Fall Semester 2017 Classes

Registration is currently underway for fall classes. To register, please download the course registration form and return to Kim Schulman. Please contact Kim Schulman with questions. The following courses will be offered:

THEO 550 – Theology of Creation and Eschatology
Wednesday evenings, August 16 – December 6
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Holy Spirit College, Malta Hall
Fr. Josh Allen, STL

This course considers the origin of the universe as revealed and as understood existentially in religious philosophy, as well as the origin and destiny of humanity. The course examines the development of Christian thought on these topics, giving emphasis to biblical texts. In relation to creation, the course will investigate interpretations of the Hexaemeron, the relationship of the doctrine of creation to ontology, the distinction of primary/supernatural causation and secondary/natural causation, and contemporary issues and challenges for belief in a Creator. In relation to eschatology, the course will treat such topics as heaven, purgatory, and hell, prayer for deceased human persons, gradations of beatitude, all in light of Patristic authors, Aquinas’s Summa theologiae, and contemporary writings in Roman Catholic sacred theology. (3 credit hours; $1,470 for credit; audit fee $300)

THEO 690 – St. Augustine of Hippo
Monday Mornings, August 14 – December 4
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Holy Spirit College, Malta Hall
Fr. Josh Allen, STL

St. Augustine of Hippo was one of the most influential figures in the history of the Church and arguably the finest theologian who has ever lived. Many of the ideas St. Augustine developed have formed the foundation of our understanding of theology for centuries. In this class, we will seek to understand the major themes in St. Augustine’s writings, focusing on some of his commentaries on Scripture, his dialogue writings, and most especially, the Confessions - without question his most famous book.  Students will be introduced to one of the greatest and most humble minds in history, and will have the opportunity to see how St. Augustine’s thought developed over time, and how he has been interpreted and misinterpreted through the centuries. (1.5 credit hours; $735 for credit; $150 audit fee).


This online class will be offered through Holy Spirit College’s partnership with Pontifex University and is the perfect “beginner” theology class, serving as a foundation for all other theology classes. To register, visit Pontifx University.

THEO 505:  Introduction to Sacred Theology
Taught by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STD
Online Class (NEW!) from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
August 30 - December 6

In the Catholic intellectual tradition, sacred theology pursued as an academic discipline involves “faith seeking understanding.” In order to acquire this understanding, one must prayerfully immerse himself or herself in what Augustine calls the scientia fidei, “the science of faith.” As an introduction to this discipline, this course provides an overview of both the contemplative and practical areas of theological inquiry. Students will obtain familiarity with all of the special fields of theology and how they integrate together into a unified whole. Students will also obtain a preliminary understanding of the basic notions and vocabulary employed in theology, the general history of the development of Catholic theology, and the distinctive characteristics of particular schools of thought and individual theologians. (1.5 credit hours; $450 for credit; $150 audit fee - use use code Audit-IST for audit rate)


Online courses offered by Pontifex University. For more information visit Pontifex University.

The Old Testament in Words and Images - A survey of all the books of the Old Testament, classified as historical, wisdom and prophetical. This study will examine, with an emphasis in traditional biblical typology, the revelatory stages of salvation history and the importance of fulfilled prophecy. Throughout the course, the students will be directed to the canon of traditional iconographic representation of significant events of the Old Covenant and, thereby, have a unique understanding both of the truths being considered and the importance of visual imagery in the proclamation of the Faith and ongoing catechesis. (3 credit hours)

The New Testament in Words and Images - The second course is a survey of the books of the New Testament considered as a fulfillment of the old covenant. As in the first course, students will be directed to the canon of traditional iconographic representation of the truths being considered. (3 credit hours)

The Bible and The Liturgy - This course examines the Christian Faith with special emphasis on the Sacraments and their Biblical background. Through a careful study of the Bible, catechism and early Church artwork, architecture, and liturgy, students grow dramatically in their appreciation of the Faith and its rich Biblical background and are given the knowledge, tools and confidence to emply the Bible as the major tool in future catechetical endeavors. (3 credit hours)

History and Practical Theology of Images - This is a theology of images and history of Western art seen through the eyes of faith. By considering Christology and Christian anthropology, the course examines the theological justification for the creation and veneration of sacred images. It then examines how, as a general principle, the way an artist creates his art, that is, the artist’s style, is governed by his understanding of what he paints. Then it looks at the authentic traditional liturgical forms of Christian art, the iconographic, the gothic and the baroque and explains how their styles are governed by a Christian worldview. Finally, there is a discussion on how the style of art governs the way we interact with the image, especially how to pray with images in both liturgical and personal prayer (meditation and contemplation). (3 credit hours)

Sacred Geometry, Sacred Number, Traditional Harmony and Proportion - Mathematics and geometry are studies of the quantitative aspect of number – answering the question, how much? The traditional approach to mathematics, prior to the Enlightenment, did this too; but it also looked at the qualitative aspect, that is the symbolic character of number. Similarly, the relationships between numbers are not all equivalent in value, but some are naturally perceived as more beautiful than others. When viewed in this way sacred number and sacred geometry become principles that can order time and space and potentially all human activity so that it is graceful and beautiful. We study how aspects of the culture such as the calendar, art, architecture, and music traditionally reflected these values. The writings of figures such as Plato and Aristotle, Euclid, Boethius, St Augustine and St Thomas are examined as sources. There is also an examination of how, far from undermining it, modern science reinforces these traditional ideas. There is a practical element built into this course in which students will create examples of Islamic tiled patterns, and traditional Christian patterns based upon Romanesque floor designs. (3 credit hours)

Philosophy of Nature and Philosophical Anthropology - The creative artist reflects his understanding of nature when he portrays it in his art. Therefore, a right philosophy of nature is essential to his portrayal of Creation. This course, which assumes little prior knowledge of philosophy, shows how the use of reason can identify natural principles of the cosmos.  Such a philosophy of nature, developed by Aristotle and clarified by St. Thomas, deepens our appreciation of the world around us and of the findings of modern science. Through this new framework of understanding, a bridge between art and science is created.  Students will see that each deepens our sense of awe and wonder which fuels creativity for scientist and artist alike. (3 credits)

Introduction to Sculpture - An introductory course in sculpture in which the sculpture is modeled in clay through observation of nature. (3 credits)

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