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Theology & Philosophy Dept Courses

PH: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...

PH: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...

PH: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...

PH: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...

PH: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...

PH: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...

PH: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...

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

PH: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...

PH: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...

PM: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...

PM: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.

PM: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...

PM: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...

PM: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...

PM: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...

PM: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...

PM: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...

PM: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...

PM:324
Course Credits: 2

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

PM:327
Course Credits: 2

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

PM: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...

PM: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...

PM: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,...

PM:340
Course Credits: 1

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

PM: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.

PM:365
Course Credits: 2

Discusses applications of ethical principles to current issues.

TH: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...

TH:191, 192, 193, 194
Course Credits: 3
TH:281, 282
Course Credits: 3

TH: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...

TH: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...

TH: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...

TH: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...

TH: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....

TH: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...

TH: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...

TH: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...

TH: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-...

TH: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...

TH: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.

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

TH: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...

TH: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...

TH: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....

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

TH:495
Course Credits: 1-6

WS: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,...