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Acts and Letters

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
327
Course Credits:
2

Brings to life a picture of the church as it emerged in the first century.

Adolescent Catechesis

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
340
Course Credits:
1

Enriches the high school religion teacher with psychological principles and teaching methods based on the needs of adolescents.

Applied Moral Theology

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
365
Course Credits:
2

Discusses applications of ethical principles to current issues.

Arts Approach to Bible

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
325
Course Credits:
3

An exploration of Hebrew and Christian scriptural themes, including creation, suffering and conversion, from two perspectives: literary forms in the Bible and also imaginative expressions in music, visual art, literature and film. This course aims to open up the meaning of biblical stories and to encourage an experience of the Sacred through the arts. No previous background in Scripture or the arts is necessary.

Bioethics

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
380
Course Credits:
3

An investigation of ethical issues raised by technological advances in the health care sciences. Issues to be studied include the beginnings and endings of life, genetic research, organ transplants, reproductive technologies, the right to health care and the allocation of scarce resources. In addition, the relation of humans to the life of the planet and to their more specific environment will be studied. PH 180 recommended.

Canon Law for Ministry

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
346
Course Credits:
3

Introduces Church law according to the Code of 1983. Focus is on general norms, structures and application on the parish level.

Christian Moral Living

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
410
Course Credits:
2-3

A theological approach to Christian moral living which explores fundamental concepts such as personhood, freedom, and conscience, from the viewpoint of Scripture, Catholic tradition, and natural law. The Catholic perspective on issues relevant to students is also clarified.

Church History

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
311
Course Credits:
2

Traces the major movements of the growth of the Church and its influence in the world from New Testament times through the Fathers, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, colonial expansion and Vatican Council II. Some attention is given to the Church’s approach to the modern world.

Cooperative Education

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
495
Course Credits:
1-6

Cooperative Education for Pastoral Ministry

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
295
Course Credits:
2

Counseling Skills for Pastoral Ministers

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
235
Course Credits:
2

Investigates the principles and types of pastoral counseling with special attention to the contemporary skills used in supportive ministry to the bereaved, elderly, sick, youth, and those in need of healing. Techniques of creative and active listening and available counseling resources in the community are stressed.

Critical & Creative Thinking

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
200
Course Credits:
3

Thinking is both a skill and an art, with its own purposes, principles, strategies and precautions. This course is designed to develop and strengthen one’s thinking by exploring the creative processes involved in problem identification and solution, the role of argument formation and criticism, and finally, communicating one’s thinking. Both current events and timeless philosophical questions will be explored. Critical and Creative Thinking is a strong foundational course for all academic disciplines and majors.

Current Ethical Problems and Positions

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
480
Course Credits:
3

A critical examination of the major approaches to ethics given to us by the history of philosophy. The contributions of Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant and Mill are studied first from a theoretical perspective. These theories are then applied to a variety of ethical issues which face us today. The student is introduced to the world of both the theory and practice of ethics. PH 180 recommended. Junior status required.

History and Themes of the Women’s Movement

Course Prefix:
WS
Course Number:
301
Course Credits:
3

A course aimed at exploring how women have shaped and are shaping their own lives and the world. It begins with a discussion of how gender expectations and roles are constructed by a society, and how these affect all women and men in that society. Students then consider the roles of women and men in Western culture from Paleolithic times to the present. The course includes other themes and issues relevant to students and to significant current events. Teaching is marked by collaboration, a key element in feminist methodology.

History of West. Philosophy

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
180
Course Credits:
3

A study of the history of western philosophy which chronicles the major thinkers and their key thoughts. The history of philosophy is understood as an ongoing conversation which continues in our own day. The course sketches the main contours of the way in which the conversation has taken shape since its beginnings with the ancient Greeks.

Independent Study

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
491, 492, 493, 494
Course Credits:
1-3

An opportunity for qualified and capable students to do independent work in the field of philosophy. Topics, hours and credits arranged by the instructor, with the approval of the division head.

Independent Study

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
491, 493, 494
Course Credits:
1-3

Introduction to Social Justice Ministry

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
204
Course Credits:
2

Gives a basic theological foundation of social justice ministry in scripture and the social teachings of the Church. Discusses the role of the Church in society as well as the prophetic and pastoral roles of the Christian minister in relating social justice issues to gospel values.

Introduction to the Christian Scriptures

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
105
Course Credits:
2

Examines the context out of which the Christian scriptures developed, the coming of the Kingdom in the Person of Jesus Christ, and the literary history of the various books.

Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
104
Course Credits:
2

Overviews the historical, literary and theological context out of which the scriptures developed. The basic skills needed to interpret the scriptures as well as major themes developed in their theology are covered.

Introduction to Theology

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
150
Course Credits:
3

A broad course for students of all religious backgrounds. Students consider the experience of the sacred and the meaning of faith. The heart of the course is the study of the history of salvation through the texts of the Bible. Core Christian beliefs and the interpretation of the Bible as God’s word written in human language are also analyzed.

Jesus of History, Christ of Faith

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
420
Course Credits:
3

A study of the central Christian faith-affirmation that Jesus Christ is truly and fully divine, and truly and fully human. The information provided by the Bible in the gospels and epistles is examined. The theological statements made by the early Councils of the Church are studied. The advances made in the study of the Bible during the twentieth century are employed to assist the students in their personal appropriation of the knowledge about the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith.

Johannine Writings: The Christology that Overtook the Church

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
383
Course Credits:
3

A close reading of the Gospel of John and the Johannine letters to explore their sources, characteristics, motifs, theology, pedagogy and relation to the synoptic gospels.

Knowing Jesus Then and Now

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
221
Course Credits:
2

Traces the formulation of doctrine about the nature of Jesus. Seeks to understand how the Church, beginning with the faith portraits of Jesus in the Gospels, has answered the Christological question, “Who do you say that I am?”

Management Skills for Pastoral Ministers

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
240
Course Credits:
2

Provides skills to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of pastoral ministers. Topics such as strategic and financial planning, volunteer empowerment, office organization and time management are addressed.

Nature of the Church

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
332
Course Credits:
2

Studies the nature of the Church as the sacrament of God’s presence in history. Examines the Church experienced as institution, as community, as Catholic, renewing itself to minister to the modern world. Also addressed: ecumenical efforts and the vision of the Church articulated in the documents of Vatican II and beyond.

Nature, Sin & Grace

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
334
Course Credits:
2

Studies and reflects upon what the Christian message of salvation teaches about our human nature, history, and destiny. Combines theological anthropology with a theology of grace to better understand how God interacts with human subjects and human subjects with their God.

New Testament Theology

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
322
Course Credits:
3

New Testament writings in the context of the emerging Church, tracing the literary-historical evolution, societal influences, and themes of the Gospels, Acts, and the Pauline and Johannine writings. Students will also apply gospel wisdom to questions in their own lives.

Old Testament Theology

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
321
Course Credits:
3

A historical, literary, and theological study of the Old Testament. Selected writings are studied in relation to the key themes of sacred history: creation, fall, promise, exodus, covenant, land settlement, Davidic kingship, prophecy, wisdom, law and apocalypse. Students will also apply the wisdom of the biblical message to today’s world.

Pauline Writings: Life in Christ

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
381
Course Credits:
3

A study of Pauline Christianity, its background of Jewish and Hellenistic influences, and its place in the early Church. Reading and analysis of selected passages of the Pauline and the deutero-Pauline letters highlight the great Pauline themes and theology as well as contrast the picture of Paul in the letters and in Acts.

Philosophical Perspectives on Woman

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
340
Course Credits:
3

A survey of various notable models of female nature which have been expressed in the history of western thought, from the ancient period to the present. The latter part of the course will be devoted to readings in the feminist critique of these historical models and will look at contemporary views of female nature. This course is an elective in the Women’s Studies minor. PH 180 recommended.

Philosophy of Art

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
360
Course Credits:
3

An investigation into the nature of art. What is art? Is beauty subjective? What role should an artist play in society? These are a few of the timeless questions that will be explored. Students will also develop a language of art that will assist in defining their own aesthetic values.

Philosophy of Person

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
320
Course Credits:
3

A close look at human nature and personal identity. Questions like “Who am I, really?” and “How free am I?” will be explored, along with love and our relationship with the natural world. Study of both classical and contemporary authors. PH 180 recommended.

Political Philosophy

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
355
Course Credits:
3

A study of the major approaches to the questions surrounding the political nature of human beings. The key thoughts of the major political philosophers, both classical and contemporary, will be analyzed. PH 180 recommended.

Prayer and Spirituality

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
327
Course Credits:
3

A practical course introducing students to spirituality and to ways of praying. Based on Christian tradition and the Bible, the course will also open the riches of prayer and meditation, sacred texts and spiritual giants in world religions. Students will reflect on their own spirituality and practice ways of praying. In short, they will learn how to care for their soul.

Principles of Morality and Moral Response

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
321
Course Credits:
2

Introduces morality in the Catholic tradition including sources and purpose of moral norms, understanding of the human person as morally responsible and the function of conscience. Practical applications of moral principles to current issues will be illustrated through case study and discussion.

Religions of the World

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
370
Course Credits:
3

A survey of the major religions of the world in the light of the documents of Vatican II. Included are the teachings, practices and prayer of each religion, together with current developments.

Sacraments in Christian Life

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
301
Course Credits:
2

Explores the concept of sacramentality. Discusses the historical and theological development and liturgical traditions of each of the seven sacraments. Emphasis is placed on the preparation for and the liturgical celebration of each sacrament. Special attention is given to the celebration of the Eucharist and to the Rite of Christian Initiation.

Selected Topics

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
391, 392, 393, 394
Course Credits:
1-3

Selected Topics

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
191, 192, 193, 194
Course Credits:
3

Selected Topics

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
391, 392, 393, 394
Course Credits:
1-3

Seminar

Course Prefix:
PH
Course Number:
481, 482
Course Credits:
1-3

Research and reports on selected periods or areas of philosophy. Conferences as the instructor directs. Open to qualified students who have had introductory courses in philosophy. Hours and credit arranged by the instructor, with the approval of the division head.

Seminar

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
281, 282
Course Credits:
3

Social Justice: Issues and Action

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
450
Course Credits:
3

Fulfilling the Notre Dame mission, “to educate for global responsibility,” this course introduces students to the Christian principles of social justice and their biblical base. Students will apply these principles to issues such as world poverty, racism, sexism, and other justice issues. Students will then seek out forms of action that are supported by faith-based principles. Junior status required

Synoptic Gospels and Acts: Different Faces of Christ and the Church

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
382
Course Credits:
3

An in-depth reading and analysis of selected passages of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts. Special attention is paid to the varying presentations of the Christian message, to literary structure and history, and to the theological concerns of the evangelists in their unique expressions of the traditions about Jesus.

The Gospels

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
324
Course Credits:
2

Compares and contrasts the origins and themes of the four Gospels of the New Testament.

The Pentateuch: Foundations of the Judaeo-Christian Tradition

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
371
Course Credits:
3

A reading and literary analysis of select portions of the Pentateuch, treating theories of authorship, historical and literary settings and main themes, with special emphasis on the place of liturgy in the history of the ancient biblical peoples.

The Prophets: Spokespersons for God

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
374
Course Credits:
3

A study of biblical prophecy from its origins to Malachi with special emphasis on its relation to established religion and government. Attention is given to an in-depth study of the literary forms and themes of the “major prophets,” Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, and selected “minor” voices.

The Writings: Judaeo Wisdom, Human and Divine

Course Prefix:
TH
Course Number:
373
Course Credits:
3

A study of the Wisdom Movement in Israel, as seen in the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, Song of Songs, the Wisdom of Solomon and the Wisdom psalms. The focus is on the relevance of these texts to Christian living today.

Theology and Spirituality for Ministry

Course Prefix:
PM
Course Number:
335
Course Credits:
2

Gives a theological, scriptural and psychological overview of the role, responsibility and spirituality of the pastoral minister. Discusses areas of focus such as family ministry, bereavement, evangelization, youth, the ill and elderly. Connects with current issues in ministry: collaboration, communication, ethics and the spiritual nurturing of the minister.