Bioethics Concentration

JohannesPaul2-portraitThe Content of our Bioethics Concentration

Courses articulate authentic Catholic teaching with respect to bioethical issues. They provide students with a solid Magisterial foundation in medical ethics and bioethical science. Some of the topics discussed in an interdisciplinary model are technological reproduction, the criteria for brain death, genetic engineering, end-of-life decisions, “living wills,” fetal tissue research, cloning and various legal issues pertaining to bioethical procedures.

We have a special relationship with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) for our students to take classes under Fr. Tad Pacholczyk and receive 9 credits from Holy Apostles and certification in bioethics from the NCBC. For more on this relationship, please see our NCBC page.

Bioethics Concentration Chair:

Rev. Deacon Thomas J. Davis, Jr.

Concentration Goals

  1. To teach students a fully Catholic understanding of bioethical principles and issues as concerns life issues, in their diversity and changes.
  2. To teach students biological, medical, legal (e.g., advance directives) and ethical terminology and how to interpret what members of these different disciplines are saying when using this terminology.

Concentration Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an ability to explain, in a popular way, the fully Catholic approach to bioethics, on a variety of life and death issues.
  2. Students will manifest a capacity to understand and interpret developing medical, biological, and legal approaches to life and death issues in a fully Catholic manner.

Co-requisites for Theology:

  1. Philosophy for Theologians
  2. Introduction to Theology

Theology Core:

  1. One and Triune God
  2. Christology
  3. Fundamental Moral Theology I
  4. Synoptic Gospels

Concentration Core:

  1. Catholic Bioethics and the Dignity of the Human Person (non-NCBC students – Biology and Biotechnologies for Ethicists)
  2. Guiding Principles of Catholic Medical Ethics (non-NCBC students – Marriage and theTheology of the Body)
  3. Gospel of Life and Culture of Death
  4. Case Studies and Applied Topics

Concentration Electives:

  1. Catholic Bioethics
  2. Bioethics and the Law