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Masters-level evening and weekend course offerings open to any students already possessing a bachelor’s degree include:

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New Testament Scriptures (Professor: Dr. Matthew Genung)
Thursdays, 7:00 PM - 9:40 PM, January 10 - March 21

A brief overview of the New Testament world, followed by an introduction to the various writings that comprise the New Testament (who wrote them, where, when and why), the thought expressed by these writings and to the process by which they were gathered together to form the New Testament.

Foundations of Catholic Political Philosophy (Professor: Dr. Ken Craycraft)
Thursdays, 7:00 PM - 9:40 PM, January 10 - March 21
While Catholicism resists identification with any particular politics, its rich political-philosophical tradition has made a great contribution to the development of political thought. This course will explore the foundational writings of this tradition. It begins with a close reading of excerpts from Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politics and Ethics, the pre-Christian political philosophical thinkers that most significantly influenced the Catholic political philosophical tradition. We will then turn to seminal texts from St. Augustine, chiefly drawn from the City of God, and St. Thomas Aquinas, drawing chiefly from relevant sections of the Summa Theologiae, as well as other writings. Our goal will not be to define a particular Catholic political philosophy, but rather to explore the ways in which Catholic political philosophy contributes to a vision of the good life.

Fundamental Moral Theology (Professor: Fr. Steven Beseau)

Mondays, 7:00 PM - 9:40 PM, January 7 - March 18

This course investigates fundamental elements of Catholic Christian ethics: values, moral anthropology, and ethical perspectives (virtue v. principles). Also, we explore the sources of moral wisdom - for instance, scripture and natural law-human action, sin, conscience and conversion. These topics round out the course content and shed light on the roots of Catholic morality.

Sacred Music Seminar: Holy Week (Professor: Dr. Mary Catherine Levri)

Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 4:40 PM, January 10 - May 9

This course will provide a study of music that the Church has used for Holy Week across history. Special attention will be given to music of the Tenebrae liturgy, as well as to the Eucharistic hymns of Holy Thursday (Ubi caritas, Pange lingua) and the Reproaches of Good Friday. Grading will be based on class participation - the course will take on a seminar discussion format - and a paper each student will write on a piece of his or her choice. Weekly preparation for class will include listening to the music to be discussed and a moderate amount of reading.

Non-degree certificate-level courses open to any students already possessing at least a high school diploma include:

Morality & Justice in Catholic Life (Professor)

Saturdays, 1:00 PM - 3:40 PM, January 12 - May 11 (at Good Shepherd in Montgomery)

This course provides a basic introduction to Catholic moral teaching, ethics and the principles of Catholic social doctrine. Special attention will be given to key concepts of freedom, responsibility, law, grace, sin and moral discernment. It will explore the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching as identified by the USCCB and help participants develop their own approach to the justice dimension of service to the people of God.

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