1st Semester: Old Testament
In their Old Testament course, students will survey the major books of the Hebrew Scriptures while examining the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written. The course is designed to introduce students to the literature, history, and messages of the Old Testament and allow them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with its books, major events, and people. Students will learn to identify the various genres of literature present and recognize the overarching themes of creation, self-revelation of God, liberation, and covenant. Students will examine the ways in which these scriptures have helped to shape Western culture and the myriad lessons and truths they hold for contemporary believers.
2nd Semester: New Testament
Introduction to Christian Scriptures will give the students an opportunity to explore the Gospels, Acts, epistles, and Book of Revelation through both an academic and spiritual lens. The course will introduce forms of biblical criticism and will challenge the students to understand the New Testament’s teachings as they apply to our everyday lived experiences. We will study scripture in light of Jesus’ call for outreach to and justice for the oppressed and marginalized.
Religion III (Beginning 2018-2019)
1st Semester: New Testament
2nd Semester: Social Justice and Morality
The Social Justice and Morality course will provide students with an opportunity to explore and discuss contemporary issues through the lens of the Gospel values of liberation, compassion, mercy and love. Using the Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the 10 Commandments as our primary framework, we will explore the underlying causes of structural and social injustice and wrestle with the major ethical questions of our modern world. We will cover racism, sexism and gender related issues, classism and economic disparity, war and violence, beginning and end of life issues, access to health care, prison reform, immigration, medical and bioethical issues, and care for creation. By learning about these issues through a Catholic lens, students will learn to develop right conscience and veritas in concrete ways that can be applied to their daily lives.