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Theology Course Descriptions

Theology core

18 credits:

THE 210   Understanding the Scriptures
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
A basic introduction to reading and understanding the Bible. The course includes an overview of relevant historical backgrounds, an explanation and application of biblical methodologies, both traditional and contemporary, and an investigation of important biblical themes. Attention is given to the literary, historical, and theological significance and meaning of key scriptural texts.

THE 216   History in Theology
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An introduction to the significance of the historical study of the Christian tradition. Major ideas, figures, and movements are viewed through the perspective both of historical-critical methods and of the Christian tradition.

THE 327   Vatican II
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
A critical and reflective examination of the significance of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), commonly referred to as Vatican II, in the overall history of the church. It looks at the historical context of the council, significant leaders and theologians, major themes, and final documents. The course further explores how the events of Vatican II impact the church and world today, with special attention given to students’ chosen major(s) as a way to continue the ongoing spirit of Vatican II. The students will study the events of Vatican II through a hermeneutics of reception (hermeneutics of authors, texts, and receivers) and determine how Vatican II can be meaningful to people today.

THE 333   Theological Investigations I
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An exploration and examination of foundational Christian doctrines associated with revelation and faith, God (Trinity), creation, Jesus Christ (Christology), and salvation (soteriology). Students will study core doctrinal beliefs and practices in light of their scriptural, historical, and theological foundations, and ponder the question: how might these foundations inform our contemporary understanding and practical application of Christian doctrines and belief?

THE 334   Theological Investigations II
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An exploration and examination of foundational Christian doctrines associated with church (ecclesiology), sin and grace, the saints and Mary, sacraments, and the end of life and time (eschatology). Students will study core doctrinal beliefs and practices in light of their scriptural, historical, and theological foundations, and ponder the question: how might these foundations inform our contemporary understanding and practical application of Christian doctrines and belief?

THE 495   Senior Seminar
3 credits
Prerequisites: THE 101, Permission
(Theology major or minor)
A seminar and capstone course for theology minors and majors that will provide an opportunity to integrate one’s theological studies and gained perspectives into a summative senior research paper. Students will also produce a portfolio that demonstrates the development of their theological understanding and reflection.

6 credits from the following:

EDR 380   Jewish-Christian Relations
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
What is the relationship between Christians and Jews? What has been the development in Christians' understanding of Jews and Judaism over the years? This course addresses these questions by examining the history of the relationship between Christians and Jews, from the first century through contemporary times. Stereotypes and prejudices found in past and present literature, media, and world events are analyzed and broken down. The nature and practice of genuine dialogue are central to this course. For students interested in religious education, this course offers further consideration to educational implications of Jewish-Christian relations and how students can teach about Jews, Judaism, the Holocaust, and scriptural texts. For other students, this course allows for the development of an understanding and appreciation of another religious tradition than one's own. The course is both theoretical and experiential. THE 327 (Vatican II) is highly recommended, but not mandatory, before taking this course.

THE 205   Peacemaking: Multicultural, Interfaith Dimensions
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An introduction to the basic philosophical, religious, spiritual and practical dimensions of peacemaking, including the theories of peacemaking, the role of various religious traditions in the understanding and development of peace, and the skills needed to foster peace on the personal, interpersonal, and systemic (global) levels. The course requires a service-learning experience. Depending on the service-learning experience, an additional expense may be required.

THE 340   Moral Theology
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An examination and consideration of the moral implications of faith. Moral theology understands the moral life as a response to the love and compassion of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Together students will explore the nature of the good, the nature of the human person, criteria for making Christian moral decisions, contributions of church-related documents, and specific moral issues that confront Christians living in the contemporary world.

THE 345   Catholic Social Teaching
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An examination of the historical, biblical, and theoretical foundations of Catholic social teaching and the application of its principles to modern societal, political, and economic issues, including the practice of making moral decisions in light of Catholic social teaching principles. This is a service-learning course.

Ministry track

18 credits:

THE 230   Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An introduction to the theological and biblical foundations of the call to minister to the people of God’s Kingdom, the practical dimensions of Christian pastoral ministry, and a contemporary spirituality for ministry through the practice of theological reflection. The mission and ministry of Jesus, the Kingdom of God, the models of church, the historical development of Christian ministry, the contemporary understanding of ministry, and the future direction of church ministries are among the key topics.

THE 360   Faith Development
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An examination of various theoretical understandings of faith development and moral development, as well as an exploration of how these theories are used in church-related ministerial and catechetical settings in light of modern cultural influences. The course content flows from the Judaeo-Christian understanding of the nature of the human, as a child of God and made in the image of God.

THE 365   Child and Youth Ministry
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An overview of child and youth ministry that examines the theoretical foundations of a ministry to children and adolescents and the implementation of such a ministry, including analysis of the theological, cultural, psychological, and sociological understandings of the world of children and youth. The course also explores the practical aspects of developing a comprehensive child and youth ministry program in various settings. This is service-learning course.

THE 366   Adult and Family Ministry
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An overview of adult and family ministry that examines the theoretical foundations of a ministry to adults—with or without families—and the practical implementation of a ministry to adults and families through an analysis of the theological, cultural, psychological, and sociological realities that influence adult and family life in today’s world. The course also explores the practical aspects of developing a comprehensive adult and family ministry program. This is a service-learning course.

THE 370   Worship and Service
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
A critical and reflective study of the relationship between worship in and service to the Christian community, as well as the theological and practical dimensions of that relationship. This course also examines such topics as the dynamics of the sacramental life; ministering to adults, families, children, youth, and young adults through the sacraments and Christian service in the community; and the application of Catholic social teaching in ministry with children, youth, and adults. This is a service-learning course.

THE 497   Internship
1-3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
Students earn academic credit for internship work experiences as they test career choices, improve work skills, and establish professional contacts. This experience ultimately serves to directly tie students’ academic coursework to non-academic professional experiences.

Pre-graduate studies track

18 credits:

PHI 308   Philosophy of Religion
3 credits
Prerequisite: PHI 130 or PHI 132
A reflective study of the relation of humans and their environment to the transcendent. Some issues it studies are the notion of transcendence itself, its basis, and its significance, as reflected in various historically formulated theories about God and God’s relation to the human sphere.

THE 303   Topics in Biblical Theology
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An intensive study of one or several major books or themes of the Bible. Attention is given to a critical examination of significant scriptural texts. The books or themes are viewed through both traditional interpretations and recent critical scholarship.

THE 307   Topics in the History of Theology
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An intensive study of a particular aspect of the history of theology (e.g. a topic, a figure, a phenomenon, or an historical period or event). Attention is given to the use of critical examination of significant primary texts as an historical and theological source.

THE 426   Theology of the Human Person
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
Using the theological anthropology of Karl Rahner and other contemporary theological perspectives as a lens and guide, this course will explore contemporary theological perspectives on how Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection shape and inform the Christian understanding of the human person. Some questions to be considered may include the following: What does it mean to be human? Does being created in the image of God mean we are born with a purpose and destiny? Is human life inherently sacred? Are we oriented toward communion with God and others? How has sin impacted human freedom and our relationship to creation? What can the Christian beliefs of grace, salvation, and hope say to us during times of suffering, war, and ecological crisis?

THE 450   Theological Research
3 credits
Prerequisites: THE 101, Permission
(Theology major or minor)
This course is designed for students who plan on attending graduate school following their graduation from Marian University. In this seminar class, students explore both humanistic and social science research methodologies as they pertain to religious education.  Students complete an extensive research project throughout the semester that utilizes a methodology presented in class.

Religious education track

18 credits:

EDR 231   Introduction to Religious Education
3 credits
Prerequisites: PHI 132 and THE 101
An examination of the various models of religious education today through study of the works of past and contemporary theologians and religious educators.  Attention is given to particular issues of religious education, such as moral issues, dialogue, multicultural considerations and the utilization of the arts.  The course gives attention to the role of religious educators and implications for religious education today.

EDR 332   Interreligious and Interfaith Dialogue
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
Dialogue between Christians, Jews, and Muslims has become increasingly important in the 21st century. What are these faith traditions, what are their basic beliefs and sacred texts (and the prejudices and stereotypes that accompany them), and how do people who align themselves with these traditions worship? These questions are examined through the practice of genuine dialogue that fosters unity, validation, and work for the common good. In this way, students can understand their own religious tradition more deeply in relation to other traditions. The practicality of interreligious and interfaith work is considered. This course is both theoretical and experiential, requiring students to visit a synagogue, church, and mosque outside of class sessions.

EDR 380   Jewish-Christian Relations
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
What is the relationship between Christians and Jews? What has been the development in Christians' understanding of Jews and Judaism over the years? This course addresses these questions by examining the history of the relationship between Christians and Jews, from the first century through contemporary times. Stereotypes and prejudices found in past and present literature, media, and world events are analyzed and broken down. The nature and practice of genuine dialogue are central to this course. For students interested in religious education, this course offers further consideration to educational implications of Jewish-Christian relations and how students can teach about Jews, Judaism, the Holocaust, and scriptural texts. For other students, this course allows for the development of an understanding and appreciation of another religious tradition than one's own. The course is both theoretical and experiential. THE 327 (Vatican II) is highly recommended, but not mandatory, before taking this course.

EDR 385   Religious Education Curriculum
3 credits
Prerequisites: PHI 132 and THE 101
A study of religious education curriculum as it takes form in (1) Kerygma (proclamation); (2) Didache (teaching); (3) Leiturgia (prayer); (4) Koinonia (community); and (5)  Diakonia (service). Topics include religious education curriculum’s theological foundations, its sources, and its null curriculum (what ought to be addressed but is not). Observation of and/or participation in a religious educational setting (church, hospital, school, prison, etc…) is required.

EDR 497   Internship
1-3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
Students earn academic credit for internship work experiences as they test career choices, improve work skills, and establish professional contacts. This experience ultimately serves to directly tie students’ academic coursework to non-academic professional experiences.

THE 360   Faith Development
3 credits
Prerequisite: THE 101
An examination of various theoretical understandings of faith development and moral development, as well as an exploration of how these theories are used in church-related ministerial and catechetical settings in light of modern cultural influences. The course content flows from the Judaeo-Christian understanding of the nature of the human, as a child of God and made in the image of God.

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