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.