Theological Studies:
Course Outlines

Theological Studies

Course Outlines

The outlines listed on this page are general descriptions of courses offered by Lourdes. For specific information regarding this semester's courses, including textbooks and schedules, please consult the Course Syllabi page. All outlines are provided in PDF format.

THS 101 Introduction to Religious Studies
Assists students in recognizing the religious dimensions of human person, helping them to appreciate the value and role of religion in daily life. Further, the course examines ways in which religious experience has been evoked, expressed, and interpreted in various world religions. The personal, social, and moral implications of religious experience are explored theologically.

THS 125 Foundations of Theology
Introduces the foundations of theology as a discipline in which faith seeks understanding. The central texts and sources of theology (the Bible, creeds, church councils, doctrinal sources) and the several expressions of its practice (history, doctrine, ritual and practice) are examined. Students will engage primary and secondary sources from the Christian theological tradition in developing an understanding of the interrelation of faith and reason, and an appreciation of the tradition. Theological reflection and writing are introduced.

THS 211 History of Christianity: Origins to the Renaissance
Studies the development of the Christian movement from its Jewish roots to the time of the Renaissance.

THS 212 History of Christianity: Reformation to the Present
Studies the development of the Christian movement from the initial stirrings of the Protestant Reformation to the present.

THS 218 Celebrating the Sacraments
Examines the nature of sacramentality and religious experience, the development of sacramental theology, the sevenfold structure of the Catholic approach to the sacraments, the Catholic rites for the celebration of the sacraments, and the concepts of grace and sacrament.

THS 220 Introduction to the Old Testament
Presents an introductory study of the Old Testament with attention to salvation history, text, context, canon, and themes; the history of the development of Israel as the people of God and the demography of Palestine. Attention is given to contemporary principles of biblical interpretation, biblical criticism, inspiration, and revelation.

THS 221 Introduction to the New Testament
Presents an introductory study of the New Testament, with emphasis on the teachings about Jesus Christ, the history of the development of the earliest Christian communities, and the place of law, grace, faith, and hope in Christian life. Attention will be given to contemporary principles of biblical interpretation, biblical criticism, inspiration, and revelation.

THS 232 Theology of Marriage
Develops a theology of Christian marriage based on insights drawn from the Judeo-Christian tradition, the realities of human relationships, human sexuality and Christian spirituality.

THS 233 Suffering, Healing and Dying
This course looks at the human condition and the response of Christian faith. It examines how Christians confront questions of ultimate meaning.

THS 235 Survey of Catholic Belief
Provides an overview of contemporary Catholic belief as grounded in the Bible and Tradition; includes consideration of the nature of faith, the doctrine of the Trinity, creation, sin, incarnation, redemption, church, sacraments and the last things.

THS 244 Great Religions of the East
Surveys the great historical religions of the East, including Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism.

THS 246 Great Religions of the West
Surveys the great historical religions of the West, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

THS 265 Christian Ethics
Ethics and their application to contemporary issues, e.g., economic and social justice, war and peace, sexuality, reproductive and medical issues. The course includes a service learning component of 10-12 contact hours.

THS 312 Jesus, The Christ
Analyzes the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth as he is portrayed in the New Testament, as developed in the early church councils, and as seen in contemporary Christology.

THS 316 The Shape and Mission of the Church
Studies the origins, development, and mission of the church; the course will examine the ecclesiologies of mainline Christian churches (e.g., Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed). Special attention will be given to the Vatican II vision of the church and ecclesiological questions that have developed from it.

THS 320 The Torah
Presents an in-depth examination of the first five books of the Old Testament and their formation. Special attention will be given to dominant themes in the development of the Law for and by God's people.

THS 322 The Prophets
Studies the biblical understanding of prophecy and engages in a thematic analysis of the Major and Minor Prophets within their historical settings.

THS 326 The Epistles of Saint Paul
Studies the apostolic ministry of Saint Paul and the literature associated with him, focusing on the basic Pauline concepts of faith, love, righteousness, law/freedom, the Spirit, and community.

THS 328 Wisdom Literature and the Psalms
Studies the Wisdom books and the Psalms of the Old Testament. Special attention is given to the literary, cultural, and historical aspects and major themes of this literature.

THS 340 The Gospels
Explores in depth the four New Testament Gospels including their historical, political, cultural, social, and religious contexts. Special attention will be given to the formation and inter-relationships of the Gospels and the communities to whom they are addressed. Finally, the course will probe the meaning of the Gospels for contemporary believers.

THS 350 Women-Centered Topics in Religious Studies
Explores women-centered concerns touching upon the Bible, spirituality, Christian history, world religions, and/or modern church issues.

THS 373 Introduction to Christian Spirituality
Surveys the development of Christian spirituality as articulated by select spiritual writers, e.g., Benedict, Bonaventure, Julian of Norwich, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Thomas Merton with attention to its essential elements.

THS 435 Peace, Justice, and Forgiveness
Studies Christian principles and movements that promote peace, justice and forgiveness in past and present global circumstances. As a part of the exploration of these issues, the course includes a service learning component.

THS 443 Christianity in Art
Studies the influences of Christianity on the development of Western art from the early Christian era to the present. Emphasizes the visual transmission of the Christian message, especially through symbolism. Crosslisted with ART 443. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102.

THS 480 Senior Integrative Seminar
Provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the Departmental Learning Outcomes through the exploration of a selected topic in Theological Studies. It culminates in the writing of a major paper and a public presentation.

THS 600 Theological Foundations
Sets the foundations for pursuing the discipline of theology. A brief look at fundamental theology examines the notions of faith and revelation. Various methods of theological reflection are surveyed, using illustrations from classic and contemporary theologians. Attention is given to the use of Scripture, tradition, human experience, and reason in the quest to understand and present the Christian faith. Students will learn sources and methods for theological research.

THS 605 The Christian Church: From the Apostles to the Renaissance
Studies the development of the Christian church from the days of the apostles through the Renaissance. Special attention is paid to significant persons, events, and movements in the development of Christian life, teaching, and worship. Students will become familiar with classic expressions (primary texts and cultural artifacts) of Christian faith.

THS 610 The Christian Church: From the Reformers to the Contemporary Church
Studies the development of the Christian church from the Reformation of the sixteenth century until today. Special attention is paid to significant persons, events, and movements in the development of Christian life, teaching, and worship. Students will become familiar with classic and contemporary expressions (primary texts and cultural artifacts) of Christian faith.

THS 615 Old Testament Themes: A Critical Study
Offers a critical introduction to the themes found in the major books of the Old Testament: the Torah, the prophetic literature, Psalms, and the Wisdom literature. It will evaluate the strengths and difficulties of biblical criticism as it has developed in recent centuries. The Old Testament will be explored as the foundation for the Judeo-Christian tradition.

THS 620 New Testament Themes: A Critical Study
Offers a critical introduction to the themes found in the major books of the New Testament: Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the epistles, and Revelation. It will evaluate the strengths and difficulties of biblical criticism as it has developed in recent centuries. The New Testament will be explored as the foundation for Christian theology, past and present.

THS 625 Christian Anthropology
Investigates the fundamental Christian mystery of God's self-communication to humanity through Christ and in the Spirit and the relation of the doctrines of creation, grace and eschatology to the Christian understanding of human existence.

THS 630 The Triune God
Provides a systematic study of the Christian understanding of the one God in three persons, the significance of that doctrine for the rest of theology and Christian life, creation and providence. The course will examine the Christian concept of the Triune God in the Bible, classical theology, and contemporary thought.

THS 635 Jesus Christ: Word and Redeemer
Provides a systematic study of the person and work of Jesus Christ with particular attention to the Incarnation, the meaning and effects of his life, death and resurrection and Christ's promise to return. It will examine the major Christological developments within the Christian tradition by drawing upon the Scriptures, the early Creeds, and significant Church documents.

THS 640 Ecclesiology
Studies the origins, development, and mission of the church, beginning with Scripture and examining key texts from the Christian tradition. The ecclesiologies of mainline Christian traditions will be examined including the vision of the church emerging from Vatican II. Students will appreciate the importance of ecumenism in the contemporary church.

THS 645 Foundations of Christian Moral Theology
Examines the foundations and principles of Christian moral theology as they are grounded in Scripture and the Christian tradition. Special attention will be given to primary sources in the Christian tradition, classic and contemporary questions of method, and particular moral issues.

THS 650 Symbol, Ritual, and Sacrament
Surveys the development and meaning of Christian ritual and sacrament. Students will learn the biblical roots of ritual action and the way these activities have grown and are celebrated in the Christian tradition. The nature of liturgical activity will be examined from a number of Christian perspectives. Students will examine the traditional seven sacraments with an emphasis on baptism and Eucharist as central to the life of mainline Christian believers.

THS 698 Theology Capstone Seminar
This integrative seminar will provide students with an opportunity to work constructively within the discipline of Theology. Students will write an analytical and synthetic research paper that demonstrates their mastery of the program outcomes. The course uses a seminar format where students will share their research and offer constructive criticism to one another under faculty guidance.

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