Graduate Course Offerings: Spring 2014
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THEO 602: Christology (Dr. Robert Matava)
Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:30 pm
The Person and natures of Jesus Christ and the mystery of the Incarnation, including the historicity of the Gospels, Jesus’ earthly life, His teaching, miracles, three-fold office, and redemptive mission; Christological controversies, councils and magisterial documents concerning Jesus Christ.
THEO 604: Moral Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
Mondays 5 - 7 pm
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 of beatitude, freedom and the morality of human acts, the nature of sin, cooperation in evil, moral conscience, the commandments and the natural law, the question of moral absolutes, and a survey of 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)
Saturdays 10 am - 12 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/EDUC 605: Liturgy and the Sacraments (Fr. Paul deLadurantaye)
Tuesdays 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 802: Catholic Social Teaching (Fr. Paul deLadurantaye)
Wednesdays 5 – 7 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.
LATN 501: Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. Robert Matava)
Thursdays 5 - 7 pm
An introductory course aimed at a reading knowledge of Latin as used in the Liturgy, Scripture, and theological writings. Must be taken for credit, may not be audited.
LIVE ONLINE COURSES
SCRI 610 LIVE ONLINE: The Synoptic Gospels (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
Mondays 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Eastern Time
An in-depth, narrative study of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with an emphasis on the major similarities and differences among them, the significant differences between these gospels and the Gospel of John, and the particular circumstances that led to the composition of each. Major themes of emphasis are the Old Testament background to the terms Kingdom of God, Good News, and the title Christ. This is a real-time online course: students will log onto the course on Mondays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Eastern Time.
SCRI 602 LIVE ONLINE: The Pentateuch (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
Thursdays 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Eastern Time
An in-depth, narrative study of the Pentateuch, or first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, and their foundational character for the rest of Salvation History, and the centrality of the Exodus story. Major themes of emphasis include the monotheistic apologetic against polytheism, the Pentateuchal concepts of sacrifice, prophet, and priest, and the role of Moses. This is a real-time online course: students will log onto the course on Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Eastern Time.
ASYNCHRONOUS (PRE-RECORDED) ONLINE COURSES
THEO 601 ONLINE: God the Father (Dr. Robert Matava)
An examination of the first article of the Creed, both the intra-Trinitarian life (divine nature, Persons, relations, attributes) and divine relations with creation (the material universe, the creation of man in the divine image, the fall, and the promise of redemption).
THEO 603 ONLINE: Holy Spirit & Ecclesiology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
A study of the Person of the Holy Spirit, both within the Trinity and within the mystery of the Church, as expressed in Scripture and Tradition. Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes receive particular attention. The Blessed Virgin Mary, grace, and the universal call to holiness are also studied in relation to the mystery of the Church.
PHIL 602 ONLINE: Philosophy of God and 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 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)
All the practicalities of running a parish program in evangelization and/or catechesis, especially as a DRE (director of religious education) but also including youth ministry, adult education, parish evangelization, and RCIA. Includes planning, budgeting, hiring, catechist formation, assessment of instructional materials, development of supportive materials, program assessment, catechetical methods & models, parent education, etc.
SCRI 723 ONLINE: The Gospel of St. John (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
The purpose and beauty of the Johannine text are examined in light of the Catholic Faith, including the Fourth Gospel’s complementary role to the Synoptic Gospels, and its significance for Trinitarian dogma, sacramental theology, Christological research, and the devotional life.
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.
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Tuition & Fees
Graduate credit tuition: $1050 per course ($350/credit) - $333/credit for religious
Audit tuition: $375 per course ($125/credit) - $90/credit for religious, seniors, catechists
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.
VITA CONSECRATA INSTITUTE TOTAL COST:
(summers only, includes room & board)
$920 per session/audit - $1892 per session/graduate credit
VCI registrations must be received by June 1.