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100 Biblical Theology
An introduction to Divine Revelation enabling students to gain an understanding of the total Bible-the Old Testament and the New Testament.

220 Religion in America
A study of the role of religion in the American experience from the colonial period to the present. The focus of the course is on the place of religion in the history and culture of the United States. The course examines the development of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish traditions as well as Native American religions and new and alternative religions in American society.

250 Catholic Vision
This course provides an introductory survey of the distinctive vision of the Catholic tradition as that vision has been articulated in doctrine, practice, and culture.

251 The Sacraments
The sacramental life of the Church, from New Testament times to the recent reforms, is studied using scriptural, patristic and liturgical sources, conciliar teachings, and theological reflection.

252 The Eucharist
Studies the Eucharist in the life of the Church in its historical roots in the life of Christ, in the early Church, in medieval developments and modern reforms, particularly since Vatican II. Theological reflections on biblical data and patristic and medieval practices are complemented by contemporary studies.

253 Christian Spirituality
An historical overview of the practice of Christian discipleship through the centuries, with a specific focus on several major schools of Catholic Christian spirituality including desert monastic, Benedictine, Franciscan, Dominican, Carmelite, Jesuit, and Salesian traditions.

254 Christian Saints
A study of Christian saints and their ecclesiological, historical, liturgical and spiritual importance to Catholic Christians especially. The course examines official church documents pertaining to the saints, the Church's procedures for declaring sainthood, writings of and about the saints, historical and systematic studies of saints and sainthood, and popular traditions associated with the saints.

255 Religions of the West
A study of the major monotheistic religious traditions originating in the Ancient Near East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course concentrates on the history, thought, and practice of the three great Abrahamic traditions. Special attention is given to the contemporary varieties of each tradition.

256 Religions of Asia
A survey of the major religious traditions of South and East Asian origin, and the Church's response to them. Topics have included: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and the traditional and new religions of China, Korea, and Japan.

270 Christian Moral Life
Examines the eucharistic character of Christian moral life. It studies the virtues of this life, precepts derived from Scripture and the teaching Tradition of the Church, the application of these precepts to contemporary issues, and the nourishing of moral life through the Sacraments.

300 The Pentateuch
Considers the first five books of the Old Testament and the historical development of the oral and written traditions that went into their making.

301 The Prophets
A study of the writings of the prophets of the Old Testament.

310 The Gospels
A study of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John which examines the sources, literary character, and theological purpose of each Gospel.

315 Writings of Saint Paul
Investigates the life of Paul and the content of his letters, with emphasis on his characteristic theological ideas.

320 The Early Church
An introduction to the history of the early Christian movement up to 450 A.D., which addresses institutional, theological, and devotional developments in this foundational period as revealed through primary texts and the statements of Church councils.

321 Medieval Theology
A study of the major figures whose thought influenced the shape and content of Western theology from the time of Augustine to the 13th century.

322 Reformation Theology
An examination and critical evaluation of the theologies of the Reformation period, including those of the Humanist, Lutheran, Calvinist, Radical and Catholic reformers.

330 Women in the Catholic Tradition
This course examines the historical contributions of women to the thought and practice of the Catholic religion from New Testament to modern times. Lectures and readings in primary texts examine women's involvement in early Christian martyrdom, in monasticism, ministry, and Church reform, as well as women's contributions in the areas of doctrine and spirituality. Figures studied have included Perpetua of Carthage, Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Teresa of Lisieux, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

331 Protestant Theology
A study of the development of Protestant religious thought from the 18th century to the present.

350 Approaches to God
An inquiry into the manner in which contemporary Christians come to an awareness of God and how, once aware, people respond to and live in relationship to this Mystery.

351 Christology
A study of the significance of the person and work of Jesus Christ as presented in the New Testament and Church councils, and interpreted in the writings of the Fathers of the Church, and of theologians.

352 The Trinity
A study of the origin, history, and meaning of the doctrine of the Trinity and its implications for Christian life.

353 The Church
An investigation of the nature of the Church as both mystery and institution, emphasizing the Church in biblical imagery, the ministry, the idea of reform, and the future of the Church.

354 Liberation Theology
Examines this contemporary and distinct theological method beginning with its roots in Latin America, and its historical, socio-political, and pastoral ramifications.

355 Christian Marriage
Marriage viewed in its sacramental dimension as a Christian mystery. The biblical, theological, and canonical foundations of the relationship of man and woman are presented.

369 Special Topics
A study of selected issues in Theology.

370 Sexual Ethics
This course introduces the student to the Church's teaching on sexual ethics. Scripture and tradition will serve as the foundation for an examination of a variety of sexual issues, as well as the virtue of chastity.

371 Medical Ethics
An investigation of the moral problems which can arise in the practice of modern medicine. A brief historical survey of medical ethics is followed by a study of the basic Christian principles of morality. Questions discussed include the concept of health and illness, the inception, preservation, and termination of human life.

372 Christian Social Ethics
A study of the Christian social tradition, with special emphasis on Catholic social thought. The course begins with the scriptural foundations of Christian social ethics, as well as foundations located in the Christian tradition. The remainder of the course addresses questions concerning issues of justice in the contemporary world from a Christian perspective. Issues include poverty, globalization, war and peace, the environment, and consumerism.

400 Independent Study

401 Seminar
An opportunity for critical examination of a selected topic or a particular theologian. It is designed for theology majors. Non-majors may register for the course with the consent of the instructor.

480 Theology Internship
Student-originated theology internships, supervised by faculty of the Theology Department