Theology Sample Schedule/Paradigm A 4-year plan to complete your Theology major+ More The paradigm below is one example of how this major may be completed. Students may use their elective credits to explore other majors or to enroll in skill-building courses in mathematics, reading, writing and/or study skills. With planning, students may use these credits to complete a minor, enroll in a practicum or internship, or study abroad. Freshman Year - Fall LCT140 First Year Seminar 3 E120 English Composition 3 100-level Theology Prerequisite (Area FT1) 3 Gen.Ed.Content Area/Oral Communication Req. 3 General Education Content Area 3-4 Credits: 15-16 Freshman Year - Spring TH209 Intro to Catholic Theology & Doctrine 3 Gen.Ed.Content Area/Oral Communication Req. 3 General Education Content Area 3-4 General Education Content Area 3-4 General Education Content Area 3 Credits: 15-17 Sophomore Year - Fall LCT225 Perspectives (may be taken spring semester) 3 TH210 Introduction to the Old Testament 3 HB101 Basic Hebrew 3 OR Major Elective (from section B in course descriptions below) General Education Content Area 3 General Education Content Area 3-4 Credits: 15-16 Sophomore Year - Spring ID160 Artscore 2 TH220 Introduction to the New Testament 3 TH250 Christian View of the Human Person (Area FT2) 3 TH311 Principles of Liturgy & Sacraments 3 General Education Content Area 3 General Education Content Area 3 Credits: 17 Junior Year - Fall LCT375 Global Issues (may be taken spring semester) 3 TH270 Christianity in a Global Context (Area FT2) 3 TH360 History of Catholic Thought 3 Major Elective (from section B in course descriptions below) 3 Elective 3 Credits: 15 Junior Year - Spring TH375 Contemporary Catholic Thought 3 Major Elective (from section B in course descriptions below) 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Credits: 15 Senior Year - Fall LCT475 Capstone (may be taken spring semester) 3 TH345 Catholic Social Teaching (Area FT2) 3 TH400 Christology (offered alternate fall semesters) 3 Major Elective (from section B in course descriptions below) 3 Elective 3 Credits: 15 Senior Year - Spring TH475 Senior Seminar 3 Major Elective (from section B in course descriptions below) 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Credits: 15 It is the responsibility of the student to complete all major and university requirements. Please refer to the university catalog for additional information regarding this major. Course title and content is subject to change. Not all courses are offered each semester or year. Please consult with your major advisor for the most current information. Students enrolled in the Lasallian Honors Program should consult the program director for the appropriate sequence of courses. Course descriptions + More (From the 2013-15 Catalog) The following courses are required for graduation. A. Theology Core TH209 - Methods in Catholic Theology (3 credits) This course explores the tenets and practices of theology through the study of the interpretations of Christian doctrines noted in the Nicene Creed and select catechetical texts. Issues of method, authority, and the interface of faith with modern culture are highlighted. Prerequisite: one of the following: TH112, TH113, TH114, or TH115 (may be concurrent). TH210 - Introduction to the Old Testament (3 credits) Students survey examples from the Pentateuch, Prophetic, Historical and Wisdom texts, their forms, settings and theology. This survey incorporates an appreciation for some basic contemporary interpretive methods. Methods encouraged by Vatican IIﾒs Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation are studied. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: TH112, TH113, TH114, or TH115. TH220 - Introduction to the New Testament (3 credits) Students survey examples of texts from the Pauline, Catholic and Pastoral Epistles, the Gospels and Acts; Hebrews and Revelation are also introduced. Working with the interpretive strategies gained in TH210 Introduction to Old Testament, students begin to assess the dynamics of interpretation through the completion of an exegetical paper. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: TH210. TH250 - Christian View of the Human Person (3 credits) This course explores the set of Catholic Christian doctrines and interpretation surrounding the question ﾓwhat does it mean to be a human person?ﾔ for example, the creation to the image of God, sin, redemption, sacramentality, and vocation. There is a focus on modern questions of the mind, conscience, embodiment, gender, and sexuality. Prerequisite: TH112, TH113, TH114, or TH115. TH310 - Principles of Sacraments and Liturgy (3 credits) Students consider the history, theology, and practice of Christian sacramental life as they address the questions of ritual, celebration, and worship. The course also examines general principles of liturgy and ritual, as well as guidelines for planning and implementing pastorally effective liturgy. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: TH209. TH345 - Catholic Social Teaching (3 credits) This course acquaints students with the modern history and current application of Catholic social teaching, focusing on the themes of economics and work, life and death, and war and peace issues. Students engage both primary and secondary literature and examine how Christians critically think through social issues. A service learning component is offered. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: TH115 or TH209. TH350 - Introduction to Catholic Moral Theology (3 credits) As the foundational class in moral theology, this course addresses the different moral theologies in the Catholic tradition, from Scriptural ethics to natural law. Contemporary issues are addressed as a means of explicating schools of ethical method and applying moral reasoning. Prerequisite: TH115 or TH209. TH360 - History of Catholic Thought (3 credits) Defining moments in Catholic tradition from earliest Catholicism up to the First Vatican Council (1869-70) are investigated. Official Catholic teachings, major thinkers and cultural movements are considered for their insights into Christian faith and human development. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: TH115 or TH209. TH375 - Contemporary Catholic Thought (3 credits) After establishing familiarity with the history and texts of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), students consider theological and pastoral thought from the 20th and 21st centuries. Special attention is paid to ecclesiological innovations concerning lay and clerical leadership, the local and universal Church, and the universal call to holiness and justice. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: TH115 or TH209. TH400 - Christology (3 credits) This writing intensive course studies the development and interpretation of Christian theological doctrine on the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. The course treats issues from the various interpretations of the Gospel tradition to the development of doctrine (particularly in the councils of Nicaea and Chalcedon) to modern interpretations of the role of Christ in systematic theology. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: TH115 or TH209. TH475 - Senior Seminar (3 credits) Majors prepare professional credentials as well as collaborate with a professor to conduct research within an area of their interest and the professorﾒs expertise. Preparation of credentials may include development of a personal mission statement, resume, and certifications relevant to national standards for Catholic lay ecclesial ministry. Research approximates graduate-level study of classical and contemporary perspectives that are doctrinal, academic, and/ or pastoral. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: junior or senior status in the theology department. B. Twelve credits from the following courses: GK141 - Basic Greek I (3 credits) This course is an introduction to the Greek language, emphasizing grammar, inflections, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation. GK142 - Basic Greek II (3 credits) Emphasis on translation of selected readings, including passages from the New Testament. Study of Greek grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation to develop skill in reading and interpreting the original text. Prerequisite: GK141. HB101 - Beginning Hebrew I (3 credits) The focus of this course is to provide learners with basic guides to further exegetical work using the Hebrew bible. Offered as interest demands. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. L101 - Beginning Latin I (3 credits) This course is designed to teach the fundamental skills, including, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary recognition necessary for reading Latin. The students read in the original Latin simple sentences and paragraphs of increasing complexity as the skills are developed. Special emphasis will be given to reading and pronunciation of the Latin of the mass and the prayers of the Church. Offered fall semester. L102 - Beginning Latin II (3 credits) The students develop the necessary sills to read literature in Latin. The last few weeks are devoted to reading selections from various Latin authors. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: L101 or equivalent. PH253 - History of Ancient Philosophy: Thales - Aristotle (4 credits) This course, the first of four sequential courses in the history of philosophy, is a survey of Greek philosophy from its origins in the thought of Presocratic poets and philosophers to its later development in the dialogues of Plato and writings of Aristotle. Through the close reading of primary sources in their historical context and through a wide variety of other exercises, students gain an appreciation for the major texts, themes and problems that have shaped the Western philosophical tradition. Students also begin to develop a facility with the various tools and terms with which philosophers in the Western tradition have worked. PH254 - History of Medieval Philosophy: Augustine-Ockham (4 credits) In this course, the second of four history of philosophy courses, students study the development of philosophy in the Middle Ages through its contact with Christianity. The goals of this course are to examine the following themes and philosophical problems: the relation of faith and reason, spirituality and philosophy; human knowledge and human freedom; and philosophy as a principle of integration within Medieval culture. Prerequisite: PH253. PH355 - History of Modern Philosophy: Bacon - Hegel (4 credits) In this course, the third of four history of philosophy courses, students study the major philosophical movements of the early modern period beginning with the rise of inductive natural science. Students then examine rationalism, empiricism, Kantﾒs critical philosophy, and Hegel. The central epistemological theme of the course reflects the modern conviction that before other sciences may be studied with profit, the possibility and modes of human knowledge must be determined. Prerequisites: PH253 and PH254. PH358 - History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy: Kierkegaard - Wittgenstein (4 credits) This course, the fourth of four history of philosophy courses, is an examination of the post-Kantian philosophy focusing on selected major movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as idealism, phenomenology, existentialism, and British analytic and ordinary language philosophy. Readings may include Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, James, Foucault, Wittgenstein, MacIntyre, and John Paul II, among others. Prerequisite: PH355. C. Elective Courses TH112 - History of the Bible (3 credits) The Christian Bible inspires faith for billions of persons worldwide and is a best-seller every year. In this course the Bible is studied as a product of God and of people. Students consider how the Bible actually emerged in the lives of Jews and Christians as well as how it sustains Christianity today. Typical areas of study are the Bibleﾒs literary forms, historical contexts, and faithful heroes. TH113 - Bible and Belief (3 credits) The Christian Bible inspires faith for billions of persons worldwide and is a best-seller every year. In this course the Bible is studied as a means of Godﾒs revelation. Special focus is given to how different denominations vary in their respective use of the book as a source of divine revelation. Also considered is how broad assumptions about the nature of the text shape various theologies and how issues like inspiration, myth and ethics are determined both from and for the reading of the Bible. TH114 - Religions of the Book (3 credits) The Christian Bible inspires faith for billions of persons worldwide and is a best-seller every year. In this course the Bible is studied as an example of the worldﾒs Scriptures. Comparisons and contrasts are drawn between both the content and the use of Scripture in Jewish, Christian and Muslim denominations. Attention can be given to some of the uses of Scripture in eastern world views, for example, Hinduism and Buddhism. TH115 - The Mystery of Salvation (3 credits) The Christian Bible leads to Christ, the mystery of salvation. This course is divided into four parts corresponding to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: professing our faith, celebrating our faith, living our faith, and praying our faith. The primary sources are Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: IHM seminarians only. TH260 - Foundations in Catholic Theology (3 credits) This course is an introduction to Catholic theology that explores fundamental doctrines, e.g., the Triune God, the creation of the cosmos and humanity, sin, grace, salvation, sanctification, and sacramental imagination. Students attend to the development of these creedal doctrines building on their biblical understanding of how these doctrines frame the human experience through a coherent system of thought, which addresses the challenges that modernity and post-modernity pose to the Christian world view. Students who have taken TH209 should not take this course. Prerequisite: TH112, TH113, TH114, or TH115. TH270 - Christianity in a Global Context (3 credits) Through comparison and contrast, students define and articulate how the Christian, especially Roman Catholic, world view relates to those of others. Prior to such comparisons students focus on being able to articulate the basic world view of several mainstream religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and the religions of the Far East, especially Shinto, Dao and Confucian thought. Prerequisite: TH112, TH113, TH114, or TH115. TH280 - Latin American Catholics (3 credits) This course addresses the demographic reality of an expanding Latina/o presence in the Roman Catholic Church, both worldwide and within the United States. Specifically, topics covered are: the dynamics of Latina/o migration; Jesusﾒ attitudes and behaviors towards the marginalized; Mayan Catholic faith expressions; the U.S. Catholic Churchﾒs response to the Latina/o Catholic presence; and an appreciation of the one baptism that bonds us with our sisters and brothers in faith. This is an in situ, student-centered course. Students are expected to complete the Prerequisite course work before coming to Guatemala and, while in Guatemala, to actively participate in all course related activities. TH281-290 - Special Topics (1-3 credits) TH298 - Field Exploration (1-3 credits) Field exploration experiences offer students who are considering a major in the department the opportunity to explore a variety of pastoral and theological ministries in a supervised setting. More limited in scope and time than an internship, field exploration involves mainly observation of ministry and is coordinated through the Career Services & Internships Office. Sophomore status and permission of the department are required. Graded pass/no credit. TH380-390 - Special Topics (1-3 credits) TH410 - Theology of Pastoral Ministry (3 credits) Theology majors and minors examine both the theological and practical dimensions of the tasks of ministering in different contexts, e.g., youth ministry, parish life, hospital chaplaincy, and campus ministry. The course encourages the development of theological perspectives and pastoral skills necessary for effective ministry in one or more of these settings. TH420-429 - Seminars in Theology (1-3 credits) TH460 - Seminar in Youth Ministry (3 credits) Pastoral and youth ministry majors examine the theological and practical dimensions of youth ministry. Particular attention is given to the specialized issues of ministry to adolescents through an examination of the document ﾓRenewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry.ﾔ As a seminar, student leadership in planning and developing the course is assumed. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: TH209. TH497 - Internship in Pastoral Ministry (1-17 credits) Pastoral and youth ministry majors and religious education majors test their aspirations and apply their knowledge in professional and pastoral contexts. Students and the departmentﾒs internship coordinator facilitate placement, planning, and assessment through the universityﾒs internship office. The internship usually involves a weekly group theological reflection. This internship is also coded as high school teaching for religious education majors. This course requires the completion of a professional portfolio and is graded pass/no credit.