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MA and Ph.D. Course Descriptions

Note: Not all courses listed are currently available.

THEO 508 THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS: 3 credits. A study of the bases of theological thought and formulation: revelation, the transmission of revelation, experience, the magisterium, and their proper use in theological method. 

THEO 509* INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT: 3 credits. A survey of Synoptics, Johannine, and Pauline theology through concentration on selected books of the New Testament.

THEO 510* INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT: 3 credits. A survey of Pentateuchal, Prophetic, and Wisdom theology through concentration on selected books and passages of the Old Testament.

THEO 520 CHRISTOLOGY: 3 credits. A study of central questions in Christology: Jesus' identity (divinity and humanity) and his saving work. Special attention is given to the themes of New Testament Christology, as well as the Christological councils, in light of contemporary theological scholarship.

THEO 531 ECCLESIOLOGY: 3 credits. A study of the Church in its origin and its subsequent historical-theological developments, with particular attention given to post-Vatican II perspectives.

THEO 538 THEOLOGY OF THE SACRAMENTS: 3 credits. An analysis of the origin and development of the notion of sacramentality and of the seven rites that the Catholic tradition recognizes as sacraments; an evaluation of the various Christian meanings of "grace" in relation to sacrament.

THEO 539 THEOLOGY OF MINISTRY: 3 credits. An analysis of the concept of ministry including the meaning of the term and its historical expressions; issues in ministry in Roman Catholicism and other Christian churches; theological reflection in ministry; "new" ministries in the church.

THEO 541 FOUNDATIONS OF MORAL THEOLOGY: 3 credits. A study of the principles of moral conduct based on the New Testament and on the teachings of the Church; special treatment of the human-divine relationship, the place of Christ in human life, human freedom, conscience and self-determination, sin, conversion; analysis of the pluralism of ethical methodologies in Christian moral theology.

THEO 543 CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT: 3 credits. An examination and evaluation of Catholic Church teaching on major social issues in the papal encyclicals, conciliar documents and Episcopal pronouncements from Leo XIII to the present day.

THEO 577 INTRODUCTION TO CATECHETICS: 3 credits. An overview of the history of catechetics and the modern catechetical movement, together with an examination of recent catechetical documents of the church and contemporary issues and approaches.

THEO 579 CATECHESIS OF ADULTS: 3 credits. A study of adulthood and catechesis to include: documents of the Church regarding the catechesis of adults, adult learning theories, the educational needs of adults, types of adults, and the types of responses possible to meet those needs on the parish level.

THEO 589 SUPERVISED MINISTRY: 3 credits. A two-semester, structured, supervised ministry experience that is focused by the goals and objectives of each student's learning covenant. Students engage in ministerial activities, receive individual supervision, and participate in biweekly seminars with peers. Emphasis is placed on the development of disciplined theological reflection; additional elements of focus include spiritual formation, professional ethics and identity, Catholic social teaching and Spiritan identity as these relate to ministry.

THEO 590 DIRECTED READINGS IN THEOLOGY: An opportunity to work with a faculty member in his/her field of competence on a tutorial basis, in order to explore a theological theme chosen by the student which would serve as a vital complement to his/her program. Maximum permitted is 3 credit hours.

THEO 592 DIRECTED RESEARCH:FOUNDATIONS IN THEOLOGY: A study of the bases of theological thought and formulation: revelation, the transmission of the revelation, experience, the magisterium and their proper use in the theological method

THEO 599 THESIS: 0-6 credits

THEO 619 NEW TESTAMENT SEMINAR: Course topic to be chosen by the professor.

THEO 650 MORAL THEOLOGY SEMINAR I: Course topic to be chosen by the professor.

THEO 671 DOCTRINE SEMINAR I: Course topic to be chosen by the professor.

THEO 675 MORAL THEOLOGY SEMINAR II: Course topic to be chosen by the professor.

THEO 677 DOCTRINE SEMINAR II: Course topic to be chosen by the professor.

THEO 690 INDEPENDENT STUDY: Topic to be chosen by the student in consultation with a professor.

THEO 692-01 THEOLOGIES OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY: This seminar will explore theologies of marriage and the family. It will pay careful attention to official teaching since Vatican II with a special emphasis of the recent synod on the family and the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The official Roman Catholic teaching will be interfaced with contemporary challenges and debates such as same sex marriage, birth regulation, cultural diversity of practice, pre martial sexual behavior, etc.

THEO 693-61 RECEPTION OF BIBLICAL THEOPHANIES AND THE MAKING OF A CHRISTIAN BIBLE: The course will introduce students to a number of biblical texts in the Hebrew Bible narrating the appearance of God to various individuals or communities, and discuss their history of interpretation from inner-biblical interpretation, to the Septuagint translation, and the latter's exegesis in early Christianity. After exploring the place of theophanies in the religious imagination of biblical Israel, students will analyze the various interpretive strategies by which these texts were, first, linked into a coherent textual and exegetical "tissue" and, later, became the lens through which the Hebrew Bible came to be appropriated as the "Old Testament," the scriptural basis for articulating early Christian identity.

THEO 694-01 CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF JUSTICE: The publication of John Rawls' Theory of Justice in 1971 stimulated a renewed interest in the meaning of justice among Anglo-American moral, political, and social philosophers that has continued into the present moment. This seminar will examine several representative thinkers in contemporary debates about justice, including Rawls himself. We will also ask whether and how insights from these recent debates might be incorporated into Christian perspectives on the subject and how, conversely, insights from the Christian tradition can contribute to contemporary debates about justice.

THEO 696 MORAL THEOLOGY SEMINAR IV: Course topic to be chosen by the professor.

THEO 697 Doctrine Seminar IV: Course topic to be chosen by the professor.



*These courses are required for the M.A. in Religious Education and do not fulfill the other M.A. degree requirements in Scripture.