Theology

Department Chair: Mr. Mark Mals - Mark.Mals@uofdjesuit.org, ext. 2621

Four credits, consisting of required courses, are needed to complete the graduation requirement.

Courses in Theology for 2016-17

Freshman - The Bible (0.5 credits)

The Bible, a required freshman course, is an introduction to Sacred Scripture (the Bible) with special attention to the Person of Jesus Christ. Concepts covered include Revelation, Biblical Interpretation and Inspiration, Overview of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and of the Christian New Testament, and the Use of Sacred Scripture in the Church’s Prayer.

Freshman- Jesus Christ (0.5 credits)

This required second semester freshman course is a theological study of Jesus Christ as Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Concepts covered include the Development of the Doctrine of the Trinity, Sacred Tradition, Jesus’ Incarnation and Two Natures, Jesus as the Fullness of Revelation, and Faith as Response to Jesus.

Freshman Workshop - Called to Protect

This 2-3 day Archdiocese of Detroit program will be taught during the freshman year as a component of one of the theology courses. This is a personal safety instruction program for teens in Catholic high schools. The program addresses boundaries – physical, emotional and behavioral – and how to recognize, stop and act if someone attempts to violate personal boundaries.

Sophomores - The Paschal Mystery (0.5 credits)

This required first semester course is a theological study of Jesus Christ’s mission of salvation. Concepts covered include the goodness of Creation, Original Sin, Biblical Covenants in Salvation History, Christ’s Saving Mission, the Passion of Christ, the Resurrection and Ascension, the Four Last Things, the Liturgical Triduum, and the Universal Call to Holiness.

Sophomores - The Sacraments (0.5 credits)

This required second semester course is a study of the sacramental life of the Church. Concepts covered include the Meaning of Sacrament, Grace, Sacraments of Initiation, of Healing, and of Service (Vocation), the Importance of Eucharistic Worship, the Role of the Holy Spirit, and the Mission of the Church. The course prepares students to See God in All Things.

Sophomore Workshop - Called to Serve

This 2-3 day program is used in Catholic high schools as part of required safe environment training and will be taught during the sophomore year as a component of one of the theology courses. The Archdiocese of Detroit Safe Environments Policy specifies teen employees, and volunteers who work with children, must attend safe environments training. Called to Serve focuses on and enhances the following skills: working with and role modeling for children; communicating and working with adult supervisors; interacting appropriately with peers; recognizing and responding to inappropriate behavior.

Juniors - Christian Morality (1 credit)

This required full-year course is an introduction to the basic principles of morality in the Catholic tradition: Foundational Concepts, Christian Understanding of Human Nature, Objective Morality, and Methodologies for Moral Discernment. Particular attention is given to the "Human" Act, Knowledge and Freedom, Sin and Conversion, Virtue and Character, Nature of Conscience, Natural Law, and Values and Norms for Moral Decision Making.

Seniors - Catholic Social Teaching (1 credit)

This required full-year course is a study of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and its application to contemporary social issues coupled with an exploration of the biographical narrative as the lens through which we can reflect on God's grace working in human history. Before delving into the scriptural and historical underpinnings of CST and its guiding principles, students will participate in a month-long Senior Seminar that examines the self as a way to help students discern how they are being called to serve God and others as Men Committed to Doing Justice.

Electives

Philosophy (0.5 credits)

This one-semester elective course offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to examine domains of Western Philosophy including the questions and arguments regarding human nature, knowledge, freedom, the nature of reality, the problem of evil, and the existence of God. The course will focus attention on major figures including the Classical Philosophies of Socrates, Plato, an Aristotle and their influence on the Christian Philosophies of Aquinas and Augustine.

Ignatian Spirituality and Prayer (0.5 credits)

This one-semester elective course introduces seniors to Ignatian Spirituality as a pathway to deeper prayer, self-awareness and knowledge, discernment, and service to others by way of learning the history, science, and practice of meditation, contemplation, and the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Wealth and Poverty since the Industrial Revolution (0.5 credits)

Wealth and Poverty is team taught with the Social Studies and Theology departments earning 0.5 credit towards satisfying the graduation requirements in Social Studies.

Wealth and Poverty is a one-semester elective course open to juniors and seniors. It investigates our experiences and beliefs about wealth, poverty, social class, and economic inequality. Readings, videos, discussions, and simulations address historical roots, consequences of imperialism and globalization, and current data and policy options for America and the world. A crucial goal of the course is to understand Catholic social teachings and emphasize the Jesuit teaching on becoming committed to doing justice.

World Religions - Elective (0.5 credits)

World Religions is taught through the Theology department while earning 0.5 credit towards satisfying graduation requirements in Social Studies.

World Religions is a one-semester elective course open to juniors and seniors whose objective is to introduce students to the history, beliefs and practices of the world’s major religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Church documents will contextualize the course and provide a framework for appreciating that which is “holy and true in these religions.” Special topics, such as Violence and Nonviolence in the World’s Religions; World Religions and Gender, etc. will be announced each time the course is offered.

Science and Religion - Elective (0.5 credits)

NEW!! in 2016-2017

Part of being human is the fundamental and ubiquitous quest for knowledge and understanding of the world that transcends scientific or religious restraints. Both science and religion seek to answer those questions regarding faith and reason. The aim of the multi-facted approach in this course will be through four lenses of the relationship between science and religion: opposition (conflict and warfare thesis), independence/separation (non-overlapping magisterial), dialogue and cooperation. The course will explore the relationship between science and religion from antiquity to contemporary views. Barbour; Coyne, SJ; Consolmagno, SJ; Dawkins; White; Draper; Polkinghorne; Haught; and Aquinas are some of the philosophers and theologians that will be examined throughout the semester. The course will take into account historical, sociological, and philosophical perspectives.