Graduate Course Offerings: Summer 2014

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23 June – 2 August

THEO 604: Moral Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
Wednesdays, 1 – 3:30 and 6:30 – 9 pm
A study of the fundamental principles of moral theology in light of the revelation of God’s law and the grace of Christ, including the nature and end of morality, the vocation to beatitude, freedom and the morality of human acts, moral conscience, infused habits, the nature of sin, the commandments and the natural law, the question of moral absolutes, and an examination of some contemporary trends in moral theology. 

SCRI 607: New Testament (Dr. Eric Jenislawski)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1 – 3:30 pm
A survey of the books of the New Testament as the fulfillment of the old covenant epoch, including the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Corpus, the Catholic Epistles, and the Apocalypse of St. John. 

THEO 605: Liturgy & Sacraments (Fr. Paul de Ladurantaye)
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9 pm, & Wednesdays, 8:45 – 11:15 am
This course is devoted to a study of the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church encompassing the historical, theological and canonical developments of the sacraments, and situating them in their relation to the entirety of the liturgy as a celebration of Christ and His Church.

THEO 802: Social Teachings (Fr. Mark Pilon)
Mondays & Thursdays, 8:45 – 11:15 am
This course examines the role of the Church in society and focuses on the major papal and conciliar documents since Pope Leo XIII.  Special attention is given to teachings about the family, the political and economic spheres of society, the international community, and the Holy See’s unique contributions on the world stage.  The sacredness of life, the dignity of man, his creation in the image of God, and his personhood are emphasized as foundational to social morality.

EDUC 603: Catechetical Program Administration (Prof. Noelle Hiester)
Fridays, 6:30 – 9 pm, and Saturdays, 8:45 – 11:15 am
This course focuses on the practical principles and parameters necessary to run any successful parish or diocesan program in evangelization and/or catechesis, in areas such as religious education, youth ministry, adult education, parish evangelization, and RCIA. It includes planning, budgeting, hiring, time management, legal issues, record keeping, managing meetings, assessment of instructional materials, program assessment, and catechetical methods & models.


23 June – 2 August

THEO 601: God the Father (Dr. Robert Matava)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 – 8:30 pm
An introduction to the doctrine of God, the Triune Creator, especially from the theological perspective of St. Thomas Aquinas. The course includes the existence of God and the divine attributes; our ability to know and speak about God; God’s knowledge, will, creative action and providence;  the patristic development of Trinitarian dogma; the processions and personal relations within the Godhead; the divine persons considered with respect to the one divine essence and to each other; and the external divine missions. This course combines historical and systematic methods in a sustained engagement with primary sources, especially Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae I). 


30 June – 25 July

SESSION 1 (30 June – 11 July):

CONL 624: The Vows According to St. Thomas (Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.)
(daily 8:30 – 10:40 am)
This course focuses on the rich scholastic tradition on the consecrated life as found in St. Thomas Aquinas, including questions in the Summa Theologiae as well as “On the Perfection of the Spiritual Life” and the Contra Retrahentes.  2 credits. 

CONL 721: Theology & Spirituality of the New Evangelization (Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.)
(daily 10:50-11:50 am & 4-5 pm)
This course develops both a theology and a spirituality of evangelization with particular emphasis on the role of consecrated men and women in the New Evangelization; including the Church's teaching on evangelization in Vatican II’s Ad Gentes, the various adaptations of the Church's missionary activity over the centuries, and the call to the new evangelization for the Third Christian Millennium. 2 credits.

SESSION 2 (14 – 25 July)

CONL 623: Scriptural Foundations of the Consecrated Life (Fr. Norbert Wood, O.Praem.)
(daily 8:30 – 10:40 am)
The course examines the Scriptural foundations of the consecrated life as found in the Gospels and other New Testament writings, especially those of St. Paul.  2 credits. 

CONL 722: Angels & Consecrated Life (Fr. Basil Nortz, O.R.C.)
This course will study the theology of the angels and their mission in the Church and the world, with special emphasis on developing devotion to the Holy Angels, especially to one's guardian angel, and an explanation of how the angels serve as models and helpers in living the consecrated life.
(daily 10:50-11:50 am & 4-5 pm)


5 May – 15 August


SCRI 606 LIVE ONLINE: Old Testament (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
Mondays 6-8pm, Eastern Time
This course is a survey of the historical, wisdom, and prophetical books of the Old Testament seen as a preparation for the New Testament era, including the revelatory stages of salvation history, the importance of Biblical typology, and the function of fulfilled prophecy. 

SCRI 608 LIVE ONLINE: Biblical Apologetics (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
Wednesdays 6-8 pm, Eastern Time
This course examines how to defend the Faith from the text of the Bible, and how to show, from the text of the Bible, the errors of the various Protestant heresies.  The course includes lectures on the most common biblical apologetic subjects and topics of debate, and a seminar-style study of the actual dynamics that go into the debate, with in-class exercises and practice to develop the student into an efficient and successful defender of the Faith and evangelist of the Gospel of Christ.


THEO 602 ONLINE: Christology (Dr. Robert Matava)
An introduction to the mystery of the Incarnation, from the perspectives of Scripture, patristic theology and St. Thomas Aquinas. Course includes the nature and method of Christology, the ‘quests’ for the historical Jesus, foreshadowings of the Incarnation and Jesus in the Old Testament, the patristic development of Christology, the motive for the Incarnation, the personal union of Christ’s divine and human natures, the human nature assumed by the Word, the theological implications of the union of natures, the Paschal Mystery and our redemption. This course combines historical and systematic methods in an engagement with Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae III.

PHIL 603 ONLINE: Philosophical Errors (Dr. Kristin Burns)
A study of some of the false philosophies of man and God, especially in so far as these form the intellectual basis for the errors and shortcomings in contemporary popular thought and in Biblical exegesis, with a critique of these theories and a comparison of them with the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. 

HIST 611 ONLINE: Church History II (Dr. Donald Prudlo)
A survey of the history of the Church from the High Middle Ages to the present time, with special emphasis on theological issues and the contributions of the Church to culture and civilization.   Includes the Renaissance, Reformation, the Catholic Counter-reformation, the evangelization of the New World, the scientific revolution and Enlightenment, up to the Second Vatican Council.

THEO 721 ONLINE: Virtues (Dr. Kristin Burns)
A study of the nature of virtue and the types of virtue continuing with a focus on the particular virtues:  the four cardinal virtues with their related virtues, and the three theological virtues. The course is based on the Summa Theologiae II of St. Thomas Aquinas and involves close examination and discussion of the texts. The aim of the course is to revive an authentically Thomistic ethics based on the human person. 

EDUC 602 ONLINE: Catechetical Tradition (Prof. David Wallace)
The theology and history of evangelization and catechesis; the methods, models and experiences of evangelization and catechesis from Biblical times throughout the history of the Church; the teachings and normative directives of the Church on evangelization and catechesis. 

THEO 590 ONLINE:  Introduction to Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
An introduction to the graduate-level study of theology.  It treats comprehensively the meaning of theology, its various disciplines, major methods and basic terminology.   Areas of focus are Divine Revelation and the characteristics of the human response, clarifying distinctions between faith and reason and between Scripture and Tradition, doctrine and its development, liturgy, ecclesiology, and the Magisterium. 

Summer 2014 Booklist

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Graduate credit tuition: $350/credit – $333/credit for religious
Audit tuition: $125/credit - $90/credit for religious, seniors, catechists
(VCI courses are two credits; all others are three credits)

REGISTRATION FEE: $50 per student 
(early registration  - at least one month before the semester starts -  $25)

TECHNOLOGY FEE: $100 per online course

ROOM & BOARD (summer program only):
$1500/six-week session - $535/two-week session
All Room & Board registrations must be received by June 1.

(summers only, includes room & board)
$920 per session/audit - $1892 per session/graduate credit
VCI registrations must be received by June 1.
No registrations will be accepted without the appropriate registration fee.