Philosophy and Humanities
LT 501 - Elementary Latin I (3)
This course focuses on mastery of the morphology and syntax of classical Latin in order to provide students with a solid basis to read classical, patristic, medieval, and Renaissance Latin literature of all genres.
PH 501 - Introduction to the Life and Works of St. Thomas Aquinas (3)
This survey course will introduce the student to the life and works of St. Thomas Aquinas. To this end, we will read Jean-Pierre Torrell’s Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Person and His Work and examine closely samples of Aquinas’ works. So as not to depend on a single author as our guide, we will also consult Joseph Pieper’s Guide to Thomas Aquinas, and miscellaneous articles or selections from other publications. We will note the different kinds of works Aquinas produced, the dates and context of their composition, as well as Thomas’ own spirituality and the evolution of his thought on particular points.
PH 511 - Ancient Philosophy (3)
The course begins with a detailed study of the fragments of the major Pre-Socratic philosophers. This study prepares the way for extensive reading of primary Platonic and Aristotelian texts, exploring the fundamental issues with which they are engaged and the central elements in their respective positions.
PH 514 - Recent Philosophy (3)
This course follows the trajectory of Modern philosophy beginning with Hegel’s response to Kant’s critical synthesis. Following upon the achievement of the German Idealists attention will be given to the various recent movements of more circumscribed ambition. These include, but do not exhaust: Existentialism, Phenomenology, Analytic Philosophy, Continental language-centered studies, and Twentieth-Century Thomism.
PH 521 - Logic (3)
With a view to practical application, this course will first examine elementary principles and informal fallacies before presenting an in-depth study of Aristotelian syllogistic logic. A secondary focus will be upon logic’s relationship to philosophy in its instrumental and epistemological roles.
PH 523 - Philosophy of Nature (Cosmology) (3)
This course will offer an Aristotelian-Thomistic consideration of natural philosophy, the science that studies nature in general. The course will begin by identifying the subject matter and scope of this science, and it will then proceed to examine the principles, causes, and elements of natural things. Topics to be addressed include the phenomenon of change, the constitution of material things in general, the relationship between the soul and the body in living things, and the structure of time.
PH 551 - Philosophy of Being (Metaphysics) (3)
This course offers a Thomistic consideration of metaphysics, the science that studies being in general. The course begins by identifying the subject matter and scope of this science, the nature of being, its attributes, its divisions, and its causes. Topics to be addressed include the problem of the one and the many, the analogous nature of being, participation theory, and the existence and attributes of the first being, vis., God. The course presumes that students have a basic familiarity with Aristotelian natural philosophy (supplementary readings will be provided for students who do not).
SS 581 - Elementary Greek I (3)
First course in a two-semester sequence giving intensive grounding in the forms, vocabulary, and syntax of Attic and New Testament Greek; frequent exercises in reading and writing Greek.
SS 611 - Pentateuch (3)
An introduction to the first five books of the Bible and to the ways the Old Testament has been interpreted in Catholic tradition. Special attention will be given to the history of the interpretation of the Pentateuch in Judaism and Christianity.
SS 621 - Prophets of Israel (3)
An introduction to the prophetic books of the Old Testament, focusing on the three Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel), and the twelve Minor Prophets (The Book of the Twelve: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). The final part of the course will briefly introduce the Book of Daniel and aspects of the reception of the Old Testament prophets in early Jewish and Christian tradition.
Introductory questions to be considered include prophecy in the ancient Near East, the Former Prophets, the extent and canonical shaping of the prophetic corpus, the prophetic vocation, the prophet as mediator, teacher, and watchman, and the typological interpretation of history in Israelite prophecy.
SS 645 - Johannine Writings (3)
This course offers an introduction to the Gospel of John, the Letters of John, and the Book of Revelation. Following a consideration of theories of authorship, dating, genre, and community regarding these works, each of the Johannine writings will be studied in terms of its historical, literary, and theological contexts with an emphasis on Christology, soteriology, and discipleship. Patristic and Thomistic readings will also be considered.
SS 734 - The Psalms (3)
An introduction to the Book of Psalms giving special attention to the way the Psalms were received and interpreted in Judaism and Christianity. The course will take the form of a seminar and will examine the language and theology of a select group of Psalms from two perspectives: that of their historical origins and their reception in the Church’s Scripture and Tradition.
SS 765 - Catholic Letters and Letter to the Hebrews (3)
The focus of this course concerns the letters of James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Jude, and Hebrews (note that 1, 2, and 3 John are considered among the Catholic letters but will not be treated here, since they are included in the Johannine Writings course). For each letter issues of dating, authorship, audience, and genre will be considered, with the main emphasis on the theological and historical context of each letter in early Christianity. The Letter to the Hebrews will be featured given its complexity and significance. Some patristic commentaries on the letters will also be included.
SS 781 - Intermediate Greek I (3)
Review of grammar and syntax. Selected readings in Attic and Hellenistic texts, including biblical authors. Special attention given to increasing facility in reading and interpreting the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: SS 582 - Elementary Greek II or the equivalent.
ST 601 - Nature and Method of Theology (3)
A study of the nature of theological thinking as an intellectual inquiry, arising from faith and having God himself and his promises as its proper subject matter. The course presents an interpretation of significant current trends in the light of the history of theology, with emphasis on medieval and modern theology. Shaped by Thomas Aquinas’s conception of theology as sacra doctrina, the course advances proposals about such topics as revelation, scripture and tradition, faith and reason, the use of philosophy in theology, the nature of doctrines and their development, and the role of authority.
ST 611 - Creation and the Human Person (3)
Divine gratuity is the point of reference for this theological study of the spiritual material and spiritual-material orders in their relation to God and to each other. In particular, the gifts of cosmos and the human person provide the axes for an inquiry into the meaning and purpose of creation, divine Providence, a theological appraisal of the cosmos, the problem of evil, and the nature and origin of the human person as image of God. St. Thomas Aquinas serves as master guide who himself provides principles for extracting the perennial from the passing in a theological domain where a balanced fidelity to the perduring and responsiveness to the contemporary are especially mandated.
ST 621 - Basic Elements of Christology (3)
A systematic approach to Christology guides this course’s review of key historical moments in the Church’s theological elucidation of the mystery of Christ. After situating it within the larger theological domain and clarifying its nature, Christology is examined from the perspectives of a Catholic reading of Sacred Scripture, its development in the controversies and councils of the early Church, and St. Thomas Aquinas’s synthesis in the Summa Theologiae’s tract on Christ. Finally, modern developments and questions are critically addressed with an eye toward outlining an adequate Christology for the future. Prerequisites: ST 601 - Nature and Method of Theology, ST 604 - Triune God and ST 611 - Creation and the Human Person.
ST 631 - Sacraments: Theology and Initiation (3)
An introduction to general sacramental theory by tracing various sacramental teachings from their biblical, patristic, medieval, and contemporary perspectives. The course will also address the scriptural, historical, and dogmatic developments of the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and the implications for contemporary ecumenical discussion
ST 635 - Sacrament of Marriage: Theology and Canon Law (3)
A study of the principal canons on matrimony in their historical and doctrinal context: the canonical definition of marriage and its ends and properties, preparation for marriage, impediments, mixed marriage, dissolution of the bond and annulments, convalidation, sanation (canons 1055-1165). Requirements in this course include active class participation, required readings, assigned cases and studies, and a final written examination.
ST 637 - Sacrament of the Eucharist (3)
This course will present a basic theology of mystery of the Eucharist in light of Sacred Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Topics that will be studied include: the Biblical concept of sacrifice, the Christological origins of the Eucharist, Patristic theologies of the Eucharist, the Eucharistic theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, Tridentine and Modern developments concerning the Sacrifice of the Mass, and communion ecclesiology. Theological consideration will also be given to the relation of the Eucharist to various forms of liturgical rites, and to the canonical laws of the Church.
ST 743 - Sancti Thomae Aquinatis Super Evangelium Sancti Ioannis Lectura 
We will read through selected sections of Aquinas’ Commentary on the Gospel of John in Latin, using Dauphinais’ and Levering’s Reading John with St. Thomas Aquinas: Theological Exegesis and Speculative Theology as a guide for our reflection and discussion. The first hour of each class will be dedicated to reading and analyzing Aquinas’ Latin text; the second hour will take up the broader themes dealt with in Reading John with St. Thomas Aquinas. Prerequisite: one year of Latin.
ST 881 - Thomistic Seminar I (3)
This seminar will consider the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas in dialogue with the 21st century. We will undertake our investigation by considering Aquinas’ understanding of theology as wisdom over against the post-Enlightenment tendency to interpret religious experience in terms of practical ends. A central question to be treated in our study will be the place of metaphysics in theology. The Summa Theologiae will serve as the text of first recourse to Thomas’ own thought.
In accord with the seminar format, class time will be devoted to discussion rather than lecture, and each student will submit a research paper at the end of the semester. The papers will be presented by the students in class toward the end of the semester.
Moral and Spiritual Theology
MT 601 - Principles of Christian Moral Life I (3)
A two-semester exploration of the Catholic moral tradition from scriptural, doctrinal, historical, and systematic perspectives. The doctrinal part is supplemented by a continual reference to Scriptural moral teachings; the historical survey probes the specific contributions of the various Christian ages to Catholic morality; the systematic treatment uncovers the foundational moral teachings of St. Thomas as expressed in the Summa Theologiae along with their metaphysical, anthropological, and theological roots. Happiness and human ends, actions and passions, and sin and virtue are placed within a moral setting enclosed within the larger domain of divine grace penetrating human nature. Contemporary theological approaches are examined in order to assess their contributions and shortcomings.
MT 611 - Theological Virtues (3)
This class examines in depth St. Thomas Aquinas’s teaching on the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity as expressed in the Summa Theologiae. Textual analysis will serve to uncover the systematic power of the treatise on the theological virtues as well as the treatise’s role within St. Thomas’s larger theological vision. Attention is given to the Scriptural roots of this teaching on the theological virtues and the placement of these virtues within the Catholic theological tradition.
MT 731 - Cura Animarum: Confessional Praxis; Pastoral Spiritual Guidance; Selected Pastoral Issues (3)
Designed for students preparing for the priesthood, this course will address the actual practice of hearing confessions with attention to the theological and pastoral principles central to this sacrament. The course will also treat the principles needed for the work of spiritual counsel and guidance to which the priest is called. Finally, the course will consider a number of pastoral situations that a priest will encounter in his sacramental ministry, e.g., pre-marital cohabitation, suicide, divorce. Lecture, readings, discussion and role-playing sessions will be required of all students.
MT 732 - The Inner Way: Understanding & Practicing Eastern & Western Spiritual Direction (3)
Spiritual direction was born in the Christian East, later developing its traditions in both East and West. Its history, methods, and contemporary application will be studied and discussed. Themes to be studied will be man / woman as image of the Divine Icon, growth in the likeness of God, the role of the Spiritual Mother and Father as “charismatic individual,” the attainment of purity of heart and and intent, inner peace and healing, Sacraments and direction, the elder as gift bearer. Skills needed to engage in spiritual direction will be looked at. Topics to be discussed: growth in divinization, prayer, metaonia of heart, joyful-sorrow (penthos), the Jesus Prayer and the need of a personal desert, what constitutes a true orthodox spiritual director.
HS 501 - Early and Medieval Church History (3)
Emergence of the Church in the early centuries, its maturity in the Christian Roman Empire, the formation of Christendom in the western Middle Ages to AD 1450. Particular attention will be given to the reading of primary sources and a familiarization with secondary sources.
HT 709 - The Theology of St. Augustine (3)
This seminar investigates the single most influential Father of the Church, St. Augustine of Hippo (d. 430). We will consider distinctive characteristics in Augustine’s theology on such topics as scriptural exegesis, creation, the Trinity, Christ, the Church, the sacraments, grace, and love. The course will be both historically informed by attention to the pastoral needs and controversies in North Africa from the late fourth and early fourth centuries as well as relevant to problems in thinking about the mysteries of the faith today.
HT 769 - The Catholic Church and the Churches: A Vocation to Ecumenism (3)
This course will explore the Catholic understanding of ecumenism and the Church’s inherent commitment to it, considered in the light of the Encyclical “Ut Unum Sint.” Christ’s prayer “That all may be one” (John 17:21) will be the basis for explaining the unique role of the Catholic Church in this great endeavor. Specific issues and problems obstructing Christian unity, e.g. the role of the Bishop of Rome and the historical continuance of the Petrine Ministry, Apostolic Succession, Sacrament/Sacraments, Christian Priesthood, the ordination of women, the place of the Theotokos and the veneration of Saints, etc. What do the early Church Fathers have to say to these issues? Why should their witness be accorded a pre-eminent stature? The nature of “spiritual ecumenism” among the churches. Vatican II and the Decree on Ecumenism will be discussed along with national and international bi-lateral conversations. Ecumenism at the grass roots level. Prominent personages in the movement. The place of prayer, and personal vocation to the ecumenical apostolate.
PS 601 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (3)
An introduction to Christian ministry with attention given to both methods and models of ministry. A focus on the theology of ministry will be integral along with an introduction to the skills of theological reflection and pastoral communications. Students will be helped to use class discussions as a way of drawing together methods, group dynamics and theological themes in the exercise of ministry. A supervised pastoral placement in an approved setting is required.
PS 621 - Introduction to Church Law (3)
This course introduces basic concepts concerning law in the Church, how it is made and interpreted, and how it is applied in various situations. It also examines the status of persons in general, the computation of time, and the law on sacraments and temporal goods. Requirements in this course include active class participation, required readings, assigned cases and studies, and a final written examination.
PS 661 - Ministries Practicum (1)
A practicum taken in preparation for the ministries of acolyte and reader. History and offices of these ministries, the lectionary, public proclamation, and service at the altar.
Last Revised 8/28/12