In our Theology and Philosophy emphasis, you will integrate the diverse fields of the Humanities core curriculum by investigating the deepest, most important questions about where we come from and where we are going.
Theology and Philosophy Curriculum
A particular focus of the Theology and Philosophy emphasis is the relationship of faith and reason. Theology seeks understanding in the study of the revealed Word of God in history, which comes to human beings first in Israel and then in the person of Jesus Christ. In our program, you will take the articles of the Creed taught by the Church as its principles, and apply human reason assisted by grace to unfold the mysteries of God.
Philosophy, on the other hand, is the pursuit of wisdom, especially wisdom about the highest things, beginning in wonder and proceeding by way of reflection on what Socrates calls “the things that are.” This dual discipline will provide a solid foundation for further studies, a career in education, or simply a well-examined life. All of your scholarship at JPCatholic will be firmly rooted in the magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church as well as the thought of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.
The Second Vatican Council explained, "the study of the sacred page is... the soul of theology" (Dei Verbum 24). Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the need for a close integration of biblical studies and theology, explaining, "where exegesis is not theology, Scripture cannot be the soul of theology, and conversely, where theology is not essentially the interpretation of the Church's Scripture, such a theology no longer has a foundation" (Verbum Domini 35).
The Theology and Philosophy emphasis therefore offers a rigorous study of Sacred Scripture, God's Fatherly plan (the 'divine economy'), the unity of the Old and New Testament ('typology') and the relationship of salvation history to the Church's celebration of the Liturgy ('mystagogy'). As a Theology and Philosophy student, you will drill deeper into particular aspects of Scripture through advanced courses in the Torah, Synoptic Gospels, and Pauline literature.
Formation for Evangelization
At the turn of the new millennium, John Paul the Great exhorted young people to be inspired with new energies to the call to spread the Gospel to all nations. Students in the Theology and Philosophy emphasis are encouraged to distill what their learning on an advanced academic level into a form which can be effectively and compellingly communicated to a general audience. The Applied New Evangelization and Practicum course gives students a testing ground for learning how to teach and communicate the Faith.
The Humanities Core curriculum covers the entire course of Western Civilization from it’s dawning in the Greek Golden age through Rome, Early Christianity, the Medieval Age, and finally Modernity. You’ll dive into each of these epochal periods through the lens of the texts, art, and history of the time in order to understand the roots of our culture and who we are as a civilization today. The Theology and Philosophy emphasis enables you to integrate these diverse fields of the Humanities core curriculum by investigating the deepest, most important questions of human existence: Who are we? What is our ultimate destiny?
Overview: Impact Culture for Christ
JPCatholic exists to form graduates to Impact Culture for Christ. We’re committed to preparing those aspiring to serve within our political and economic institutions to uphold the dignity of every human life. We believe that a new generation of Catholic political leaders must make a significant impact on the world in which we live.
We believe that we must first know Christ in our own lives in order to make a larger impact. Join our PP&E program to surround yourself with people who are committed to both excellence in their studies and to their faith in Jesus Christ.
Complete BA and MA in Biblical Theology in 4 years
The Humanities degree with a concentration in Theology and Philosophy will give you a head-start in our MA in Biblical Theology program. Full-time students have the opportunity to complete their BA and MA in four years. If you are eager to get a head start in your education, join our Theology and Philosophy emphasis!p>
Throughout your freshman and sophomore year, you will meet with a faculty mentor, a seasoned scholar who is passionate about our mission to Impact Culture for Christ.
Your mentor helps you drill down into the career trajectory that fits you best, and helps you understand your strengths and direction. An important catalyst of growth in scholarship is close relationship with faculty. While you’ll be in larger classes in the general education program, the class sizes become more smaller as you drill into your major and specific emphasis.
Graduate in Three Years
JPCatholic is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate in 12 quarters. Each quarter is ten weeks long.
In addition to the Catholic Core curriculum, every student takes six classes in business with the opportunity to earn a minor by taking two additional courses. These courses will give you a high level understanding of business models in addition to core skills in marketing, management, leadership, and deal making. In whatever walk of life God leads you, business and organizational skills are critical to making an Impact.
Writing and Rhetoric
This course is designed to help students develop their writing and speaking skills with the goal of being able to develop an argument using various sources of information and communicate their conclusions clearly. Students will study source texts to learn various techniques and styles of communication, and will practice these techniques in written and oral assignments.
The Greeks I
In this course students will examine literary texts from multiple Greek writers including Homer and Sophocles. The course will focus on the great themes found in this literature including: morality and the human condition, the nature of justice, fate and free will, and the lex talionis. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the various texts in class with the goal of being able to make a text-based argument about one of these themes.
The Greeks II
In this course students will examine philosophical texts from multiple Greek writers including Plato and Aristotle. The course will focus on the great themes found in this literature including: the difference between opinion and knowledge, nature and convention, the nature of justice, the place of friendship in a happy life, and whether philosophy is good for the city. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the various texts in class with the goal of being able to make a text-based argument about one of these themes.
Rome and the Early Christians
In this course students will examine texts from Roman and early Christian writers including Virgil, Cicero, St. Athanasius, and St. Augustine. The course will examine the different answers given by each writer to the perennial questions about God, humanity, and society. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the various texts in class with the goal of being able to write a critical essay about one of these perennial questions.
The Medieval Period
In this course students will examine the texts and history of medieval Europe, considering particularly the many contributions made at this time to the intellectual and artistic tradition of western civilization. Students will discuss these works in class in order to understand how they still shape our culture and thinking today.
This course will provide students with an overview of western civilization in the early modern period through the lens of texts, art, and historical records of the time. The course will help students to view these works in continuity with other cultural artifacts.
This course will provide students with an overview of western civilization from recent history through the present day through the lens of texts, art, and historical records of the time. The course will help students to view these works in continuity with other cultural artifacts.
The sequence covers: statistical literacy, rigorous interviewing techniques, and understanding the work of experts.
ENTM 261 – TV Production I
An introduction to the skills used in multi-camera television production. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the medium and provides the student with hands-on experience in television studio techniques.
ENTM 361 – TV Production II
Using multi-camera TV production, students will plan and produce a series of live-on-tape studio productions. Content could include talk shows, sitcoms, new casts, news magazines and music performances.
ENTM 362 – Field ENG Production
This class introduces students to electronic news gathering. Students will learn how to visually craft a new story, shoot interviews, collect b-roll and edit these materials into a 90 second news story.
ENTM 460 – The Business of Television Content Creation
An exploration of the business aspects of the television industry including business models and organizational structures of broadcast and cable networks, local TV stations, studios and independent production companies and how they affect the development of content.
The class explores the aesthetic, sociological, economic, demographic, and technological trends that impact television programming decisions: what gets on the air and what stays on the air and what constitutes success in the face of competing demands of commercial viability, artistic merit, advertiser requests, and public pressure.
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.
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’s Politics, continuing in Thomas Aquinas’s On Kingship, moving into the pre-modern period with works such as Machiavelli’s The Prince and the modern period with selections from Hobbes’s Leviathan and other authors.
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.
A course 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, and concluding by looking at some modern objections to theism and religion. Primary texts to be used vary from Augustine and Thomas Aquinas to Nietzsche and Freud.
Philosophy in Film
This course offers students a survey of the major philosophical figures and movements of western civilization. In particular, it will analyze the way different philosophical approaches are evident in film. Special attention will be paid to the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition and how it can be brought into conversation with other philosophical perspectives of modernity and postmodernity.
Theology and the Bible
This course gives an understanding appropriate to the undergraduate level of 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, so that “the study of the sacred page” might truly become “the soul of sacred theology” (Vatican II, Dei Verbum, no. 24).
Students will examine the fundamental tenants of early Christian biblical interpretation as expressed in particular patristic writers (e.g., Origen, Irenaeus, John Chrysostom, the Alexandrian and Antiochene schools, Augustine, and Jerome) as well those of later medieval writers, particularly, Thomas Aquinas. The philosophical and theological currents that helped shape the Protestant Reformation and the rise of modern critical scholarship are also briefly explored. Throughout the course, students are introduced to the official magisterial texts of the Catholic Church dealing with the study of Scripture (e.g., the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum). In addition, the students study the synchronic and diachronic methods utilized in contemporary critical scholarship, guided by the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s document, The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church (1993).
Finally, the course explores the work of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI dealing with the role of Scripture in Catholic theology. The principal learning outcome is to form students to interpret Scripture in an integrated manner that is both exegetically responsible and theologically informed.
Studies in JPII
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.
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.
What 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.
This course gives an understanding appropriate to the undergraduate level of the study of the nature and mission of the Church. Beginning with the biblical texts, the course examines the way the Church is prefigured in the Old Testament as well as how it is established and described in the New Testament. The course will then analyze the development of ecclesiology in the patristic period and in later writers. Special emphasis will also be given to the contributions made by the Second Vatican Council. In addition, students will study the relationship of the Catholic Church to Israel as well as other Christian churches and ecclesial communities. The course will then proceed to introduce students to the study of eschatology.
Beginning with the Old Testament, students will be introduced to the key biblical texts relating to the question of “life after death”, immortality, resurrection and judgment. Going on, students will examine the New Testament’s eschatological teachings and their Christocentric orientation. Special attention will also be paid to the Jewish context of the New Testament writers. The course will also examine the development of eschatology in the early Church and in later conciliar and magisterial sources. In light of their study of ecclesiology and eschatology, students will be taught to articulate the Christian understanding of the relationship between the Church, established by Christ, and the eschatological fulfillment of creation.
This course gives an understanding appropriate to the undergraduate level of 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, including the accounts of: the creation of the world and of humanity; the fall; the flood; the lives of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the covenant promises God made to them; God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt under Moses through the plagues and the Passover; the giving of the Law at Sinai, including the ten commandments; the institution of the sacrificial cult, the Levitical priesthood and ancient Israel’s purity laws; Israel’s wilderness wanderings; the sending of the twelve spies into the promised land; Moses’ final words to Israel before entering the land. 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 of the text in light of the rest of the canon and Catholic tradition.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke
According to the Second Vatican Council, “among all the Scriptures, even those of the New Testament, the Gospels have a special preeminence, and rightly so, for they are the principal witness for the life and teaching of the incarnate Word, our savior” (Dei Verbum, no. 18). This course analyzes the literary, historical, and theological issues involved with the study of the Synoptic Gospels (=Matthew, Mark and Luke) as well as the Acts of the Apostles at a level appropriate for undergraduates. After examining questions regarding the study of the historical Jesus, the course will introduce students to the debates about the origin and sources of the Synoptic Gospels as well as proposed solutions to the question of their relationship with one another. The course then offers an in-depth look at their accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus, his Passion and Resurrection. Among other things, the course will consider the Christological titles of Jesus, his miracles, his parables of the Kingdom, the Sermon on the Mount, and his eschatological discourses. The course will also include an introduction to the key literary, historical, and theological issues involved with the study of the book of the Acts of the Apostles. While engaging with the works of contemporary scholarship and critical approaches, students will also examine these books through the lens of sources from Catholic tradition (e.g., patristic and medieval commentaries).
The Apostle Paul
This course gives an understanding appropriate to the undergraduate level of the canonical Pauline corpus, that is, Romans-Philemon, with the goal of gaining a preliminary, yet solid understanding of Pauline theology. In order to accomplish this goal, the course will examine Paul’s life and letters within their Second Temple Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts, introducing students to the philosophical and theological milieu that served as the backdrop to Paul’s life and mission. From there, this course will proceed to examine each of the canonical Pauline letters by means of both contemporary Pauline scholarship and the reception history of Paul. By means of both ancient and contemporary guides, students will have the opportunity to pursue an integrated, Catholic appropriation of Paul’s theology, and in particular, have the opportunity to penetrate to the heart of the Pauline Gospel and its place in the faith of the Church. Particular topics that will be pursued will include the place of Damascus Road in Pauline theology, the nature of Pauline participation in Christ, the theological-political aspects of the Pauline Gospel, the place of justification in the theology of Paul, the eastern and western receptions of Paul, and the current state of Pauline scholarship, from the New Perspective on Paul to post-New Perspective projects.
New Evangelization Practicum I & II
In addition to their in-class work, two practica (THEO451, THEO452) are also 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.
THEO 100 - Introduction to Scripture I
In this course the student explores the Scriptures, particularly the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) to understand the person of Jesus Christ. This Scripture course serves as the basis for JPCatholic’s religion curriculum.
While examining some of the basic literary and historical issues relating to Scripture study, the course also introduces students to the theological principles of Catholic biblical exegesis, and the ways the study of Scripture enhances the life of prayer.
THEO 200 - Introduction to Scripture II
This course is a continuation of THEO 100. Whereas THEO 100 focuses largely on the Gospels, this course takes a closer look at the major figures and events of the Old Testament. After a discussion of the literary and historical issues relating to biblical study, students learn the basic structure of the story of salvation history, surveying the books of the Old Testament.
Special attention is given to the way the Old Testament books relate to those in the New Testament. As in THEO 100 students also focus on how Scripture study relates to the life of prayer.
THEO 110 - The Intellectual Life and Virtue
This class will examine the nature of university life by means of pursuing the good life of intellectual and moral virtue. It will examine what defines a virtuous intellectual life, with the underlying core of the class being the primacy of our relationship to Christ who is the Truth. The outcome will be that each student will gain both greater comprehension and facility in university study and the life of the mind.
THEO 311 - Fundamentals of Catholicism
The Catechism explains that there is a three-fold dimension to the Catholic faith: the Church believes it (Creed), celebrates it (Liturgy) and lives it (Morality, Prayer) (cf. no. 2558). This course begins a sequence of three courses (THEO 311, THEO 312, THEO 313) that cover these aspects of the Catholic faith, offering students a comprehensive study of the Catechism.
Particular topics of examination include 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.
THEO 312 - Sacraments, Liturgy, and Prayer
This course builds on THEO 311 and 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.
THEO 313 - Moral Theology and Ethics
Building on THEO 311 and THEO 312, this course rounds out the study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, offering an in-depth analysis of the third pillar, namely, the section on Catholic morality.
THEO 400 - Catholic Social Teaching
Building upon what had been discussed in THEO 313, this course is a broad study of general Church teaching on social questions, with strong emphasis on the papal encyclicals and other Church documents. Major issues explored include the role of the State, poverty, war, structures of sin, the duties of employers and employees, and challenges to building a culture of life.
THEO 401 - Marriage and Family
This course introduces the student to the teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacramental understanding of marriage. It examines marriage from a biblical, historical, and doctrinal viewpoint. The course provides a Catholic understanding of human sexuality and the issues that arise in premarital and marital relationships.
The implications of commitment and the realities of today’s external forces on the family are analyzed. Students will learn the significant implications of parenthood and the spiritual and financial duties of raising children.
HUMA 106 - 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.
HUMA 107 - Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion
This course is the second in a series of three that explore logic as art. This course focuses on rhetorical discussion and literature. This course incorporates an analysis of practical evangelization.
PHIL 203 - Philosophy of Nature
This course is a detailed study in the various understandings of nature, beginning with mythology as a primitive attempt at grasping the world, to the classical understanding found in Aristotle and Aquinas, then modern science concepts of Descartes, Galileo and Newton, Darwin, and finally to near-contemporary physicists such as Heisenberg.
PHIL 204 - 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 Aquinas, the Renaissance via Pascal, and concluding in the modern period in Nietzsche, Freud and T. S. Eliot.
PHIL 408 - Philosophy of God
This is a course in the various understandings of metaphysics, or the nature of being as being, beginning from Plato and Aristotle, and the Middle Ages in 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.
HUMA 120 - Culture Making
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 the future of American and international culture.
HUMA 301 - Global Cultures, History and Politics
This course studies a wide variety of global cultures by listening to indigenous voices expressing themselves in cultural products that include novels, films, music, poetry, essays, speeches, and journalism.
HUMA 111, 211, 311 - History of Culture Through the Arts I, II, & III
This course will explain how developments in literature and the arts reflect and impact culture from ancient civilizations through the rise of the Byzantine Empire (I), from late Cristendom through the American and French Revolutions (II), and from then to the presend day (III).
HUMA 402 - American Politics
This course provides an overview of the American political system. Beginning with the Founding Fathers and examining their thought process and progressing through the modern day political landscape this course explores both the system and the importance of the citizen in the political process.
Electives: (2) Choose two from HUMA, PHIL, or THEO, or from the list below:
HUMA 122 - 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.
HUMA 123 - College Writing II
This course will build on the skills learned in HUMA122.
HUMA 204 - Poetics and Aesthetics
This course stands as the culmination of the sequence of courses in the freshman year that covered grammar, logic and rhetoric. The course examines the role of the artist, the nature and purpose of art, of beauty, and of a life of art-making, and considers whether and how the quality of art can be evaluated in light of a Catholic understanding of art and artists. The course further considers the significance of these ideas to human endeavors such as work and business that are not typically viewed as artistic.
MATH 115 - Decisions Based on Data
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.
SCI 200 - Natural Science
This course explores the scientific method and reasoning. A special emphasis is placed on the design found in nature and environmental science.
BUSI 191 - 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.
BUSI 193 - 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.
BUSI 291 - 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.
BUSI 300 - 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.
BUSI 301 - 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.
BUSI 393 - 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.
COMM 200 - Business Communications
This course will teach students how to write and speak effectively in business and other communication.
* This interactive curriculum page may not be a comprehensive listing of all course offerings and requirements. Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please see the official University catalog for the most up to date information.
JPCatholic’s unique curriculum will prepare students for a broad array of roles with critical thinking skills and a broad appreciation for how the world works. The Theology and Philosophy emphasis in particular prepares you for a career in education and scholarship or work within an apostolate or parish setting. If this sounds like something you love, apply now to JPCatholic! Generous scholarships are still available.