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 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 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.

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.