as developed in the Medieval Catholic tradition, especially as it is presented through the work of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor.

PHS 471/SAI 372 Aesthetics in Sacred ArtDr. Michela Ferri This course explores the various elements of Aesthetics in “Sacred Christian Art”, in comparison with secular Christian Arts of religious themes, and in comparison with Art in general. We learn the specifics of Christian theological, doctrinal, theosophical and philosophical thought foundations as they relate to Aesthetics in Sacred Arts and examine their evolution through the ages.

PHS 490 MetaphysicsDr. Jon Kirwan Metaphysics is that most general investigation of philosophy that attempts to arrive at reasoned judgments about how things really are. This course presents a comprehensive introduction to Aristotelian and Thomistic metaphysics. Topics included are the nature of metaphysics as a science and its subject matter; the distinction between being and essence; and the analogy of being.

PSY 200 PsychologyDr. Marc Tumeinski 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.

SAI 214 History of Christian Iconography – Prof. Chady Elias This course explores Christian iconography since its origins, surveying 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 323 Christian Archaeology, Art and Architecture – Prof. Anthony Grumbine This course examines Christian archaeology, art, and architecture and also investigates religious heritage sites. The course highlights the multidisciplinary nature and function of archaeology as it relates to Christian art and architecture.

SAI 427 Hagiography from Sacred Art to Liturgy Prof. Chady Elias 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 101 Sacred ScriptureFr. Randy Soto 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 451 Synoptic GospelsFr. 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 461 Gospel of JohnFr. 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 201 PhysicsDr. Heric Flores 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.

SCM 202  Physics LabDr. Heric Flores This is a one-credit lab for SCM 201 Physics.

SCM 220 ChemistryDr. 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.

SCM 221 Chemistry LabDr. Stacy Trasancos This is a one-credit lab for SCM 220 Chemistry.

SCM 303 Anatomy and Physiology II – Prof. Adam Riso This course presents a systemic approach to the study of the human body. Lecture topics include discussion of the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

SCM 304 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab – Prof. Adam Riso This is a one-credit lab for SCM 302 Anatomy and Physiology II.

SOC 103 SociologyDr. Marc Tumeinski This course surveys the methods of sociology and their application to contemporary society.

SOC 275 EconomicsProf. 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.

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. ***

APO 512 ApologeticsProf. 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 535 Moral Apologetics – Prof. Trenton Horn This course focuses on engaging apologetics from a moral dimension.

APO 565 Reading Science in the Light of FaithDr. Stacy Trasancos This online course teaches the non-scientist student how to articulate developments in current research in biological or biochemical fields—with particular emphasis on evolutionary biology, genetics, or neuroscience as it relates to the human body—by reading scientific papers. Then the course teaches how to classify the conclusions in the scientific papers as neutral, contradictory, or consistent with the tenets of Catholic faith, particularly as it relates to St. John Paul the Great’s Theology of the Body.

APO/PAS 631 Social Media and the New EvangelizationDr. Sebastian Mahfood 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 usedto “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).

BIE 625 Catholic Bioethics Dr. Hermann Frieboes & 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 796 Bioethics in the Post-Christian CultureDr. Hermann Frieboes This course exams the relationship between Catholic bioethics and the secular culture.

CHH 613 Church in America Fr. Gregoire Fluet This course surveys the Church’s growth in America, especially in the United States, from 1492 to the present. Topics such as patronage, missionary activities, religious orders, persecution, the immigrant Church, the maturing of the Church, and contemporary tensions are studied.

CHH-DTH 671 Documents of Vatican IIFr. Gregoire Fluet 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.

CLA 715 Canon Law of MarriageDr. Philippe Yates This course introduces student(s) to the canon law of marriage through a systematic presentation and study of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, reflecting on the sacred canons themselves (cc. 1055-1165 and 1671-1707), their purpose, nature, context, history, and theological meaning.

DTH 600 Faith and RevelationFr. Brian Mullady, O.P. 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.

DTH 645 Nature and GraceFr. Brian Mullady, O.P. 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 731 One and Triune GodDr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson This course is a doctrinal study of the nature and attributes of God as known by revelation and reason. The God we know and love is One and Three. Topics in this course address both the unity of God and the three-ness of God. The work of St. Thomas Aquinas is used to expose students to these truths to be believed and to form a foundation for further growth and study. This course is a pre-requisite to DTH 751 Christology.

DTH 751 ChristologyDr. 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. Students registering for Christology must have already completed DTH 731 One and Triune God

DTH 760 Ecclesiology & Ecumenism Dr. Marianne Siegmund 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 910 Spiritual TheologyFr. Brian Mullady, O.P. This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of what is traditionally called ascetical and mystical theology but which implements the call of the Second Vatican Council to the various experiences and stages of growth in prayer in the universal call to holiness.

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design, and WritingDr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson & Prof. Cynthia Gniadek 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.

MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology IFr. Brian Mullady, O.P. 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.

MTH 659 Moral Magisterium of John Paul IIFr. Brian Mullady, O.P. This course is devoted to the teachings of the Blessed Pope John Paul II in the area of moral theology. Specific topics addressed in this course include the sacred sources of Christian moral teaching, a correct understanding of human freedom, conscience and its application, Veritatis splendor; Evangelium vitae, and the theology of the body.

MTH 851 Contemporary Moral IssuesDr. Marianne Siegmund This course researches and evaluates selected significant moral questions confronting the Church and the world today, including such issues as abortion and euthanasia in their contemporary aspects, pressing issues in social justice, issues in business, environment, and media ethics, and critical issues in sexual ethics.

MTH/PAS 620 Marriage and Family in Secular CultureDr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson This course examines the nature of family in a post-Christian, secular culture.

MTH/PAS/PHE 680 Marriage and the Theology of the BodyDr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson This course introduces Catholic sexual ethics using the work of John Paul II, and examines the significant philosophical thought of Karol Wojtyla on this topic in his Love and Responsibility and Theology of the Body.

MTH/PAS/PHE 841 Catholic Social TeachingDr. 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.

PAS 891 Methods in TeachingDr. Sebastian Mahfood & Dr. Michela Ferri This course is designed to engage students in the study of teaching methods for face-toface and online learning environments.

PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P. 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.

SAS 602 Methods of Theology and Scripture AnalysisFr. Randy Solo The course examines concepts and criteria used in Biblical and Theological Sciences: word, Revelation, transmission, Truth in Scripture, Canonicity, Authenticity, Integrity, Magisterium, Tradition, etc., and acquaints the students with the Books of the Bible per se: languages; traditions.

SAS 631 Wisdom LiteratureFr. Randy Soto This course views sapiential literature (Job, Proverbs, Sirach, Qohelet, Psalms and Song of Songs) as an expression of Israel’s spirituality both at the time of its writing and today.

SAS 671 Letters of St. PaulFr. William Mills This course studies the composition, structure, purpose, historical background and theological themes of the Pauline letters with an exegesis of selected passages.

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.

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design and Writing Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson & Prof. Cynthia Gniadek 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.

MTH/PAS/ PHE 680 Marriage and the Theology of the BodyDr. 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.

MTH/PAS/PHE 841 Catholic Social TeachingsDr. 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.

PAS 891 Methods in TeachingDr. Sebastian Mahfood & Dr. Michela Ferri This course is designed to engage students in the study of teaching methods for face-to-face and online learning environments.

PHE 505 Narrative and the Moral Life – Dr. David Arias 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.

PHE 615 Nicomachean Ethics – Dr. Peter Mango The course will consist of large selected portions of The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle The intent is to show the pagan material which aided St. Thomas Aquinas in his formulation of his Christian Moral Theology and Moral Philosophy.

PHE 663 Natural Law – Dr. David Arias 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.

PHH 605 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy – Dr. Timothy Smith This course covers some of the most important figures and themes of Ancient & 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.

PHH 781 Philosophy of St. Thomas AquinasDr. 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.

PHH 792 Philosophy of Edith SteinDr. John Finley This course examines the intellectual life and writings of Edith Stein, or as she was later called, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, including her attempt to relate the phenomenological and Thomistic traditions of philosophy and her analysis of human personhood, her account of the nature and vocation of woman, and her discussion of the ways in which we can know God.

PHH 793 Plato’s Republic – Dr. Peter Mango This course provides a Catholic investigation of one of the great seminal works of philosophy. The Church has a tradition of faith and reason by which man flies to the fullness of truth, we will be trying to give the wing of reason a good work out.

PHS 607 Philosophy for TheologiansFr. Brian Mullady, O.P. 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 610 Philosophical Anthropology Dr. Randy Colton 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.

PHS 611 Logic & EpistemologyDr. 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 721 Philosophy of Science – Dr. Peter Mango The course examines the purpose of science and the reliability of scientific theories as these overlap with metaphysics and epistemology and consider the historical origins, methods and implications of “science” in both its ancient and its modern sense as well as the sociocultural implications of scientific claims within the history of ideas and of appeals to “science” for philosophical anthropology and ethics.

PHS 751 The True, the False, the Lie, and the Fake – Dr. Curtis Hancock This course is a s study the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas about truth and its opposites, the false, the lie, and the fake in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and good and evil; and different kinds of falsehood, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God.

PHS 783 Dante’s Divine Comedy: Thomistic Philosophy in NarrativeDr. Michela Ferri 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.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

(MAPS courses may be taken as electives within the MA in Theology Degree Program)

APO 512 ApologeticsProf. 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.

CLA 715 Canon Law of MarriageDr. Phillipe Yates This course introduces student(s) to the canon law of marriage through a systematic presentation and study of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, reflecting on the sacred canons themselves (cc. 1055-1165 and 1671-1707), their purpose, nature, context, history, and theological meaning.

DTH 645 Nature and GraceFr. Brian Mullady, O.P. 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 910 Spiritual TheologyFr. Brian Mullady, O.P. This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of what is traditionally called ascetical and mystical theology but which implements the call of the Second Vatican Council to the various experiences and stages of growth in prayer in the universal call to holiness.

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design, and Writing Dr. Cynthia Toolin-WilsonProf. Cynthia Gniadek 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.

MTH/PAS 620 Marriage and Family in Secular CultureDr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson This course examines the nature of family in a post-Christian, secular culture.

PAS 511 Mission and Evangelization Dr. Mariane 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.

PAS 551 Towards a Catholic Understanding of Women – Fr. Joshua Genig This course will explore the anthropology of the female person in light of her innate authority demonstrated through her influence, power, and effect as portrayed in Sacred Scripture, Church teaching, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the dynamic of covenant ** – This is a 2-credit courses for students dually enrolled with Holy Apostles and the Benedicta Leadership  Institute for the Catholic Women’s  Leadership program.  Payment is made to the BLI directly.  Please see http://benedicta.womenofgrace.com/ for more information.

PAS 561 The Fundamentals of Catholic Servant (Virtue) LeadershipFr. Joshua Genig This course will explore the nature of servant leadership (among the various leadership theories) in light of an inextricable connection with the person of Jesus Christ, who came, not to be served, but to serve. Emphasis will be both theological and practical, with the aim of forming faithful and skilled servants of Jesus Christ, across all walks of life. ** – This is a 2-credit courses for students dually enrolled with Holy Apostles and the Benedicta Leadership  Institute for the Catholic Women’s  Leadership program.  Payment is made to the BLI directly.  Please see http://benedicta.womenofgrace.com/ for more information.

PAS 607 Contemporary Youth Culture – Dr. Joseph White This course explores the culture of contemporary youth and its ramifications for catechesis. Students prepare to encounter the learner who is immersed in the secular, post-modern milieu. Families in contemporary culture, peer expectations, and the influence of media are addressed.

PAS 683 Pastoral Counseling I: Spiritual Helping and Accompaniment – Dr. Gregory Popcak This course explores the theology of suffering and how to properly frame common spiritual, emotional and relational problems, help the faithful discover paths for addressing these problems using solution-focused questioning techniques, spiritual resources, and basic pastoral interventions.

PAS 785 Pastoral Issues Concerning Human SexualityRev. Dr. Dominic Cerrato This course addresses the meaning of human sexuality, education and integration of emotion, sexual aberrations, relationship skills such as intra- and inter-personal skills, personal freedom skills, sexuality and spirituality, human sexuality and eschatology.

PAS 891 Methods in TeachingDr. Sebastian Mahfood & Dr. Michela Ferri This course is designed to engage students in the study of teaching methods for face-toface and online learning environments.

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