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-120Introduction 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 Elective9
Take the following course:3
St. Augustine and The Confessions
Total Credits36

Special Notes on Major Requirements

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-120Introduction 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. Introduction 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-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-335. Veils to Vestments: Women's Leadership in Ancient Religion. 3 Credits.

This course explores the religious roles and offices taken by women in antiquity using evidence from the Bible and Greco-Roman world. Methodologies for uncovering this evidence and reconstructing women's history will be evaluated. We also consider its implications and applications for the twenty-first century. Prerequisites: TH-110 TH-120 OR EQUIVALENT.

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-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-421. Prophets and Their Interpretation. 3 Credits.

Prophecy and the prophetic traditions of the Old Testament are traced from their origins through their later use in Jewish and Christian writings. Selected texts focus on the religious experience of various prophets and their vision for justice, compassion and hope. Prerequisites: TH-110 TH-120 OR EQUIVALENT. TH-320 RECOMMENDED.

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. Medieval Jerusalem: Muslims, Christians and Jews. 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-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-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-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-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-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.