Home Home
DEPARTMENTS OF INSTRUCTION

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND FINE ARTS
Chair: Hinojosa
English Language Skills: Beaulieu-Grace, Laurent, Lupinetti, Strongson-Aldape
Information Literacy: Montalbano, Wood
Fine Arts and Music: Frederick, Silva
Foreign Language: Hinojosa, Williams
Literature: Bain, Calmes, Heil

Fine Arts

ART 1312 ART HISTORY
3 sem. hrs.
A study of art and history from Pre-history to Post-Modern periods, emphasizing design elements and historical backgrounds.

MUS 1101, 1102 SCHOLA
1 sem. hr.
Choir for the performance of sacred music chiefly in the liturgy of the Abbey and Seminary College. Membership by audition. Hours earned do not count for degree requirements. May be repeated each semester.

MUS 2311 CLASSICAL MUSIC
3 sem. hrs.
A study of the historical periods of Western music and their important forms, styles, composers, and works.

MUS 3313 SACRED MUSIC
3 sem. hrs.
An overview of the trends, composition, and practice of liturgical music in the Christian tradition from Middle Ages to the present. Included will be an analysis of key documents on music promulgated by the Roman Catholic Church. Prerequisite: MUS 2311

MUS 3333 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC
1 - 3 sem. hrs.
Topics Vary.

English Language Skills

RES 0091 BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT
1 sem. hrs.
An introduction to the underlying concepts that form the basis of lifelong learning, enabling learners to master information literacy skills, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. Strategies for time management, critical reading, basic study skills, test taking, note taking, and memory retention will be explored. The student may be excused from this course at the discretion of the academic dean. Hours earned do not count for degree requirements.

Language

ENG 1300 DEVELOPMENTAL ENGLISH
3 sem. hrs.
Basic writing instruction for those students whose placement test scores indicate weak writing skills. This class is a preparation for ENG 1311 and does not apply toward degree requirements. A final grade of C is required for registration for ENG 1311.

ENG 1311 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
3 sem. hrs.
Instruction in academic writing with emphasis on the production of both expository and argumentative essays. In conjunction with RES 0091, study of the principles of research and documentation. Entry is based on placement test scores. A final grade of C is required for registration for ENG 1312.

ENG 1312 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
3 sem. hrs.
Continuation of instruction in academic writing and research. Introduction to myth and to its expression in literary narrative. A final grade of C is required for enrollment in literature courses. Prerequisite: ENG 1311

ENG 1322 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING
3 sem. hrs.
An instruction in organizing and delivering oral communications before various audiences, with an emphasis on developing skills in analysis and persuasive speaking.

ENG 3333 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH
3 sem. hrs.
Topics vary. Prerequisite: ENG 1312

FRN 1311 BASIC FRENCH I
3 sem. hrs.
Beginning course for students with no previous knowledge of French. The course provides a foundation in the language and culture of francophone countries.

FRN 1312 BASIC FRENCH II
3 sem. hrs.
Continuing course for students who have completed Basic French I or the equivalent. Prerequisite: FRN 1311

GRK 1311 BASIC NEW TESTAMENT GREEK I
3 sem. hrs.
An introductory study of the popular style of Greek (Koine) used by the New Testament writers. Primary emphasis is placed in this first course on mastering the simpler nouns and adjectives and on the formation and use of the indicative in verbs.

GRK 1312 BASIC NEW TESTAMENT GREEK II
3 sem. hrs.
Continuation of Basic New Testament Greek I. By course end, students will have a working vocabulary of approximately 500 words and will be able to read the simpler parts of the New Testament with intelligent use of a lexicon. Prerequisite: GRK 1311

GRK 2311 NEW TESTAMENT GREEK READINGS I
3 sem. hrs.
Translation and grammatical analysis of selected passages from the Gospels. Prerequisite: GRK 1312

GRK 2312 NEW TESTAMENT GREEK READINGS II
3 sem. hrs.
Translation and grammatical analysis of selected passages from the Acts of the Apostles and Letters of St. Paul. Prerequisite: GRK 2311

LAT 1311 BASIC LATIN I
3 sem. hrs.
An introduction to the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Latin, with emphasis placed on the development of basic skills in reading and translating Latin. Prerequisite: Enrollment in ENG 1311 or higher

LAT 1312 BASIC LATIN II
3 sem. hrs.
A continuation of Basic Latin I, with emphasis given to building vocabulary. Prerequisite: LAT 1311

LAT 2311 LATIN READINGS I
3 sem. hrs.
Review of Latin grammar and syntax. Readings and translation of classical and ecclesiastical texts. Prerequisite: LAT 1312

LAT 2312 LATIN READINGS II
3 sem. hrs.
Continued reading and translation of classical and ecclesiastical texts. Introduction to Medieval Latin. Prerequisite: LAT 2311

LAT 3311 ADVANCED LATIN I
3 sem. hrs.
Continued reading of more advanced Latin text, some emphasis placed on the composition of original Latin texts. Prerequisite: LAT 2312

LAT 3312 ADVANCED LATIN II
3 sem. hrs.
Additional reading of advanced Latin text with further emphasis on the composition of original Latin texts. Prerequisite: LAT 3311

SPN 1311 BASIC SPANISH I
3 sem. hrs.
Vocabulary, language patterns, and grammar are introduced and applied in the context of practical communication such as greeting others and getting acquainted; identifying yourself, your family, your studies; talking about your activities; shopping; idiomatic expressions. The class includes writing dialogues, oral and written exercises, practical use of Spanish using the internet, partner work, and written assignments. You will also learn cultural information about values, beliefs, and practices related to the above situations and to speakers of Spanish. You will learn about the diverse cultural contexts of the Spanish language including vocabulary associated with religious traditions and devotions in Spain and Spanish Speaking America.

SPN 1312 BASIC SPANISH II
3 sem. hrs.
Continuing course for students who have completed Basic Spanish I or the equivalent. Prepares the student for basic proficiency. Prerequisite: SPN 1311

SPN 2311 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
3 sem. hrs.
Vocabulary, language patterns, and grammar in the past tenses are introduced and applied in the context of practical communication such as getting acquainted; identifying yourself, your family, your studies; talking about your activities; shopping; and ordering something to eat and drink.  The lessons include dialogues, oral and written exercises, use of video and digital technology, role-playing, partner work, and written assignments. You will also learn cultural information about values, beliefs, and practices related to the above situations and to Spanish speakers in Spain and in Spanish Speaking America. Through film and news programs, you will learn about the diverse cultural contexts of the Spanish language including religious traditions and liturgical practices. Prerequisite: SPN 1312

SPN 2312 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
3 sem. hrs.
Continuing course for students who have completed Intermediate Spanish I or the equivalent. Stresses proficiency in speaking and reading. Prerequisite: SPN 2311

Literature

LIT 2312 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
3 sem. hrs.
An introduction to techniques of writing and analyzing literary texts. Through lecture, discussion, and writing, the course will examine short stories and poems under various literary critical modes. Students will generate a series of microthemes, reflections, close analyses, and a research paper investigating and responding to critical interpretations of the selected readings. In addition, students will be introduced to genres and periods of literature and the philosophical and theological principles and cultural and historical currents that inform literature. Prerequisite: ENG 1312

LIT 3311 WORLD LITERATURE I
3 sem. hrs.
(pre 5c A.D.) Literature of the Ancient World: A study of the writers and their works that best represent both the Western Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman worlds as well as that of Eastern cultures. Prerequisite: ENG 1312

LIT 3312 WORLD LITERATURE II
3 sem. hrs.
(the 5th to the 15c): Literature of the Medieval World: A study of the writers and their works that best represent both the traditional Western and Eastern canons. Prerequisite: ENG 1312

LIT 3333 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE I
3 sem. hrs.
Topics vary. Prerequisite: ENG 1312

LIT 3334 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE II
3 sem. hrs.
Topics vary. Prerequisite: ENG 1312

LIT 4311 WORLD LITERATURE III
3 sem. hrs.
(16th c to 1850): Early Modern Literature: Representative literature from the Western and Eastern canons along with works from the Americas encompassing the Early Modern and Romantic Periods. Prerequisite: ENG 1312

LIT 4312 WORLD LITERATURE IV
3 sem. hrs.
(1850 to today): Contemporary World Literature: Representative Western and Eastern literature and literature of the Americas and the African Diaspora encompassing the beginnings of realism through modernism and post-modernism. Prerequisite: ENG 1312

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
Chair: Edler
Philosophy: Bain, Edler, Foley, Fontana, Gwozdz, Hayes
Theological Studies: Arcement, Berger, Burns, Clark, Farge, Hayes, Israel

Philosophy

PHI 3311 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY AND PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH
3 sem. hrs.
This course surveys the major fields of philosophy, including logic, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and the history of philosophy as divided into ancient, medieval, and modern periods. As the gateway course for the QEP, this course also offers instruction in writing in the field of philosophy, instructing students in the writing process to produce philosophy papers, in how to formulate a thesis and develop it comprehensively in philosophy papers, and how to identify scholarly sources in philosophy and cite them according to Turabian style.

PHI 3331 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
3 sem. hrs.
Surveys ancient Greek and Roman philosophy with special attention given to Plato and Aristotle. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 3312 MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
3 sem. hrs.
Examines the history of philosophical thought in late antiquity through its dissolution in the fourteenth century, with emphasis on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 3321 LOGIC
3 sem. hrs.
A comprehensive introduction to Aristotelian term logic.

PHI 3322 METAPHYSICS
3 sem. hrs.
This course will explore the major issues of a Thomistic metaphysics and its rival alternatives. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 3341 ETHICS
3 sem. hrs.
Review of the various ethical systems in Western thought with an emphasis on evaluating the historical development of moral thought in the West, including Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Natural Law tradition, British Utilitarianism, and Kant. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 3313 PHILOSOPHY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
3 sem. hrs.
This is a course in the early philosophical thought of St. Augustine of Hippo. As such, it will touch upon questions that concerned Augustine in his early life up to the time of the Confessions in 397: questions concerning the existence and nature of God, the ability of the human mind to know truth, the nature of the soul, the problem of sin and evil, free will, and human origin and destiny. A careful reading of the Confessions will serve as the major framework for discussion. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 3333 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY I
3 sem. hrs.
Topics vary. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 3334 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY II
3 sem. hrs.
Topics vary. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 4311 MODERN PHILOSOPHY
3 sem. hrs.
Involves a critical analysis of texts representative of the modern period from 1600 to 1800. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 4312 CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY
3 sem. hrs.
Surveys of major philosophical trends from 1800 to the present with a concentration on critical analysis of readings representative of the chief thinkers of the period. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 4321 EPISTEMOLOGY
3 sem. hrs.
This course will expose the students to the fundamental issues in a realist epistemology. It will discuss issues such as skepticism, degrees of certitude, and the role of truth in human knowing. These questions will be seen in relationship to other views proposed by great philosophers in the Western tradition such as empiricism and Kantian transcendental idealism. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 4322 PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
3 sem. hrs.
This course surveys major issues in philosophical anthropology, including materialist versus non-materialist conceptions of the human person, nihilistic versus optimistic views of the human person, determinism versus free will, and the affirmation and denial of human nature (realism versus nominalism). Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

PHI 4332 NATURAL THEOLOGY
3 sem. hrs.
This course examines the relationship of faith and reason as well as science and religion. A careful examination will be had concerning the ontological and cosmological arguments for God's existence as well as contemporary issues such as creation and the Big Bang, and evolution and the Intelligent Design theory. Prerequisite: PHI 3311 or approval of Academic Dean

Theological Studies

THE 1311 INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLICISM
3 sem. hrs.
This course will proceed through the three basic levels of the Catholic Faith: Doctrine, liturgy and sacraments, and the moral life. The purpose of this course is to arrive at a basic understanding of Catholic catechism and to provide a matrix by which the teachings of the Catholic faith form a unified whole.

THE 2311 THE CATHOLIC OLD TESTAMENT
3 sem. hrs.
Introduces books of the Catholic Old Testament with an emphasis on the literary, historical, and theological dimensions. Prerequisite: THE 1311

THE 2312 NEW TESTAMENT
3 sem. hrs.
Introduces the Books of the New Testament with emphasis on the form and content of each. Prerequisite: THE 2311 or permission from the Academic Dean

THE 3312 LIFE IN CHRIST
3 sem. hrs.
This course stresses the Christian application of basic ethical norms and values as present in Part III of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Special emphasis will be given to the relationship between the social, doctrinal, and moral traditions of the Church.

THE 3313 SACRED ART
3 sem. hrs.
A study of the relationship between the visual arts and Christian theology. Church architecture and liturgical art throughout the centuries will be surveyed with particular emphasis on implication for the contemporary. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of THE 1311, ART 1312

THE 3323 SURVEY OF CHURCH HISTORY
3 sem. hrs.
Focuses on the development of the Catholic Christian Church from Pentecost until the present and examines the development of doctrine and its controversies, the evolution of the papacy, forms of ministry, and major movements that have formed the Church. Prerequisite: THE 1311

THE 3333 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES I
3 sem. hrs.
Topics vary. Prerequisite: THE 1311

THE 3343 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES II
3 sem. hrs.
Topics vary. Prerequisite: THE 1311

THE 4311 LITURGICAL AND PERSONAL PRAYER
3 sem. hrs.
The first part of this course will explore the nature and variety of personal forms of prayer within the Roman Catholic tradition. The second part of this course will explore the origins, development, ritual components, and theological significance of liturgical prayer within the Roman Catholic tradition.

THE 4312 FUNDAMENTAL THEOLOGY
3 sem. hrs.
This course treats the foundational issues that are a necessity for the study of Catholic theology. The course begins with an examination of the nature, method, and sources of theology. Topics covered in the course include God, His existence and attributes, the relation between faith and reason, the necessity of divine revelation, biblical inspiration and interpretation, and the development of dogmas and authority in the Church. Special emphasis is given to the role of philosophy in Catholic theological reflection.

THE 4391 THE CATHOLIC PROFESSION OF FAITH
3 sem. hrs.
A study of the basics of the Catholic Profession of Faith as developed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Following the course of Part I of the Catechism, the course will give attention to the many patristic citations given in the text with an aim of arriving at a basic understanding of the nature of Divine Revelation, Theological Anthropology, Christology, Trinitarian Theology, and Ecclesiology. Limited to students in certain degree or certificate programs except by permission of the Academic Dean.

THE 4392 CELEBRATING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
3 sem. hrs.
Views the dispensation of the fruits of Christ's Paschal mystery in the celebration of the Catholic Church's sacramental liturgy and rites as presented by Part II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Limited to students in certain degree or certificate programs except by permission of the Academic Dean.

THE 4394 THE CATHOLIC TRADITION OF PRAYER
3 sent hrs.
Surveys the basic teachings on liturgical and private prayer from the Catholic tradition and the fourth part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Limited to students in certain degree or certificate programs except by permission of the Academic Dean.

SOCIAL, BEHAVORIAL, AND NATURAL SCIENCES
Chair: Seid
Behavioral Science (Psychology): Barocco, Seid
Social Science (History): Hinojosa, Simmons
Mathematics: Penick
Natural Science: Arbo

History

HIS 1311 HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
3 sem. hrs.
This course will undertake a study of the various historical, artistic, and literary periods of Western Europe beginning with the early Middle Ages up through the 19th century. The course will also present important aspects about religious and political people who are important in defining and discussing artistic periods and literary genres.

HIS 1312 UNITED STATES HISTORY
3 sem. hrs.
This course will present an outline of general U.S. history from the colonial period up to the modern day.

HIS 3311 GRAECO-ROMAN CIVILIZATION
3 sem. hrs.
A survey of political and cultural contributions of classical Greece and Rome from the early Aegean civilizations to the rise and fall of Rome, including the rise of Christianity. Junior standing or permission of the Academic Dean.

HIS 3312 MEDIEVAL HISTORY
3 sem. hrs.
Study of medieval institutions with special emphasis on the heritage of the Middle Ages, the rise and decline of the Church, the emergence of the European state system and the main currents of medieval thought and letters. Junior standing or permission of the Academic Dean.

HIS 3333 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISTORY I
3 sem. hrs.
Topics vary.

HIS 3334 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISTORY II
3 sem. hrs.
Topics vary. Junior standing or permission of the Academic Dean.

HIS 4304 HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE UNITED STATES
3 sem. hrs.
An outline of general U.S. history with an emphasis on the complex area of religious thought and patterns which influenced and were influenced by the political and cultural developments in American society.

HIS 4311 RENAISSANCE HISTORY
3 sem. hrs.
Survey of the period of rebirth from 1300 to 1700 A.D., of intellectual and artistic activity, the growth of humanistic philosophy, and the great change in the Catholic Church brought about by the Protestant Reformation. Junior standing or permission of the Academic Dean

HIS 4312 ENLIGHTENMENT HISTORY
3 sem. hrs.
A study of the Enlightenment in Europe, 1650 to the middle of the 19th century, with particular attention to the cultural, social, and religious activities in Britain and France relating to the history of scientific achievement during the period. Junior standing or permission of the Academic Dean.

HIS 4313 CONTEMPORARY HISTORY
3 sem. hrs.
A study of the social, philosophical, religious, economic, and political developments of the 20th and 21st century.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

PSY 2311 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
3 sem. hrs.
The course will survey the major personality development theories and their application to daily living.

PSY 2312 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 sem. hrs.
Designed to cover contemporary social influences and the human response to shape social environment. Selected topics in the field and their theoretical bases will be surveyed. Prerequisite: PSY 2311

PSY 4311 HUMAN SEXUALITY AND RELATIONSHIPS
3 sem. hrs.
The study of human sexuality and relationships is multidisciplinary by nature. This course will include biological, psychological, developmental, and sociological perspectives as well as health concerns and various implications for family life. Philosophical assumptions behind influential ideological treatments in the contemporary world will be subjected to philosophical and theological analysis. Prerequisite: SCI 1311 or equivalent

Natural Sciences

MAT 1311 PRACTICAL MATHEMATICS
3 sem. hrs.
An investigation of real-world financial decision making with a continued emphasis on technology, providing a strong foundation for current and future personal economic activities.

SCI 1311 HUMAN BIOLOGY
3 sem. hrs.
Introductory course in human biology with emphasis on cell structure, human physiology, genetics, and embryology.

SCI 1312 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
3 sem. hrs.
An examination of our global environment from a local perspective, human interaction with this environment, and the impacts humans can have on the planet. Students will explore the relationship between the environment and economics, politics, philosophy, and ethics.