Courses Available

Please choose courses from the following:

Category A:

Select two courses from Category A. These must be selected from different disciplines.

HIS 3019 - The Fall of Rome

Description: The end of the ancient world -- ancient sources and modern theories. A multi-faceted analysis of Mediterranean society from AD 200 - 750: politics, economy, religion, urban life, art, social relations, literature.
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHI 3100 - Augustine & Antiquity

Description: Life and thought of Saint Augustine; the problem of certitude, the problem of evil, the nature of history, human knowledge and God, the soul-body relations, and political philosophy.
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHI 3120 - Augustine & Modernity

Description: Influences of Augustine's major teachings in shaping medieval and modern thought. Augustine's position on human nature, human freedom, sin and grace, history, and the nature and end of society.
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 2500 - Ancient Christianity

Description: Early Christian writings, controversies, councils and events growth of Christianity from persecution to official acceptance in the Roman Empire; God, creation, evil, Jesus Christ, Church, Christian living, Holy Spirit, culture.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 2750 - St. Augustine: Life & Message

Description: Historical context for the life and message of Augustine; significant theological issues, controversies and events, elements of influence.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or THL 1051
Credit Hours: 3.0

Category B:

Select three courses from one of the tracks.

Track 1: Theological/Philosophical Themes

HUM 3180 - PHI: Faith & Reason

Description: Reflects on classicaland contemporary texts dealing with relation between faith and reason.Discusses imaginative presentations of the christian worldviewattempting to show how it's both reasonable and mysterious. Fulfills anupper level Philosophy in the Core Curriculum.
Credit Hours: 3.0

HUM 4350 - PHI: Problem of Love

Description: Reading a broad surveyof philosophical discussions of love, from Plato to Derrida, we willaddress a variety of questions concerning the nature of love, therelationship between self-interest, self-love, and love of other,whether Christianity makes a difference to the meaning of love, andrelated issues. Fulfills an upper level Philosophy in the CoreCurriculum.
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHI 2400 - Social & Political Phil

Description: Social and politicalphilosophers and the influence of their theories on the philosophicalfoundation of modern culture and society; emphasis on such conceptionsas society, the state, justice and equality, and the social andpolitical nature of persons.
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHI 2410 - Philosophy of Sex & Love

Description: Embodiment, the nature of sexuality, the types of love, sexual ethics, marriage, sexual differences, and sexual discrimination.
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHI 3100 - Augustine & Antiquity

Description: Life and thought ofSaint Augustine; the problem of certitude, the problem of evil, thenature of history, human knowledge and God, the soul-body relations,and political philosophy.
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHI 3120 - Augustine & Modernity

Description: Influences ofAugustine's major teachings in shaping medieval and modern thought.Augustine's position on human nature, human freedom, sin and grace,history, and the nature and end of society.
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 2500 - Ancient Christianity

Description: Early Christianwritings, controversies, councils and events growth of Christianityfrom persecution to official acceptance in the Roman Empire; God,creation, evil, Jesus Christ, Church, Christian living, Holy Spirit,culture.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 2525 - Miracles Mystics Monks

Description: Christianization ofEurope during the Middle Ages (500-1500) conversionof the Barbarians,the cult of the saints, Monasticism, the sacraments, popular religion,the crusades Heresy and Church Reform.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 2550 - Reformation Christianity

Description: The breakdown of theMedieval Church (1500-1700) inaugurated by Martin Luther; the creationof Protestant Churches; the formation of Tridentine Catholicism; thebeginning of the Englightenment.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or THL 1051
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 2590 - Historical Themes

Description: Selected topics inhistorical theology: Religion in the Age of Romanticism; Roman CatholicModernism; Vatican II: Evolution or Revolution.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 2725 - Christian Classics I

Description: Major theologicalthemes in classic texts of Christian History from the early church toReformation; status and interpretation of biblical literature, graceand freedom, faith and reason, Christ and culture; texts fromAugustine, Aquinas, Luther and others. Required for Majors. Restrictedto majors or minors or permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or THL 1051
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 2750 - St. Augustine: Life & Message

Description: Historical context forthe life and message of Augustine; significant theological issues,controversies and events, elements of influence.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or THL 1051
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 2790 - Themes in Patristic Studies

Description: Courses of varying content in patristics offered on occasional basis.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 3100 - Christian Anthropology

Description: The relationshipbetween God and the human person from a variety of view points: humanorigins; the purpose of life; the problem of evil and the humancondition; salvation as divinization - insights and approaches ofrecent writers.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 3500 - God and History's Future

Description: The process of historyas a cooperative venture of divine and human activity; creation andincarnation-God's initiatives within a future-oriented process; humansuffering, the cross, resurrection; human freedom and redeemedoptimism; Christians critical participants in society.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or THL 1051
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 3700 - Catechism of the Cath Church

Description: Theological analysisof the most recent official statement (Cathechism of the CatholicChurch, 1992, ET 1994) of the practices and beliefs of RomanCatholicism.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or THL 1051
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 4310 - War and Morality

Description: Just war, pacifism,and feminist critique--three Christian traditions of relfection onethics and warfare; conflice and overlap across these traditions; closeexamination of historical illustrations of the conduct of war.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 4320 - Christ. Social Teachings

Description: Historical andsystematic examination of major modern Christian movements in socialethics, e.g., the Social Gospel, Christian realism, Catholic socialthought; the relevance of these schools to current reflection on warand peace, justice and injustice.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or THL 1051
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 4330 - Christian Environmental Ethics

Description: Examine foundationaltheological issues and major christian thinkers on the environment;in-depth study of synthetic chemical, agriculture, and treatment ofanimals; and weekly class discussions on various practical topics inenvironmental ethics.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or THL 1051 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or HON 1825 or THL 1827 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 4500 - Christian Spirituality

Description: The Christian spiritual experience through the centuries.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or THL 1051
Credit Hours: 3.0

Track 2: Historical

HIS 2280 - Catholic Church in America

Description: Development andshaping of the Roman Catholic Church by diverse cultures of Catholicismfrom 1500 to the present. The first contact of Europeans and NativeAmericans; growth through European immigration; challenges facing themodern, multicultural Church of the present day.
Credit Hours: 3.0

HIS 3018 - Pagans, Jews, and Christians

Description: Society and religionbetween Alexander the Great and the coming of Islam. The classicalpantheon, domestic religion, magic, the imperial cult; the variety ofJudaism in Palestine and the Diaspora, Judaism and the state; the riseof Christianity, the persecutions, Constantine and the conversion ofthe empire.
Credit Hours: 3.0

HIS 3019 - The Fall of Rome

Description: The end of the ancientworld -- ancient sources and modern theories. A multi-faceted analysisof Mediterranean society from AD 200 - 750: politics, economy,religion, urban life, art, social relations, literature.
Credit Hours: 3.0

HIS 3101 - Early Medieval History

Description: Europe from the fall of Rome to the end of the Viking Age.
Credit Hours: 3.0

HIS 3118 - Religious Poverty in Mid Ages

Description: The emergence of themendicant orders (Augustinians, Franciscans, Dominicans, and PoorClares), their mission and influence on medieval Christianity; popularpiety, heresy, and the papacy; attempts at converting Jews, Muslims,and pagans.
Credit Hours: 3.0

HIS 3131 - The Reformation

Description: Catholic, Protestant,and popular reform theories and religious upheaval, and the revolutionof the common people in the 16th century, with emphasis on the material"structures of everyday life" and the economic, social, and politicalbackground of the "crisis of feudalism" and critique of the church andearly modern state.
Credit Hours: 3.0

HIS 3142 - The Enlightenment

Description: The culturaltransition of traditional Western Christendom to modernity in the 18thCentury, including its clash with religion; emphasis on scepticism andempiricism; rehabilitation of natural desires and emotion; efforts tore-engineer human society; new perceptions of economics, crime andpunishment, and aesthetics; creation of a reading public; role in theAmerican founding; impact upon issues of gender and race.
Credit Hours: 3.0

Track 3: Social/Political

PJ 2600 - Catholic Social Teaching

Description: One hundred years ofCatholic Social Thought. Papal encyclicals, especially Rerum Novarum(1891) and Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (1987). The pastoral letters of theAmerican Bishops, special emphasis on the Challenge of Peace (1983) andEconomic Justice for All (1986). Guest lecturers will help to show theinterdisciplinary nature of Catholic teaching.
Credit Hours: 3.0

PJ 3400 - War and Morality

Description: Three traditions ofmoral reflection on war: "Just War" theory; Pacifism; and, thehistorical experience of women. Discussions focus on concrete cases(e.g., the modern world wars, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Bosnia).
Credit Hours: 3.0

PJ 5400 - Ethics, Justice and the Family

Description: The moral meaning ofmarriage; justice, gender, and the domestic division of labor; thelegal protection of marriage and the parties to it; marriage,reproductive technology, and the commodification of children; the moralmeaning of "having children"; the responsibilities of parents to theirchildren; the responsibilities of children to their parents, withspecial reference to care for the aged; distributive justice and thefamily; society's responsibilities to serving the needs of itschildren. Course readings will be taken from a number of disciplines,including Christian ethics, law and legal history, philosophy, andsociology.
Credit Hours: 3.0

PHI 2410 - Philosophy of Sex & Love

Description: Embodiment, the nature of sexuality, the types of love, sexual ethics, marriage, sexual differences, and sexual discrimination.
Credit Hours: 3.0

PSC 6000 - Early Political Theories

Description: The relevance of the classics of political thought for understanding modern politics from the Greeks to the modern era.
Credit Hours: 3.0

SOC 2100 - Cultural Anthropology

Description: Principles of culturalanthropology; ethnological variations in language, techniques, customsand values; problems of cultural development and change.
Credit Hours: 3.0

SOC 2600 - Sociology of Religion

Description: The interactionbetween society and religion; religion and scientific claims;investigation of human nature as social and the concept of oneness inreligion.
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 4100 - Christian Ethics

Description: Christian moralcommitment; current moral problems facing the Catholic; the nature ofthe human person; Jesus as the model and source of moral life; thedevelopment of teachings in morality and the role of the authority ofthe Church.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or THL 1051
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 4310 - War and Morality

Description: Just war, pacifism,and feminist critique--three Christian traditions of relfection onethics and warfare; conflice and overlap across these traditions; closeexamination of historical illustrations of the conduct of war.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or HON 1827 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 4330 - Christian Environmental Ethics

Description: Examine foundationaltheological issues and major christian thinkers on the environment;in-depth study of synthetic chemical, agriculture, and treatment ofanimals; and weekly class discussions on various practical topics inenvironmental ethics.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or THL 1051 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or HON 1825 or THL 1827 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

THL 4400 - Christian Marriage

Description: Christian marriage inthe 20th century; scriptural, historical, legal, and moral issues;preparations for the wedding liturgy and Christian married life.
Prerequisites: THL 1050 or HON 1825 or HON 1003 or HON 1053 or THL 1051 or THL 1827 or HON 1827
Credit Hours: 3.0

Category C:

Required Senior Seminar. This is an interdisciplinary capstone course that reflects the ongoing dialogue between faith and culture.