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+THEO 101. Introduction to Theology and Religion • 3 credits
An overview of theology including some fundamental issues and methods in biblical, historical, systematic and moral theology. The course explores issues in Christian theology such as revelation and faith, the role of the Bible in theology, Jesus Christ and the Church. Examines the nature of religion and religious experiences.

+THEO 102. Introduction to Liturgical Theology • 3 credits
This course is an entry level course in Christian liturgical theology and history with regard to both Eastern and Western traditions, from antiquity to the present. Students are introduced to the use of fundamental liturgical resources and pastoral application.

+THEO 103. Introduction to Christian Liturgical Music • 3 credits
The course in Liturgical music prepares students for pastoral leadership in the musical dimensions of worship. The program draws together foundational study of the liturgy, through the study of music's role in ritual, training in musical performance skills at a higher level of competence, and development of pastoral-music leadership necessary for parish liturgical musicians.

+THEO 107. Introduction to the Sacraments • 3 credits
The life of the Church as expressed in ritual worship is treated from the historical, theological, and pastoral view-points. It encompasses the Church's discipline for the celebration of the seven sacraments as well as the sources and interpretation of sign and symbol within the sacramental system.

+THEO 110. Introduction to Moral Issues • 3 credits
Includes theories of moral development, basic principles of moral theology and discussion of current moral issues.

+THEO 120. Introduction to Christian Doctrine • 3 credits
Provides an introduction to the methods and content of systematic theology, that division of theology that has to do with doctrine and its significance for Christian life. We will explore central teachings of Christianity, how they have developed and how they are being discussed today.

+THEO 130. Introduction to the Old Testament • 3 credits
Interpretation of Hebrew and Septuagint Old Testament, attempting to understand what the ancient writers intended to convey. Emphasis on various authors appearing in Old Testament.

+THEO 132. Introduction to the New Testament • 3 credits
Introduction to principles of interpretation of New Testament and survey of themes and theologies of New Testament books.

+THEO 141. Ambrose of Milan • 3 credits
Saint Ambrose of Milan, our patron saint, is the great paragon of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the Liberal Arts. He was a theologian, orator, diplomat, administrator, interpreter, composer, writer, and designer. He stood up to five emperors, one tyrant, and numerous errors; he gave his vast wealth to the church and the church's wealth to the poor. In this class we will examine the man, the church, the times, and explore ways that his influence can still be felt, or his teachings tapped, in order to make better sense of our lives, our culture, our university, our society, our church, and our God.

+THEO 160. Topics in Theology • 3 credits
Entry level introduction to theological inquiry on a specific topic. Each section will vary, depending on topic, and will employ readings, discussions, assignments, reflection papers, and a researched presentation.

+THEO 250. Introduction to Comparative Religions • 3 credits
Introduction to five major religions of the world, their cultural/social foundations, spirituality, and contemporary ritual celebrations. Concentration on Buddhism, Judaism, early Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism.

+THEO 255. Religion in America • 3 credits
Through a consideration and analysis of the religious history and the unique experiences of the various churches, religious sects, and religious, spiritual and philosophical movements within the United States, this course explores the unique character of the American religious experience and examines America's pluralistic religious tradition. Special attention will be given to current religious issues in America.

+THEO 301. Prayer, Spiritual Life and Liturgy • 3 credits
Examination of the historical patrimony of writing on prayer and the spiritual life. Serious attention is given to the full meaning and process of growth in holiness. Particular emphasis will be placed on the Eucharistic liturgy as the source and summit of personal/communal prayer, as well as authentic ways of celebration. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology, preferably THEO 102 or 107.

+THEO 304. Celtic Spirituality • 3 credits
Studies Celtic spirituality from its earliest pre-Christian origins through contemporary times. Sources include key texts, art and artifacts, which function to introduce students to key themes that are inherent in Celtic spirituality. Students will be asked to consider these key themes and evaluate the contributions of Celtic spirituality to contemporary theological discussion. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

THEO 305. The Theology of Christian Marriage • 3 credits
Examines the fundamental factors governing the contemporary experience of married life. Deals with principles and beliefs which enhance Christian understanding of covenant love as celebrated in the Christian/Catholic sacrament of marriage. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 309. Music in Liturgy • 3 credits
Introduces liturgical music of the past and present and gives a practical knowledge of how, why, and when to use it. Practical experience in liturgical planning. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology. (Same as MUS 309)

+THEO 310. Social Justice • 3 credits
Church teaching on social justice over the past century since Leo XIII. Application of Catholic Social Teaching and Christian principles to contemporary issues such as discrimination, the economy, war, peace and nonviolence, and ecology. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 311. Environmental Ethics • 3 credits
Discusses environmental issues, analyzes the various philosophical and theological responses, calls for an evaluation of those responses and challenges students to draw their own critical conclusions. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology. (Same as PHIL 311)

+THEO 312. Interdisciplinary Seminar on Justice and Peace • 3 credits
This seminar is coordinated by faculty from theology and philosophy with an instructor from another discipline often invited to participate. Part of the interdisciplinary minor in justice and peace. Prerequisites: JPS 101.

+THEO 316. Justice and Peace in Comparative Religions • 3 credits
Compares the Catholic/Christian moral tradition with the other Western religions of Judaism and Islam and the Eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. Focuses on peace and justice teachings as they relate to current global issues, interreligious dialogue and concerns for social justice. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+WI-THEO 319. Bioethics and Health Care • 3 credits
Study of the relationship between science, religion, health care and ethics today. Analysis of ethical principles, case studies, and current events from the perspective of Catholic moral theology, Christian ethics, and Catholic health care institutions. Issues include beginning and end of life, genetic engineering and health care systems from a social justice perspective. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+THEO 320. Jesus Christ: His Person and Mission • 3 credits
This course is a critical inquiry into the life, death, resurrection, message and meaning of Jesus professed as the Christ. After examination of the scriptural testimony and the teaching of the early councils, focus will be on recent interpretation of Jesus Christ from the postmodern, evolutionary and scientific world view. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+WI-THEO 321. Contemporary Theological Issues • 3 credits
This course will include examples from current movements in theology including ecumenical, liberation, Black, feminist, and Christian pacifism. It will focus on how contemporary theology both grows out of and challenges the Christian theological tradition. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+WI-THEO 322. The Church: Its Meaning and Mission • 3 credits
This course will discuss the history of what it means to be called "Church." Students will read and discuss modern works of Christian theology that address questions about the identity and mission of the church as well as issues that are arising in the current life of the Christian community(ies). Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+THEO 323. Problems of Faith • 3 credits
Examination of the human being as the perceiver of God. Takes into account the question of doubt and the historical and cultural development of the person as one open to the transcendent. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 324. Women Theologians • 3 credits
Focus on selected readings from contemporary women who are recognized for their contributions in the field of Christian Theology. It will also look briefly at some women from earlier centuries of Christian history. Class conducted primarily as a seminar with emphasis on class discussion. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 325. Models of God • 3 credits
In this course we will examine the Christian idea of God in the context of the larger human search for God as well as within the Judea-Christian faith tradition. Asks why people seek and why people reject God as well as why different ways of imaging and relating to God have developed and have become popular within Christianity. We will pay special attention to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity as it is grounded in Scripture and found within Christian theological tradition. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+WI-THEO 331. Old Testament Songs, Stories, and Skepticism • 3 credits
Will cover the books in the third part of the canon of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament known as the writings (ketuviim). Texts read will include those that question the meaning and the cause of suffering and the problem of evil; those that skeptically reject traditional theological formulae; and songs/psalms that emerged from a wide variety of human situations. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology; ENGL 101.

+THEO 332. The Theology of the Synoptic Gospels • 3 credits
Major themes and detailed interpretation of the first three Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 333. The Theology of St. Paul • 3 credits
Pauline theology discovered by a reading and interpretation of his writings. Application made to modern religious questions. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 334. The Theology of St. John • 3 credits
John's theology discovered by a reading and interpretation of his writings. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+WI-THEO 341. History of Christianity: Early and Medieval • 3 credits
The Church and Western society in the early and medieval periods. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology; ENGL 101.

+WI-THEO 342. History of Christianity: Reformation and Modern • 3 credits
The Church and society from the Reformation through the modern age. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology; ENGL 101.

+THEO 343. The Catholic Reformation • 3 credits
Examines the reform efforts begun in the sixteenth-century that the Roman church undertook to reform itself. Such measures were not merely a response to the Protestant Reformation, but rather a series of events, ideas and movements that have much earlier roots, and have paved the way for continual reform efforts that extend to contemporary times. In this course we will be examining these events, teachings, and key figures during this time period so as to understand the complexity of the changes that came about at this time. We will pay special attention to the idea that "reform" is an on-going process. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 344. Rome and Christianity • 3 credits
Requires international travel. Consists of an interpretive exploration of the city of Rome and other sites of interest in Italy with an eye toward understanding the theological development of Christianity particularly in its sacraments, liturgy, martyrology, and doctrinal hierarchy. Course notes and readings supplement the city's museums, galleries, archeological sites and public monuments as the primary educational tools. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 351. Introduction to Religions of the West • 3 credits
Presents three religions known as "Peoples of the Book." Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are defined as monotheistic religions. Examines four basic foundations of all three religions: Creed, basic beliefs and theological positions; Code, ethical/moral dimensions of faith; Cult, the practice of prayer, rituals, and worship, and Community, the cultural, social, geographical, religious, and spiritual dimensions unique in all ethnic populations and every religion. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 352. Introduction to Religions of the East • 3 credits
Examines oriental spiritual traditions that may be non-theistic or polytheistic in nature: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Like religions of the West, Eastern religions are rooted in four basic foundations: Creed, basic doctrines and theological or philosophical/spiritual positions; Code, the ethical and moral dimensions of faith; Cult, the practice of spiritual disciplines, such as meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, prayer, rituals, and Bhakti devotion; and Community, the cultural, social, geographical, religious, and spiritual dimensions unique to these Eastern traditions. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 354. The Jewish Perspective • 3 credits
Examines perspectives on Jewish life, thought, and society. Topics may include Jewish theology, worship, writings, personages and the fundamentals of Judaism. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 355. The Holocaust • 3 credits
A study of the historical event known as the "Holocaust." After a brief overview of the history of anti-Semitism, will focus on conditions which gave rise to Nazi anti-Semitism, the "Final Solution," and Jewish existence in the Nazi ghettos and death camps, Jewish resistance, the help of "Righteous Gentiles," and ethical issues addressed by post-Holocaust theologians. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology.

+THEO 360. Advanced Topics in Theology • 3 credits
Advanced level course focused on a particular topic in theology selected by the instructor. Each section will vary, depending on topic, and will employ select readings, group discussions, written assignments, reflections, and a researched presentation. Prerequisites: A 100 level course in theology or THEO 250.

THEO 390. Sharing Faith: Contemporary Catechesis • 3 credits
Principles of faith sharing according to contemporary catechetical models and methodologies. Examination of materials, structures, and approaches suitable for people at the various stages of faith development from infancy through adulthood. Prerequisites: THEO 101; THEO 110, 201, or 202.

THEO 391. Practices of Youth Ministry • 1 credit
Develops practical principles for ministry with youth drawn from psychology, sociology, culture, family, and social trends which are relevant for ministry with youth.

THEO 392. Principles of Youth Ministry • 1 credit
Deepens and expands understanding of theological foundations of Christian ministry and contemporary spirituality for ministry. A contemporary view of the mission and ministries of the Church integrates theological and historical analysis. Course concludes by exploring the future direction of Church ministries. Prerequisites: 6 credits of theology.

THEO 393. Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth Through Evangelization and Catechesis • 1 credit
Develops skills for evangelizing and storytelling, organizing a catechetical curriculum for younger and older adolescents, and creating learning experiences that respect the learning styles of adolescents from different cultures.

THEO 394. Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth Through Justice and Service • 1 credit
Explores the foundations of fostering a justice and peace consciousness and spirituality in youth drawn from theology and scripture, social analysis, and adolescent development. Develops principles and skills for creating educational programs, service/action projects, and infusion strategies for justice, peace and service.

THEO 395. Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth Through Prayer and Worship • 1 credit
Explores the interrelationship of growth in faith and spiritual development. Includes an analysis of adolescent spirituality and spiritual development, and of the contexts and approaches for nourishing the spiritual growth of youth.

THEO 396. Foundations for Ministry Leadership • 1 credit
Special emphasis is given to a basic understanding of culture, the dynamics of cross-cultural contact at the systemic and interpersonal level, cross-cultural communication, and the problem of prejudice. Specific issues facing youth of various cultures in the U.S. and models of multi-cultural youth ministry will be treated so as to enable youth ministers to more effectively work with youth from their own and other cultural groups. Prerequisites: Take 6 credits of theology.

THEO 397. Skills for Christian Leadership • 1 credit
A practical guide to working effectively in identifying, enabling and exemplifying talent, gifts, skills in self and others. Principles of leadership will be examined as both temporal and spiritual. Empowers participants spiritually in order to recognize the operative gifts of the Spirit in themselves and others. Provides students with a vocabulary and tools to minister in their respective churches effectively and skillfully.

THEO 398. Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth Through Pastoral Care • 1 credit
Approaches the ministry of care as a service to individual persons, those ministering to them, and the broader service of the Church and world. Develops a theoretical and practical interpretation of the meaning of pastoral care within the context of the Judeo-Christian faith tradition. Combines theory and practice to introduce students to the multi-dimensions of pastoral care within a variety of ministries, more specifically in youth ministry. Emphasis on communication and listening skills, assessment of symptoms, crisis, and conflict while demonstrating potential for spiritual and psychological change within a process of transformation, utilizing the power of freedom, creativity, community, relationship, and redemptive love.

THEO 399. Ministry Internship • 1-6 credits
An off-campus experience in ministry with a strong educational component. Includes a beginning and ending six session seminar with a ten-week supervised parish apprenticeship. May be taken for a "regular" grade or pass/fail. Offered in cooperation with the Diocese of Davenport. Prerequisites: Six credits in Theology.

+THEO 401. Christian Mystical Tradition • 3 credits
Explores the soul's process of passing from "ordinary" prayer to contemplative and mystical life and the characteristic stages of that evolution. Presents a "Summa" of contemplative/mystical prayer treated in a few of the original sources or writings in the Christian mystical tradition. Prerequisites: THEO 301 or completed 60 college level credits.

THEO 402. Theology of Eucharist • 3 credits
"The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy," in Vatican II defined the Eucharist as "the summit and means by which all the prayers of the church are directed. Eucharist is the core mystery and sacrament of Christ's Incarnation presence in the church and in the World." Explores in detail the theological, spiritual, and pastoral implications of Eucharistic doctrine outlined in the document on the Liturgy. Special emphasis on exploring the theological and pastoral dynamic of Eucharist as "sacrifice" and as "meal." The ultimate goal of the course is to challenge students to investigate the possibilities of Eucharist as a transforming power in the world, secular and sacred. Prerequisites: THEO 107; Senior Status.

THEO 460. Readings in Theology • 1-3 credits
For students with special interest in theology. Students organize a reading program with the guidance and approval of the instructor. Prerequisites: Instructor consent required.

THEO 499. Senior Seminar in Theology • 3 credits
As a capstone course, Senior Seminar is an overview and integration of theological growth over the course of the student's major curriculum, emphasizing both theory and praxis. Senior majors are responsible for collaborating with the instructor in developing themes, reading schedules, research, class presentations and a final written project to be presented orally in public forum. Prerequisites: Take 12 credits of theology; Instructor consent required.

Graduate Education: Consider the Master of Pastoral Theology