Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Summer 2021 Credit Courses

SUMMER I (June 1-July 16, 2021)

WR 101: Research Methods 

(2 hours; 1 semester)

This research class provides the basics for successfully performing graduate-level research as well as developing skills for critical reading and writing. This includes analysis and evaluation of print primary as well as secondary resources, online databases, Internet sources and proper research sources and authorities. In addition, students will learn the basics of formatting a document in Microsoft Word including pagination, table of contents, use of linked headings, footnotes and endnotes, inserting images, and captioning. Short lessons on PowerPoint and Excel as research aids are also included. By the end of this course, the learners should be able to:

  • Summarise, paraphrase and quote useful data from a variety of sources.
  • Critically evaluate data/information.
  • Format complex Word documents.
  • Successfully utilize PowerPoint and Excel in support of research.
  • Analyse, comment on and critique scholarly theological literature.

MT 305: Theosis: East and West (Dr. Matthew Minerd) 

(3 hours; 1 semester)

This course aims to fill out the most fundamental theme in moral theology, namely, the divine vocation of the life of grace, known in Eastern theology as “theosis.” Fleshing out in much greater detail themes covered at the beginning of MT 100, this course provides the student with a robust account of the scriptural and patristic background of the theology of divinization, along with a consideration of later spiritual and theological elaboration concerning this topic. Although there are no prerequisites for the course, either MT 100 or SP 101 is highly recommended.

DT 305: Desert Monastics in Context (Fr. Justin Rose) 

(3 hours; 1 semester)

Pioneers, adventurers of the Spirit, eccentric and radically orthodox, the Desert Monastics continue to hold popular and scholarly imagination because of their lives, wise sayings and living legacy. In the sayings and stories collected, copied and preserved, we find passionate devotion to God and a revolutionary answer to the call of the Gospel to leave all and follow Christ. These monastics lived in a time of great transition for the Roman Empire and the Christian Church. This graduate level course condensed into a summer session will rely heavily upon both primary and secondary reading with lecture and discussion to allow students to enter a world that is stark, foreign and unforgiving and yet rich and relevant even today.

SUMMER II (July 5-August 20, 2021)

DT 105: ECUMENISM – Orientale Lumen 

(1 hour; 1 semester)

This online course offers perspectives on Catholic-Orthodox/East-West relations in hopes, “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). Students enrolled in this class for credit will virtually prepare a paper in conjunction with faculty-led readings, including primary ecumenical statements as well as current publications highlighted in the lectures and discussions which focus on ecumenism. Students will learn the following:

  • Engagement with current state of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue.
  • Familiarity with primary ecumenical readings.
  • Critical thinking concerning modern ecumenical topics.
  • Modes of dialogue with significant theological issues from Catholic and Orthodox perspectives.

CH 105: History of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of Antioch (Fr. Justin Rose) 

(2 hours; 1 semester)

The Melkite Greek Catholic Church is one of the five patriarchal Churches of Antioch. Melkite history is replete with stories of Apostolic zeal, Imperial Byzantium, Ottoman intrigue and Latin missionaries. Described by some as an ‘Orthodox Church in communion with Rome,’ Melkites identify themselves along a spectrum between Orthodoxy and Latinization. Are Melkites bridge or window, church or rite? This course will look at the roots of the Church of Antioch from Apostolic times and the rich variety of Churches that claim Antiochian heritage with emphasis on the Antiochian Church(es) who follow the Byzantine rite. Readings, lectures, and discussions will examine the events that led up to the communion with Rome in 1724 and the Melkite role in Vatican Councils I and II, along with important personalities involved. In the last weeks, we will consider the history and growth of the Melkite Church in the United States to the present. Throughout the course, we will define and discuss Uniatism, Orientalism, Orthodoxy, Latinization, ecclesiology, self-identity, and ecumenism.