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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PH 550 Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas (2 credits)
This pre-requisite course provides a study and overview of the major themes of philosophy as represented in the work of Thomas Aquinas and his impact on Western Thought. It will examine representative philosophers for these themes from each of the periods of philosophical history and provide the basis for more in depth examination of the role of philosophy in theology.

PH 650/481 Philosophy I (3)
Examines the philosophy of the Classical and Medieval periods with particular attention to how Christians thinkers like Augustine and Thomas Aquinas adopted the philosophical principles of Plato and Aristotle to the Christian theological tradition.

PH 651/482 Philosophy II (3)
Examines the development of western philosophy from the age of the enlightenment through to the contemporary period. The impact of the thinking of the renaissance, reformation and scientific revolution on Catholic theology will be discussed.

RE 500 Research Methods (1)
Students will be introduced to the resources and skills required for effective research and writing in graduate-level study in theology.

RE 501 Foundations in Biblical Theology (2)
Students will be introduced to the historical, literary, and religious aspects of the Bible as scripture and a record of a people’s faith journey. Historical data for each of the books of the Bible, story narratives, source theories, interpretive styles, and critical methodologies will covered so that students will have a foundational understanding of the way the texts have been used within the relevant communities of faith.

RE 502 Foundations in Systematic Theology (2)
Students will be introduced to the major topics within systematic theology and will study each of the topics with a variety of relevant methodologies. They will become acquainted with the theological discipline, its terms and central concepts, and the ways each church and denominational tradition influences the reading of theology and its meaning for the faith communities.

RE 503 Foundations in Historical Theology (1)
Students explore and engage the representative texts in the related fields of church history, history of Christianity, and historical theology. Through a process of reading, writing, and discussion of specific texts, students will probe the historical narratives through which authors have communicated their vision of the people, events, and institutional realities that have shaped the story of Christianity.

RE 504 Foundations in Moral Theology (1)
Students will explore the development of moral theology in the Christian tradition, and its relationship to moral philosophy and ethics. Emphasis will be on clarifying Catholic Moral Theology, its historical development in relation to emerging theological stances in the Christian tradition and moral discourse in the wider society.

RE 515 Introduction to the New Testament (3)
Students will explore the development of the New Testament within the context of early Christianity. The major exegetical tools will be applied to an understanding of historical-critical meaning that leads to contemporary application.

PL/RE 601/402 Theology of Leadership in Ministry (2)
Provides an opportunity to explore the theological and spiritual foundations for effective pastoral leadership. Through studying examples and alternative models for being an effective leader or facilitator, students design their personal theology of leadership.

PL 611/RE 411 Leadership and Catholic Social Thought (3)
Explores origins of Catholic Social Thought and its contributions to justice, human rights, and peace in contemporary global society. Develops a model of leadership from this study.

RE 602 Retreat: Spiritual Journeys (1-repeatable)
Students will share an intensive 15-hour residential retreat focused on prayerful reflection on their own spiritual journey. They will explore the relationship between their personal spiritual journeys, the study of theology, and service to the Church and community. The retreat will include structured prayer and group reflections, the role of theology in Church and society, as well as experiential learning connecting theology and pastoral ministry. This is a requirement for graduation and is offered in alternate years, generally in conjunction with PL 601 Theology of Leadership. It may be repeated.

PL/RE 603 Theology of Communication (3)
This course explores the conceptual links, or bridges, between the fields of theology and communication.

RE 604 Retreat: Spirituality and Service (1)
Integral to one’s service to ministry is its connection to one’s active prayer life. Students and participants explore how their spiritual lives enhance and challenge their ministerial identity and service. During the weekend, students will focus on developing further a relationship with God that informs a life of service and ministry. May be repeated.

RE 600/401 Prophets and Writings (3)
Students will explore the Major and Minor Prophets and Writings, including Psalms, Ruth, Lamentations and Daniel, 1 and 2 Chronicles and Wisdom literature.

RE 606/400 Pentateuch and Historical Books (3)
Studies the distinct theological traditions found in the first five books of the Bible and surveys the historical books. Students will examine the four great traditions relative to their historical period, and the other traditions with which each was joined. Emphasis on exegesis of selected passages in the Pentateuch and the Historical Books.

RE 607/413 Synoptic Gospels and Acts (3)
Provides general survey of Matthew, Mark and Luke/Acts. Examines the particular religious issues, cultural background and needs of the different communities from which these Gospels were written. Enables students to understand the distinct theological vision of each of the synoptic gospels and Acts.

RE 608/415 Pauline Corpus and Catholic Epistles (3)
Introduces St. Paul, his writings, and other significant epistles in the New Testament. Students will explore what can be known about Paul’s life from his own writings and from other witnesses. Also looks at the othe major epistles developing their themes in relation to the Pauline letters.

RE 609/414 John and Revelation (3)
Introduces the Gospel of John and the Revelation of John (Apocalypse). Explores the content and context of these New Testament scriptures and discusses their relevance for contemporary Christian worship and spirituality.

RE 616/416 History and Theology of Vatican II and the Catholic Catecheticism (3)
The course studies the significant ecclesial renewal confirmed by the Second Vatican Council: the People of God, the universal call to holiness, privileges and responsibilities of the baptized community of disciples in mission, the role of ordained and lay faithful. It presents the foundational images of the Church as described by the Second Vatican Council. It familiarizes the student with Catholic doctrine and belief as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

RE 622 Interreligious Dialogue/Ecumenical Ministry (3)
The student will study efforts to recover the unity of all Christians as the gift of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit, the common spiritual values shared by all believers and non-believers, the similarities and differences among the Catholic tradition and other Christian traditions, Jewish faith and tradition and other non-Christian religious traditions and the gifts they bring to humankind.

RE 626 /426 Theological Anthropology: Sin and Grace (3)
The student will learn basic aspects and principles of Christian anthropology: incarnation, grace, sin, redemption, resurrection, the sacredness of human life, etc. It will also look at issues in eschatology: death, particular judgment, purgatory, hell, heaven, last judgment, and the hope of the new heaven and the new earth.

RE 628/428 New Evangelization: Small Christian Communities (1-3)
The student will learn the theological and scriptural foundations of Catholic evangelization and catechesis, develop and appreciation for strategies for evangelization in the United States in Go and Make Disciples, skills in adult catechesis, the nature and purpose of Small Christian Communities in the contemporary Church.

RE 637/408 Christology and Trinity(3)
The course examines approaches taken by contemporary theologians in discussing Jesus the Christ and his significance for the Christian faith. It looks at God as unity and trinity, God’s self-revelation in the person of Jesus, traditional and contemporary Christological issues relating to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Prerequisite for RE 637: either RE 607, 608, 609 or 619; prerequisite for RE 408 in the diaconate program is RE 501 or permission of the instructor

RE 642/405 Ecclesiology -- The Nature and Mission of Church (3)
Vatican II invited the Roman Catholic community to renew its understanding of the nature and mission of the Church in the world today. In this course, students will examine how the Church today is invited to understand itself in light of its ongoing journey, its assumption of a sacramental perspective and worldview, and its relationship with other Christian communities and global faiths

RE 643/407 Sacramental Theology and Practice (3)
Detailed study of the principle of sacramentality and of the individual sacrament, stressing the historical development of each and its contemporary renewal.

RE 661 Approaches to Morality (3)
The student will explore and discuss the foundations of Christian morality, consisting of a historical survey of approaches and developments from the New Testament period to the present.

RE 662 Contemporary Moral Problems (2-3)
An open approach to contemporary moral issues within theological perspectives. This is a variable credit course.

RE 664/410 Moral Theology: Fundamental and Applied (3)
Within an ecumenical and inter-religious discourse, the student will apply contemporary moral and ethical reasoning to the various personal and social issues encountered in contemporary society.

RE 680 Special Topics in Systematic Theology (1-3)
Special Topics are theme courses that are offered on an irregular basis. They include: modern theological movements; God and human existence; ecumenical theology and dialogue; theology of ministry; politics of the sacred; religion and science; religion and art; and theology and film. This course is repeatable. This is a variable credit course.

RE 682 Teaching Christian Beliefs (2-3)
Issues in the theory and practice of teaching the basics of Christian belief-Jesus, grace, Church, redemption, and sin. This is a variable credit course.

RE 683 Religious Psychology (1-3)
Study of the human response to God in light of contemporary psychological thought. May be taken more than once with variable credit.

RE 684 Contemporary Catechetical Process (1-3)
Survey of specific characteristics of various historical and contemporary approaches to religious education.

RE 685/412 Pastoral Counseling (2-3)
Study of contemporary methods of counseling in use today with specific emphasis on major concerns faced by counselors in the pastoral area. Variable credit course.

RE 687 Introduction to Spiritual Direction (2-3)
This introductory course will enable the student to explore the process of Spiritual Direction. It will involve one in the skills needed to help others with their religious experience, including prayer. Basic listening and counseling skills will be practiced. Selected related topics including the theological contexts of spirituality, integration, ministry and professional ethics as related to Spiritual Companioning and Spiritual Direction, the difference between Spiritual Companioning, Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counseling, and the complex issue of when and how to refer to counseling will be discussed.

RE 689 Retreat: Spiritual Direction / Companionship (1)
This retreat will enable participants to strengthen their understanding of Spiritual Accompaniment / Companionship. They will practice the skills of listening and accompanying / companioning another within the context of prayer, explore the importance of the "contemplative posture," practice helping the other to "notice" God's presence, inviting God into one's experience and sharing that experience with a Spiritual Companion / Director. Finally, participants will discuss the importance of professional boundaries and the delicate question of when and how to refer to counseling or Spiritual Direction. May be repeated for credit.

RE 690 Selected Questions (1-9)
A study of specific questions and developments in biblical, historical, systematic, pastoral, or catechetical theology. Includes internships for applied ministries. May be taken more than once with variable credit.

RE 692 Contemporary Issues (1-6)
A study of issues and topics pertinent to Theological Studies and Pastoral Leadership and Ministry. May be taken more than once with variable credit.

RE 693 Directed Study (1-3)
A directed study of a particular theologian, problem, or historical period designed by the student and professor, with departmental permission. May be taken more than once with variable credit.

RE 730/404 Homiletics (3)
Students will learn the form and structure of the homily, techniques for research and presentation, and its context within the Eucharistic celebration. Emphasis on application of techniques of presentation during shared class time.

RE 731/406 Code of Canon Law (3)
Students will explore the role and meaning of Canon Law in the Church. General principles of interpretation, history and its relationship to theology and pastoral praxis will be discussed. The class will focus on selected topics relevant to those in ministry.

RE 740/418 Mary in the Christian Tradition (1-3)
Our subject is the person and role of the mother of Jesus in religion and culture. We will examine the Scriptural teaching on Mary and continue with the historical developments in the patristic, medieval, reformation and modern periods. Our course continues with anthropological considerations of Marian legends, devotions, and apparitions through depth psychology and art. This is a variable credit course.

RE 790 Pastoral Theology Seminar (1)
Designed as the closure experience for practitioners, students will participate in a capstone seminar devoted to integration of their program of studies and the outcomes of the program. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy, completion of at least one summer retreat

PL 510/MBA 510 Financial Accounting for Managers (3)
Presents central concepts of accounting and their use in managing organizations and preparing financial statements. Emphasis on accounting terminology and management use of accounting data and reports.

PL 520/MBA 520 Analytical Skills for Managers (3)
Provides background in quantitative methods required for advanced MBA coursework. Focuses on using mathematical and statistical reasoning and computation to solve organizational problems. Topics include the time value of money, present value, data organization, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, and business applications of algebraic expressions

MBA 601 Economic Analysis for Managers (3)
Along with MBA 602, this course provides perspectives and tools to enhance managerial problem solving. Focuses on understanding the economic context in which organizations function and economic decision tools for bettering firm performance. Consequently, the course uses macroeconomic variables (such as national income and productivity, money and banking, and the economic role of government) to inform microeconomic choices organizations must make to enhance their own success (such as cost determination, pricing, risk analysis). Prerequisites: MBA 510 and MBA 520

MBA 602 Managerial Ethics and Decision Making (3)
Along with MBA 601, this course provides perspectives and tools to enhance managerial problem solving. Focuses on understanding the social and operational variables pertinent to making effective choices. Topics include social responsibility, organizational misbehavior, applications of moral philosophies, framing, improving creativity, hypothesis testing, utility analysis, and other quantitative and qualitative decision methods. Prerequisite: MBA 520

PL 605 Moral and Ethical Leadership (3)
A Christian perspective on ethics in education, social justice within the academic and wider communities, and ethical and professional management.

PL 608 Not-for-Profit Management and Ethics (3)
The student will explore the characteristics of non-profit institutions and the unique issues related to serving such institutions. These include leadership, management, institutional planning, fiscal development, and community and financial accountability. Students will discuss the basic principles of accounting as they impact non-profit institutions and the process of dialogue necessary to bring together value-based mission language with financial accounting principles and language in the creation of a viable corporate non-profit institution.

PL 616 /MBA 616 Not-for-Profit Accounting (3)
Examines concepts and practices unique to non-governmental and not-for-profit entities. Topics include organization and functions, fund accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, accounting principles and standards for NPOs, financial controls, auditing, and tax issues. Prerequisite: MBA 510

PL 611/ED 653 Leadership and Catholic Social Thought (3)
Students will explore the origins of Catholic Social Thought and its contributions to justice, human rights, and peace in contemporary global society.A model of leadership will be developed from this study.

PL 650/ED 790 Issues of Peace, Social Justice, and Educational Reform (3)
Exploration of influences on educational change at classroom, school, community, state and national lev¬els. Focus on critical examination of peace and justice theories, principles, and research related to educa¬tional reform.

PL 659/ED 675 Learning Styles and Learning Theories (3)
Examination of key learning theorists and learn¬ing styles for application to teaching and learning. Students are given an opportunity to examine their own learning style and how this is formative in their teaching.

PL 670/PSY 521 Personality (3)
Provides the study of personality and its theoretical development, including assess¬ment, major theories, history, and continuity and change. The focus is on understanding personality and its relationship to counseling theory and techniques.

PL 671/ PSY 601 Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling (3)
Examines ethical, legal and professional issues central to the practice of community counseling, school counseling, marriage and family therapy, and group work. Development of professional identity, ethical responsibilities and legal responsibilities, and liabilities are discussed within the context of professional ethical codes and relevant state regulations.

PL 672/ PSY 602 Life Span Development (3)
An in-depth study of the biosocial, cognitive, and psycho-social aspects of development across the span of life beginning with prenatal growth and ending with death. The life-span perspective will focus on relevant counseling issues and concerns, discussing how development and counseling inter-relate.

PL 673/ PSY 603 Introduction to Counseling Skills (3)
First Benchmark Course - PSY 603 is the first benchmark class in which the MSCP faculty observes the actual interpersonal skills and competencies of the students. Designed to introduce students to the study of the profession of counseling and to provide systematic training in basic counseling skills. It provides an overview of the core CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs) curriculum areas, with extensive emphasis on basic counseling skills development. Additionally, Internet resources, community resources, and referral agencies will be examined.

PL 675/ PSY 611 Group Processes (3)
Second Benchmark Course - PSY 611 is the second benchmark class where the MSCP faculty continues to observe the actual interpersonal skills and competencies of the students. Explores the theoretical nature of groups and the application of group theory to the group counseling process. In examining and applying theories of group counseling, the student’s counselor gains self-understanding of peer behavior, group dynamics, and the group building process as a function of participation in the group process. Prerequisite: PSY 603

PL730/MBA 730 Services Marketing (3)
Examines marketing challenges faced by organizations providing services, and strategies to enhance their marketing success. Particular attention paid to public sector and not-for-profit organizations. Focus includes positioning services for appropriate markets and managing the service delivery process.

PL 731/MBA 702 Business Law (3)
Provides knowledge of business law needed to make informed and effective business decisions. Emphasis on legal issues important to managers for identifying and controlling risk. Topics include contracts, torts, the Uniform Commercial Code, creditor-debtor relationships, real property, and business entities.

PL 733/MBA 613 Human Resources Management (3)
Provides a strategic perspective on using human resources to increase firm success while improving employee well being. Topics include recruitment, professional development, compensation and benefits, evaluation, and termination. Particular attention given to implications of HR procedures for employee performance. Prerequisite: MBA 760

PL 735/MBA 706 Labor Relations (3)
Examines the structure and activities of labor unions, labor laws, collective bargaining, contract administration, dispute settlement procedures, and current labor issues. Emphasis on understanding processes that improve labor-management relations. Prerequisite: MBA 602 and MBA 613

PL 737/MBA 707 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3)
Deals with productively managing conflicts to help build effective teams within and among organizations. Focuses on tactics, strategy, process, and methods of managerial negotiations with individuals and groups to optimize performance. Prerequisites: MBA 602 and MBA 760

PL 739/MBA 739 Not-for-Profit Organizations
Focuses on management of not-for-profit enterprises under circumstances of increasing competition for funding and greater pressure to show efficiency and effectiveness. Uses case studies to examine issues of organizational structure and development, governance, board relations, management of volunteers, strategic alliances, capacity building, and functional leadership.

PL 751 School Law (1-3)
Students will explore and discuss the dimensions of law as they impact both public and private educational institutions. (See M.Ed. program for cross-listing of this course.)

PL760/MBA 600 Leading People in Organizations (3)
Provides concepts and best practices for leading individuals and groups toward working more effectively. Central issues include dealing with different personalities, motivating others, using people’s best abilities, and building social influence and personal power. Examines impact of management culture and organizational structure on success of individuals and teams. Attention given to strategic and political dimensions of leadership in organizations.

PL 761/MBA 761 Leading Organizational Change (3)
Provides concepts and skills needed to lead change and development efforts at individual, team, and systems levels. Focus given to diagnosis of organizational events and creation of interventions for improvement. Emphasis on using consulting models and applying behavioral science knowledge and techniques to improve performance of people and organizations. Includes structural process and human resource interventions. Prerequisite: MBA 760

PL 771/PSY 736 Cross-Cultural Counseling (3)
• Course will be an examination of the theory and process of counseling persons in community, school, and marriage and family contexts, from diverse cultural backgrounds by counselors of equally diverse cultural backgrounds.
• The focus of the course will be on the impact of the counselor’s prejudices, biases, values, ethics, and social/cultural expectations on the client from a culturally diverse background, and the impact of the client’s prejudices, biases, values, ethics, and social/cultural expectations on the counselor from a culturally diverse background.
• The client must be seen as part of an integrated system of mutually reciprocal components (family, environment, school, social structure, friends, culture, etc.).
• The counseling context will be viewed from a systemic perspective rather than an individual perspective.

PL772/ PSY 741 Community Counseling (3)
• Course will examine counseling psychology within the community environment.
• The general focus of the course will be on preventative counseling within the community context.
• Models of service delivery, the impact of the environment, cross-cultural concerns, ethics, the history of mental health, research, and counselor competencies will be explored. The course will specifically examine alcohol and substance abuse; physical and sexual abuse; stress management; health psychology; managed care; the relationship between economics status and mental health; delinquency and criminality; crisis counseling; gerontology; consultation; social support; community agencies and programs; and legal and social policies related to children and families

PL 773/PSY 751 Health, Stress Management and Counseling (3)
• Course is an examination of counseling an individual from a holistic perspective.
• The course explores the relationship between health and psychological moods in such areas as:
• stress management; diet; exercise; sleep; mind/body relationship; support groups; humor; faith; responsibility; interpersonal relationships; and choice The emphasis will be on preventive psychology. Students will participate in Tai Ji Quan (T'ai Chi Ch'uan), Qi Gong (Ch'i Kung), relaxation exercises, medi¬tation, and visualization as part of the course.

PL 774/PSY 756 Marital and Family Counseling (3)
A basic introduction to the history, development and theories of the field of family therapy. Focus is on the major theoretical models of family therapy, their similarities and differences, and conceptual foundations. Students will develop a basic understanding of family therapy concepts as applied in clinical practice, and begin to formulate their own personal framework through integration across theoretical models. Coursework will also review current issues and sample recent developments in family therapy. Prerequisites: PSY 521, PSY 601

PL 775/PSY 773 Spiritual Dimensions of Counseling (3)
For some people, spirituality has been called the fifth force in counseling and psychology. This course will explore the nature, meaning, and significance of human spirituality and religion, especially as they relate to the counseling experience. To facilitate discovery, the course will employ self-examination, sharing of experiences, reading, lecture, various exercises, projects, research, and guest speakers.

PL 778/PSY 778 Organizational Psychology (3)
The focus of this course is an examination of the impact/interaction of individual processes, group processes, and organizational processes upon productivity, job satisfaction, absenteeism, and turnover. The course will focus on psychology and organizations, motivation, attitudes, social behavior in organizations, leadership, stress management, analyzing work, performance appraisal and feedback, staffing, communication, groups and teams, decision making, designing effective organizations, managing change in organizations, and the organizational culture.

PL 791 Pastoral Leadership Seminar (1)
Designed as the closure experience for practitioners, students will participate in a capstone seminar devoted to integration of their program of studies and the outcomes of the program. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy and approval of the program director.

PL 792 Internship (1-3 - repeatable)
Completion of an internship experience (minimum 100 hours on-site) and major reflection paper demonstrating proficiency in the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to apply course work knowledge to the educational, social, or pastoral work settings. Student is considered full time when enrolled in this course. Credit/no credit grading. Individualized study. Prerequisite: permission of the program director.

PL 799 Graduate Research Thesis (1-3)
Preparation and oral defense of a thesis that represents a significant addition to the knowledge and/or practice of pastoral leadership. Credit/no credit grading. Individualized study. Prerequisite: approval of the program director required.