Fall 2016 Courses

Dr. Brook Herbert, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:35 pm to 3:50 pm

ART 215 CP, Beauty and the Sacred Arts: Introduction to the Sacred Arts (3 sem. hrs.)

This course introduces students to the particular genre of “Sacred Art” and the subject of “beauty” as central to the proclamation of the Gospel with which the Church has been entrusted. As such, Beauty and Sacred Art will be discussed as properly the subject matter of Theology. The course engages a broad historical study of the Sacred Arts, beginning with Byzantine Art and Spirituality up until the present, and addresses aspects of painting, the written word, music and architecture. A primary focus is the genre of Sacred Art as it impacts the Christian individual, the Church and the world as a whole.

  • Prerequisite(s): none

  • This course meets University Core Requirements for Arts, Media & Culture, and meets the requirements for an Art & Design Major, Art Concentration, or Minor.

   All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

 

Image: Jesus laying on the lap of his mother Mary, after the crucifixion. The "Pieta" is the only work ever signed by Michelangelo.

Vic Cavalli, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:25 am to 10:40 am

ENGL 103 CP, Introduction to Fiction (3 sem. hrs.) 

An introductory study of fiction with the purpose of understanding literature and cultivating skills in scholarly research, textual analysis, and academic writing and documentation. Such skills are fostered by closely reading and analyzing works of short fiction and the novel written by accomplished prose stylists. Students focus on the distinctive conventions of fiction in order to interpret these works critically, while interacting thoughtfully with themes presented therein. There is a particular focus on analyzing and making use of narrative strategies and rhetorical tools. Students continue to develop their academic prose, with attention to improving foundational grammar, diction, phrasing, organization, and argument-building in the thesis-driven essay.

  • Prerequisite(s): WRTG 100 or 101 unless exempt at point of admission to the University. (3-0; 3-0)

  • This course fulfills University Core Requirements for English, and the requirements for an English Major, Concentration, or Minor.

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Fr. William Ashley, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4 pm to 5:15 pm

LATIN 211 CP, Medieval Ecclesiastical Latin (3 sem. hrs.)

The course is an introduction to Latin grammar and the basic vocabulary of medieval ecclesiastical Latin. Reading exercises are based on Jerome’s Latin Vulgate. The one or two-semester program of study is designed to prepare the student for independent reading of medieval texts of moderate difficulty. 

  • Prerequisite for Latin 212: successful completion of Latin 211 or instructor's permission.

  • The course meets the requirements for Ancillary or Language Requirement for History, Communications, English, or Intercultural Religious Studies (Linguistics Track).

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

 

 

Image: Caravaggio's depiction of St. Jerome translating the Bible into the common language of the day — Latin.

Image credit: By Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Loranne Brown, Tuesdays, 6 pm to 9 pm

MCOM 152 CP, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 sem. hrs)

Introduces basic self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills. Students learn about the nature of the communications process. The emphasis is on developing and practicing the ability to communicate effectively with others. 

  • Fulfills university core requirement for Society and Culture, and the Communications Department human competency requirement.

   Prerequisite(s): none

   The course meets the University Core Requirement for Society & Culture; and meets the requirements for a Communications Major, Concentration, or Minor; or Psychology, and Sociology Ancillary Requirements.

   All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:10 pm to 2:25 pm

PHIL 111 CP, History of Western Philosophy: Ancient & Medieval Period (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a survey of the teachings of the great philosophers of the West, from the discovery of physics by the Pre-Socratics, to the culmination of medieval Scholasticism (i.e., in John of St. Thomas), with a special emphasis upon developments in the philosophy of religion.

  • Prerequisite(s): None.

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Philosophy, and meets the requirements for a Philosophy Major, Concentration, or Minor; English Ancillary Requirement; and Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

 

 

Image:  Socrates and Aristotle are the central figures in Raphael's "The School of Athens".

Image Credit:  Raphael [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:25 am to 10:40 am

PHIL 304 CP, Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas (3 sem. hrs.)

This course studies key texts from Thomas Aquinas. The focus is on the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, but special attention is paid to his commentaries on Aristotle and on his Christian interpretation of ancient philosophy. The challenge that modern science and modern philosophy presents to Thomistic metaphysics is also discussed, with special attention paid to the highly influential critique made by Immanuel Kant.

  • Prerequisites: 3 sem. hrs. of philosophy. (3-0; 0-0)

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Philosophy, and meets the requirements for a Philosophy Major, Concentration, or Minor; English Ancillary Requirement; and Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Dr. Germain McKenzie, Mondays, 6 pm to 9 pm

PHIL 305 CP, Philosophy of the Human Person (3 sem. hrs.)

This course addresses what it means to say that human beings are persons having freedom and subjectivity. It examines the different powers of the human person, including the powers of understanding, willing, feeling, and loving. It will also examine the difference between body and soul, as well as the unity of the two in humans. Finally, it will explore the question of the immortality of the soul.

  • Prerequisites: any 100-level PHIL course, or instructor’s permission.

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Philosophy, and meets the requirements for a Philosophy Major, Concentration, or Minor; English Ancillary Requirement; and Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P., Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:40 am to 1 pm

RELS 101 CP, Introduction to Old Testament Studies (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is an introduction to the major division of the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Prophets, and Writings), including an orientation to the following areas in the field of Old Testament studies: Inspiration, principles of interpretation, canon, text, world of the Old Testament, historical backgrounds, archaeology, theology, criticism, literary forms, and deuterocanonical writings.

  • Prerequisite(s): None

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies, and meets the requirements for the following:
      ° Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Intercultural Religious Studies Minor
      ° Religious Studies Major
      ° Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image:  A pilgrim's view on the way up Mt. Sinai — in the footsteps of Moses.

Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P., Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:10 pm to 2:25 pm

RELS 102 CP, Introduction to New Testament Studies (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is an introduction to the major writings of the New Testament (Synoptic Gospels, Pauline, and Johannine Writings), including an orientation to the field of New Testament studies in the same areas as listed under RELS 101.

  • Prerequisite(s): none

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies, and meets the requirements for the following:
      º Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Religious Studies Major
      º Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

 

Image:  St. Paul the Evangelist depicted in stone and gripping the instrument of his martyrdom.

Dr. Andrew Kaethler, Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:35 pm to 3:50 pm

RELS 160 CP, Introduction to Theology (3 sem. hrs.)

An introduction to the field of Systematic Theology. Discusses issues of theological method and the historical development of some major Christian doctrines, and relates them to theological issues today. The CPC section of this course focuses on the articles of faith contained in the Apostle's Creed, and includes a survey of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • Prerequisite(s): None

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - Bible Content (0-5), and meets the requirements for the following:
      º Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      º Religious Studies Major
      º Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

 

Image:  The Incredulity of Thomas, by Caravaggio.

Image credit: Caravaggio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Dr. Brook Herbert, Tuesdays and Thursdays,  11:40 am to 1 pm

RELS 224 CP, New Testament Theology (3 sem. hrs.)

This course is a study of the New Testament writings, in their historical settings and chronological sequence, with the goal of acquiring knowledge of their theological unity and diversity. The CPC section of this course focuses on the person and mission of Jesus Christ as articulated in the New Testament documents and subsequently reflected upon in the early credal formulae and in the declarations of the Christian Church Councils of the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries AD. Students will be exposed to the positions of contemporary scholars on various New Testament-related Christological questions.

  • Prerequisite(s): RELS 102 or instructor's consent

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - Bible Content (0-5), and meets the requirements for the following:
      ° Biblical Studies Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Christianity and Culture Major, Concentration, or Minor
      ° Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC Courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

  

Image:  Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dr. Andrew Kaethler, Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 pm - 5:15 pm

RELS 365 CP, Christian Moral Theology (3 sem. hrs.)

This course provides students with the theological background necessary to enable them to think with clarity about moral issues in the light of Divine Revelation. Given that the Catholic and Protestant traditions understand the fundamental theological sources differently, the course will emphasize their common commitment to divinely revealed, scriptural moral testimony, while explaining their divergent perspectives with regard to the role of tradition. The course outlines the central importance of orthodox Christian anthropology in moral reflection and introduces students to some of the most important moral issues today, and presents both Catholic and Evangelical perspectives on these issues.

  • Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or instructor's consent.

  • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - Bible Content (0-5), and meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

  • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

  • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  • CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image Original Caption:  A section of "The Wall" between Israel and Palestine.

Dr. Brook Herbert, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4 pm to 5:15 pm

RELS 366 CP, Theology of the Body (3 sem. hrs.)

This course reviews the roots and evolution of the modern secular approaches to anthropology and human sexuality and contrasts them with those of Christ. Examine recent developments in theological reflection on the body (John Paul II’s theology of the body) and provides a general introduction to Christian anthropology, with particular attention to themes such as creation in the imago Dei, fall and redemption, nature and grace, freedom and rationality, gender and vocation. Convergent and divergent doctrinal positions held by various Christian traditions of the themes are reviewed.

   • Prerequisites: RELS 160. (0-0; 3-0)

   • This course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - C&C/ICRS (6-9), and meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree. CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.