Philosophy and Humanities
LT 502 - Elementary Latin II (3)
Students advance to the more complex syntax and irregular morphology of classical Latin as well as to the rudiments of rhetorical stylistics. Tools of historical linguistics are introduced so that students can master the changes in orthography that occur to the language between the classical and medieval period.
PH 512 - Medieval Philosophy (3)
In this course students will read important philosophic works by medieval authors as well as some historical and critical studies by more recent writers. St. Thomas Aquinas will receive special attention. The aim will be to bring medieval philosophers to light and to see the continuing relevance of the issues they raised and the answers they proposed.
PH 524 - Philosophy of Knowledge (Epistemology) (3)
After an introductory survey of divergent views concerning the philosophy of knowledge, this course will treat of sense and intellect, knowledge, judgment, truth, linguistic-logical considerations, and noetic domains.
PH 526 - Philosophical Anthropology (3)
This course will offer a philosophical consideration of human nature. We will begin with an Aristotelian-Thomistic consideration of what nature is in general and how nature differs from art and technology. We will then proceed to consider ancient, medieval, and modern views of what human nature is, focusing on such issues as the relation of the mind to the body, the purpose of human life, and man’s relation to technology.
PH 554 - Philosophical Ethics (3)
This course will provide an overview of major ethical theories as discerned by natural reason. We will examine four schools of thought: virtue (eudemian) ethics, natural law theory, duty (deontological) ethics, and utilitarianism. For each of these schools, we will focus on its views regarding such issues as the nature of human actions, the standards of right and wrong, and problems of moral judgment. Special attention will be paid to whether and how each theory may be compatible with Christian ethics.
SS 582 - Elementary Greek II (3)
Second course in a two-semester sequence: frequent exercises in reading and writing Greek. Reading of selected portions of the Greek New Testament and Attic prose.
SS 632 - Wisdom Literature (3)
An introductory survey of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, including Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes), Sirach, and the Book of Wisdom, as well as a consideration of wisdom traditions elsewhere in the Bible (e.g., Deuteronomy, the Psalms, the Song of Songs, and the New Testament). Prominent themes to be discussed include fear of the Lord, suffering, the problem of evil, and the personification of wisdom.
SS 640 - Synoptic Gospels (3)
The course considers the following issues: the history of the Synoptic problem and proposed solutions; the methodological advantages and limitations of 20th century criticism. Exegesis of selected passages will be used to provide in-depth understanding of the origins of the Synoptic traditions and their theology, ecclesiology and eschatology as seen in the life, Passion, and Resurrection of Jesus and in the early Church. This discussion will include the Christological titles, the miracles of Jesus, the parables of the Kingdom, the Sermon on the Mount, the Passion Narrative, and the Resurrection Narrative. The course will also introduce the Acts of the Apostles as the second volume of Luke’s gospel.
SS 650 - Pauline Letters (3)
This course provides an introduction to the life and letters of St. Paul through the study of Paul’s letters, the Acts of the Apostles, and some non-canonical texts. Introductory issues include the conversion, missionary work, and martyrdom of Paul, as well as the rhetorical aspects of ancient letters. The main part of the course focuses on a close study of each of the letters attributed to Paul in terms of early Christian communities and key theological ideas such as Christian anthropology, justification, grace, and eschatology. Patristic readings of some of the letters will also be considered, as well as later traditions of Paul in the early church.
SS 671 - Introduction to Classical Hebrew I (3)
An intensive introduction to Biblical Hebrew using Basics of Biblical Hebrew by Pratico and Van Pelt. In the first semester attention will be given to mastering the basics of Hebrew grammar, acquiring fluency in pronunciation, and building vocabulary.
SS 714 - Sacrifice, Priesthood and Holiness in the Old Testament (3)
An introduction to the cultic life of Ancient Israel. The meaning and significance of sacrifice, priesthood, and holiness in the Old Testament will be studied on the basis of selected biblical and ancient Near Eastern texts. The last section of the course will trace the development of these themes in the New Testament and in the priesthood of Christ.
SS 749/MT 749 - Poverty, Chastity, Obedience: Their Biblical Background (3)
Studying the evangelical vows in their rich biblical setting implies a survey of the three notions that still shape the consecrated Christian life and the multiple dimensions of their meaning. The class will start by studying the development of such notions in the Bible. In so doing, the objective of this elective course is to show that the New Testament background of the religious vows is the culmination of a tradition started well before the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. These vows are also a concrete example of how the Holy Spirit continues deepening the biblical treasures throughout the Church’s history, by inspiring men and women whose holiness is an illustration of God’s call and human answer.
ST 604 - Triune God (3)
The Old Testament revelation of God and Christ’s revelation of God as Trinity are explored in their biblical, historical and systematic connotations. Particular emphasis is given to the doctrinal developments of the conciliar period. St. Thomas Aquinas’s tracts on God as One and Three are then searched in terms of their interrelationship in order to learn how God’s nature and attributes describe individually and communally the Three Persons, and to penetrate more deeply the mystery of the three-personed God. An evaluation of contemporary accents and concerns rounds out the inquiry.
ST 614 - Theology of Grace (3)
A brief Scriptural, systematic and historical entry into the theology of grace is followed by a detailed examination of the setting and path of the Summa Theologiae’s tract on grace. Topics include the relationship of grace to law, nature and freedom; the kinds and causes of grace; the necessity and gratuity of grace; the Trinitarian indwelling and Uncreated Grace; justification and saving faith; merit in the perspective of God’s saving power; and grace as the dynamic and liberating principle of the Christian life. Pivotal moments in the theological development of grace are studied, particularly Trent. The course concludes with a synopsis of contemporary approaches to the theology of grace. Prerequisites: ST 601 - Nature and Method of Theology, ST 604 - The Triune God and ST 611 - Creation and the Human Person.
ST 636 - Sacraments of Penance and Anointing (3)
Theology Section: An introduction to the Economy of Salvation is followed by the scriptural basis and historical development of the theology of reconciliation, stressing the Church’s realization of its own nature to counter sin. The section on Anointing then moves through the history of the sacrament to conclude with the theology contained in the new rite. Canon Law Section: The canons dealing with the administration of the sacrament of Penance, and sanctions in the Church, followed by a pastoral practicum. Students are given opportunities to function as confessors for a wide variety of practical cases, stressing the healing nature of the sacrament.
ST 638 - Sacrament of Orders (3)
This course will examine the theology of the sacrament of Holy Orders, including the episcopacy and the diaconate, but focusing particularly upon the priesthood. Attention will be given to the historical origins of the three-fold hierarchy, to classical theologies of Holy Orders (particularly in the Thomist tradition), and to the spirituality of the priesthood. Modern magisterial teachings of the Church and contemporary questions and controversies will also be considered theologically.
ST 664 - Ecclesiology (3)
This course will examine the history of ecclesiology and church order from the Catholic and ecumenical perspective, as well as the contribution of St. Thomas. It will discuss the images of one Church in Lumen Gentium; models and church structure; memberships and ecumenism; clerical, religious and lay roles and their complementarity according to pertinent documents of Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
ST 783 - Aquinas and His Contemporaries on the Science of Theology (3)
The course covers a topic much discussed in Aquinas’s day: the status of theology. Is it a science? In what sense might it be called a science? What is its object, its mode of proceeding, its end? How does it relate to other disciplines? The course will begin with a study of the contributions of Aquinas, Bonaventure, Alexander of Hales, Odo Rigaud, and Albertus Magnus to the discussion of the nature of theology. It will then move to an examination of some of the sources of these thinkers (e.g., Robert Grosseteste, William of Auxerre, Hugh of St. Victor, Richard Fishacre, Robert Kilwardby), through a combination of student presentations and common study. The course will end with an examination of the distinctive theological method exhibited by Bonaventure in his “On Reducing the Arts to Theology” and by Aquinas in the prologue to his commentary on Boethius’s De Trinitate. The purpose of the course is to explore Aquinas’s contributions to these questions in their historical context, to see precisely where Aquinas agrees and disagrees with his contemporaries, and to examine how the thirteenth-century discussions can help to resolve similar arguments in theology today.
ST 882 - Thomistic Seminar II (3)
This two-semester, three-hour intensive introduction to the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas and the philosophy undergirding it is designed for those seeking a grounding in Thomistic thought. The Summa Theologiae serves as the basic textbook to help guide the student systematically through basic philosophical concepts, theological method, and the theology of God, creation, human person, the moral life, law and grace.
Moral and Spiritual Theology
MT 602 - Principles of Christian Moral Life II (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 612 - Cardinal and Moral Virtues (3)
A study of St. Thomas’s presentation of the four major virtues — prudence, justice, courage, and temperance — and their refinements which enable the human person successfully to engage others, self, and the universe in both Christian and natural settings. Close textual analysis of the Summa Theologiae is coupled with systematic presentation and assistance from contemporary authors.
MT 622 - Catholic Social and Sexual Teaching (3)
Human sexuality related to the Christian teaching concerning marriage. Formulation of a comprehensive view of sexuality. Pastoral approaches to typical situations from youth through marriage. The problems of sexual deviation.
MT 844 - St. Thomas Aquinas and Action Theory: Recent Works (3)
This seminar takes up Thomistic action theory with special focus on ST 1a2ae Q. 8-20 from both exegetical and analytical perspectives. The works of such authors as Rhonheimer, Brock, Jensen, Long, Pilsner, Flannery, Anscombe and Vogel are featured. The seminar will focus on the specification of action and the role that intention, consequence and the material circa quam play in such specification.
HS 502 - Reformation and Modern Church History (3)
Events and ideas leading to the Protestant Reformation, special focus on the Reformation and French Revolution, discussion of the Church in the United States, of immigration and anti-Catholicism, and an examination of the Church in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
HT 611 - Patrology (3)
This is an introductory course to the study of the Fathers of the Church, both East and West. Their points of view, culture, historical events, church life that fashioned their doctrines will be discussed in light of their writings. Particular emphasis will be placed on the monastic tradition which fashioned the living theology, mysticism and asceticism of these Churches. Present day emphasis on ecumenism and Church unity will be discussed in light of patristic doctrine and vision.
HT 716 - Patristic Preaching and Priesthood (3)
This seminar considers close studies of select Fathers of the Church who exercised enormous influence through their theology and practice of preaching and priesthood: Origen, Gregory of Nazianzus, John Chrysostom, Augustine, and Gregory the Great. While their works will be read together in translation, students must give evidence of working with Latin or Greek in their research paper on a topic of their choice. In addition to close readings of texts and an oral presentation of their research paper (of 12-16 pages), students will give reports on themes pertinent to patristic preaching and priesthood, such as classic models of rhetoric, the liturgical context of preaching, use of Sacred Scripture, the preacher’s audience, present-day use of the Fathers in preaching, etc. Students may earn an additional course credit by preparing for and attending a 1-hour weekly session on translating the Greek of Gregory Nazianzen’s Or. 2, the De fuga.
HT 751 - Liturgical Offices and Feasts of the Byzantine Church Year (3)
The liturgical offices of the Byzantine Church and Her Great Feasts will be studied. The sacred seasons of Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha will be studied, prayed and researched. Icons that relate to these feast and seasons will be placed in their theological context.
PS 572 - Communicating God’s Word (3)
Oral communication of Scripture and Liturgical Texts. The course is designed to develop a theology, methodology, and skill in communicating religious, scriptural, and liturgical texts. The course includes (1) oral interpretation of these texts, using video equipment and critique by teacher and class; (2) reports on assigned readings; (3) development of greater awareness of the importance of imagination, body, voice, and speech through particular exercises; and (4) self-evaluation and reflection on understanding of readings.
PS 603 - Supervised Ministry (3)
This course is designed to facilitate the development of essential pastoral skills through lectures and student presentations. Students will deepen their ability to understand the context of ministry through social analysis. They will learn how to assess ministerial needs and develop a method in ministry through the use of verbatim and case study. Students will learn how to develop an effective pastoral plan incorporating their particular gifts in response to ministerial needs. Particular attention will be given to the emerging ministerial identity of the student and their developing habit of theological reflection. Students will learn professional ethics, pastoral goal setting, and program evaluation. Prerequisite: PS 601- Introduction to Pastoral Ministry.
PS 622 - Book II: The People of God in Church Law (3)
This course introduces Book II of the Code of Canon Law, on the People of God. Topics covered include the rights and obligations of the Christian faithful, the organization of official ministry, the selection, training, ministry, and life of deacons and priests, and the hierarchical constitution of the Church. Theological-canonical reflections on the Petrine office, the Roman Curia, the structures and nature of the particular church, the office of bishop, the office of pastor, and the structure of the parish. The course concludes with a study of institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, with contemporary applications. Requirements in this course include active class participation, required readings, assigned cases and studies, and final written examination.
PS 663 - Priesthood Practicum (3)
This course, taken in the semester before ordination, prepares for the practical experiences of priesthood. The pastoral nature of priestly ministry is reviewed. The Rites of Anointing, Marriage, Reconciliation and Christian Burial are examined, with an exploration of the pastoral sensitivities needed. Special focus is placed on the experiences of the newly ordained. There are discussions of various aspects of priestly ministry including liturgy, preaching, ministry with youth, styles of interaction with parishioners and staff, and the need for healthy living habits and a personal spirituality for the priest.
PS 672 - Preaching: Preparation and Presentation (3)
A laboratory which gives the preacher practical experience in constructing and delivering sermons and homilies. Video-taping and playback.