Theology Course List

COURSE: Theology 9: Introduction to Catholicism & the Sacraments
Corresponds to USCCB Curriculum Framework Core Courses II (“Who Is Jesus Christ?”) & V (“Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ”)
GRADE LEVEL: Freshman
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1
This course serves two purposes:
(1) “to introduce students to the Mystery of Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, and the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate revelation to us from God. In learning about who he is, the students will also learn who he calls them to be”; (Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age, p.6)
(2) “to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the Sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.” (Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age, p.20)

COURSE: Theology 10: Sacred Scripture & Christology
Corresponds to USCCB Curriculum Framework Core Courses I (“The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture”) & III (“The Mission of Jesus Christ”), and Elective Option A (“Sacred Scripture”)
GRADE LEVEL: Sophomore
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1
This course serves two purposes:
(1) “to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, they will learn how to read the Bible, and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally”; (Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age, p.2)
(2) “to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails.” (Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age, p.11)

COURSE: Theology 11: Church History (Semester 1)
Corresponds to USCCB Curriculum Framework Core Course IV (“Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church”) & Elective Option B (“History of the Catholic Church”)
GRADE LEVEL: Junior
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2
“The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the Living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This body has both Divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.” (Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age, p.15)


COURSE: Theology 11: Catholic Morality (Semester 2)
Corresponds to USCCB Curriculum Framework Core Course VI (“Life in Jesus Christ”)
GRADE LEVEL: Junior
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2
“The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples.” (Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age, p.27)


COURSE: Peace and Justice (semester course)
GRADE LEVEL: Senior
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s social teaching. In this course students will learn how Jesus’ concern for others, especially the poor and vulnerable comes to life in the Church’s social teaching and mission. The impact of social justice themes in the Gospels as they intersect with crucial public policy debates concerning respect life issues, prejudice, racism and the right to work will be fully considered.


COURSE: World Religions (semester course)
Corresponds to USCCB Curriculum Framework Elective Option E (“Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues”)
GRADE LEVEL: Senior
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2
“The purpose of this course is to help students understand the man-ner in which the Catholic Church relates to non-Catholic Christians as well as to other religions of the world. Building on the foundational truth that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church and en-trusted to her the fullness of God’s Revelation, the course is intended to help students to recognize the ways in which important spiritual truths can also be found in non-Catholic Christian churches and ecclesial communities as well as in non-Christian religions. It is also intended to help them to recognize the ways in which other systems and practices differ from the Catholic faith.” (Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age, p.49)


COURSE: Foundations of the Catholic Worldview
(semester course)
GRADE LEVEL: Senior
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the philosophical foundations of Catholicism by examining the lives and thought of philosophers and theologians who have contributed significantly to the establishment of that foundation. Emphasis is placed especially on Plato and successive Christian ‘Platonists’ like St. Augustine, and on Aristotle and Christian ‘Aristotelians’ like St. Thomas Aquinas. The relationship between these philosophers and their Christian suc-cessors is used as a model for understanding the relationship between (1) Catholicism and secular culture, (2) reason and revelation, and (3) Catholic thought and Catholic life. Contemporary Thomistic Catholics and the Church’s responses to Modern and Post-modern worldviews are also considered.


COURSE: Catholic Vocations (Semester Course)
Corresponds to USCCB Curriculum Framework Elective Option D (“Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ”)
GRADE LEVEL: Senior
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2
“The purpose of this course is to help students to understand the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. In this course students should learn how all vocations are similar and how they differ. The course should be structured around married life, single life, priestly life, and consecrated life. Students should learn what it means to live life for the benefit of others and the value in considering a vocation in service to the Christian community.” (Doctrinal Elements of a Cur-riculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age, p.44)


**Honors Option: All junior and senior students have the option to take Theology courses for honors credit. The honors option enhances the content of the courses with greater development of critical reflection skills, enhanced course content, and in-depth research. All students will receive information in the relevant classes about the honors option during the first week of each semester.