Theology

Courses

Courses

TH-110. Religious Faith in the Modern World. 3 Credits.

A critical inquiry into the possibility, the meaning, and the vale value of religious faith in the context of modern knowledge and experience. It is conducted from a Judeo-Christian perspective, but in dialogue with the other religious traditions of the world. Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

TH-120. Introduction to the Study of Christianity. 3 Credits.

A critical reflection on the meaning of the Christian faith as it is set forth in the New Testament, as it is found in the living tradition of the Church, as it is reflected on by modern thinkers, and as it bears on the issues of our time. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

TH-121. Space, Place and the City (Metropolitan Sem). 3 Credits.

Field trips to various sites of devotion and worship in metropolitan New York, supplemented by readings and discussion, will address issues of holiness and how a community's sacred space relates to its sense of holiness. Our analysis will result in a substantial term project and synthetic discussion about the impact of religious space/place on political, intercultural, and inter-religious relations. *Honors Students only. Additional course fee of $235. Course Type(s): Core curriculum course,Honors.

TH-122. Pilgrimage in the City. 3 Credits.

New York City and metropolitan area are examined in light of places related to pilgrimage, as a source of insight into the religious dynamics of the drive to make pilgrimages, particularly in Christianity. *Honors students only. Additional course fee of $235. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121; Course Type(s): Writing Intensive,Core curriculum course.

TH-204. Healthcare in the Christian Tradition. 3 Credits.

This course will provide students with the opportunity to study the centrality of healthcare in the Christian tradition. Beginning with an introduction to the theological, ethical and historical foundations of Christianity, this course will adopt a dual-focus on: (1) the role that healthcare and medical healing have played in the historical development of Christianity as a faith tradition and the Church as a socially-engaged institution; and: (2) the theoretical and applied dimensions of contemporary Christian healthcare ethics.

TH-206. Christian Social Thought. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce students to the basics of Christian theological, moral & social thought. The course will adopt a service learning approach and as such will examine the origins of the Christian ethical ideals of philanthropy, community service, and love as they relate to issues of social justice and the common good. Consequently, students will be required to engage in 15-20 hours of philanthropic community-service activities and/or social advocacy and activism as a means of connecting the history and theory of the aforementioned concepts to real world practice. Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

TH-245. The Ignatian Way. 3 Credits.

This course studies the life and spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola in context, as well as contemporary applications of his spirituality through reading the important primary Ignatian sources. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH:.

TH-246. Latinx Spirituality. 3 Credits.

This course presents an introduction to the way Latinos and Latinas live-out their relationship or faith in God or spirituality, both Catholic and Protestant. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Pluralism.

TH-300. Methods and Sources of Theology. 3 Credits.

An inquiry into the relationship between faith and reason, modern methods of analyzing and interpreting Scripture, and the role of experience, tradition, the Magisterium, and the human sciences in Theology. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121.

TH-301. Modern Christian Community: The Church. 3 Credits.

A study of the origin, importance, significance, and activities of the Body of Christ for the disciples of Jesus in his time and our own. Special attention given to different images and structures of the Church and contemporary ecclesial issues. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Core curriculum course,Values.

TH-304. Ecological Ethics-Religious Environment. 3 Credits.

This course will provide students with the opportunity to study faith-based approaches to environmentalism and ecological ethics. It will offer students an in-depth analysis of religious understandings of the relationship between humans and the natural world as well as the ways in which moral theology and religious ethics speak to issues such as environmental preservation, sustainability, and ecological justice. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values.

TH-305. The Orthodox Church. 3 Credits.

This course is a study of the Eastern Orthodox Church, with special attention devoted to teachings and traditions that are unique to Orthodox Christianity in its historical and doctrinal developments, anthropological theology, Trinitarian theology, worship, sacraments, mystical tradition, moral teachings, and veneration of icons. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values.

TH-310. The Theology of Grace. 3 Credits.

The Christian understanding of God's saving activity as gratuitous, transforming, and empowering. Includes the insights on the anthropological theology of formative thinkers of the past. Prerequisites: 1 GROUP; PL-130 PL-140; 2 COURSES FROM SUBJECT TH; Course Type(s): Values.

TH-319. Sacred Time and Travel in Christianity. 3 Credits.

An examination of Christian liturgy and pilgrimage in global perspective, to explore the foundations and nature of Christian belief among its many churches and denominations. Substitutes for TH-120-HP; may also satisfy other Distribution requirements. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Writing Intensive,Pluralism,Core curriculum course.

TH-320. Old Testament Introduction. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the Old Testament through selected texts and their contexts. Systematic literary, historical, and social analysis will highlight their significance, key themes and contemporary applicability. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Writing Intensive,Values.

TH-330. New Testament Introduction. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the New Testament through selected texts and their contexts. Systematic lierary, historical, and social analysis will highlight their significance, key themes and contemporary applicability. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Writing Intensive,Values.

TH-331. The Other Gospels. 3 Credits.

A study of the ancient gospels that were not included in the New Testament, using theological comparisons, analysis of their literary genres and social contexts to discover who valued them, who did not, and why. Prerequisites: TH-110.

TH-335. Veils to Vestments: Women's Leadership in Ancient Religion. 3 Credits.

This course explores the religious roles and offices taken by women in antiquity using evidence from the Bible and Greco-Roman world. Methodologies for uncovering this evidence and reconstructing women's history will be evaluated. We also consider its implications and applications for the twenty-first century. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Writing Intensive,Values,Pluralism.

TH-343. Black Theology. 3 Credits.

The study of the origins and influence of the major religious traditions found in the American Black community. May substitute for TH-120 or be used as a Values course, but not both. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

TH-350. Who Is Jesus Christ?. 3 Credits.

A study of the person and significance of Jesus Christ for contemporary Christians in light of Scripture, Catholic Tradition, the Magisterium, and contemporary theologians. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values.

TH-360. Ethics of War and Peace. 3 Credits.

This course will examine the ethics of waging war and peace - building from a variety of religious and philosophical perspectives. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH:.

TH-377. Christian Spirituality. 3 Credits.

A study of the varieties of mystical experiences and subsequent theological reflection by formative writers in the Christian tradition. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121.

TH-395. Independent Study. 3 Credits.

This course will be used to study any topic in Theology, whether in an already existing course or a new area of study. The area of study should be specified when the student registers for this course: e.g. Independent Study: The New Testament. Prerequisites: TH-110; Course Type(s): Tutorial.

TH-398. Propaganda: A Tale of Two Romes. 3 Credits.

Study of the role of propaganda in Ancient and Modern Rome, plus in the Italian language. Additional travel course fee of $50 Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): International (Travel),Pluralism,Values.

TH-405. Theology and Classic American Films. 3 Credits.

This course analyzes classic American films for their religious themes, values, and symbolism. Study of film's capacity to depict universal truths of human experience and how they relate to spirituality, morality, and to explicitly Judeo-Christian themes such as guilt, evil, redemption, liberation, meaningful suffering, self-sacrifice, virtue and vice, and transforming love. Prerequisites: TH-110.

TH-415. Paul's Gospel for the Nations. 3 Credits.

Key themes in Pauline theology studied in his main writings. Focus on eschatology, ministry, community, and justification by faith. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Writing Intensive.

TH-421. Prophets and Their Interpretation. 3 Credits.

Prophecy and the prophetic traditions of the Old Testament are traced from their origins through their later use in Jewish and Christian writings. Selected texts focus on the religious experience of various prophets and their vision for justice, compassion and hope. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: TH-320 RECOMMENDED: Course Type(s): Values,Writing Intensive,Core curriculum course.

TH-430. Jerusalem: King David to Caliph 'Umar. 3 Credits.

This course will explore the significance of Jerusalem for Jews and Christians from the time of King David c. 1000 B.C.E. to its takeover by the Muslims under Caliph 'Umar in 638 C.E. Prerequisites: TH-110; Course Type(s): Writing Intensive,Core curriculum course.

TH-431. Medieval Jerusalem: Jews, Christians and Muslims. 3 Credits.

An examination of Jerusalem from the beginning of its Muslim period to the Ottomans, and the interactions of the three religions competing for it as their holy city. Archaeological, literary and scriptural evidence receive particular attention. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

TH-436. The Christian Sacraments. 3 Credits.

A critical study of the historical development of the Christian sacraments as vital signs and peak moments in the life of the Christian people. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

TH-453. The Zen Spirit. 3 Credits.

Chinese and Japanese Buddhist Scriptures. Application of Zen to modern American life. Integration of Zen and Christianity. The practice of zazen. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

TH-484. Christian Medical Ethics. 3 Credits.

Contemporary questions such as abortion, sterilization, technological reproduction, human experimentation, care of the dying, and genetic engineering, studied in the light of the Judaeo-Christian moral tradition. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

TH-486. Morality in the Marketplace. 3 Credits.

An attempt to apply Judaeo-Christian principles to the decision-making process in business, given the economic realities of the market place. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

TH-489. International Travel Course. 3 Credits.

International Travel Course. Additional travel course fee of $50. Prerequisites: TH-110; Course Type(s): International (Travel).

TH-495. Theology Capstone. 3 Credits.

This course is a guided research paper on a topic of the student's choice which fulfills the Capstone Course/Project requirement for a major in Theology. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122, AND COMPLETION OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN THEOLOGY; Course Type(s): Capstone.

TH-496. Theology and Urban Problems. 3 Credits.

A theological view of the Christian tradition on various contemporary urban problems such as poverty, injustice, racism, sexism, housing, unemployment. A study of some actual and possible responses to these problems. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

TH-497. St. Augustine and The Confessions. 3 Credits.

Background, sources, reading and interpretation of this classic work in the context of Augustine's culture and theology. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

TH-498. Seminar on Death and Dying. 3 Credits.

A multi-disciplinary study of the experience of dying as shaped by contemporary attitudes. Theological reflection on the perennial mystery of death, and ethical issues surrounding death and dying. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

TH-499. Theology and Contemporary Public Issues. 3 Credits.

Deals with the theological implications of various contemporary environmental and ecological issues: nuclear energy, pollution, nutrition, world hunger, genetics. Prerequisites: ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.