Course Descriptions - Pre-Theology

Crucifx at Brent Chapel

Crucifx at Brent Chapel

PRE-THEOLOGY

PT 050 Philosophy for Theological Studies 0 credits

This course will introduce philosophical vocabulary and concepts which are needed as a basis for doing graduate theological studies.  It is a prerequisite for other courses in Systematic Theology.

PT 051 Introduction to Biblical Studies 0 credits

This course will examine inspiration, inerrancy and canonicity.  The major Church documents related to the Bible will be discussed.  Schools of exegesis and methods of criticism will be presented as well as the process of exegesis.  The history of the Bible’s composition and transmission will be presented.  Biblical geography and archeology will be addressed.  This course is a prerequisite for all other Scriptures course in any degree program.   

PT 450 Intercultural Communication I 2 credits

Group learning process for international seminarians crossing cultural borders.  Focus on developing basic attitudes and skills for multicultural ministry in the United States. Practical guidance and direction for becoming integrated into American society, culture and the ecclesial life and faith of a local Church. Topics include: theory and practice in learning the art of crossing cultures, cultural adaptation/adjustment (acculturation and inculturation), cross-cultural effectiveness, country/culture shock, cultural identity and pluralism.

Required course for foreign-born seminarians

PT 460 Intercultural Communication II 2 credits

Continuation of group learning process of integration into American society, culture and the ecclesial life and faith of a local Church. Topics include: National Migration Week, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, youth ministry, senior and junior high school religious education, parish adult faith formation, evolving visions of priesthood, priestly

formation areas of integration as criteria for evaluation, Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Church in America, and summer apostolic experience. Field trips to area parishes, Christian churches, Jewish synagogue, and Islamic center.