Theology at Aquinas College

Theology Courses

TY120 Sacraments (3) TF

An introduction to Sacramental Theology and Liturgy that explores the biblical, historical and liturgical aspects of the Church’s Sacraments.

TY131 Bible as Story (3) TF

A theological and literary introduction to the biblical story, from creation to apocalypse. Follows the great themes of the Bible, such as paradise, peoplehood, and the presence of God. Students will learn to interpret biblical stories, discover the images and themes that appear throughout the Christian Bible, and gain an appreciation of scripture as the root of Christian faith today.

TY147/CA147 The Catholic Vision (3) TF

An introductory course in the Roman Catholic tradition, its worldview, beliefs, sacraments and moral life.

TY170 Wrestling with God (3) TF

Considers the question of God’s existence. Investigates the human capacity to know, love and speak intelligently about God. Examines arguments both for and against God’s existence and gives special consideration to the challenges suffering poses to faith. Explores the relationship between faith and reason, and science and religion. Evaluates the effect secularization has on religious belief and pays special attention to the challenges that a postmodern situation presents to traditional belief in God.

TY211 Jesus (3) TF

Explores the New Testament portraits of Jesus, including how the first Christian theologians re-interpreted Jewish scripture. Students will compare episodes in the Gospels and become aware of images of Christ in narrative, epistle and poetry. Also introduces the ‘historical Jesus’ debate and the cultural setting of the Jesus movement.

TY212 Vatican II (3)

Examines major documents and themes of the Second Vatican Council in the context of the Catholic theological tradition.

TY224 Theology of Christian Marriage (3) TF

Explores the meaning of love, marriage, and human sexuality from a theological perspective. Aided by the insights from the psychological and social sciences, as well as ethical philosophy, this course seeks to comprehend an appropriately Christian vision of the meaning and purpose of human sexuality and love.

TY250 Catholic Moral Theology (3) TF

An Introduction to Christian morality that considers the person's capacity for achieving excellence in pursuit of the good under the auspices of grace. Themes covered include: Jesus Christ and the moral life, the sources of morality, the person as image of God, grace, sin, freedom, law, vice, infused and acquired virtue.

TY255/CA255 Catholic Social Teaching (3) TF

The official social doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The primacy of the person, human rights, the common good, family, natural law, meaningful work, just war.

TY293 Christology (3)

An introduction to the Christian tradition’s understanding of Jesus as the Christ. After a brief review of the biblical data, this course considers the tradition’s reflection on Jesus of Nazareth as found in the early Christological councils and later theologians. 

TY310 Special Topics in Theology (3)

Prerequisite: Theological Foundations Requirement or Instructor Approval

TY320 Theologians of the Great Tradition (3)

A focused study of the work of a theologian or theologians of the Christian theological tradition. Prerequisite: a theology course or instructor approval. Credits may be earned under different titles. Offered as TF when instructor approves.

TY331 Bible as Poetry (3) WI

A follow-up to Bible as a Story that focuses on biblical poetic texts: Psalms, prophets and wisdom literature of the Old Testament. In addition to developing their understanding of canonical themes and imagery, students will perform exegesis of individual poetic texts while discovering the historical setting and the reception of biblical poetry. Prerequisite: TY131.

TY345 Ecclesiology (3)

An introduction to ecclesiology, the study of the church. Features extensive biblical foundations and historical developments, culminating in the documents of Vatican II. This course is not accepted for the Theological Foundation requirement.

TY377 Biblical Greek (3) TF

Introduces students to biblical Greek vocabulary, verb system, grammar and syntax.

TY397 Field Experience in Theology (Variable)

Approved career-related work experience in the Theology field, established by contract between Career Development, major advisor and student. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chairperson.

TY398 Readings in Theology (Variable)

Individually-negotiated program of readings on selected topic established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chairperson.

TY399 Independent Project (Variable)

Individually-negotiated project of defined nature established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chairperson.

TY400 Senior Seminar (Variable) (3) SC

A Senior level study of selected topics from Biblical, Doctrinal, Ecclesial, Moral, or Systematic Theology.