Course Descriptions

Pre-Theology Course Descriptions

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 310 Church History I
Introduction to the patristic foundations of the Catholic Church.

THL 311 Church History II
A survey of the history of the church from Benedict of Nursia to Benedict XVI.

THL 325 Catechism I
An interactive study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church covering Part One on the “Profession of Faith”.

THL 326 Catechism II
An interactive study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church covering Part Two, “Celebration of the Christian Mystery” and Part Three, “Life in Christ”.

THL 327 Prayer I
An introduction to the fundamentals of mystical prayer through the theology and spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the practice of Lecto Divina according to St. Benedict.

THL 328 Prayer II
Continuing study of the fundamentals of mystical prayer through study of the teachings of St. Francis
deSales, St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila.