Theology - Courses Offered

DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENT: Four years (8 semesters)

Semester 1  Semester 2 

Introduction to Catholicism Reverence for Life and Family

The World of the Old Testament (P) The World of the New Testament (P)
 11th History of the Church (P)
Religions of the World (P)
  History of the Church (H)
Religions of the World (H)
Morality and Ethics Marriage and Family
 9th-12th Campus Ministry

Introduction to Catholicism: This course leads to discussion of life as experienced by high school freshmen. It reviews the basics of the Christian faith and explores behavior appropriate to the faith. Topics for this course include Faith, Prayer, the Scriptures, the Trinity, Sacraments, and the Mass.

Reverence for Life and Family: This course focuses on the development of the students’ sexuality and a respect for their personhood in the light of faith and Catholic church teachings. Through technology and active parent involvement, students will have the opportunity to consider their personal growth toward sexual maturity and to discuss such topics as Christian marriage and family, sexual integration and wholeness, responsible relationships, chastity and Christian morality and choosing life and family values.

The World of the Old Testament (P): This course, which carries college preparatory credit, introduces the student to the Bible. It provides a contemporary framework in which to understand the faith history of the Jewish nation in which our Christian faith takes root. Course content includes the major books of the Old Testament, which strongly influences our Christian belief and lifestyle.

The World of the New Testament (P): This course, which carries college preparatory credit, helps the student develop a mature understanding of Jesus as he is presented to us in the Gospels. It offers analytical approach to the New Testament encompassing the origins, backgrounds, and history of the books of the New Testament. The course follows Old Testament Theology.

History of the Church (P): This course, which carries college preparatory credit, enables the student to examine the Church as a growing, vital community of people with a past, a present, and a future. Course content includes religion and Church, the historical development of Christianity with emphasis on Catholicism, and an evaluation of the direction of Vatican II and the direction the Church should take in today’s world to assure a future of peace and justice for all people.

Religions of the World (P):  This course, which carries college preparatory credit, examines the evolutionary nature of religious understanding, the influence of religion on society and culture, and the ongoing nature of revelation and the origin of religions. Course content includes the study of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other oriental religions.

History of the Church (H):  This course will involve analysis of cause and effect relationships in the growth and development of the Catholic Church and the Core of theological development over two thousand years. Students are expected, after instruction, to demonstrate cognitive and critical thinking skills in the expression, both written and oral, of their understanding of the role of the Catholic Church in the formation of modern Western society.

Religions of the World (H):  This course is a study of the major religions (Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism) of the world. Christianity is not covered. Students are expected, after instruction, to demonstrate cognitive and critical thinking skills in the expression, both written and oral, of their understanding of the different value systems that arise from the religions being studied.

Morality and Ethics: This course enables students to examine their value system and the Christian model of morality, and to examine their willingness to accept and live by Christian moral principles. Course content includes law and conscience, sin and fundamental options, Jesus as a moral person, and moral implications of important current events.

Marriage and Family: This course enables the student to identify characteristics of healthy loving relationships, to discuss theoretical and practical aspects of marriage, and to examine the complexities of family living. Course content includes psychosocial sexual development, compatibility, reproductive process, “theology” of marriage, compatibility, and parenting.

Ethics/Catholic Morality (H):  This five unit course explores the fundamental concepts of ethics and the process of ethical decision making in the context of Catholic moral teaching.  This is achieved by first looking at fundamental concepts of the science of ethics.  This material is found in classical teachings of Aristotle, Augustine and  Aquinas.  Then the modern concepts of procedural ethics with its several different approaches will be studied.  Finally through the use of many contemporary situations ethical decisions will be studied in the context of Catholic moral teaching.  These moral teachings will cover personal responsibility (conscience formation and sin), economic justice (modern church teaching on social justice), human sexuality (moral absolutes, relationships, new covenant), biomedical ethics (technology applications to human life), professional ethics (legal, business, etc). 

Christian Philosophy of Man (H):  A one semester course for seniors. This will satisfy the theology requirement for the semester. The course will involve reading selections from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Freud, Skinner, Marx, Locke, and Buber. And then reading the complete text of Chardin’s Phenomenon of Man.

The students will be required to write, and discuss what they have read and written. The selected readings of each philosopher are designed to focus the student to the topic of the course, that is, each philosopher’s concept of man. The final paper, where each student expresses his/her personal concept of Christian man and the ethical/moral derivatives of that concept will require the student to grasp the intellectual foundation to the living of one’s faith.

Campus Ministry / Marriage & Family
This 9th -12th grade elective course (10 credits) focuses on the exploration and reflection of the meaning of Peer Ministry while developing a personal spirituality and knowledge of basic counseling and leadership skills. Students serve the school and the larger church with a sense of responsibility, this is, living one’s faith vibrantly, placing one’s gifts before others in need, building community, and coordinating ministerial activities such as prayer celebrations, liturgies, retreats and social functions. This course does not fulfill the theology requirement.

Prerequisite:In order to enroll in this course the following process must be adhered to: fill out an application for admission (pick up applications from the counselors) and participate in a personal interview (Campus Minister and selected staff members). Theology department instructors may be asked to make recommendation for admittance. Based on the assessment of the process students will be given an invitation to enroll in the Campus Ministry course.