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Franciscan School of Theology

2014-2015 Course Schedules

Course schedules subject to revision by the Office of the Dean.

Course Schedule Fall 2014

Course TitleCourse NumberUnitsCourse LevelInstructor/TimeDescription
Introduction to Koine GreekGREK 501
CRN 116
3IntroductoryFinian McGinn, OFM
Twice weekly, TBD
An introductory study concentrating on frequent vocabulary and a basic analysis of the grammar and syntax of New Testament Greek.
Will meet for 90 minutes twice a week, time and date to be determined with students.
History of the Immigrant Church in the USHS 502
CRN 109
3IntroductoryJeffrey Burns
T 1:10–4PM
The Roman Catholic Church in the United States has always been an immigrant Church. This course will chart the course of the immigrant church by examining the wave after wave of immigrants to the United States and their impact on the Church. The course will examine the interaction of Early European arrivals with the Native American peoples. Then the various immigrant groups will be examined in their historical context: Spanish, English, French, Irish, German, Polish, Italian, African Americans, Mexican and other Latino groups, Filipino, Vietnamese, and other Asian groups. The interaction of these groups has resulted in recurrent conflict and surprising accommodations. The historical experience of the immigrant church will raise serious concerns for the contemporary Church. Lecture format with research paper required. [25 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]
Introduction to LiturgyLS 501
CRN 107
3IntroductoryJames Sabak, OFM
F 2:10–9 pm and
Sa 9:10–12

Sept 12 – 13;
Oct 10–11;
Oct 31–Nov 1;
Nov 21–22
An introductory course on fundamental elements of Catholic Liturgy, including historical development of celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy, organization of liturgical space, important Church norms on liturgical practice and theology. Course meets monthly.
MTS ThesisMTS 900
1 – 12AdvancedSection 01, Michael Guinan, OFM
CRN 111;
Section 02, Garrett Galvin, OFM
CRN 112
The Letters of St. PaulNT 601
CRN 110
3IntermediateEugenia Constantinou
W 6:10–9PM
An introduction to the Letters of St. Paul, their historical context, theological message, along with questions of their significance for the development of early Christian communities.
Introduction to the Old TestamentOT 501
CRN 103
3IntroductoryGarrett Galvin, OFM
T 6:10–9PM
Hybrid Format Course: This course will include both in–person class meetings and online components.
After introducing the Bible and its study, this course seeks to present an integrated overview of the Old Testament, its main theological traditions and the historical contexts in which they grew.
PentateuchOT 602
CRN 102
3IntermediateMichael Guinan, OFM
Th 8:10–11AM
This course introduces the text, history, and theology of the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy in the context of ancient Near Eastern culture; the history of early Israel; and questions of textual interpretation.
Ministry Seminar IPS 501
CRN 106
3IntroductoryTom West, OFM
W 8:10–11AM
This is the first in a series of seminars required for MDiv students. The course consists of lectures on pastoral ministry, field placements, and group theological reflection exercises.
Professional Ethics for MinistryPS 502
CRN 108
1.5IntroductoryTom West, OFM
Sa 8:30–Noon
Sept 6; Sept 27;
Nov 1; Nov 15
Linked to the Ministry Seminar, a series of additional meetings and workshop-format events will provide important formation in Professional Ethics for students preparing for ministry in various sectors of Church and society.
Francis of Assisi: Life & InfluenceSP 502
CRN 105
3IntroductoryWilliam Short, OFM
Michael Higgins, TOR
T 1:10–4PM
A critical review of early biographical sources for the life of St. Francis of Assisi, along with observations on the influence of these sources on Church and society from the Middle Ages to contemporary interpretations of Francis.
Special Reading CourseSRC 5991 – 12Introductory
Special Reading CourseSRC 799
CRN 113
1 – 12IntermediateSection 01, Michael Guinan
Special Reading CourseSRC 8991 – 12Advanced
Theology, Church & World: Introduction to TheologyST 501
CRN 101
3IntroductoryJohn Kiesler, OFM
Th 1:10–4PM
An introductory course in theology which will discuss sources, methodology, relationship to the world, and an understanding of the Catholic Magisterium. This course will consist of lectures, small group discussion, written midterms and finals as well as a short oral class presentation. Intended audience is first year theology students.
Franciscan ChristologyST 503
CRN 104
3IntroductoryMary Beth Ingham, CSJ
F 8:10–11AM
This basic course in Christology focuses on the particular contribution of Franciscan thinkers, the importance of the intercultural dialogue today and the significance of Franciscan spirituality for the third millennium.

January 2015

Course TitleCourse NumberUnitsLevelInstructor/
Time
Description
Global Theological Education Initiative Immersion ProgramGTE 5011.5IntroductoryJ. Kiesler
One week: Mon-Fri
Glocal Theological Education Immersion Experience among members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of eastern Arizona, one week in duration, with opportunities for learning with tribal leaders, local Church community members and ministers.

Spring 2015

Course TitleCourse NumberUnitsLevelInstructor/
Time
Description
History of ChristianityHS 5013IntroductoryD. Pryds
Mon 6:00pm-9:00pm
This introductory class offers an overview of the development of Christianity from its beginnings to the present. In addition, this course offers fundamental research skills that support graduate level study. Students must have access to Blackboard and must attend all class sessions.
Writings: Francis and Clare of AssisiSP 5013IntroductoryW. Short
M. Higgins
Tue 9:00am-12:00noon
A careful reading of the complete writings of the two saints of Assisi, exploring their “Gospel form of life,” the
bases of Francis-Clarian spirituality; their images of God, Christ, Church, and the human person. All texts available in English translation. No previous study of Franciscan
sources necessary.
God, World and Person in Franciscan TheologyST 5033IntroductoryJ. Freyer
Tue 1:00pm-4:00pm
A contemporary presentation of the understanding of the relationship of the human person to the world and to God, based on the writings of such important Franciscan authors as St. Bonaventure and Bl. John Duns Scotus. Theories of creation, salvation, human and divine relationship, and individual human identity will be explored.
Introduction to the New TestamentNT 5033IntroductoryE. Constantinou
Tue 6:00pm-9:00pm
This course studies the writings of the New Testament in their historical, cultural, social, and religious contexts. The student is introduced to the basic content, structure, and motifs of the NT writings; the theory and practice of major integrative methodologies; the hermeneutical and other critical issues of modern biblical studies; the resources for understanding, preaching and teaching the NT.
Ministry Seminar IIPS 5023IntroductoryT. WestThis is the second in a series of seminars required for MDiv students. The course consists of lectures on pastoral ministry, field placements, and group theological reflection exercises.
Prophets of the Old TestamentOT 5023IntermediateM. Guinan
Thu 8:00am-110:00am
A survey of prophets in the OT proceeding along two axes: 1) an historical overview focusing on the "great" prophets of the 8th/7th/6th centuries; and 2) a thematic overview focusing on how the prophets spoke to their present and to the future.
Intercultural TheologyST 603 3IntermediateJ. Kiesler
Thu 1:00pm-4:00pm
A course exploring issues of Catholic theology, mission, and indigenous culture, designed to complement Global Theological Education Initiative Immersion Programs in Native American communities of Arizona (January 2015 and Summer 2015).
Economic Justice: Franciscans and Profit EconomyCE 5053J. Freyer
Thu 1:00pm-4:00pm
The Catholic economic teaching of early Franciscan theorists like Peter John Olivi will be explored in conversation with current Catholic social teaching in an attempt to understand notions of "just profit" and "common good."
Immigrant Catholic Church in USHS 5033IntroductoryJ. Burns
Th 6:00pm-9:00pm
The Roman Catholic Church in the United States has always been an immigrant Church. This course will chart the course of the immigrant church by examining the wave after wave of immigrants to the United States and their impact on the Church. The course will examine the interaction of Early European arrivals with the Native American peoples. Then the various immigrant groups will be examined in their historical context: Spanish, English, French, Irish, German, Polish, Italian, African Americans, Mexicans and other Latino groups, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and other Asian groups. The interaction of these groups has resulted in recurrent conflict and surprising accommodations. The historical experience of the immigrant church will raise serious concerns for the contemporary Church.
Fundamental Moral TheologyCE 5013IntroductoryM. B. Ingham
Fri 8:00am-11:00am
This course outlines the basic structure and method of Roman Catholic moral theology, with a particular emphasis on the Franciscan moral vision. By means of common readings, discussion, and lectures, it introduces basic concepts of moral theology and moral methods from a Franciscan perspective.
Women and Religious LeadershipHS 6023IntermediateD. Pryds
Fri 1:00pm-4:00pm
This course is an intermediate course exploring the history of women in leadership roles within Christianity. Methodologically, the course explores the topic of how women have achieved leadership roles throughout Christian history; therefore, the lectures will be historical in nature and students will be expected to use historical method in their analyses. There will be ample room for student-generated input based on experience and research. In fact, students must anticipate being active co-creators of this course, since the topic is too broad for any single professor to teach in a comprehensive way.
Sacraments of the ChurchLS 6043IntermediateJ. Sabak
Class meets monthly on 2nd Fri-Sat of the month
Fri 2:00pm-9:00pm
Sat 9:00am-12:00noon
An exploration of the Sacraments of the Catholic Church, their Scriptural and historical background, development over the centuries, and current practice.
Special Reading CourseSRC 5991-12Introductory
Special Reading CourseSRC 7991-12Intermediate
Special Reading CourseSRC 8991-12Advanced
MTS ThesisMTS 9001-12Advanced

Summer 2015

Course TitleCourse NumberUnitsLevelInstructor/
Time
Description
Global Theological Education Initiative Immersion ProgramGTE 5011.5IntroductoryJ. Kiesler
One week: Mon-Fri
Glocal Theological Education Immersion Experience among members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of eastern Arizona, one week in duration, with opportunities for learning with tribal leaders, local Church community members and ministers.
Course Levels
Introductory500-599
Intermediate600-799
Advanced800-899
Thesis900
Academic Areas
CEChristian Ethics/Moral Theology
HSHistorical Studies
LSLiturgical Studies
NTNew Testament Studies
OTOld Testament Studies
PSPastoral Studies
SPSpirituality Studies
STSystematic Theology

2013-2014 COURSE SCHEDULES

Previous years’ course schedules may be viewed here.