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Catholic Studies at Aquinas College

Catholic Studies Courses

AT/CA 380 Rembrandt and Baroque (3)

Course offered fall of odd years. A study of the artistic styles and cultural centers of European painting, sculpture and architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Emphasis will be placed on the development and legacy of leading masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Bernini and Caravaggio.

CA147/TY147 The Catholic Vision (3) T

This course introduces students to Roman Catholic tradition and its faith, doctrines, theology, ritual, spirituality and moral life. Its goals include 1) acquainting students with the distinctive spirit of the Catholic vision and tradition as it relates to other Christian denominations and religious traditions; 2) helping students to recognize that Catholicism is a theological heritage that encompasses a rich tradition of persons, doctrines, ways of celebrating, moral living, praying and social justice; and 3) familiarizing students with the challenges that contemporary Catholicism faces in the Third Millennium.

CA200 Tolkien’s Middle Earth and the Catholic Imagination (3)

The analysis of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imaginative world, Middle-earth, from the perspective of a Catholic worldview and his concept of mythopoeia. This course is a Catholic Studies and Theology elective.

CA210 Math and Theology

Three influential mathematical developments of the 20th century have had repercussions in theology: Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems, Cantor’s transfinite cardinals and non-Euclidean geometries. We will learn enough math to support our understanding of these results. We will also consider the historical, philosophical and theological contexts in which these results were developed, exploring various controversies associated with these developments. This course also earns one (1) semester hour toward the math major or minor.

CA248/PH248 The Catholic Intellectual Tradition (3)

This course is a survey of themes and impact of the Catholic intellectual tradition on the development of Western Civilization. The Catholic vision of God (Being), the World (Creation), the Human Being and Society in the works of major Catholic thinkers will be foundational to understanding Catholicism’s contribution to the fields of philosophy, science, politics and ethics.

CA255/TY255 Catholic Social Teaching (3) TF

An introduction to the official social teachings of the Catholic Church and the lived experience of the Judeo-Christian tradition in the United States since the end of the nineteenth century. Attention is given to the theological vision, the anthropology, and the principles used by the Church in its moral reflection on the various social problems of our day including rights and duties of workers and employers, racism, sexism, attacks on the dignity of human life and the family, political tyranny, economic injustice in the Third and Fourth worlds, and war.

CA260/EH260 Catholic Writers (3) AT

This course explores fiction written by Catholic writers and analyzes and discusses how their faith manifests itself in their novels and short stories.

CA275/AT275 Renaissance Art in Rome, Florence, and Venice (3) (AT)

Course offered fall of even years An investigation of the masters and monuments from 1250–1550. Emphasis is placed on Italy culminating in a study of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael and their legacy; however, Northern masters and styles will be introduced.

CA277/HY277 History of Christianity (3) HP

An investigation of the history of the Christian Church from its origins in the first century to modern times. The class focuses on the Western Catholic Church in the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods.

CA310 Special Topics in Catholic Studies (3)

Special topics in Catholic Studies offered on an occasional basis by faculty or visiting scholars.

CA311/HY311 American Catholic History (3)

Development of the Catholic Church from immigrant status to major denomination within the pluralist context of American society.

CA325/HY325 Christian View of History (3)

This course is a cultural history of Christendom, with a particular emphasis on Catholic culture and Christian historiography.