Graduate Course Offerings

Spring 2016 (18 January - 7 May)

  Peoria Catechists


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THEO 602: Christology (Dr. Robert Matava)
Wednesdays, 5 – 7 pm
An introduction to the mystery of the Incarnation from the perspectives of Scripture, patristic theology and St. Thomas Aquinas. Topics include the nature and method of Christology, the ‘quests’ of the historical Jesus, OT foreshadowings of the Incarnation and Jesus in the NT, 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, and the theological implications of the union of natures, including the unity of Christ’s being and operations . This course combines historical and systematic methods in an engagement with the first nineteen questions of Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae III.

THEO 604: Moral Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
Thursdays, 5 – 7 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.

PHIL 603: Philosophical Errors (Dr. Kristin Burns)
Tuesdays, 5 – 7 pm
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.

SCRI 607: New Testament (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
Fridays, 7:30 – 9:30 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 (Dr. Robert Matava)
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
The liturgical and sacramental life of the Church, including the meaning of sacrament, their institution by Jesus Christ and their efficacy, with special attention to the Eucharist. Also includes the Prayer of the Church, the Liturgical Cycle, and sacramentals.

THEO 721: Virtues (Dr. Kristin Burns)
Mondays, 5 – 7 pm
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.

THEO 802: Catholic Social Teachings (Fr. Paul deLadurantaye)
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
A presentation of the Catholic Church’s great tradition of social justice doctrine, focusing 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, war, education, and the international community.

HIST 700: The Crusades (Prof. Steve Weidenkopf)
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
This course seeks to impart knowledge of the crusading movement from the 11th – 17th centuries with particular emphasis on exploring the modern myths surrounding the Crusades and providing an authentic response. The Crusades are presented primarily as “armed pilgrimages” driven by a holy zeal to liberate conquered Christian lands. The course will illustrate the Crusades as an organic and integral movement in the life of the Catholic Church. Finally, the course will present a narrative history of the crusading epoch in Church history by focusing on the persons, places and events that shaped this fascinating period of history.

LATN 501: Introdution to Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. Robert Matava)
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
An introduction to the Latin language aimed at achieving a basic competency in reading Ecclesiastical Latin, including resources and techniques for effective learning of Latin, the Latin case system, the five main cases of the first three declensions, all six verb tenses in the active and passive voices of the indicative mood, and complex sentences and subordination, and several Latin prayers. This course may be taken on a pass/fail basis and does not count as graduate credit toward the MA degree. Must be taken for credit, not audited. The credits earned do not count towards the Master of Arts degree.




*SCRI 701 LIVE ONLINE: The Prophets (Fr. Sebastian Carnazzo, Ph.D.)
Mondays, 7 – 9 pm, Eastern Time

An examination of the Psalms and Wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiates, Song of Solomon, Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach) of ancient Israel and the historical period in which they developed. Special attention is given to the liturgical and catechetical use of the Psalms and Proverbs in the Early Church, the problem of evil in the book of Job, and the historical period as described in the books of Joshua through 1 Kings.


THEO 601 ONLINE: God the Father (Dr. Robert Matava)
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.

THEO 603 ONLINE: Holy Spirit & Ecclesiology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
A study of the Person of the Holy Spirit, both within the Trinity and with the mystery of the Church, as expressed in Scripture and Tradition. Magisterial documents such as Mystici Corporis Christi, Suprema haec sacra, and Lumen Gentium receive particular attention. Also studied in detail are the properties and marks of the Church, the privileged role of the Mother of God in the Church, and the universal call to holiness.

PHIL 602 ONLINE: Philosophy of God & Man (Dr. Kristin Burns)
A study of Thomas Aquinas’s metaphysics and philosophy of man, based on the Summa Theologiae, including the proofs of the existence of God; the relations between essence and esse in creatures and in God; the attributes of God; human nature; man’s knowledge, emotions and will; the spirituality, subsistence and immortality of the human soul; the union of soul and body, and man as a person.

SCRI 606 ONLINE: Old Testament (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
A survey of the historical, wisdom, and prophetical books of the Old Testament as a preparation for the New Testament era. Includes the revelatory stages of salvation history, the importance of Biblical typology, and the function of fulfilled prophecy.

THEO 712 ONLINE: Patristics (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
A study of the Eastern and Western Fathers of the Church, with emphasis on their contributions to Church doctrine, morals and the spiritual life, including their historical context and the significance of these early Christian writings for the contemporary Church.

THEO 720 ONLINE: Theological Anthropology (Fr. Paul deLadurantaye)
This course examines the biblical roots and theological tradition of the study of the human person; the origins of mankind and the nature of the human person as a free and acting subject; Jesus Christ as the archetype and perfection of humanity; the concept of man and woman as image of God; the unity in sexual difference and the nuptial meaning of the body. The course will also examine briefly the question of the end of man and the relationship between nature and grace.

THEO 724 ONLINE: Sexual & Biomedical Ethics (Prof. Joseph Arias)
Moral and canonical issues related to procreation and the care of human life, including fornication, homosexual acts, contraception, sterilization, natural family planning, the prophylactic use of condoms, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, cloning, embryo adoption/rescue, abortion/craniotomy, ectopic pregnancies, organ transplantation, “permanent vegetative states,” end-of-life issues, euthanasia, brain death, and the mission and identity of Catholic health care institution.

EDUC 603 ONLINE: Catechetical Program Administration (Prof. Noelle Hiester)
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.

THEO 590 ONLINE: Introduction to Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
This introduction to the graduate-level study of theology 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, relationships between faith and reason, Scripture and Tradition, doctrine and its development, and the roles of the Magisterium and the theologian in the Church. Special attention is also given to the history of theology, with particular emphasis on the patristic, medieval, and post-Vatican II periods. Prerequisite for all M.A. and Diploma students unless exempt because of prior theological study; the credits earned do not count towards the Master of Arts degree. 

Spring 2016 Booklist

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Graduate credit tuition: $370/credit – $355/credit for religious
Audit tuition: $135/credit - $100/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):
$1600/six-week session - $570/two-week session
All Room & Board registrations must be received by June 1.

(summers only, includes, tuition, registration, room & board)
$995 per session/audit - $2015 per session/graduate credit

VCI registrations must be received by June 1.