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CHINESE COURSE DESCRIPTION

*GER Approved Course

*Chi 101 Elementary Chinese I 3 credit hours

This course is designed to teach students some basic skills of Mandarin. By its nature, this course will promote thinking skills as well as communication skills. Students may take Elementary Chinese I to fulfill the GER.

ENGLISH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

*GER Approved Course

Eng 010 Basic English 3 credit hours

Designed to prepare the student for college composition through grammar and usage drill, frequent writing exercises, and required tutorial sessions. A grade of “C” is required for entrance into Eng 101. (FA)

*Eng 101 Writing I 3 credit hours

Through discussions, conferences, frequent practice and peer review this course helps students develop the ability to communicate their thoughts and experiences in writing that is clear and interesting. Prerequisite: Placement Examination. (FA, SP)

*Eng 102 Writing II 3 credit hours

While refining the skills developed in Writing I, this course emphasizes argumentation through library research. Prerequisite: Eng 101. (FA, SP)

Eng 199 Independent Study 1-4 credit hours

This course number is used to designate a course that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. (Arr)

*Eng 201 Introduction to Fiction 3 credit hours

A study of the elements of fiction, including both short fiction and the novel. Prerequisites: English 101 and 102. May not be taken for English major credit without advisor approval. (Annually)

*Eng 202 Introduction to Poetry 3 credit hours

An examination of the elements of poetry through discussion and analysis of representative poetic works. Prerequisites: English 101 and 102. May not be taken for English major credit without advisor approval. (Annually)

*Eng 203 Introduction to Drama 3 credit hours

A survey of drama as a literary form from its beginnings to the present day. Prerequisites: English 101 and 102. May not be taken for English major credit without advisor approval.

*Eng 204 Introduction to Literature 3 credit hours

An introduction to the principal forms of literature — fiction, poetry, and drama — through study of selected works. Prerequisites: English 101 and 102. (FA, SP)

Eng 292 Introduction to Journalism 3 credit hours

Formerly Eng 299. News, feature, and opinion writing; design and layout; production of Brescia Broadcast. Prerequisites: Eng 101 and 102. (FA)

Eng 300 Advanced Writing 3 credit hours

Students review and polish writing skills and explore various forms of writing, including writing about self and others, social commentary, writing about education, sports, literature, film and television, and science and technology. Some assignments include research. Open to all students; especially recommended for students pursuing graduate or professional studies. Prerequisites: Eng 101, 102, and 200-level literature. (Alt yrs.)

Eng 301-4 Creative Writing 3 credit hours each

Recommended for English majors and minors and anyone with an interest in producing creative writing. The focus of instruction is on techniques of fiction and poetry writing, but participants are encouraged to pursue whatever type of imaginative writing interests them, from songs to screenplays. The best writings produced each year appear in Brescia’s literary magazine, OPEN 24 HOURS. Prerequisites: Eng 101, 102, 200-level literature, and instructor consent. (FA, SP)

Eng 306 Linguistics 3 credit hours

An overview of the study of language including the nature of human language, its grammatical aspects (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, writing), its social and historical aspects (dialect, slang, sexism), and its biological aspects (language acquisition, language and the brain). Designed chiefly to meet Kentucky certification requirement, but open to all interested students. Prerequisites: Eng 101 and 102.

*Eng 321 English Literature I 3 credit hours

A chronological study of the major movements and authors of English literature from Old English poetry and prose through the major writers of the Eighteenth Century. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course. (Alt with Eng 341)

*Eng 322 English Literature II 3 credit hours

A chronological study of the major movements and authors of English literature from the Romantic era to Victorian and modern writers. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course. (Alt with Eng 342)

*Eng 341 American Literature I 3 credit hours

An introduction to the major American writers from the Puritans to the Civil War era. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course. (Alt with Eng 321)

*Eng 342 American Literature II 3 credit hours

An introduction to the major American writers from the Realists of the post-Civil War era to contemporary authors. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course. (Alt with Eng 322)

*Eng 350 Contemporary American Literature 3 credit hours

A survey of literature (fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction) written in the Americas since 1950. The focus may differ each time the course is offered, but whatever the focus, the course will make students aware of the variety of important writers currently contributing to our American literary heritage. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course. (Alt yrs.)

*Eng 360 Introduction to Shakespeare 3 credit hours

This course offers students an introduction to the language, the historical background, the literary background, and the major themes of Shakespeare’s plays. Students will read plays representative of the major divisions of Shakespeare’s dramas: history, comedy, tragedy and romance. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course. (Alt yrs.)

*Eng 370 Catholic Writers 3 credit hours

This course examines the work of representative authors who view the world from a Catholic perspective.

Eng 390 Advanced Grammar and Editing 3 credit hours

This course reviews the basic sentence structure of the English language, the principles of sentence formation and combining, the basic rules for punctuation, and the standards for writing correct English prose. Students learn to edit their own writing with a goal to produce clear, correct prose. Prerequisites: Eng 101 and 102. (Alt yrs.)

Eng 392 Advanced Journalism 3 credit hours

Advanced news, feature, and opinion writing; production of the Brescia Broadcast. Prerequisite: Eng 292. (FA)

*Eng 395 World Mythology 3 credit hours

A thematic introduction to the great myths of the world with emphasis upon how they have influenced literature and art. Independent reading and research required. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course. (Alt yrs.)

*Eng 396 Women’s Literature 3 credit hours

This course focuses on literature written by women of varied nationalities and times. Combining thematic and genre approaches, the course will examine form and craft as well as exploring issues of concern to women (as evidenced in their writing) and understanding the contexts in which these women wrote or write. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course. (Alt yrs.)

Eng 399 Independent Study 1-4 credit hours

This course number is used to designate a course that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course. (Arr)

Eng 400 Professional and Technical Writing 3 credit hours

Designed for English majors who want to write professionally and for non-English majors who must write in their careers, Eng 400 focuses on forms of writing which occur in science, business, and industry. The course considers various approaches to technical writing and includes workshops on technical description, document design, graphics/visuals, oral communication, and collaboration. In addition, Eng 400 encourages students to gear assignments/projects to their majors, careers, and/or areas of interest. Prerequisite: Eng 300 or instructor’s consent. (Alt yrs.)

Eng 413 World Novel 3 credit hours

Masterpieces of the novel in translation including selections from such writers as Cervantes, Voltaire, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky, and Solzhenitsyn. Consent of instructor generally required.

Eng 428 Modern British Fiction 3 credit hours

A course stressing the aesthetic and thematic developments of the British novel in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Authors include Hardy, Conrad, Lawrence, Woolf, Forster, and Waugh. Consent of instructor generally required.

Eng 432 Shakespeare 3 credit hours

A thorough study of Shakespearean drama including representative major histories, comedies, and tragedies. Consent of instructor generally required.

Eng 446 Modern American Fiction 3 credit hours

This course explores and evaluates the fiction of major American authors from the late nineteenth century to the present, including such writers as James, Drieser, Cather, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Steinbeck. Consent of instructor generally required.

Eng 448 Contemporary American Novel 3 credit hours

Major American novelists from 1950 to the present. Consent of instructor generally required.

Eng 490 Classical Literature 3 credit hours

A study of major writings in translation from the Ancient World through the Middle Ages, including Greek and Roman dramatists, Homer and Dante. Consent of instructor generally required.

Eng 495 Modern World Literature 3 credit hours

A survey of the major literary developments of the twentieth century including such writers as Eliot, Pirandello, Kafka, Silone, Camus, and Mann. Consent of instructor generally required.

Eng 498 Practicum 3 credit hours

Formerly Eng 402. English majors and minors use their writing and organizational skills in a supervised work experience. Students work sixty hours a semester, keep a journal and portfolio of their experience, and plan their job or graduate school search. Prerequisite: Eng 392 or 400. (Arr)

Eng 499 Readings in Literature 1-3 credit hours

An individually designed reading list to bridge gaps in a student’s knowledge of language and literature. (Arr)

FRENCH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

*GER Approved Course

*Frn 101 Elementary French I 3 credit hours

An introduction to the language with stress on the aural-oral values of the language, including dialogue phonetics, grammar, diction, and laboratory work. (FA)

*Frn 102 Elementary French II 3 credit hours

An introduction to the language with stress on the aural-oral values of the language, including dialogue phonetics, grammar, diction, and laboratory work. Prerequisite: Frn 101. (SP)

*Frn 201 Intermediate French I 3 credit hours

Training in aural-oral values of the language, composition and conversation, grammar, and laboratory work. Reading and analysis of texts will be included in the second semester work. Prerequisite: Frn 102 or equivalent. (FA)

*Frn 202 Intermediate French II 3 credit hours

Training in aural-oral values of the language, composition and conversation, grammar, and laboratory work. Reading and analysis of texts will be included in the second semester work. Prerequisite: Frn 201 or equivalent. (SP)

Frn 399 Independent Study 1-3 credit hours

This course includes content study that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. Prerequisite: Frn 202 or equivalent. (Arr)

HISTORY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

*GER Approved Course

*His 101 Survey of World Civilization I 3 credit hours

The development of the world civilizations from the earliest times to the Age of Exploration, emphasizing the main events, people and ideas shaping each civilization and the corresponding events and ideas in the non-Western world and the inter-relationships among these various civilizations. (FA)

*His 102 Survey of World Civilization II 3 credit hours

The development of the world civilizations from the Age of Exploration to the present, emphasizing the main events, people and ideas shaping each civilization and the corresponding events and ideas in the non-Western world and the inter-relationships among these various civilizations. (SP)

His 199 Independent Study 1-4 credit hours

This course number is used to designate a course that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs.

*His 201 History of the United States I 3 credit hours

Social, cultural, and political history of the United States from colonial times to the Civil War. (FA)

*His 202 History of the United States II 3 credit hours

Social, cultural, and political history of the United States from the Civil War to the present. (SP)

*His 311 Diplomatic History of the U.S. to 1914 3 credit hours

Major issues in U.S. diplomatic history from the American Revolution to the eve of World War I; emphasis on American expansion and rise to world power. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt FA)

*His 312 Diplomatic History of the U.S. Since 1914 3 credit hours

Analysis of major problems and issues in U.S. diplomatic history from 1914 to the present. Topics include: U.S.-Soviet relationship; American response to revolutions in Russia, China, and Mexico; the Vietnam War; American policy in the Middle East and Central America. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt SP)

*His 316 England: 1485-1815 3 credit hours

Formerly His 315 Tudor-Stuart and Hanoverian England. A study of the Renaissance and Reformation in England; the emergence of England as a first-rate colonial and political power. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt FA)

*His 317 History of Russia to 1917 3 credit hours

Covers the social, political, economic and cultural development of Russia from earliest times to 1917. Particular consideration given to Russian expansionism, the rise of absolutism and of serfdom, and the impact on Russia of various foreign cultures; Byzantine, Mongol, and Western. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt SP)

*His 318 19th Century Europe 3 credit hours

A study of the political, social, cultural development of Europe from the fall of Napoleon to 1914. Topics include: ideological struggles; liberalism versus conservatism; nationalism; unification of Germany and Italy; industrialization; response of intellectuals to industrialization; expansion of Europe overseas; Age of Bismark; alliance systems. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt FA)

*His 320 Europe Since 1914 3 credit hours

Analysis of Europe from 1914 to the present day. Topics include: the world wars; rise of fascism and communism; revolution in Russia; intellectual and cultural developments; the collapse of communism and of the Soviet Union; the Common Market and prospects for European unity. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt SP)

*His 330 History of Women in America 3 credit hours

Analysis of the various roles women have played in American life from colonial times to the present and of the ideas and theories regarding women’s proper place. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt FA)

*His 332 The Middle East 3 credit hours

This course covers the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the present day. Topics include: the life and teaching of Muhammad, Islamic Civilization, the Christian West and Islam, rise of nationalism, Israel, modernization, terrorism, current issues. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (annually)

*His 333 History of Ancient Greece and Rome 3 credit hours

A survey of Greek and Roman history from the beginning in Ancient Greece through the Christianizing of the Roman Empire. Emphasis on political and cultural evolution. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt SP)

*His 334 History of the Renaissance and Reformation 3 credit hours

Culture and society in Europe between 1300-1600; Topics include: problems of the medieval church and state, the waning of the Middle Ages, artistic achievements, early voyages of discovery, the Protestant Revolt and the Catholic Counter Reformation. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (SP)

*His 339 History of Christianity to 1648 3 credit hours

Survey of Christianity from apostolic times through the Reformation with particular emphasis on the role of Christianity in the political, cultural and moral development of the West. Topics include: the early Church Fathers, impact of Islam, medieval papacy, Luther, and Calvin. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt FA)

*His 340 Religious History of the American People 3 credit hours

A study of historical origins and development of religion in America from colonial times to the present. Major themes include: successive immigrant groups and their religious beliefs, leaders and institutions; the response of religion to major problems in American history; development of mainstream and marginal religious movements. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt SP)

His 341 History of Kentucky 3 credit hours

This course is divided into two parts: a study of the social and physical geography of the seven regions of Kentucky and of the development of each region and its unique culture; and the history of the state of Kentucky from pre-Revolutionary War explorations to the present. Special emphasis is placed on the skills and knowledge for elementary teachers of Kentucky history. Prerequisite: History 201 or 202.

*His 342 Latin America Since Independence 3 credit hours

A study of Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries with special emphasis on Central America, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. Topics include: the Spanish heritage; the achievement of independence; the quest for identity after independence; democracy vs. authoritarianism; economic dependence and modernization. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (Alt SP)

His 399 Independent Study 1-4 credit hours

This course number is used to designate a course that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. (Arr)

His 495 Practicum 3 credit hours

Formerly His 401. Students apply their knowledge and skills in a supervised off-campus setting such as museum, archives or government agency. The student works a designated number of hours for the semester, meets regularly with the area coordinator and submits written materials reflecting his/her work experience. Prerequisite: Junior status or permission of instructor. (Arr)

His 499 History Seminar 3 credit hours

Formerly His 400. This is a required capstone course for history majors. Students read and discuss historical works, present a research paper and master research skills including the use of computer resources. Prerequisite: Senior status or permission of instructor. (SP)

PHILOSOPHY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

*GER Approved Course

*Phl 103 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credit hours

To philosophize is to wonder about life—about right and wrong, love and loneliness, war and death, about freedom, truth, beauty, time—and a thousand other things. This course introduces the student to philosophy as an intellectual discipline from a multicultural perspective. (SP)

*Phl 110 Applied Logic: Critical Thinking 3 credit hours

A skills course designed to teach a student how to argue, think clearly, improve communication skills, avoid fallacies, classify things, connect events, formulate and test hypotheses, and make reasonable decisions. (FA)

Phl 199 Independent Study 1-4 credit hours

This course number is used to designate a course that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered at the request of an instructor, based on student interests and needs. (Arr)

*Phl 231 Ethics and Morality 3 credit hours

This is an introductory course to the field of ethics and its significance for daily life. Major ethical theories are explored with a special emphasis on the Catholic moral tradition. (FA)

*Phl 300 History of Philosophy I 3 credit hours

This course covers Greco-Roman and Medieval philosophy and introduces the student to the Great Conversation with major thinkers in philosophy from the Pre-Socratics through Descartes. Reading in primary sources. Prerequisite: His 101 or 102 recommended. (Alt SP)

*Phl 301 History of Philosophy II 3 credit hours

This course covers Modern and Contemporary philosophy and introduces the student to the Great Conversation with thinkers in philosophy from Descartes to Heidegger. Reading in primary sources. Prerequisite: His 101 or 102 recommended. (Alt SP)

*Phl 325 Metaphysics 3 credit hours

Metaphysics fulfills a person’s “Being-Needs” (Maslow). Being and Becoming, Essence and Existence, Act and Potency, One and Many, Truth and Untruth, Good and Evil, Beauty and Ugliness, Substance and Accident, and Process and Evolution are among its topics. (Alt SP)

*Phl 346 Business Ethics 3 credit hours

This course covers what constitutes good and bad human conduct, including related actions and values, in a business context. A procedure for moral decision-making which synthesizes the major ethical theories is presented. Prerequisite: Junior status or permission of instructor. (SP)

*Phl 347 Ethics of Health Care 3 credit hours

This course concerns ethics as it is applied to the field of health care. Using the natural law tradition as a foundation, principles of health care ethics are explored using a case study approach. (SP, SU)

Phl 399 Independent Study 3 credit hours

The independent study course will be an in-depth study of a major philosopher to be determined by instructor and student. (Arr)

SPANISH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

*GER Approved Course

*Spn 101 Elementary Spanish I 3 credit hours

An introduction to the language, with stress on the aural-oral values of language, including phonetics, grammar, diction, and laboratory work. The content of Spn 101 is designed for students who have not had any previous experience in Spanish. (FA, SP)

*Spn 102 Elementary Spanish II 3 credit hours

An introduction to the language, with stress on the aural-oral values of language, including phonetics, grammar, diction, and laboratory work. Prerequisite: Spn 101 or equivalent. (FA, SP)

*Spn 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3 credit hours

Content includes grammar practice at intermediate level of composition, conversation and laboratory work. Prerequisite: Spn 102 or equivalent. (FA)

*Spn 202 Intermediate Spanish II 3 credit hours

Content includes analysis of text through grammar practice at intermediate level of composition, conversation and laboratory work. Prerequisite: Spn 201 or equivalent. (SP)

Spn 305 Introduction to Composition, Translation, and Literary Studies 3 credit hours

This course facilitates learning of literary theory in preparation for upper level course work in literature. This course also offers a study and practice of rules for translation, to serve as a basis for further studies in the Spanish major. Prerequisite: Spn 202 (Intermediate Spanish II) (FA)

*Spn 312 Survey of Spanish American Culture 3 credit hours

A survey of cultural and economic development, as well as geographical landscape of the Spanish American countries. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent. (Alt FA)

*Spn 314 Conversational Spanish I 3 credit hours

Development of oral proficiency through conversation practice. Grammar concepts are studied within the content of speech. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent. (Alt FA, SP)

*Spn 315 Conversational Spanish II 3 credit hours

Intensive practice of oral and aural skills at an advanced level. Grammar will be reviewed through written and oral drills. Conducted in Spanish, this course is not sequential to Spn 314. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent. (Alt FA, SP)

Spn 320 Peninsular Spanish Literature I 3 credit hours

A study of literature of the Spanish Peninsula from its beginnings to the Seventeenth Century. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent. (SP)

Spn 399 Independent Study 1-4 credit hours

Content study that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interest and need. Advised for majors only. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent. (Arranged)

Spn 411 Technical Spanish 3 credit hours

Technical aspects of the Spanish Language, written and spoken. Grammar will be emphasized through composition practice of business documents. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent. (Alt SP)

Spn 412 Practicum: Experience Abroad 3 credit hours

Strongly advised. This course offers an international field work opportunity for Spanish majors. Prior to traveling, students will receive academic instruction in the classroom. While abroad, students will experience living with a host family arranged by the Area Coordinator. For Spanish majors only. (Arranged)

Spn 414 Methods of Teaching Spanish 3 credit hours

A required course for Spanish education majors, presents an overview of theories, methods, and ideas dealing with the challenges of bilingual education, Spanish in particular. This course includes research and discussion of teaching techniques for students with learning disabilities, particularly communication disorders. Sources may be researched in English or Spanish. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent.

Spn 416 Spanish American Literature 3 credit hours

A study of major Spanish American writers from the colonial period to the 20th Century. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent.

Spn 420 Peninsular Spanish Literature II 3 credit hours

A study of literature; prose and poetry of the Spanish Peninsula, from the Nineteenth Century to the present days. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent.

THEOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

*GER Approved Course

*Th 101 Introduction to the Old Testament 3 credit hours

An examination of the texts of the Old Testament from the perspective of modern biblical scholarship. The historical, literary, and theological dimensions of this literature will be explored. (FA, SP)

*Th 105 Introduction to the New Testament 3 credit hours

An examination of the New Testament texts from the perspective of modern biblical scholarship. The historical, literary, theological, and spiritual dimensions of this literature will be explored. (FA, SP)

Th 109 Introduction to Ministry 3 credit hours

An overview of ministry in the Church, historically and currently, and its implications for those exploring the call to serve the Church in professional roles of ministry. This course includes self-reflection and discernment; ministry field experiences; an introduction to Church documents on ministry; an overview of the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry; and an orientation to the Brescia Ministry Formation Program Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (FA)

*Th 110 The Catholic Faith: An Introduction to Theology 3 credit hours

An introduction to Catholic theology and faith tradition, this course examines how the Church prayerfully receives, seeks to understand, and communicates God’s revelation to humanity. The course consists of an overview of both important and distinctive Catholic beliefs and practices mandated by the Second Vatican Council. Prerequisite: Th 101 or Th 105 is recommended. (Alt FA)

Th 199 Independent Study 1-4 credit hours

This course number is used to designate a course that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. (Arr)

*Th 210 The Church 3 credit hours

A theological study of the nature and mission of the Church. The course investigates the Church from the following perspectives: its beginnings, as reflected in the New Testament and early Christian literature; the history of Catholic ecclesiology; the models analysis of Avery Dulles, S.J.; and the documents of Vatican Council II. Prerequisite: Th 105. (FA)

Th 212 Basics of Catechetical and Youth Ministry 3 credit hours

Formerly Th 211 Basic Approaches to Catechetical Ministry. This course in catechetics and evangelization is designed for persons who work in or seek to prepare for work in catechetical ministry with adults, young adults, youth or children. The topics include a history of catechesis and youth ministry, the nature and purpose of evangelization and catechesis, the catechetical dimensions of youth ministry, faith development theory, techniques and practice of planning effective catechetical sessions and activities, and the spirituality of those engaged in catechetical and youth ministry. (SP)

*Th 219 World Religions 3 credit hours

This course examines the Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism; the Chinese and Japanese religions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism; and the religions of Judaism and Islam in the Mid-East. Prerequisite: Sophomore status is recommended. (FA)

Th 241 Catholic Liturgy 3 credit hours

Examines the historical and theological foundations of Catholic liturgy, and the liturgical documents, principles, and norms that shape the contemporary reform and practice mandated by Vatican II. Notable attention is given to the liturgical assembly, liturgical symbols, roles of ministry, and the various liturgical rites of Catholic worship. Prerequisite: Th 110 or Th 210 or permission of instructor. (Alt FA, SP)

*Th 302 Christian Marriage and Family 3 credit hours

This course deals with the meaning of marriage as a sacrament, the history of Catholic teaching on marriage and family, and the myths and realities of marriage. This course also explores practical ways to enrich marriage and foster married and family spirituality. Prerequisite: Th 110 ,Th 241 or Th 312. (Alt FA, SP)

*Th 303 Catholic Moral Tradition and Contemporary Issues 3 credit hours

This course will explore Catholic moral tradition and its application to personal and social moral issues. Specific issues discussed will vary according to contemporary moral relevance. Prerequisite: Th 105 or sophomore status. (SP)

*Th 304 Pauline Epistles 3 credit hours

A study of the letters of St. Paul from the perspective of modern historical-critical scholarship. The course analyzes Pauline teaching as one of the major components of ancient Christian tradition and explores its significance in the contemporary Church. Prerequisite: Th 105 or sophomore status. (FA)

Th 309 Rural Ministry 3 credit hours

Provides an orientation to Church ministry in the rural small town. The course will present a theology of Church in mission and ministry that gives vision, cultural understandings, and strategies to be applied to ministry in the rural setting. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding evangelization, ecumenism, and fundamentalism. (Alt FA)

*Th 310 Women in Christian Tradition 3 credit hours

Examines the experience of women in the Christian Communions of the past and provides a Scriptural and theological background needed for a better understanding of the place of women in the Christian Communions and in society today. Prerequisite: Sophomore status; Th 101 or Th 105 is recommended. (Alt FA)

*Th 312 The Sacraments of the Catholic Community 3 credit hours

Discussion of the meaning of the sacraments from an historical, theological and spiritual perspective, emphasizing their communitarian aspect. Special emphasis will be placed on Baptism and Eucharist as constitutive of the Church. Prerequisite: Th 110 or Th 210 or Th 241. (Alt FA, SP)

Th 315 Planning Parish Liturgy 3 credit hours

This course explores in greater depth than Th 241 liturgical principles and strategies for planning Sunday Eucharist, seasonal liturgies, and the sacramental rites of the Roman Catholic tradition. Reference is made to liturgical documents, drawing out implications for their implementation. Prerequisite: TH 241.

*Th 318 Faith and Justice: The Gospel and Social Values 3 credit hours

This course examines why a concern for social, economic, and political justice is rooted in and demanded by the Gospel and mission of the Church. It presents the problem of structural injustice and possible strategies for alternatives. Issues such as human rights, abortion, poverty, hunger, racism, sexism, pollution, and war are studied. Prerequisite: Th 105 recommended; sophomore status required. (SP)

*Th 320 Women and Spirituality 3 credit hours

This course examines spirituality from a holistic approach encompassing one’s relationships to self, others, the earth or world (society, nature, work, recreation, environment, etc.), and God within and beyond all other realities. The contemporary women’s spirituality explored in this course is rooted both within the Christian tradition and women’s deepened understanding of their experience and uniqueness within it. Prerequisite: Sophomore status. (SP)

Th 323 Spirituality and Ministry 3 credit hours

The spiritual autobiography, which is a requirement of the Ministry Formation Program, is developed and completed in this course. Th 323 promotes theological reflection on the basic dynamic of the formation-transformation cycle expressed in the death and resurrection of Jesus. This course will include a study of contemporary areas of holistic spirituality as they impact on ministry and ministerial identity. Open only to Ministry Formation students and Theology Majors. (SP)

Th 345 Planning Catechetical, Youth Ministry and Parish Programs 3 credit hours

Formerly Th 344 Parish Program Planning. This course prepares ministers to design programs and activities to meet the varied needs of parishes. Topics include: analysis of parish as a context for ministry; an understanding of the elements of a successful parish and effective leadership; discernment of needs of the parish; vision for program possibilities; an experience of a step by step process for planning a program; and standards for ministry rooted in civil and canon law and professional ethics. Prerequisite: Th 450 or equivalent experience recommended. (Alt FA, SP)

*Th 350 Development of Catholic Doctrine 3 credit hours

This course explores the development of Catholic doctrine as an historical, cultural, and theological process. Christian worship, the teachings of theologians, the devotions of popular piety, creeds and other official pronouncements of church councils and popes through the ages shape and carry this process forward. Such enculturation and doctrinal development will be analyzed in seminar fashion through the lenses of church teachings on the Trinity, Jesus, and Mary. Prerequisites: Th 110 or permission of instructor. (FA)

Th 360 Supervised Ministry Field Experience 3 credit hours

This practicum begins with an observation phase, expands with a participation phase, and culminates with a supervised ministry phase. Students develop measurable objectives for each of these phases and are assessed in the light of these objectives. The particular ministry setting in which this field placement takes place and the ministry supervisor in that setting needs prior approval by the professor. This approval is granted in the light of the ministry for which the student is preparing and in light of the National Certification Standards related to that ministry. In such a supervised ministry experience students have opportunities to deepen the basic personal, spiritual, theological, pastoral, and professional qualities needed for effective ministry. Prerequisites: Junior status or permission of the instructor.

Th 399 Independent Study 1-4 credit hours

This course number is used to designate a course that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. (Arr)

Th 401 Israel’s Prayer and Wisdom 3 credit hours

This course examines the book of Psalms, including its place in the life of Jewish and Christian worshiping communities. It also analyzes the traditions of the sages of Ancient Israel contained in the books of Proverbs, Qoheleth, Job, Sirach, Wisdom and the Song of Songs. Prerequisite: Th 101 or permission of instructor.

*Th 405 The Beatitudes and Parables of Jesus 3 credit hours

A study of the Beatitudes that emphasizes their implications for First World Christians. An investigation of the parable form, its significance and theology, using a combination of form-critical, theological, and literary approaches to the parables. Prerequisite: Th 105.

Th 412 Catechetical and Youth Ministry Leadership 3 credit hours

This course is designed for persons responsible for or preparing for administering or leading catechetical and formational programs, including youth ministry programs. It includes a vision of the fields of catechetics and youth ministry, approaches to inter-generational catechesis, components of good programming, strategies and techniques for effective program leadership, and evaluation techniques. Prerequisites: Th 212 or permission of instructor. (SP)

Th 418 The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Conversion 3 credit hours

An in-depth study of the rites of Christian initiation of adults from the perspectives of the dynamics of religious conversion and the pastoral, sacramental processes of initiation into the Catholic faith community. This course is designed as a preparation for ministry in the RCIA process. Prerequisites: Th 210 and Th 241 or permission of instructor. (FA)

Th 450 Pastoral Care, Leadership, and Ethics 3 credit hours

Formerly Th 324 Pastoral Leadership. This course focuses on the leadership and communication needed in pastoral ministry situations. Topics include: (1) a vision and praxis of pastoral care and leadership; (2) effective communication and relational skills; (3) church organizational development; (4) professional ministerial ethics in the light of the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry; (5) Church law and civil law in ministry; and (6) portfolio and internship orientation. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: Psy 102, 105, Soc 204.

Th 460 Mentoring 1 credit hour

This course engages each of its students with a well respected and experienced minister as a mentor. It involves the protégé and mentor in reflection on the skills and competencies needed for effective and fulfilling ministry as identified in “Standard 3: Catholic Theology;” “Standard 4: Pastoral praxis;” and “Standard 5: Professional Practice” of the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry as approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Certification and Accreditation. Prerequisites: Th 109 Introduction to Ministry and junior status. (Arr)

Th 490 Christian Ministry Internship 3 credit hours

Formerly Th 410 Christian Ministry Internship. This field experience is structured to be a direct preparation for beginning professional ministry. As such, it assists the MFP student in attaining the level of theological reflection, the breadth of pastoral theology, the depth of ministry competence, the spirit of collaboration, and the standard of professional ministry practice to be achieved at the B.A. or Certificate levels. Its goal, furthermore, is to provide a senior level integration of the basic areas of preparation for contemporary ministry identified by the Ministry Formation Program and the educational outcomes identified by Brescia University. Prerequisite: Senior status; permission of instructor. (Arr)