Course Descriptions



Registration opens Monday, November 13th. 

Spring 2018 Credit Course Descriptions (Beginning Monday, January 15, 2018)


This two semester course studies the universal aspects of spirituality and mysticism, distinguishing it from the forms held by other world religions and divergent popular notions. The Christian masters East and West will direct this exploration and demonstrate the process of leading a Godly life in union with the Eternal Word. 2 hours; 2 semesters


This two semester course introduces the two minds that shaped Western Civilization, Plato and Aristotle and how their thought was taken up by the Church Fathers in theological development. Course will examine philosophical cosmology, ontology, epistemology and ethics that become Trinitarian Theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Spirituality, Morality, and Canon Law. 2 hours; 2 semesters

DT 100 Introduction to Dogmatics (Goff)

This introductory course will examine the foundations of Christian dogma. The course will explore divine revelation, the mystery of the Triune God, creation and anthropology, the person of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the nature and mission of the Church, the Church’s eschatological dimension, and the Church’s ethos as it encounters our civilization and relates its doctrinal beliefs to the world. Students will engage the following: The basic themes of dogmatic theology from Trinity, creation, and the incarnation, to grace, sacraments, and the last things. 3 hours; 1 semester

MT 100 Introduction to Moral Theology (Minerd)

This course introduces the tradition of moral theology of the Byzantine East into the greater context of the Western ethical tradition. It includes material representing the Eastern Catholic moral tradition and an in-depth understanding of the foundations of Eastern Christian morals. Students will analyze theological principles and provide appropriate pastoral application. By means of the readings, class discussions, and other coursework, at the end of the semester students will be able: 2 hours; 1 semester

DT 101/102: Patristics I/II (Rose)

This course will concentrate on the texts and doctrines of the pre-Nicene Fathers, from the death of the apostles to Nicaea I and its aftermath. This course will provide an overview of both the theological thought of the Fathers of the Church (“patristics” in the strict sense) and their life and writings (“patrology”). The rich ethnic and cultural diversity of early Christian thought will be highlighted through study of primary sources. 2 hours; 2 semesters


Spring 2018 Certificate Class Descriptions (Beginning Monday, January 29, 2018)

WORDS AND GESTURES       (Fr. David Petras)

A survey of the theology of liturgy from a practical viewpoint.  The rituals (gestures) and prayers (words) of the Divine Liturgy, the Presanctified Divine Liturgy and Vespers with the Divine Liturgy are described in detail, as a corporate service of priests, deacons, servers, cantors and congregation.  The rationale of this ritual is then discussed from a theological and historical perspective.  The student then can learn not only the “how to” but also the “why” of the words and gestures we use.

Christ the Light and Life: The Gospel of St. John the Theologian (Dcn. Daniel Dozier)

One of the most beloved books of the New Testament is the Fourth Gospel, whose authorship is traditionally ascribed to the “Beloved Disciple,” St. John. Known in the Byzantine East as “The Theologian,” the Apostle John offers a rich spiritual presentation of the identity, life, mission and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth as the Incarnate Word and divine Son of God who reveals the Father and brings light and life to the world. This eight-week, post-baccalaureate course will explore the structure, stories, themes, and historical context of this Gospel and its place especially in the Byzantine Christian patristic and liturgical tradition.

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