THEO 505 Christology (3): The central question of all Christian theology is Jesus’ challenge, “Who do you say that I am?” The Christian community in every age has explored the question and attempted to answer it in light of scripture and human experience. The course will study both past answers and contemporary positions.
THEO 506 The Nature and Mission of the Church (3): This course is a historical theological study of the origin nature and mission of Church: basic images and themes in scripture and tradition; the relation of the kingdom to the Church; and, the relation of the Church to the world.
THEO 509 General Comprehensive Exam (0 credit, $100 fee): The general exam is a take home exam based on readings covered in the core area courses. Questions are based on those reading and will examine the student’s knowledge of the core areas and also test their ability to integrate the different areas. The student will be required to address four of six test questions. Three questions will require the student to synthesize material between various core courses; the fourth question will require the integration of specific core material with the student’s area of concentration. Students are allowed a maximum of six weeks to complete and return the exam. Review of notes and material from the courses is useful in preparing for the exam. Students must submit the registration form and fee as well as contact the program coordinator to request the exam. Prerequisites: all core courses (THEO 501-506 and minimum of three of the five specialization courses.
THEO 510 Integrative Colloquium (2): The colloquium engages students in a learning experience that fosters an integration between theology and the practice of Church ministry (i.e., religious education, liturgy, pastoral ministry, parish administration or youth ministry). The case study method is used to examine various contemporary Church issues and to develop appropriate responses in a process which promotes critical theological reflection, collaborative models of work and intellectual as well as personal self-criticism. Prerequisites: THEO 509.