NEW EVANGELIZATION PROGRAM

Course Descriptions

*Please note that course offerings and course descriptions are subject to change. Please see the University Catalog for the most up to date information.

THEOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, & LIBERAL ARTS

New Evangelization (Required)

  • Ethics

    This course offers a philosophical analysis of ethics. Specifically, the question this course aims to address is: what constitutes moral behavior? Is morality purely subjective or are there universal principles governing ethics? Special attention here will be paid to the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition, beginning with the foundational work, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, continuing in Thomas Aquinas’s Treatises on the Virtues and on Law, going into the modern period with Kant’s Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, and concluding with Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals.

  • The Republic

    This is a discussion-based class focusing on Plato’s Republic. While it is often thought of as a book describing a utopian vision, this work offers much more — a thorough analysis on everything from the nature of the human soul, the human desire for justice, and the ordering of human society. Systematic and, at points, outrageous, Plato challenges his readers to consider what it means to be just, how to best structure a society, how government ought to work, what are ideal standards for human lifestyle, how education should be carried out, and much more.

    What is justice? Is it good to be just? What is the best form of government? the best education? the best way of life? What are the obstacles in the way of these things? What is truth and how do we find it? This course offers a slow and close reading of the text, offering careful analysis of the challenging ideas Plato lays out in this landmark work.

  • Epistemology

    Building upon previous philosophy courses, this class examines the causes of human knowledge. Specifically, students will be introduced to philosophical solutions to questions relating to the nature of knowledge, the object of knowledge, the role of the internal and external senses, and the concepts of truth and certainty.

    After thoroughly examining the sophisticated understandings of the nature of truth and certainty found in Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, we will closely examine the skepticism of the modern period through the writings of Hume, and the systematization of the structure of the mind in Kantian idealism, concluding in the 20th Century attempt to fuse idealism and realism in Martin Heidegger.

  • Political Philosophy

    This course examines major theories concerning the organization of society and the role of government. The relationship of philosophical concepts to the governing of society are carefully explored. Key ideas discussed include justice, natural rights, the role of education, the role of religion in society, the meaning and purpose of freedom, and the responsibility of members of society to themselves and one another.

    Beginning with ancient sources such as the Code of Hammurabi and Aristotle, continuing to Thomas Aquinas, moving into the pre-modern period with Machiavelli, and the modern period with selections from Hobbes and other authors.

  • Metaphysics

    This course offers a comprehensive study of the nature of being and its characteristics. After examining the subject and scope of this branch of philosophy, the course will cover topics such as the problem of the one and the many, the analogous nature of being, the attributes, divisions, and causes of being.

    The course also provides a basic introduction to natural theology — what can be known about God through reason apart from divine revelation. Texts used begin with Plato’s Timaeus, continuing through Aristotle, the Middle Ages in St. Thomas Aquinas, the end of Scholasticism in Ockham, the Renaissance via Hume and Kant, and concluding in the 20th Century in Martin Heidegger.

  • Capstone Seminar

    This course is a seminar integrating the major disciplines of the philosophy program (philosophy, theology and the liberal arts). Classic texts from the major disciplines are read and then discussed in class. These texts will be approached with philosophical questions in mind, as befits the capstone to the philosophy program.

    In order to bring about a genuine integration of the different disciplines, the seminar revolves around the theme of love and friendship, a theme common to the major disciplines. This theme is chosen not only because of its integrating character, but also because of its importance for philosophy and liberal education in general, and its peculiar relevance for seminary training in particular.

  • New Evangelization Practicum I

    In addition to their in-class work, two practica are required in which students will learn how to communicate what they have learned effectively as teachers. The practica involves teaching an introductory level course on Scripture or Theology in a classroom setting outside of the university (elementary school, high school, parish-based religious education, etc.). Unless given written approval, students should begin their practicum experience in their second to last quarter as a student.

  • New Evangelization Practicum II

    In addition to their in-class work, two practica are required in which students will learn how to communicate what they have learned effectively as teachers. The practica involves teaching an introductory level course on Scripture or Theology in a classroom setting outside of the university (elementary school, high school, parish-based religious education, etc.). Unless given written approval, students should begin their practicum experience in their second to last quarter as a student.

Electives (Choose at least 9 courses)

  • Catholicism and Literature

    This course examines the ways in which the Christian faith is presented and illuminated through the literary arts. Potential topics include: the relation of Christian faith to literary theory; the literary forms of the Bible; theological reflection on literature; specific theological themes in literature (e.g., sin and grace; human persons and the image of God, etc.); the ways in which literature sheds light on the challenges and prospects of Christian faith in the modern world; the historical interplay between theology and literary art; the relationship between inspired and non-inspired literature.

  • Studies in John Paul II

    What is exactly is the “New Evangelization”? This course takes up that question. First, the course will examine the Mission Ad Gentes, beginning with an analysis of the ministry of Christ, his commissioning of the apostles, and the spread of the Gospel in the New Testament era. In addition, the student will study evangelization in the early Church and renewals in later periods of Christian history. From here the course will turn to investigate the origin of the new evangelization in the Second Vatican Council and in the writings of Paul VI, particularly his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Nuntiandi (1975). Against this backdrop, the student will be introduced to the concept, methodology, and challenges of the New Evangelization as discussed in the writings of John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and other Catholic writers.

  • Applied New Evangelization

    Many of the major models of evangelization that have been used throughout the history of Christianity will be studied and applied in this course. It will provide a perspective on the origins (biblical, historical, theological) of such models with the goal of advancing these models in creative ways that can be applied in our world today.

  • Spirituality and the New Evangelization

    This course will analyze spiritual theology as it relates to the New Evangelization. Specifically, the spiritual challenges involved with preparation for and engagement in evangelization efforts.

  • Mariology

    This course explores the biblical and theological sources of Catholic Mariology. In addition to looking at patristic and medieval sources, the course also looks at contemporary theological work. Special attention will be placed on the role of the Second Vatican Council’s teaching and its influence in recent Mariology.

  • Fundamental Theology and Biblical Interpretation

    This course will first introduce students to Fundamental Theology, which analyzes the role of natural theology and divine revelation, the channels of divine revelation (Scripture and Tradition), as well as the role of the Magisterium. Building upon this analysis, the course goes on to form students in the tools necessary to interpret the Bible in a rigorously academic way that remains faithful to Catholic tradition.

    Students will examine the fundamental tenants of early Christian biblical interpretation as expressed in particular patristic writers, later medieval writers, and particularly, Thomas Aquinas. The principal learning outcome is to form students to interpret Scripture in an integrated manner that is both exegetically responsible and theologically informed.

  • Philosophy and Biblical Interpretation

    It is well known that good theology is impossible without proper philosophical formation. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger suggested that there is a crisis in contemporary biblical scholarship that is first and foremost a crisis of philosophy. In order to address this problem, the future pope suggested that biblical interpreters must more carefully analyze the philosophical presuppositions undergirding modern exegesis.

    This course aims to meet this challenge by first providing graduate students with a basic formation in the perennial philosophy as articulated by Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas and then by means of a constructive conversation between ancient and modern philosophy.

  • Pentateuch

    This course introduces students to the study of the literary, historical, and theological dimensions of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), also known as the “Torah”.

    These books contain the foundational narratives and laws of ancient Israel and set the stage for the rest of the story of salvation history related in Sacred Scripture. After addressing questions relating to the origin and sources of these books, the student meticulously works through the contents of these books in their entirety.

    In addition to studying contemporary scholarship on the Pentateuch, the student also explores commentaries from the Church Fathers and Doctors, learning how to read the theological dimensions in light of the rest of the canon and Catholic tradition.

  • Historical Books of the Old Testament

    In this course students will be exposed to the books of the Old Testament typically classified as “the Historical Books”, namely, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, 1-2 Chronicles. These books contain the biblical account of Israel’s history after the time of Moses leading up to the time "of Christ. Among other things, students carefully explore the accounts of: Israel’s entrance into the land of Canaan under Joshua; the Judges who led Israel, such as Gideon and Samson; the rise and fall of Saul; David and the kingdom covenanted to him; the glorious reign of Solomon and his building of the temple; the split between the northern and southern tribes; the ministry of prophets such as Elijah and Elisha; the reforms of Hezekiah and Josiah; the exile of the Jews to Babylon and their return to the land under Ezra and Nehemiah. Although not typically included in the category of the “Historical Books”, students also explore 1 & 2 Maccabees, rounding out the narrative of the Catholic Old Testament. While engaging with contemporary critical scholarship, students also read these books in light of the writings of the Church Fathers and Doctors, exploring the theological dimensions of the text in light of the rest of the canon and Catholic tradition.

  • Prophets

    In this course, students are exposed to the key literary and historical issues involved in the study of the prophetic corpus, analyzing the contributions of contemporary scholarship.

    In addition, students will explore the theological dimensions of the prophetic literature. Among other things, the student will examine the way these books highlight key tenants of Old Testament ethics and Israel’s eschatological hopes. Furthermore, reading these books in light of the New Testament, Catholic tradition, and the Church’s liturgy, students will also investigate these books in light of Catholic theology, e.g., Christology, ecclesiology, eschatology, moral theology, and liturgical theology

General Education - Theology

  • Christian Experience I (Fundamentals of Catholicism)

    This course examines foundational beliefs of the Catholic faith:  divine revelation and its sources, the role of faith, the Incarnation, Christ’s work of redemption, beliefs about Mary and the communion of saints, the nature and mission of the Church, and more. Focus is placed on connecting your faith to the study of theology and in developing a personal relationship with Christ.

  • Christian Experience II (Sacred Scripture and Sacraments)

    In this course students will examine Divine Revelation, concentrating specifically on God’s Revelation of His Love and Truth in Sacred Scripture.  Attention will be paid to the Covenants of the Old Testament and how these lead to the fulfillment of those Covenants in the person and mission and Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ.

  • Christian Experience III (Mission and Morality)

    This course offers students an in-depth study of the sacraments, liturgy, spirituality and prayer. The course examines the challenges of developing an interior life, focusing on the nature and difficulties of prayer. In addition, students analyze the Church’s liturgical life, with a focus on the seven sacraments by studying the Catechism and spiritual masters.

  • Christian Experience IV (Theology of the Body)

    In this course, students will come to appreciate their own lived experience of God’s design for human life.  Students will examine the moral imperatives that result from their own bodily existence and how these honor the dignity of those around them and guide them in their own loving service to others in the pursuit of their vocations.

General Education - Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Man

    After providing an overview of the basic principles of the Philosophy of Nature, this course examines the nature of the human being, beginning from the Epic of Gilgamesh, continuing through the Classical period by means of Aristotle, the Middle Ages in St. Thomas Aquinas, the Renaissance via Blaise Pascal, and concluding in the modern period in Nietzsche, Freud and T. S. Eliot.

  • Philosophy of Nature

    This course is a detailed study in the various understandings of nature, beginning from the mythology of the Enuma Elish as a primitive attempt at grasping the world, to the classical understanding found in Aristotle’s Physics and 141 Parts of Animals and their Medieval development in Thomas Aquinas’s The Principles of Nature, to foundational texts in modern natural sciences such as those of Descartes, Galileo and Newton, to discussions of evolution found in Darwin, and finally to near contemporary physicists such as Heisenberg. The contrast between the classical stress on substantial form and formal causality and the modern method of material causality and mathematical law will be brought to the forefront, as will the emphasis on technology as a mastery of nature in modern science and the question of teleology, whether nature acts for a purpose.

  • Philosophy of God

    This is a course in the various understandings of metaphysics, or the nature of being as being, beginning from Plato’s Timaeus, continuing through the Classical period by means of Aristotle, and the Middle Ages in St. Thomas Aquinas. The course continues by covering several related questions, beginning with Natural Theology (discussing the traditional proofs for the existence of God, the Divine Attributes that can be understood using reason alone, the analogy of being, and the act of creation), continuing with the “problem of evil” and the question of free will

  • Logic

    Students learn about the basic structures of sound reasoning, focusing largely on classic Aristotelian logic. The course serves to help students think and argue with clarity as well as to effectively analyze arguments of others.  The course includes a careful analysis of the operations of the intellect, i.e., understanding, judgment, and reasoning, focusing on their products, i.e., term, proposition, and syllogism.

LEADERSHIP

New Evangelization (Required)

  • Project Management

    This course teaches the principles of project management that are commonly used to plan and measure projects in industry. It presents the project management mind-set, tools, and skills for successfully defining, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and reporting a project.

    Topics covered include: the project life cycle; fundamental PM processes; development of the project plan; interpersonal management skills; and managing changes during project execution. Case studies are from technology and media applications.

  • Public and Media Relations

    Students will explore the field of public relations from both journalistic and corporate points of view. Through discussion, case studies, and individual and group projects, they will develop an awareness of the important roles branding, PR, and publicity play in our society; learn the differences between news, opinion, advertising, and propaganda; discover basic strategies and tools for attracting publicity and dealing with press attention, and wrestle with the moral and ethical aspects of creating and maintaining a compelling, authentic public image.

  • Overview of Deal Making

    This course is an advanced course for business students. Its intent is to give an in-depth understanding of the combined roles of leadership and negotiating in the big-business world of media. The course uses many of the basic concepts covered in two earlier courses: the course “Negotiating Skills”, and the course “Leadership and Management”. In presenting the course, ten famous movie directors are investigated, using case studies involving deal making from eighteen of their movies. In each case, numerous possible negotiating outcomes are discussed in class, and the actual outcome is assessed by the instructor and students as to its effectiveness and success. In analyzing effectiveness, the actual scenes are reviewed in class.

General Education - Business

  • Entrepreneurial Thinking

    In today’s world there is a need for strategic thinking and business vision based on a different paradigm. Competition is not only between products and services, but also between business models. Students will learn about innovation-driven business strategies and methodologies to develop business designs to successfully compete in the new economy.

  • Introduction to Marketing

    This course focuses on introducing the idea of “entrepreneurial marketing” and is aimed at students who plan to start a new venture or take a job as a marketing professional pursuing an innovative marketing approach. Students will study a full spectrum of marketing strategies and tactics that are especially suitable for entrepreneurial firms aiming for high growth and innovation yet faced by limited resources and uncertain industry dynamics.

     

    Students will work in teams on marketing plans for their own venture or for other high profile entrepreneurs or executives. The focus of this course is on hands-on experiences and practical application of marketing concepts.

  • Business Planning

    In this class students get a “big picture” look at the ingredients of a start-up firm and the process of creating one. The class details those ingredients, discusses the stories (good & bad) of people who have done it, and learn the process by going through it with a team. Students learn the business planning process, how to craft a compelling and clear business story, and acquire inquisitiveness as to how the world of business really works.

     

    The class deliverable is a complete Business Plan created by student teams along with a presentation of the plan.

  • Negotiation Skills

    This course teaches students to meet and resolve objections and conflicts that result from written and oral proposals and pitches. Emphasis is on resolving customer obstacles before addressing your own. Topics covered include: Wants vs. Needs; Win-Win Strategies; Best Alternatives to Agreement; Schedule vs. Quality vs. Cost; Progress vs. Perfection. The class progresses through carefully structured, progressively more complex negotiation exercises. Students learn how external and internal negotiation has become a way of life for effective managers in a constantly changing business environment.

  • Social Media Marketing

    This course will prepare you to act both strategically and tactically –utilizing social media tools like blogs, microblogs (Twitter), vodcasts, video, and networking sites to engage with your audience and sell your products and services. You will discover how to use analytic tools to gauge the effectiveness of your campaigns and communicate meaningfully with your audience. In this class, we will divide into small groups. Each group will build their own blog, as well as two accompanying social media accounts (Twitter & Facebook) for their chosen “business,” and we will analyze their implementation & progress.

  • Leadership and Management

    This course gives an in-depth understanding of the differences between – and similarities of – leadership and management. The course focuses on the major traits of leaders and managers, and augments these with examples of great historic leaders, including George Custer and Jesus Christ.

     

    The course also studies the leadership traits of Abraham Lincoln, and looks at how these can be applied in business to improve management techniques.

  • Business Communications

    This course will teach students how to write and speak effectively in business and other communication.

COMMUNICATIONS CORE

New Evangelization (Required)

  • Story, Genre, and Structure

    A theoretical and practical introduction to the human phenomenon of storytelling, what stories are, their central role in culture from ancient times to the present day, and how storytellers seek and communicate meaning. Particular attention will be paid to the significance of story in the Judeo-Christian tradition and story’s role within the Christian faith.

    Students will generate numerous story ideas, and with the help of their classmates and the instructor will evaluate those ideas in terms of audience appeal, theme and meaning.

  • Media Survey

    This course introduces students to the diverse world of radio, television, news, cinema, internet, print and advertising. Students will learn how to critically experience such media and analyze its desired results. Students will also explore how media has developed and evolved through history and examine the current influences of media on society from a cultural, artistic and economic perspective.

    In addition, we will explore what the role of Christians in this new media environment can and should be, and how we can best utilize the opportunities available to us to become who we want to be.

  • Film Criticism and the Art of Visual Storytelling

    This class will study some of the most important films in American cinema to understand the cultural context in which they were created, the role of the director in the film making process, and the lasting legacy that the various films enjoy.

  • Media Law and Ethics

    The course examines the legal relationships in the motion picture and television industries, as well as the legal relationships between artists and their personal managers. It covers the key legal principles that are involved in most media productions. This includes with trade unions, licensing, intellectual property and contract issues.

  • Career Strategies – Film/Animation

    In this course students identify their specialized interest and value within the media industry, and through the creation of a comprehensive career strategy, use specialized knowledge, skills and experience to prepare themselves to be hired by media companies and promote themselves within the media industry. The class will also look at the unique world of freelancing and give students the tools necessary to venture into self-employment.

General Education - Humanities

  • Foundations I

    This course will explain how developments in literature and the arts reflect and impact culture from ancient civilizations to Christendom’s unification (ancient civilizations through the 11th century A.D.). It will explore the historical backdrop and cultural contexts of ancient Near Eastern culture, the Greco-Roman period, the rise and fall of Rome, Constantine and the Christianization of the West through monasticism, Byzantium, the emergence of Islam, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Crusades.

  • Foundations II

    This course will explain how developments in literature and the arts reflect and impact culture from Christendom’s disintegration to the rise of modernization (12th through 18th centuries A.D.). It will explore the historical backdrop and cultural contexts of late Christendom, the Protestant Reformation and Counterreformation, the Renaissance, Humanism, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution.

  • Foundations III

    This course will explain how developments in literature and the arts reflect and impact culture from the French Revolution to the present day. It will explore the historical background and cultural contexts of modern literature, art, and music, from romantic revolutionaries to deconstructionist contemporaries.

  • World History and Culture

    At the highest level, the course looks at how nations and regions across the world are navigating the tumultuous currents of globalization.

  • College Writing I *

    This course will emphasize the use of correct grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics. Students will be required to apply these skills to writing assignments.

  • Culture Making and Aesthetics *

    This course examines how media and business shape the attitudes, practices and beliefs of individuals and groups, and develops in students a rich understanding of the subtle and powerful cultural currents swirling around them, so that they can make valuable contributions to the development of future cultures. Students will consider critically how media and business shape them, learning to recognize the attitudes, assumptions, arguments and ideas promoted by media and business enterprises and products. They will develop a full, thoughtful and practical understanding of what cultures are and how they grow, and of the university’s mission to impact culture for Christ. They will gain an understanding of how Christians are perceived by the cultures around them, and appreciate how one gains the privilege of participation in the shaping of cultures. Finally, students will learn to articulate what of value they have to offer the cultures around them, and how they hope to make that contribution over the course of their lives and careers.

  • College Writing II

    This course will build on the skills learned in College Writing I.

* Must take one of these two courses

General Education - Science and Mathematics

  • Decisions Based on Data (Math)

    This course is a review of basic mathematical skills, with a focus on those needed to review and understand business statistics and information. The course focuses on real life application of the concepts learned.

     

    Students will also be introduced to basic financial literacy concepts such as budgeting and planning for large purchases that require a loan. The course is also designed to help students learn how to interpret quantitative information and other data in order to make decisions.

  • Natural Science

    This course explores the scientific method and reasoning. A special emphasis is placed on the design found in nature and environmental science.

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