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Online Courses & Registration Information

Registration for the Fall 2018 semester begins July 16th.

Registration Information

  • Registration runs from July 16th through August 17th.  After August 17th, a $25 late fee will be applied.
  • Undergraduate students must book an advising appointment with Taylor Riso through https://trisoholyapostles.youcanbook.me/ or 860-632-3036.
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  • Financial Aid recipients must email finaid@holyapostles.edu if they haven’t yet done so.
  • Fall Semester runs August 27 through December 7.
  • Registration forms may be found at the right hand side of this page.

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 Fall 2018:

Graduate students wishing to complete their program of study by taking the comprehensive exam during the Fall semester must sign up for it by registering for the Fall 2018 Comprehensive Examination Resource’ and paying the $300 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.

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 520 Adapting Evangelization to Hispanic Cultural Contexts – Prof. Margaret Posner
This course focuses on Hispanic cultural contexts as integral to effective evangelization models. Traditional evangelization strategies do not acknowledge the cultural differences between the particular pastoral needs of multiple Hispanic populations. Broadening the evangelist’s scope of specific themes, central to Hispanic perspectives, is crucial to effectively personalize the faith message.

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 263 The Catholic Response During WWIIProf. 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 501 Historical Knowledge & Human Good Dr. John Bequette
This course explores the relationship between historical knowledge and human flourishing, both temporally and eternally. What key historical events, figures, controversies and concepts should an adult retain after having left college? How ought a mature, Christian adult view history? What role does historical knowledge play in establishing a flourishing social life? Is there a connection between a proper historical consciousness and eternal salvation?

DTH 101 Fundamental TheologyProf. 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 131 PoetryProf. Cynthia Gniadek
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 ResearchProf. Cynthia Gniadek
This course examines classic and contemporary novels and short stories. Each student will write a paper with guidance through the research and drafting processes.

FPA 311 Western Art Humanities: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and DanceFr. Peter Kucer
Students study western civilization through the medium of important art. The studies are supported by visual graphics. The class emphasizes oral questioning, working in groups, student presentations, and linking what is taught to the student’s background and life experiences.

GRK 201 Greek IProf. 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 101 Western Civilization IDr. John Bequette
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 developments in the middle ages, the crusades, the Black Death, the Protestant reformation, and the Catholic counter- reformation.

HIS 200 American HistoryFr. 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 the secession of the south. This course will then continue with the history of the United States of America from the Reconstruction to the election of 2000. The student focuses on the persons who moved that history, seeing them as human being with both flaws and great talents.

HUM 103 Humanities in the Ancient WorldDr. John Bequette
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.

HUM 115 The History of Western ArtDr. John Bequette
This course provides a general introduction to the history of art in the Western world. It explores the themes of western art in relation to their historical, geographical, anthropological, and sociological contexts, and will include a theological reflection upon the significance of these themes. Focus is on visual art: painting, sculpture, and architecture.

HUM 125  The History of Sacred ArtDr. John Bequette
This course provides an introduction to the history of sacred art. It explores the meaning of sacred art as it emerges within the history of the Catholic tradition, from the early Church to the contemporary period, exploring themes, religious symbolism, and the role of art in communicating the faith. Particular emphasis is paid to the portrayal of Jesus, Mary, and the saints in painting and sculpture.

LAT 201 Latin IDr. Philippe Yates
This course 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 300 LiturgyFr. Gregoire Fluet
This course explains that all theology is derived from the sacred Liturgy, the heart of Catholic faith and life. It will look at Liturgy as the starting point and the greatest teacher, opening to the mysteries of the Catholic faith.

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

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 405 Intercultural CompetenciesDr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course explores the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith.

PAS 551 Towards a Catholic Understanding of WomenFr. 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.

PAS 553 Catholic Social Doctrine and Today’s Catholic Woman LeaderFr. Joshua Genig

PHH 301 History of Ancient PhilosophyDr. 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.

PHS 121 LogicDr. Philippe Yates
This undergraduate course introduces the basic structures of sound thinking, analytic reading, and the evaluation of arguments, achieving the latter through practice in Aristotelian logic and examination of the three acts of the mind in Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy.

PHS 414 EpistemologyDr. Philippe Yates
This course gives an insight into classical answers to Aristotelian, Socratic, and Platonic questions and give students the tools to devise their own responses.

PHS 415 Philosophy of God – Prof. Christopher Apodaca
Natural Theology, the highest of the sciences, is the reasoned, philosophical study of the existence of God and His attributes. In this course, we will begin by exploring various types of atheism and then move on to the study of St. Thomas’ famous Five Ways for proving God’s existence. Next we will learn about the various Divine Attributes which one can discover by reason alone, and finally, students will demonstrate their understanding of the topics covered in this course by developing a presentation on a book relating to theism and the challenges of atheism.

PHS 450 Philosophical Anthropology – Prof. Christopher Apodaca
In this course you will study human nature from the perspective of Catholic phenomenological and existential insights taught by. The second half of the course will be from the perspective of the perennial tradition of Catholic philosophy.

PHS 541 Natural TheologyDr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course examines arguments for the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man” (Course Catalogue, p. 103). The course is an introduction to the philosophical study of God’s existence, attributes, and operations. After considering the essence of natural theology and answering some objections to it, we investigate the Five Ways of Saint Thomas Aquinas that demonstrate God’s existence. After considering additional arguments for God’s existence and briefly surveying atheism, we finish with a study of God’s attributes and operations.

SAI 213 Theology of the IconDr. Michela Ferri
This course explores the field of study dedicated to the Theology of the Icon, to the role of the Icon in our Christian World. The course is dedicated to analyze both the Theological and the Aesthetic meaning of the Icon. We will explore the points of the Theological Discourse on the Icons: A) The Incarnation as the Theological Foundation of the Icon, B) the Sacramental and Liturgical Function of the Icon, C) Icon as a mistery of the Sacred, D) Icon for our prayers. We will explore the points of the Aesthetic Discourse on the Icons: E) Icon as artwork with a two-dimensionality, F) the element of the irradiation, G) the upside-down ( reverse ) perspective, H) timelessness of the subject, I) the element of the own light. The course will provide reading indication for the most important Icons of our History, together with the Theological and Spiritual Significance for each of them.

SAI 222 Christian Art through the Ages – Dr. Marguerite Mullee
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 372/PHS 471 Aesthetics in Sacred ArtDr. Michela Ferri
This course explores the various elements of Aesthetics in the field of the “Sacred Art”, related to the Christian world, in comparison with the secular Christian Arts of religious themes, and in comparison with the Art in general. During this course students will learn the specifics of Christian theological, doctrinal, theosophical and philosophical thought foundations as they relate to Aesthetics in Sacred Arts, and will examine their evolution through the ages. Students will recognize and develop an appreciation for the uniqueness of the Aesthetics used in Christian Arts through their multiple facets, intended relation, and effect on the human senses both cognitively, symbolically and spiritually.

SAI 427 Hagiography from Sacred Art to LiturgyDr. Michela Ferri
The course “Hagiography from the Sacred Art to Liturgy” provide a complete analysis dedicated to the discipline “Hagiography” – both from an Historical and Aesthetic Perspective, in its interrelation with the discipline that is the Iconography of the Saints. During the course, we will describe the lives of the major Christian Saints and the places of Veneration of them. The literature of Hagiography embraces also: acts of martyrs (accounts of their trials and deaths); biographies of saint monks, of saint bishops, of saint politics, of saint virgins and of saint mothers; and accounts of miracles connected with saints’ tombs, relics, icons, or statues. The discipline “Hagiography” is studied here in its obliged relation with the field of the Symbology, with the background provided by the Iconography of the Sacred Art.

SAI 510 Introduction to Sacred Music – Dr. Marguerite Mullee
Throughout Church history, liturgical music has been a source of prayerful beauty and mysticism. By listening to sacred music, reading essays, and discussing and studying musical trends during different time periods, students will explore the historical and religious forces that have shaped Christian liturgical music in Western Europe and the United States.

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 471 Letters of St. PaulFr. 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 ArtsDr. Heric Flores
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 BiologyDr. Don 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 301 Anatomy and Physiology I – Adam Riso
This course presents a systemic approach to the study of the human body. Lecture topics include an introduction of anatomical terminology and an overview of cellular processes and tissue classification. Students then learn the gross and microscopic anatomy of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, and muscular system. Section 2 of this course includes discussion of the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

SCM 302 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab – Adam Riso
This course will introduce students to the concepts, principles and fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology. In this course, you will familiarize yourself with scientific thinking and techniques and will enable you to explore of some key principles of human anatomy. You will be asked to assess your knowledge, which eventually can be put to practical or experimental use. Experiments in this course will involve studying the different body tissues, the skeletal system, and the muscular system.

SOC 253  Political ScienceProf. Joseph Jordan
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 325 Catholic Formation & New MediaProf. Cynthia Gniadek
This course examines Catholic spiritual formation in light of new forms of media, including social media and online communication. Approaches to Catholic spiritual direction and spiritual formation are introduced, and the promise and problem of online approaches to formation are examined.

Co-Requisite Courses Offered

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.

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.

Core Courses Offered

DTH 731 One and Triune GodDr. 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 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.

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.

SAS 651 Synoptic GospelsDr. Matthew Ramage
This course explores the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students study the Synoptic Gospels’ theological, spiritual, and historical background.

Courses Offered by Concentration

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 520 Adapting Evangelization to Hispanic Cultural Contexts – Prof. Margaret Posner
This course focuses on Hispanic cultural contexts as integral to effective evangelization models. Traditional evangelization strategies do not acknowledge the cultural differences between the particular pastoral needs of multiple Hispanic populations. Broadening the evangelist’s scope of specific themes, central to Hispanic perspectives, is crucial to effectively personalize the faith message.

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 course teaches the non-scientist layperson how to articulate developments in current research in biological or biochemical fields (with particular emphasis on evolutionary biology, genetics, or neuroscience) by reading scientific papers and how to classify the conclusions in the scientific papers as neutral, contradictory, or consistent with the tenets of Catholic faith.

BIE 639 Bioethics and the LawDcn. Thomas 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 Frieboes & Laura Frieboes
This course focuses on 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.

BIE 796 Bioethics in the Post-Christian CultureDr. Hermann Frieboes
This course covers the development of bioethics in the post-Christian culture.  Fundamental philosophical and theological notions underlying the concept of bioethics from a Catholic perspective include human life, freedom, love, truth, reason, and human fulfillment.  These notions have long-standing meaning rooted in the teaching of Christ as proclaimed by His apostles and have formed the basis for the development of the Christian culture in the western world for almost two millennia. Fruits of this culture have included concepts such as respect for human life, human rights, and the human family, all of which form the basis for Catholic bioethics.

CHH 501 Historical Knowledge & Human GoodDr. John Bequette
This course explores the relationship between historical knowledge and human flourishing, both temporally and eternally. What key historical events, figures, controversies and concepts should an adult retain after having left college? How ought a mature, Christian adult view history? What role does historical knowledge play in establishing a flourishing social life? Is there a connection between a proper historical consciousness and eternal salvation?

CHH 661 Catholic ModernismFr. Gregoire Fluet
This course reviews Catholic modernism and addresses the intellectual causes of modernism and its major components. The study includes magisterial statements of Pius X concerning modernism and exposure to the works of several important Catholic modernists.

CHH 670 Great Personalities in Church HistoryFr. Gregory Lockwood
Very rarely, in the course of education in the history of the Church, do we spend much time with the individual personalities who have been so influential in terms of doctrine and practice. This course endeavors to produce extended conversations between the students and many historical figures, figures from varying backgrounds and points of view. Whether they be fathers (or church mothers), emperors, spiritual writers, friend or foe, it is vitally important that we understand, in context, their writings, personalities and contributions.

CHH 700 Church HistoryProf. Christopher Bellitto
This course surveys Church history, studying the major forces, events and persons shaping the growth and development of Christianity in the East and West.

CHH 881 PatristicsFr. Brian Mullady. O.P.
This course surveys selected writings from the principal Fathers of the Church. The focus is on the development of Catholic Doctrine from the Apostolic Fathers to St. Gregory the Great, with emphasis on the Trinitarian and Christological questions.

DTH 630 Celibacy and Communion in St. John Paul II’s Catechesis on Human LoveDr. Dawn Eden Goldstein
This course will examine the rich theology of celibacy that St. John Paul II articulates in his Catechesis on Human Love (popularly known as the theology of the body) within the context of other relevant writings of his, particularly those which concern communio ecclesiology. It will also locate John Paul’s insights within the Catholic tradition as articulated by St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pius XII, and the Second Vatican Council.

DTH 635 Inter-Religious Dialogue and EcumenismDr. Dawn Eden Goldstein
This course examines (1) the teachings of the recent Magisterium on principles of interreligious dialogue and ecumenism, reading them in continuity with Catholic tradition and (2) the outlines of the beliefs of major non-Catholic religions or traditions, with an emphasis on points of contact or conflict with Catholic faith.

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 760 Ecclesiology and EcumenismDr. J. 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 765 MariologyFr. Gregory Lockwood
This course examines Marian doctrine in its scriptural, historical, and modern contexts using infallible statements, Lumen gentium, and post-conciliar documents.

DTH 800 The Seven SacramentsFr. Gregoire Fluet
This course explores the concept and nature of “sacrament” in general and then each of the seven sacraments of the Church in particular (the fundamentals of each sacrament’s doctrine and theology, the rites for celebrating the sacraments, the historical development of each sacrament and current issues and debates surrounding the sacraments).

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 681 Theology of the Body: Sexual Difference & ComplementarityDr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course will study the “Theology of the Body” as it was taught by Saint John Paul II in a series of General Audiences in which he offered a catechesis on human love and sexuality, based in Sacred Scripture and the Tradition of the Church.

MTH/PAS 620 Marriage and Family in Secular CultureDr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course explains the Catholic understanding of marriage and family as contrasted with the views of many in United States secular culture in the early 21st century. Topics include the meaning and value of marriage, “living together”, serial monogamy, divorce, same-sex “marriage”, chemical and surgical contraception, abortion, solutions to the inability to conceive, and the raising and educating of children.

MTH/PAS/PHE 680 Marriage & 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 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 605 Intercultural Competencies – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course explores the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith.

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

SAI 510 Introduction to Sacred Music – Dr. Marguerite Mullee
Throughout Church history, liturgical music has been a source of prayerful beauty and mysticism. By listening to sacred music, reading essays, and discussing and studying musical trends during different time periods, students will explore the historical and religious forces that have shaped Christian liturgical music in Western Europe and the United States.

SAS 602 Methods of Theology & Scripture AnalysisFr. Randy Soto
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 621 Prophetic LiteratureDr. Matthew Ramage
This course examines the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel, and surveys early “non-writing” prophets, and classical prophets in their historical contexts to uncover their theological message and understand the development of prophecy into eschatology and apocalypse.

SAS 661 Gospel of JohnFr. 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.

Summative Evaluation

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

PHH 620 Modern & Contemporary PhilosophyDr. Randy 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 610 Ethics – Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo
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 621 Philosophy of Nature and MetaphysicsDr. 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.

Concentration Courses Offered

MTH/PAS/ PHE 680 Marriage & 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 605 Intercultural Competencies – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course explores the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith.

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

PHE 617 Personalism of John Paul IIFr. Pawel Tarasiewicz
 The course teaches about the philosophical personalism of St. John Paul II/Karol Wojtyła. It seeks to present St. John Paul II/Karol Wojtyła as an original thinker who can be satisfactorily classified neither as fully Thomist nor fully phenomenologist. The series of lectures starts with the introduction of John Paul II’s personalist formation (Polish Romanticism, Jan Tyranowski, St. John of the Cross, St. Thomas Aquinas, Lublin Philosophical School, Immanuel Kant, Max Scheler, Stefan Cardynal Wyszynski), and then continues by focusing on such topics as the human person’s essence, dignity, subjectivity, consciousness & efficacy, self- determination, fullfilment, body & emotions, love & responsibility, participation and education.

PHE 775 Political PhilosophyDr. Jon Kirwan
This course seeks to introduce students to political philosophy by undertaking a critical historical study of the most influential works (ancient, medieval, and modern) of the Western tradition. Students will study and analyze the fundamental issues that have shaped the debate throughout the centuries, including the nature of justice, law and liberty, power and authority, political equality, human rights, and the relation of Church and the state. Within this context various forms of governments will be examined, such as democracy, monarchy, and socialistic and communistic states.

PHE 780 Thomism and DemocracyDr. John Hittinger
This course explores the development of Thomistic political philosophy and Catholic social teaching in response to the political challenges of Enlightenment, namely modern liberalism and socialism.  The problem of French Catholic response to the revolution will provide a context for evaluating the thought of Maritain, Simon, and Murray as well as Popes Leo XIII, John XXIII, and John Paul II on the common good, the basis for human dignity, the limits of political power, distinction of Church and State, freedom of conscience. An over arching question for the course is “in what respect and for what reasons does democracy deserve the support of the Church?”

PHH 650 Recent Catholic PhilosophyDr. Alan Vincelette
This course introduces important Catholic philosophers of the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries who responded to the cultural, scientific, philosophical, and theological ideas of the times, and defended the philosophical underpinnings of the Catholic faith.

PHH 651 AristotleDr. Peter Mango
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 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.

PHS 541 Natural TheologyDr. J. Marianne Siegmund
This course examines arguments for the existence of God, His nature and relation to the world and man” (Course Catalogue, p. 103). The course is an introduction to the philosophical study of God’s existence, attributes, and operations. After considering the essence of natural theology and answering some objections to it, we investigate the Five Ways of Saint Thomas Aquinas that demonstrate God’s existence. After considering additional arguments for God’s existence and briefly surveying atheism, we finish with a study of God’s attributes and operations.

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 657 PhenomenologyDr. John Finley
This course introduces phenomenology as a way of doing philosophy, and in particular, as a study of human experience.

PHS 731 The One and the ManyDr. Peter Redpath
This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas concerning the nature of the metaphysical principles of unity and multiplicity and the essential role that these principles play in the existence of things and all other principles of being, becoming, and knowing, including those of experience, art, philosophy, science.

PHS 761 The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful, & the UglyDr. Peter Redpath
This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas about good and its opposite, evil, and the beautiful and it opposite, the ugly, in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and truth and error, and different kinds of good and evil, beauty and ugliness, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God.

PHS 781 Thomistic Personalism: Knowledge and LoveFr. Pawel Tarasiewicz
This course focuses on the creative growth of Thomism known as Thomistic personalism. It provides the general landscape of Thomistic personalism by exploring a selected set of topics, namely cognition, freedom, love, society, dignity, culture and religion. In discussing them, the student is assisted by a broad range of outstanding Thomistic personalists including St. Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla). The course is recommended for those who want to gain a better understanding of human life, of their own and of others, from the perspective of Christian philosophy.

Summative Evaluation

ENG 891 Academic Research, Design, and WritingProf. Cynthia Gniadek & Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
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)

Co-requisites for Pastoral Studies

PAS 602 Fundamentals of Practical TheologyDr. Gregory Popcak
This course explores the emerging field of practical theology, which examines how phronesis (i.e., authentic spirituality/practical wisdom) is facilitated through various ministerial efforts and sacred practices.

MAPS Core Offerings:

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.

Concentration Core Offerings:

MTH/PAS 620 Marriage and Family in Secular CultureDr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson
This course explains the Catholic understanding of marriage and family as contrasted with the views of many in United States secular culture in the early 21st century. Topics include the meaning and value of marriage, “living together”, serial monogamy, divorce, same-sex “marriage”, chemical and surgical contraception, abortion, solutions to the inability to conceive, and the raising and educating of children.

MTH/PAS/ PHE 680 Marriage and 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 551 Towards a Catholic Understanding of WomanFr. Joshua Genig

PAS 553 Catholic Social Doctrine and Today’s Catholic Woman Leader –Fr. Joshua Genig

PAS 605 Intercultural CompetenciesDr. Sebastian Mahfood
This course explores the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith.

PAS 621 Pastoral Care of Marriage and Family Fr. Gregory Lockwood
This course will explore marriage as a spousal covenant from the biblical and traditional perspectives and consider how to minister to families, using as a basic text, John Paul II’s Magisterial Document, Familiaris consortio. Modern challenges to marriage will also be addressed.

PAS 651 History and Foundations of Catechesis – Dr. Joseph White

PAS 671 Spiritual Direction: Skills and PracticeFr. 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.

PAS 684 Pastoral Counseling II: Pastoral Diagnosis and InterventionsDr. Gregory Popcak
This course explores how to diagnose and treat spiritual disorders as well as how to recognize and treat the spiritual dimensions of psychological, relational, and medical problems.

PAS 700 Christian Life Together in the Presence of Human, Physical, and Intellectual ImpairmentsDr. Marc Tumeinski
This course will draw us into a deeper understanding of Christian faith, vocation, catechesis, ministry & ecclesiology – in light of the presence and reality of physical & intellectual impairment among disciples. As part of the core of Christian life or ministry, our focus is pastoral & ecclesial; rather than clinical, medical, legal or psychological.

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

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