*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.
*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: ACT English score of 18 or higher.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*Eng 250H: Introduction to Literature of Social Protest – 3 credit hours
This Honors College course explores imaginative literatures from a variety of historical, cultural, and geographical contexts that confront and challenge specific problems in society. Through in-depth study of multiple genres–including but not limited to fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama–this course introduces students to the sociopolitical function of literature. This course fills a general education requirement (GER) for an Intro to Literature in the language/literature area. Open ONLY to Honors College students
Eng 292: Introduction to Journalism – 3 credit hours
News, feature, and opinion writing; design and layout; production of Brescia Broadcast. Prerequisites: Eng 101 and 102.
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.
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.
Eng 306: Linguistics – 3 credit hours
An overview of the study of language, including such topics as 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 secondary teacher certification, as a requirement for the ESL Teaching Endorsement, and as an elective in primary and middle school education programs with areas of emphasis in English or language arts. It may be taken as an elective by any interested student. 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.
*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.
Eng 330: Ethnic and Minority Literatures – 3 credit hours
This course focuses on the literatures produced by ethnic and minority cultures within a range of historical and geographical contexts. Close study of literary texts in such genres as fiction, poetry, and non-fiction enables students to understand and evaluate the cultural legacy of marginalized communities. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature class.
*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.
*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.
*Eng 350: Contemporary and Postmodern 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.
*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.
*Eng 370: Catholic Writers – 3 credit hours
This course examines the work of representative authors who view the world from a Catholic perspective. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course.
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.
Eng 392: Advanced Journalism – 3 credit hours
Advanced news, feature, and opinion writing; production of the Brescia Broadcast. Prerequisite: Eng 292.
*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.
Eng 399: Independent Study – 1-4 credit hours
This course designates a field of study that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. Prerequisite: One 200-level literature course and submission and approval of “Application for Admission to Independent Study.”
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: One 200-level literature course.
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 and Postmodern 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
English majors and minors use their writing and organizational skills in a supervised work experience. Students work sixty (60) hours a semester at the location of their placement position. Students work an additional sixty (60) hours keeping a journal and portfolio of their experience, planning their job or graduate school search, and meeting with their faculty sponsor on a weekly basis. Prerequisite: Eng 392 or 400.
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.
*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.
*Frn 102: Elementary French II – 3 credit hours
Part Two of the introduction to the language with stress on its aural-oral values, including dialogue phonetics, grammar, diction, and laboratory work. Prerequisite: Frn 101.
*Frn 201: Intermediate French I – 3 credit hours
Training in aural-oral values of the language, composition and conversation, grammar, and laboratory work. Prerequisite: Frn 102 or equivalent.
*Frn 202: Intermediate French II – 3 credit hours
A continuation of Frn 201, with further training in aural-oral values of the language, composition and conversation, grammar, and laboratory work. Reading and analysis of texts will be included. Prerequisite: Frn 201 or equivalent.
Frn 399: Independent Study – 1-3 credit hours
This course designates a field of study that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. Prerequisite: Frn 202 or equivalent and submission and approval of “Application for Admission to Independent Study.”
*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, freedom, truth, beauty, and time. From a multicultural perspective, this course introduces the student to these and other perennial problems of philosophy, including arguments for God’s existence and human free will.
*PHL 104H: Social and Political Philosophy – 3 credit hours
This course explores different political philosophies and their application to major social issues. Topics include human rights, racism, gun control, immigration, warfare, women’s rights, poverty, and human trafficking. An overnight field trip will supplement lecture and discussion. Open ONLY to Honors College students.
*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.
*PHL 150H: Philosophy of Religion – 3 credit hours
This Honors College course explores the dialogue between faith and reason. Topics include arguments for God’s existence, the problem of evil, miracles, life after death, God’s sovereignty and knowledge of the future, religious diversity, and the interaction of religion with ethics and science. An overnight field trip will supplement lecture and discussion. This course fills a general education requirement (GER) in the philosophy/theology area. Open ONLY to Honors College students
*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 — as well as issues in applied ethics — are explored, with a special emphasis on the Catholic moral tradition.
*Phl 300: History of Philosophy I – 3 credit hours
This course covers Greco-Roman and Medieval philosophy and introduces the student to major philosophers from the Pre-Socratics through Descartes. Readings in primary sources. Prerequisite: His 101 or 102 recommended.
*Phl 301: History of Philosophy II – 3 credit hours
This course covers Modern and Contemporary philosophy, introducing the student to major philosophers from Descartes to Heidegger. Readings in primary sources. Prerequisite: His 101 or 102 recommended.
*Phl 325: Metaphysics – 3 credit hours
This course explores major metaphysical topics such as the origin of the universe, the existence of a human soul in addition to a physical body, and theories of human free will. The student will also consider the dialogue between faith and reason by thinking about the implications of these topics for issues such as the possibility of life after death.
*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 that synthesizes major ethical theories is presented. Prerequisite: Junior status or permission of instructor.
*Phl 347: Ethics of Health Care – 3 credit hours
This course examines ethical issues that arise in a medical context. Using the natural law tradition as a foundation, principles of health care ethics are explored by using case studies.
Phl 360: Philosophy of Law – 3 credit hours
This course examines philosophical issues surrounding the law. These include the extent to which laws should restrict the freedom of citizens, the justification of punishment by law, and when, if ever, it may be permissible for citizens to break the law. Prerequisite: Phl 110 or Phl 231.
Phl 399: Independent Study – 3 credit hours
This course will be an in-depth study of a major philosopher to be determined by instructor and student. Prerequisite: Submission and approval of “Application for Admission to Independent Study.”
*GER Approved Course
*Spn 101: Elementary Spanish I – 3 credit hours
An introduction to the language, with stress on grammar and the aural-oral values of language, including phonetics. The content of Spn 101 is designed for students without previous experience in Spanish or a maximum of two years of high school Spanish.
*Spn 102: Elementary Spanish II – 3 credit hours
An introduction to the language, with stress on grammar and the aural-oral values of language, including phonetics. Prerequisite: Spn 101 or equivalent.
*Spn 201: Intermediate Spanish I – 3 credit hours
Content includes grammar practice at intermediate level of composition and conversation. Prerequisite: Spn 102 or equivalent.
*Spn 202: Intermediate Spanish II – 3 credit hours
Content includes analysis of text through grammar practice at intermediate level of composition, speaking, and comprehension. Prerequisite: Spn 201 or equivalent.
Spn 300: Advanced Grammar and Composition through Literature & Film – 3 credit hours
This course helps students develop their listening, reading, writing, and conversational skills at the advanced level through the analysis of short literary texts, popular culture, and films in Spanish. While it is highly recommended that this course be taken prior to any other 300-level courses, students can also take it along with other 300 and 400-level courses. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent.
*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.
*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.
*Spn 315: Conversational Spanish II – 3 credit hours
Intensive advanced-level practice of oral and aural skills. 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.
Spn 320: Peninsular Spanish Literature I – 3 credit hours
A study of literature of the Spanish Peninsula from its beginnings to the 17th century. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent.
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 need. Advised for majors only. Prerequisites: Spn 202 or equivalent; Area Coordinator approval, and submission and approval of “Application for Admission to Independent Study.”
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.
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 receive academic instruction in the classroom. While abroad, students experience living with a host family arranged by the Area Coordinator. For Spanish majors only. Prerequisite: Spn 202 or equivalent.
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 of teaching techniques; including those 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.
*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.
*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.
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. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
*Th 110: Introduction to Ministry – 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 in light of the Second Vatican Council. Prerequisite: Th 101 or Th 105 is recommended.
Th 120: Living and Leading with Love – 3 credit hours
In this online course students will be formed by the sacred scriptures and by classic and contemporary texts of the Catholic tradition to integrate the vision of love or caritas expressed by Jesus Christ. Based on three central questions regarding identity, knowledge, and action, students will encounter Jesus’ call to love, explore the meaning of that love, and put love into action through servant leadership. In doing so, they will engage in theological reflection and weekly prayer, and study the lives of saints and holy people as well as Catholic Social Teaching. NOT OPEN to full-time Brescia University students and LIMITED TO high school students admitted into the L3 program.
Th 190: Practicum: Living and Leading with Love – 1 credit hour
In this practicum students will put love into action through service, online community-building, and prayer. They will provide at least twenty (20) hours of service to a local non-profit organization, read texts related to servant leadership and vocation, and reflect theologically upon their service. NOT OPEN to full-time Brescia University students and LIMITED TO high school students admitted into the L3 program.
Th 212: Basics of Catechetical and Youth Ministry – 3 credit hours
This introductory course in catechetics and evangelization is designed for persons responsible for any of the major catechetical components of parish life, including sacramental preparation, RCIA, religious education, youth ministry, and adult faith formation. Topics include a history of catechesis, the nature and purpose of evangelization and catechesis, the catechetical dimensions of ministry, faith development theory, and techniques and practice of planning effective catechetical sessions and activities.
*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.
*Th 223: Spirituality and Vocation – 3 credit hours
This course will introduce students to great spiritual figures and their writings from within the western tradition. In addition to the above classics, students will also engage contemporary spiritual writers as a way of developing a spirituality commensurate with any vocation or life choice. Students will be asked to craft a spiritual autobiography that integrates their life story with the expected major and career choices they currently may be discerning.
Th 241: Catholic Liturgy – 3 credit hours
This course 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 permission of instructor.
*TH 250H: Women and the Bible – 3 credit hours
Through the lens of biblical women’s stories, students will learn and practice basic principles for biblical interpretation and gain a generalized knowledge of biblical history. Both Old and New Testament women will be studied in terms of their great variety, often surprising roles, significant challenges, and enduring contributions to religious history and personal spirituality. The course will also explore how religious art has understood these women, and it will conclude with how biblical women’s stories have shaped later church preaching and practice on the role and responsibilities of women. An overnight field trip will supplement lecture and discussion. This course fills a general education requirement (GER) in theology. Open ONLY to Honors College students
*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 101 or Th 105 is recommended
*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 110.
*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.
*Th 305: 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 worshipping communities. It also analyzes the traditions of the sages of Ancient Israel contained in the books of Proverbs, Job, Sirach, Wisdom, and the Song of Songs. Prerequisite: Th 101 or permission of instructor.
*Th 306: The Beatitudes and Parables of Jesus – 3 credit hours
A study of the Beatitudes that emphasizes their implications for Western Christians. In investigating the parable form, its significance and theology, the course uses a combination of form-critical, theological, and literary approaches to the parables. Prerequisite: Th 105 or permission of instructor.
*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.
*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 241.
*Th 318: Faith and Justice: The Gospel and Social Values – 3 credit hours
This course examines why concern for social, economic, and political justice is rooted in 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.
*Th 320: 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.
Th 399: Independent Study – 1-4 credit hours
This course designates a field of study that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. Prerequisite: Submission and approval of “Application for Admission to Independent Study.”
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 241 and Th 320, or permission of instructor.
Th 450: Pastoral Care, Leadership, and Ethics – 3 credit hours
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, or Soc 204.
Th 475: Advanced Tutorial in Theology with Aquinas Institute of Theology – 3 credit hours
This Brescia University course is normally offered during the summer session and is taught in cooperation with the Aquinas Institute of Theology (AIT) of St. Louis, Missouri. Successful completion of this course offers the student advanced standing of six (6) graduate credit hours at AIT upon: Application and academic acceptance into AIT; enrollment in an AIT graduate program in Theology and/or Pastoral Studies. After the student registers for Th 475, an independent learning contract between the Brescia University student and the AIT instructor of the Advanced Tutorial is created. The learning contract builds upon material previously mastered by the student through linking two distinct sub-disciplines of theology for a focused study (e.g., the sub-disciplines of Church History and Liturgy would be linked in a way that afforded the student an in-depth study of the development of the liturgy and sacraments within the historical context of the Middle Ages). The contract will outline a course of reading to be completed; arrange for a two-day face-to-face seminar with the instructor in Saint Louis; and a final graduate-level research paper of roughly fifteen pages to be submitted and graded by the AIT instructor. Three undergraduate credits will be awarded to the student as a major elective. Students are responsible for their own travel, housing, and food costs associated with the two-day seminar in St. Louis. Prerequisite: Students from any major may enroll in Th 475 so long as they have completed nine (9) credits of theology, six (6) of which must be upper-division theology credits.
Th 480: 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 and permission of instructor.
Th 490: Christian Ministry Internship – 3 credit hours
This field experience is structured to be a direct preparation for beginning professional ministry. As such, it assists the 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. level. Its goal, furthermore, is to provide a senior level integration of the basic areas of preparation for contemporary ministry. Prerequisites: Senior status and permission of instructor.
Th 499H: Servant Leadership and the Spirituality of Work – 3 credit hours
The pillars of Servant Leadership within the context of a leader’s responsibility to think and act in the interest of the common good are examined. A historical, theological, and spiritual reading of “work” allows students to discern the value, purpose, and impact of their career choices. Assignments, readings, collaborative learning, and team projects assist the students to develop the “soft” skills necessary for leadership and the intellectual knowledge to make inform decisions on how to lead with a servant’s heart rooted in compassion and caritas. This course fills a general education requirement (GER) in theology. Prerequisites: Junior status; membership in Honors College.