Department of Theology

Dr. Maria Calisi, Chairperson

The Department of Theology offers both a major and a minor in Theology.

Requirements for Theology Major

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Six of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

TH-110Religious Faith in the Modern World 13
TH-120Intro to the Study of Christianity 13
TH-300Methods and Sources of Theology3
TH-301Modern Christian Community: The Church3
TH-320Survey of the Old Testament3
TH-330Survey of the New Testament3
TH-350Who Is Jesus Christ?3
TH-495Theology Capstone3
TH-Theology Electives9
Select one of the following:3
The Theology of Grace
The Christian Sacraments
Christian Spirituality
Christian Morality Today
St. Augustine and The Confessions
Total Credits36
1

 May count towards the Core Theology Requirement.

Special Notes on Major Requirements

1

Theology majors may take up to nine credits in approved cognate courses in other departments in fulfillment of the Theology electives requirement.

2

Courses in Classical and Modern Languages and in Philosophy are strongly recommended.

3

Students considering a major in Theology should take TH-110 and TH-120 in their Freshman year. The Core Philosophy courses should be taken in Sophomore year.

4

Required Theology electives are taught only every second or third year, so they should be taken as soon as possible after completion of TH-110 and TH-120.

5

Every student majoring in Theology must submit a Capstone Project during senior year according to departmental guidelines. The Honors thesis fulfills this requirement.

Requirements for a Minor in Theology

Three credits may be fulfilled in an approved cognate course in another department.

TH-110Religious Faith in the Modern World3
or TH-121 Space, Place and the City (Metropolitan Seminar)
TH-120Intro to the Study of Christianity3
or TH-122 Pilgrimage in the City
TH-Theology electives12
Total Credits18

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.

TH-120. Intro 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.

TH-121. Space, Place and the City (Metropolitan Seminar). 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.

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. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121.

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 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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

The Christian understanding of God's saving activity as gratuitous, transforming and empowering. Also known as anthropological theology. The insights of formative thinkers of past and present. Applications to issues facing the Christian today. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-320. Survey of the Old Testament. 3 Credits.

A survey of the Old Testament literature with attention to its literary forms, its history, and its religious message. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-330. Survey of the New Testament. 3 Credits.

Reading of the New Testament literature with attention to histo-critical methods of scriptural interpretation, literary forms, historical development, and theological content. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-399. Tutorial. 3 Credits.

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 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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

A study of Paul's letters,focusing on his ecclesiology, evangelization, eschatology, ministry, community, and justification by faith. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-416. Christian Challenges of Luke and Acts. 3 Credits.

Study of the Third Gospel and Acts of the Apostles as these synthesize the Jesus experience and show its relevance for Christian discipleship. Emphasis on how Luke integrates themes like compassion, universal outreach, and the proper use of material possessions for people called to live in a diverse and ongoing world. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-431. Med Jerusalem: Jews Christians 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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-443. Black Theology. 3 Credits.

The study of the origins and influence of the major religious traditions found in the American black community. May be used as a substitute for TH120. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-444. Religious Story of the American People. 3 Credits.

A survey of the religious history of the United States, including Native American religion, mainline Christian and Jewish communities, utopian and other popular religious movements. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-470. Towards a Christian Theology of Personalism. 3 Credits.

A history and analysis of the development of the concept of person and Christian Personalism as seen in Revelation, classical and modern theologians, and the encounter of Theology with Philosophy. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-473. Religion and Psychology. 3 Credits.

The impact of modern psychological theories on religion and religious belief. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-477. Christian Spirituality. 3 Credits.

A study of the varieties of mystical experiences and methods of prayer/meditation that exist in the Christian Traditions. Great spiritual writers of the past will be read in translation and discussed. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-481. A Theology of Human Sexuality. 3 Credits.

Human sexuality as seen in the light of Biblical teaching a historical survey of sexual attitudes, documents of contemporary faith communities, contributions of the behavioral sciences and recent theological reflection, including a case-study approach to moral dilemmas. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-482. Christian Morality Today. 3 Credits.

A systematic study of the principles and issues of individual and social morality from the viewpoint of faith and reason. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-487. Theology of Social and Racial Justice. 3 Credits.

Study of major contemporary Christian documents, particularly regarding economics and poverty, administration of criminal justice, cause and responses to racism. Prerequisites: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

TH-489. International Travel Course. 3 Credits.

TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122;.

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 TH-350.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.

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: TH-110 OR TH-121 AND TH-120 OR TH-122.