Catholic Studies Minor Requirements

Six courses are required for a minor in Catholic Studies. The wide array of interdisciplinary courses in Catholic Studies allows students majoring in Spanish culture and language to create a Catholic Studies minor with a Hispanic focus. Similarly, students can create a Catholic Studies minor with a concentration on Catholic Social Teachings.

Required Core Courses

Code Course Credits

REL 256

Church and Social Justice

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An examination of the Catholic Church's relationship to society and its responses to a variety of social, political, and economic issues.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions and Moral Inquiry requirements.

3

REL 300

The Catholic Tradition: Past and Present

Offered: Spring Semester

A study of Catholicism from historical and theological perspectives to aid students in attaining an appreciation for the richness of the Catholic Tradition in the past and present. Scripture, sacramental life, doctrinal teachings and development, moral issues, and the future Church direction are explored.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

Four Elective Courses

In choosing elective courses, a student may select one course from each of the following categories; two courses from two of the following categories; or any four courses in consultation with the Director of Catholic Studies.

Historical Roots & Development

Code Course Credits

CAT 490

Directed Study: Catholic Studies

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An in-depth study of a Catholic Studies question under the direction of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of faculty member directing the project and the Catholic Studies Program Director.

3

HIS 227

Renaissance and Revolutions: Early Modern Europe

Offered: Spring Semester

This course examines the major developments of a pivotal time in European history known as the Early Modern Era (1400-1800). These developments include the educational reforms of the Renaissance, the religious change and violence of the Reformation, the rise of centralized monarchies, European expansion overseas, the Enlightenment, and democratic revolutions.

Considered a European History.

3

HIS 262

Medieval – Renaissance – Reformation

Offered: Fall Semester

Rise of Medieval Europe through the “barbarization” and Christianization of the Roman Order. Idea of Empire and Christendom, the conflict of Papacy and Kingship. Feudalization of Europe and the rise of cities, popular religious movements. The culmination and crisis of this order in Renaissance cities and its fragmentation in the political and religious conflicts of the Reformation Era.

Considered a European History.

3

HIS 263

Religion in America

Offered: Fall Semester

An examination of a variety of religious ideas, institutions, and traditions in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis is placed upon questions of religious pluralism, religion and cultural identity, and religion in public life.

Considered a United States History.Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions Requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 221

Ancient Mediterranean Greece and Rome

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

A study of the ancient civilizations that coalesced into Hellenistic Culture with a focus on the political, institutional, and intellectual movements, which provided the context for the development of European Civilization.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a European History.

3

HIS 349

The Inquisition: Myth and History

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the myths and history of the Inquisition as a social, political and religious institution in Europe, the Americas, and in Goa, India, from its Medieval inception to its final abolition in the nineteenth century. Students will seek to understand why it was created, how it functioned, the impact it had on the societies that sustained it, and why it was finally abolished.

Considered a European and World History.Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 226

Women, Slaves & Sin: Paul and the Creation of Christianity

Offered: Spring Semester

An investigation into the life, writings, and legacy of the Apostle Paul. The course will uncover the historical, philosophical, social, and religious forces that shaped the beliefs, practices, and experiences of the earliest Christians.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course .
Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions and Moral Inquiry requirements.

3

REL 251

Introduction to the Old Testament

Offered: Spring Semester

Literature of the Hebrew Bible. Survey of the religious, literary, and political history of ancient Israel. Students may not receive credit for both this course and REL 260.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course .
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor

3

REL 252

Introduction to the New Testament

Offered: Fall Semester

Literature of the New Testament in its religious and historical context. Life and ministry of Jesus, origins of earliest Christianity, the role of Paul, and the development of the Church.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course .

3

REL 255

Religions in the Roman Empire

Offered: Not Offered 2013 - 2014

A study of ancient world views, mystery religions, gnosticism, and the rise of Christianity.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 262

Religion in America

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of a variety of religious ideas, institutions, and traditions in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis is placed upon questions of religious pluralism, religion and cultural identity, and religion in public life.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

Intellectual Heritage

Code Course Credits

CAT 490

Directed Study: Catholic Studies

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An in-depth study of a Catholic Studies question under the direction of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of faculty member directing the project and the Catholic Studies Program Director.

3

HIS 313

Modern European Intellectual History

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course will cover the intellectual history of modern Europe by way of and engagement with four of the most compelling and influential modern European thinkers: Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche and Freud. Students will read substantial selections from their texts as well as some of the intellectual historiography.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a European History.

3

HIS 343

Christian Theology as Ideology: From Theocracy to Democracy

Offered: Spring Semester

For description, see REL 343.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a European History. Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions and Moral Inquiry requirement.

3

PHL 353

Medieval Philosophy

Offered: Fall Semester

Encounter of Greek philosophical theories with Christianity as seen through the works of representative medieval thinkers, especially Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus and William of Ockham.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy course.

3

PHL 354

Thomas Aquinas and His Contemporaries

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

In the 13th century when Aristotle's ideas were presented in Latin to the Christian theologians, a revolution in Western philosophical thought resulted. At the center of the intellectual controversies is the figure of Thomas Aquinas. Thomas, the most rational of theologians or the most religious of philosophers provided profound and innovative solutions to metaphysical, epistemological and moral problems. This course will examine his sources, his solutions and the responses of his contemporaries.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy course.

3

REL 334

The Mystery of Evil

Offered: Fall Semester

In a world of violence and vengeance, enmity and injustice, disease and natural disaster, the problem of evil is an ever present reality prompting the deepest and most urgent questions for humanity. This course introduces important philosophical and theological perspectives on evil, considers the persistent challenge of theodicy, as well as the inherent limitations of theodical projects, and examines questions on the origin of evil, the possibility of human evil, the ability to name evil in the context of cultural pluralism, and the possibility of hope for overcoming evil.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Standing
Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 337

The God Question: Modern Challenges to Faith and Christian Responses

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course traces the historical development of the character of both modern theism and atheism in response to certain views about human knowing that arose in the age of modern science and in confrontation with particular strains of Western Enlightenment thought. It also considers some of the changing perspectives on the divine mystery that have arisen from certain significant theological projects of recent time, among them liberation, feminist, ecological, political, and various contextual theologies.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 236

Faith in Christ and Religious Pluralism

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Students will grapple with the issues involved in Christianity's engagement with other religious traditions through the lens of its understanding of Jesus. Students will look at the development of the classical doctrines about Christ and their connections to Christians' understanding of their relationship to non-Christians in past eras. Students will also consider recent Christian attempts to address the question of pluralism.

3

REL 267

Liberation Theology: Latin American Perspectives

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of the development of liberation theology in the historical, political, economic, and cultural contexts of Latin America's struggle to move from colonialism to freedom. The course also explores feminist theology, ecological theology, and indigenous people's theology that are rooted in liberation theology.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 327

Vatican II: Revolution Or Reform

Offered: Fall Semester

An in-depth reading and analysis of the principal Vatican II documents to demonstrate how Catholicism today is transformed from earlier history. Contemporary issues, as understood in the light of the Vatican II Church, are explored.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 343

Christian Theology as Ideology: From Theocracy to Democracy

Offered: Spring Semester

How the use of Greek philosophy and Roman imperial theory transformed the Gospel of Jesus in a society that regarded its culture as providential history. This synthesis created but eventually tore Christendom apart. The political, economic, intellectual, and scientific dynamics of Europe are incomprehensible without considering this theological development.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Standing
Considered a European History. Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions and Moral Inquiry requirement.

3

REL 411

Approaches to the Study of Religious Traditions

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

An exploration of the basic questions and themes in the academic study of religions, with a focus on how the discipline of Religious Studies developed and how it continues to change.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course, and junior or senior standing.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.

4

Catholicism in Praxis

Code Course Credits

CAT 490

Directed Study: Catholic Studies

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An in-depth study of a Catholic Studies question under the direction of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of faculty member directing the project and the Catholic Studies Program Director.

3

HIS 326

The Christian Churches in Nazi Germany

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

An examination of the choices that the Catholic and Protestant churches made under the impact of National Socialism. The course will also examine the reaction of the churches to the persecution of the Jews and the Holocaust.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
Considered a European History. Fulfills the Moral Inquiry and Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirements. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 348

Peace and Conflict Studies

Offered: Offered Periodically

As an introduction to the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, the course examines sources of war and violence as well as the conditions of sustainale, just or positive peace. Some of the sources of violent conflict covered include the nature of political systems, levels of economic development, ethnic and racial identities. Specific cases of international conflicts will be examined.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143 and POL 171.
Course may be applied to the Catholic Studies and Irish Studies programs.

3

REL 238

Migrants, Immigrants, Refugees: Justice Issues and Catholic Responses

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of the "immigrant" dimension of the American Catholic Church, past and present, exposing the injustices experienced by the marginalized outsider/newcomer, exploring the Catholic Church's responses to these injustices utilizing Catholic social thought, and focusing on Hispanic culture and presence in the Catholic Church and American society.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

REL 329

Justice, Peace, Ecology

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2013, 2015

The local and global environmental crisis is examined from the perspective of contemporary theological developments, recent biblical scholarship, ecumenical statements, and Roman Catholic social teaching communicated in various papal and episcopal statements on the current crisis.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 340

Jesus and Moral Decisions

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Jesus and Moral Decisions challenges students to ask, "What would Jesus do?" when faced with contemporary moral decisions. Through the use of Gospels, and secondary sources, students will lead discussions and write essays that address Jesus' answer(s) to moral decisions today.

Fulfills the Moral Inquiry and Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirements.

3

Catholic Life & Culture

Code Course Credits

CAT 490

Directed Study: Catholic Studies

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An in-depth study of a Catholic Studies question under the direction of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of faculty member directing the project and the Catholic Studies Program Director.

3

ENG 347

Topics in Catholicism and Literature

Offered: Fall Semester

An engagement with Catholic writers and themes in British and American Literature.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ. Specific topics and descriptions offered in a given semester can be found on the Registrar's website at www.stonehill.edu/offices-services/registrar/course-listings.Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

HIS 233

American Catholic Social History

Offered: Fall Semester

An historical presentation of the numerous social issues, conflicts, and varied solutions in American Catholicism from the late 19th century forward with emphasis on how the many issues of society impacted Catholicism. The course demonstrates how the application of faith and various theological and philosophical theories were used in resolution of social conflict.

Considered a United States History. Fulfills the Moral Inquiry and Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

HIS 333

The American Catholic Experience

Offered: Fall Semester

A critical examination and analysis of the peoples, events, and ideas that shaped American Catholicism from the era of discovery to the 21st century. Catholicism's minority status and the perennial tension being American and Catholic are used as guiding principles in this study.

Considered a United States History. Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 233

American Catholic Social History

Offered: Fall Semester

An historical presentation of the numerous social issues, conflicts, and varied solutions in American Catholicism from the late 19th century forward with emphasis on how the many issues of society impacted Catholicism. The course demonstrates how the application of faith and various theological and philosophical theories were used in resolution of social conflict.

Fulfills the Moral Inquiry and Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirements.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

REL 248

Christian Prayer, Liturgy and Sacrament

Offered: Fall Semester

An introduction to the fundamentals of Christian liturgy, including the meaning of the assembly, ritual symbol and gesture, proclamation of sacred scripture, and blessing prayers in the context of relating liturgy to life.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course .
Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 253

Models of the Church: Historical Developments

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

A study of various forms of the Church from its Apostolic beginnings, through the institutionalization process and Vatican II reforms, up to the present development of Base Christian Communities.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 254

Global Catholicism

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Examination of the Catholic Church as it is understood in the historical, cultural, political, economic and religious context in various regions of the world. The course will utilize the documents of the five Special Synods of Bishops from Africa, Asia, Europe, Americas and Oceania Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortations in reaction to the Synods' deliberations.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 261

Women in Early Christian Tradition

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An exploration of the roles played by women in the development of early Christianity and examination of the factors that led to the decline of women's influence as a more institutionalized Christian religious system developed.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course, and one additional REL course.

3

REL 263

Women's Religions in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This class will explore the critical roles played by women in the religious traditions of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as Judaism and earliest Christianity. It will introduce factors that led to the decline of women's influence as Christianity developed a more institutionalized religious system.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course, or Permission of Instructor.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

REL 303

The Virgin Mary and Visions of the Feminine in Christianity

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

The development of the Church's understanding of the Virgin Mary and of other feminine aspects of the transcendent in Christian spirituality. The course begins with Mary's ideological antecedents and the issue of the "historical Mary." It explores the relationship between images of the Virgin and theologies, controversies, and heresies, as well as contemporary feminist understandings of Mary and of the divine as feminine.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 311

Ethics and Sacrament: The Church in Crisis

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

The failure to integrate sexuality into Christian life has created a crisis. The failure to understand human intimacy has eroded religious belief. Theories of ethics and human behavior, however, illuminate why intimacy is at the heart of Christian belief and ethics.

Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.

3

REL 333

The American Catholic Experience

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

A critical examination and analysis of the peoples, events, and ideas that shaped American Catholicism from the era of discovery to the 21st century. Catholicism's minority status and the perennial tension of being American and Catholic are used as guiding principles in this study.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

REL 341

Spiritual Autobiography

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

A close reading of a variety of spiritual autobiographies from the second half of the twentieth century to discern what personal spiritual, religious, and ethical values may be coming to the fore at a time when traditional expressions of communal religion are in decline. It will center on the question: what does it mean to be "spiritual" or "religious" in the twentyfirst century?

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.

3

REL 346

Feast or Famine? The Mass in the Modern Age

Offered: Fall Semester

An exploration of the theological study of the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass, with a focus on the historical development of the Eucharist, various models of eucharistic celebration, and, the writings of John Paul II and Benedict XVI as a window on critical ecclesial and social issues that surface with regard to the Mass in the modern world.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPH 214

The Age of Cathedrals

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Examines the rise of the Gothic Cathedral from its roots in the Ottonian and Romanesque periods. Great European Cathedrals like Chartres, Notre Dame, Strasbourg, Salisbury, are discussed in detail.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

A student may substitute one course in the area of Catholic Life & Culture with one of the following internships

Code Course Credits

REL 476

Internship in Campus Ministry     (Catholic High Schools)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Familiarizes students with campus ministry fundamentals beyond Stonehill. Based on the particular host institution's faith tradition and goals, students will plan retreats, justice and peace initiatives, liturgical practices and similar functions.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum 3.0 GPA and permission of Department Chairperson.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3

REL 477

Internship in Parish Ministry

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

A parish internship provides the opportunity to be involved in planning and carrying-out a multi-level religious education program, youth ministry activities, community service projects, and spiritual/liturgical events.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum 3.0 GPA and permission of Department Chairperson.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3

REL 478

Internship in Catholic Ministry

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This internship provides experience with the practical aspects and operations of a Catholic campus ministry program. Working with campus ministers, and applying theological and social principles, students will be introduced to retreats, liturgical ministry, service (local and overseas), and student ministry.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum 3.0 GPA and permission of Department Chairperson.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3