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Academic Year

2013-2014

School

School of Humanities and Social Science School Web site

School Dean

Janet Dizinno, Ph.D. hssdean@stmarytx.edu

Department

Theology

Department Chair

William Buhrman, Ph.D. wbuhrman@stmarytx.edu

Description of Program/Major

The theological task calls students to engage in rigorous academic inquiry and practical service in society through consistent witness to, and practice of, the truth of theological discovery. Theology courses at St. Mary's University are designed to bring students to an understanding of the basic models, language and sources of the Catholic Christian tradition. The theology major will achieve the appropriate level of fluency to make a positive contribution to the theological enterprise.

Theology by its very nature is interdisciplinary and involves the ability to think critically about important issues. Theology is founded upon the assumption that everyone, by virtue of their human nature, deals with certain fundamental questions of meaning and existence. St. Mary's helps students examine anew the theological answers that have been given in the Judeo-Christian tradition. It is hoped that students come to possess a renewed awareness of the presence and urgency of these fundamental issues in their own lives and of the responses given by Catholic Christian thought.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (SMC)
St. Mary's University Core (30 Hours)
All St. Mary's Core SMC13## "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC23## "Practice" courses. "Reflection" courses can be taken in any order followed by "Practice" courses in any order.
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection: Self3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice: Fine Arts and Creative Process3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community and Civilization3

School Specific Core (SSC)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences School Specific Core (30 Hours)

SpeechSE 1321 (for international students), SE 1341, SE 2333, SE 33913
Composition and Rhetoric (grade of "C" or better)EN 1311, EN 1313 (for international students)3
Mathematics MT 1301, MT 1302, MT 1303, MT 1305, MT 1306, MT 1411, MT 24123
Foreign LanguagesSix hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year;
Or, 6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied;
Or, 12 hours of CLEP credit for a language previously studied.
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HistoryAny HS courses.3
ScienceBL 1301, BL 1302, BL 3311, BL 3312, CH 1303, CH 1304, CH 1401, CH 1402, EG 2300, ES 1300, ES 1303, ES 1304, ES 1373, PY 1300, PY 1310, PY 1401, PY 14023
TheologyAdvanced Theology 33XX, HU 33033
Fine ArtsAR, DM, MU3
LiteratureEN 23XX3

Four Year Degree Plan

Department Courses and Descriptions

Department Courses and Descriptions
TH 2240
Church and Ministry (2)
The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain theological insights and field experience in various ministerial settings. Topics and ministerial settings for this Pass/No Pass course must be approved by the Department's undergraduate adviser.

TH 2340
Church and Ministry (3)
The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain theological insights and field experience in various ministerial settings. Topics and ministerial settings for this Pass/No Pass course must be approved by the Department's undergraduate adviser.

TH 2399
Topics in Theology (3)


TH 3301
Major Old Testament Themes (3)
A reading of selected Old Testament texts in their historical context, designed to introduce students to fundamental themes that run through the literature of the Old Testament period, or a reading of selected books of the Old Testament. The themes or books will be selected by the professor. The aim is to lead students to a broader understanding of human concerns and ultimate meaning, to religious self-transcendence, to a deeper relationship with God, and to a sense of responsibility for the world, gained through in-depth studies of particular sections of the Sacred Scriptures. The course may be repeated.

TH 3302
Major New Testament Themes (3)
A reading of selected New Testament texts in their historical context, designed to introduce students to fundamental themes that run through the literature of the New Testament period, or a reading of selected books of the New Testament. The themes or books will be selected by the professor. The aim is to lead students to a broader understanding of human concerns and ultimate meaning, to religious self-transcendence, to a deeper relationship with God, and to a sense of responsibility for the world, gained through in-depth studies of particular sections of the Sacred Scriptures. The course may be repeated.

TH 3330
Christ and the Christian God (3)
Place and mission of Christ in the Church and the religious and cultural world of today. Principal doctrines about Christ. Special questions: Christ's divinity, resurrection, virginal origin, knowledge, and freedom. The Triune God as revealed through Christ and as presented in the Christian theology. Contemporary Christian approaches to God. God's life shared with believers; contemporary notions of grace. Atheism.

TH 3332
The Catholic Church & the Christian Community (3)
The nature and role of religious institution. Vatican II's notion of the Church, with a background leading to this development. Different meanings of "Church." The Catholic Church, other churches and ecclesial communities: their unity in shared elements of Christian life, faith and worship. Church and salvation. Co-responsibility, ministry, and authority in the Church. The Church's teaching function and the responses of believers. The Church's presence and service in the world today. The American Catholic Church: its history, its interaction with other American Churches, and its position in the modern Catholic world.

TH 3334
Sacraments, Rites, and Religious Symbols (3)
The meaning and function of religious symbols and rites in a religious community; notion of sacrament, its relation to Church. Contemporary theology of the seven sacraments, stressing their role in the Christian's life within the Church. The evolution of sacramental life through the study of pre-conciliar theology and post-conciliar developments. Basic principles for Christian liturgy from Vatican II, and the newrites for the celebration of the sacraments

TH 3350
Contemporary Catholic Moral Life (3)
A study of moral principles as seen in the light of the Catholic tradition. Analysis of the meaning of psychological freedom, the human act, natural law, conscience, civil law and morality, grace and sin, as well as an examination of various moral methodologies. Discussion of selected specific and contemporary moral issues.

TH 3352
Catholic Social Ethics (3)
This course addresses the continuity and the development of Catholic thought and practice concerning social issues. It seeks to answer such questions as: Should Christianity be a force for social, economic, and political change? How might Christian values permeate and transform the neighborhood, the boardroom, the city the nation, the international community? What is the role of the Church in the world? Issues as economic justice, racism, church-state relations, human rights, and peacemaking will be treated, placed within an historical perspective. Special attention will be given to the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching (found especially in papal documents, the decrees of Vatican II, and pronouncements of the U.S. hierarchy).

TH 3353
Health Care & Medical Ethics (3)
This course will begin with a consideration of ethics and ethical method in light of the interaction of reason and an ecumenical religious perspective. Such an approach will enable a study of what constitutes the appropriate care for the human person, particularly in the realm of medicine and health care. In addition to such fundamental bioethical issues, this course will also examine relevant contemporary issues in medicine and the life sciences at both the individual and social level.

TH 3356
Marriage and Family Today (3)
The nature of marriage as understood by the Catholic Church; the role of marriage and the family as the foundation of civil society; Natural Family Planning; and the specific social and personal challenges that married couples meet such as monogamy, fidelity, abstinence, finances, the extended family, and emotional differences.

TH 3380
Personal Religious Transformation (3)
Nature of religious experience and the holy. Definition of the meaning of spiritual life. Presentation of how spiritual life has been imaged by Christians in the past. Aids for a spiritual life: dialoguing with scripture and tradition (seen in lives and teachings of outstanding Christians), spiritual direction and spiritual friendship, prayer (nature and styles), liturgy and sacraments in the spiritual life.

TH 3382
The Catholic Experience in the United States (3)
This course will study the present condition of the Catholic Church in the United States, as influenced by the country's colonial and national history and the Church's relationship with Rome; the Church's development of an ecclesial self identity and its interaction with other American religious bodies; and its position and influence in the modern world. Topics will include American Catholicism and social institutions (e.g. delivery of social services, health care and education), as well as involvement in political thought and political processes, the spiritualities and theologies of the Church in American, and its experience in the field of missionary activity, both as recipient and as contributor.

TH 3390
Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (3)
This course will explore ministry and its contemporary practice in the Catholic church through a study of relevant Scriptural passages; the renewed theology of sacraments (especially Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders); historical developments in the meaning and scope of ministry, as expressed in various Church documents (such as the decrees of Vatican II, "Christifidelis Laici", "Evangelii Nuntiandi", and "Catechesis Tradendae"); definitions of ministry and its scope and styles; and education, formation, and certification issues. The course will require a 15-hour service component, focusing on a ministerial setting.

TH 4108, TH 4208, TH 4308
Selected Topics in Biblical Studies (1, 2, 3)
Specific topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated.

TH 4138, TH 4238, TH 4338
Selected Topics in Systematic Theology (1, 2, 3)
Specific topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated.

TH 4158, TH 4258, TH 4358
Selected Topics in Moral Theology (1, 2, 3)
Specific topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated.

TH 4188, TH 4288, TH 4388
Selected Topics in Religious Experience or Communication (1, 2, 3)
Specific topics in Religious Experience or Communication (evangelization and religious education) may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated.

TH 4198, TH 4298, TH 4398
Selected Topics in General Studies in Religion (1, 2, 3)
Specific topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated.

TH 5158
Selected Topics in Marianist Studies (1)
Specific topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated.

TH 5188
Selected Topics in Marianist Studies (1)
Specific topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated.

TH 5230
Marian Theology (2)
Introduction to Marian theology; Mary in the Scriptures; significant Marian documents. Mary in liturgical practice; Mary and cultures, especially Hispanic culture; and Mary in the ecumenical dialogue.

TH 5358
Selected Topics in Religious Experience or Communication (3)
Specific topics in Religious Experience or Communication (evangelization and religious education) may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated.

TH 5386
Orientation to Marianist Religious Life (3)
A theoretical and practical introduction to the elements of Marianist religious life: Marianist structure, history, and contemporary situation; Marianist mission and apostolate; Mary in Marianist life; personal and communal prayer; dynamics of spiritual growth; the vows. For Marianist aspirants.

TH 5387
Marianist Mission and Ministry (3)
Mission and models of the Church; Fr. Chaminade's concept of mission; the apostolate of education in the Marianist tradition; lay and clerical ministries in the Church and personal ministry.

TH 5388
Selected Topics in Marianist Studies (3)
Specific topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated.

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