Course Descriptions

Cardinal Glennon College Required Courses

PHL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
This course introduces students to important philosophical themes and to the practice of closely reading philosophical texts through an engagement with historical and contemporary sources.

PHL 305 Logic
An introduction to the basic structures of sound thinking, analytic reading, and the evaluation of arguments.

PHL 311 Ancient Philosophy
An historical introduction to the thought and texts of principal Greek and Roman philosophers from the Pre-Socratics to the Neo-Platonists, with special emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.

PHL 312 Medieval Philosophy
An historical introduction to the thought and texts of principal philosophers of the medieval period, with special emphasis on Augustine and Aquinas.

PHL 320 Philosophy of Nature
An introduction to the Aristotelian philosophy of nature (investigating change and motion in sensible bodies) and to the philosophy of science (investigating the significance and practice of scientific inquiry), especially in relation to Catholic belief and practice.

PHL 325 Philosophical Anthropology
A comprehensive examination—through a critical engagement with historical and contemporary sources—of the nature of the human person as an incarnate being possessing freedom and subjectivity. The course includes both Thomist and personalist perspectives.

PHL 330 Epistemology
A study of the nature and possibility of knowledge.

PHL 405 Metaphysics
An introduction to the foundation of philosophy, the science of being, emphasizing an Aristotelian-Thomistic perspective while also addressing modern and contemporary views.

PHL 411 Modern Philosophy
An historical introduction to the thought and texts of principal philosophers of the modern period (17th through 19th centuries), with special emphasis on Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Hegel.

PHL 412 Contemporary Philosophy
An historical introduction to the thought and texts of principal philosophers of the contemporary period (19th century to the present).

PHL 420 Natural Theology
A continuation of the study of metaphysics, treating the subject of being in relation to its principle and end, God as Subsisting Infinite Being and First Cause.

PHL 425 Ethics
This course introduces ethics by beginning with Saint Thomas’ account of the final end, action, virtues, and law as found in his Summa Theologiae. The course will conclude with Pope John Paul II’s intervention into moral theology, Veritatis Splendor.

PHL 430 Philosophy Capstone: Faith and Reason
This course provides a capstone to the philosophy curriculum by considering themes from various parts of philosophy as focused in the prism of the relation between faith and reason and by building connections to the study of theology. The primary text for the course will be Pope John Paul II’s Fides et ratio.

THL 120 Catholic Doctrine
This course is a comprehensive treatment of the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church. Highlighting the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Part One: The Profession of Faith), the class examines the meaning of faith rooted in the Scriptures and Catholic Tradition.

THL 121 Catholic Morality
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

THL 210 Liturgy and Sacraments I: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist
This course presents the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist as liturgical celebrations and rites that ‘actualize’ Christ in his Salvific Event.

THL 211 Liturgy and Sacraments II: Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, Marriage
This course studies four of the Seven Sacraments.

THL 415 Christian Prayer
This course covers the basics of spiritual theology, prayer and its development and presents the insights of some of the spiritual masters ending with a treatment of some contemporary issues regarding spirituality and prayer.

THL 421 Introduction to Scripture
The course expounds on the basic concepts and criteria used in Biblical Sciences: word, Revelation, transmission, Truth in Scripture, Canonicity, authenticity, integrity, Magisterium, tradition.

CTM 320 Catechetical Methods
A practical study in catechesis covering essential elements of religious education.

 

Cardinal Glennon College Elective Courses

PHL 461 Political Philosophy
In this course, students will read historical sources as well as contemporary theorists who address the nature, origin, and purpose of political order and its relation to transcendent truths.

PHL 463 Aesthetics
This course is an historical and systematic treatment of philosophical aesthetics, or the rational account of the principles that govern art and beauty.

PHL 468 Newman and Kierkegaard
This course is a study of philosophical themes of Newman and Kierkegaard, focusing on the nature of the self, moral character, reason, passion and faith. FIN 360 Personal Finance This course is intended to help a student who is preparing for a vocation in pastoral ministry learn financial management concepts and skills that will enable him to be a good steward of his own personal resources and of the resources entrusted to him as a pastor.

MUS 360 Rudiments of Singing
This class will be structured as a pedagogical choir, focusing on all the requisite skills for singing including ear training, sight-singing and vocal development without the added pressures or constraints of performance preparation.  The course will be tailored to the individual needs of the students enrolled in the course.

MUS 361 Rudiments of Keyboard Theory
An introduction to music theory taught from the perspective of the keyboard.   Designed for the student who wants to learn how to read standard music notation and learn how to “pluck out” a basic tune on the keyboard (a useful skill for learning new hymns and chants).  The course will be tailored to the individual needs of the students enrolled in the course.  No prior experience required.

MUS 362 Music Appreciation
This course in music appreciation provides an exposure to the vast array of music of many ages in the western culture.

MUS 363 History of Western Art Music I
Ancient to Baroque: A concise survey of music written in the Christian West for the Church and the concert stage through listening, source readings, and discussion.  This semester will focus on the roots of Western Art Music in ancient Greece and Rome and trace its development through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods.     No pre-requisites.

MUS 364 Sight-Singing
This course in sight-singing will develop and improve sight-singing and musical reading skills, with a basic understanding of music theory.

MUS 365 History of Western Art Music II
Classical to Modern: A concise survey of music written in the Christian West for the Church and the concert stage through listening, source readings, and discussion.  This semester will continue to look at the development of Western Art Music starting in the 18th century.  No pre-requisites.  (History I is not required for History II)

HST 365 History of the Crusades
This course covers the history of the Crusades from 1095-1571 and responds to contemporary misinterpretations.

HST 366 The Medieval Papacy
This course will survey the history of the popes from Saint Sylvester I to Pius II.

HST 367 History of Inquisitions
This course covers the development, growth and decline of the inquisitions in Europe from the 12th to 17th centuries and responds to the contemporary misunderstanding of the inquisitions.

ENG 361 Catholic Themes in Literature
In this course students will study Catholic issues and themes in film, poetry, fiction, and drama.

ENG 363 The Image of the Priest in Literature and Film The course will examine how priests have been depicted in the Western literary tradition from the middle ages to the 20th century and how the writer and the culture viewed the priestly office.