Spring 2014 Classes
Monday / Wednesday
THE 318 Jesus the Christ (4 credits) – Mon / Wed 9:00AM – 10:45AM
This course concerns Christology, the study of Christian teaching about the person and work of Jesus Christ as presented in biblical texts, early Christian creeds, the formulas of the great ecumenical councils, sacramental rites, and the liturgy of the Church.
THE/HIS 303 Church History (4 credits) – Mon / Wed 12:00PM – 1:45PM
This course explores the history of the Church’s emergence, development, and growth in the apostolic, patristic, medieval, and Reformation periods as well as the mutual effects of Christianity’s engagement with various cultures.
THE 220 Faith and Justice (4 credits) – Mon / Wed 2:00 – 3:45PM
This course explores Christian perspectives on the common good in light of challenges to peace and human dignity presented by the modern world, with special attention to Catholic social teaching.
THE 330 Gospels (4 credits) – Mon Night 5:30 – 8:30PM
This course examines the Gospels with regard to their background and development; their relationship to Jesus of Nazareth; their historical, literary, and canonical relationships; their narrative structure, theology, and Christology; and their role in Christian faith, life, and liturgy.
CTH 325 The Sexual Difference in Catholic Perspective (3 credits) Wed. Night 4:00 – 7:30PM
What is the meaning of "masculinity" and "femininity"? This course considers the question of gender – the sexual difference – in terms of its theological and ontological foundations, its neurological and psychological discoveries regarding male and female gender, and in light of political and ecclesial issues raised in the present cultural situation. Readings from biologists, social scientists, novelists, philosophers, theologians, and culture critics.
Tuesday / Thursday
THE 110 Intro to the Bible (3 credits) – Tues / Thurs 8AM – 9:15AM
This course examines the structure and content of the Bible in its historical, literary, and canonical contexts with attention to traditional and modern interpretive approaches and the Bible’s role in faith, life, and liturgy.
CTH / THE 234 Benedict: Yesterday and Today (3 credits) – Tues / Thurs 10:30 – 11:45AM
This course examines the influence of St. Benedict and Benedictines on Church, history, and various facets of human thought and culture. It also highlights monasticism’s significance as a resource for ongoing spiritual renewal in the Church and culture. This course is a required foundation course for Catholic Studies major and minor as well as an advanced university core theology course.
CTH 101 The Great Catholic Adventure (4 credits) Tues / Thurs 12:00 – 1:45PM
This course introduces the interdisciplinary study of Catholic thought and culture: the interplay of Church and culture throughout the ages, the complementarity of faith and reason across multiple disciplines, and the integration of faith and life as a whole. This course is a required foundation course for Catholic Studies majors and an elective foundation course for CTH minors.
CTH 325 Catholic Church Architecture (3 credits) Tues / Thurs. 4:00 – 5:15 PM
This course will examine the theological, liturgical, symbolic, historical, canonical, and cultural aspects of Catholic church architecture. We will approach the architectural patrimony of the Church primarily as “signs and symbols of the heavenly realities” (Sacrosanctum Concilium) to understand how this vision has been interpreted through the ages, with particular references to the 20th century changes in Catholic architecture, the documents of the Second Vatican Council and the architectural implementation of the Council’s vision, and the contemporary liturgical and architectural discussions.
THE 112 Intro to Theology (3 credits) – Tues Night 5:30 – 8:00 PM
This course explores the nature, sources, methods, and history of the various disciplines of Christian theology by engaging in reasoned reflection upon revelation in Scripture and Tradition.
CTH / PHI 210 Search for Happiness: Faith & Reason in Life (4 credits) – Thurs Night 5:30 – 8:30PM
Investigates the quest for happiness in light of the complementarity of Christian faith and human reason as found in the tradition of Catholic thought and culture. Evaluates arguments for and against various claims about happiness originating from popular culture, philosophy, theology, and other disciplines. Emphasis on the integration of the spiritual, bodily, and social dimensions of the human person. Required foundation course for Catholic Studies major; elective foundation course for Catholic Studies minor.