Fall 2020 Courses

Registration for fall courses closes August 31, 2020. There will be an orientation for all students on September 7th, and classes will begin September 14th. Classes are held twice weekly at the times noted below (all times are Mountain Time). See the Academic Calendar for more information about breaks, papers, and final exams.

Humanities 101: Gods and Heroes in Ancient Greece

M/W 12:00pm – 1:20pm MT (3 Credits)

Homer, Hymns, Iliad, Odyssey
Sophocles, Oedipus the King, Antigone
Euripides, Bacchae
Plato, Symposium, Phaedrus

In the works of the ancient Greeks, the Western mind achieves its first comprehensive self-understanding centered in the paradigmatic choices of the hero. Achilles in the Iliad and Odysseus in the Odyssey reveal two different versions of human excellence, one characterized by fearless openness and honor, the other by effective intelligence and the uses of deception. Through Socrates, a new kind of hero, Plato explores the “epic” dimensions of philosophy and reason’s relationship to myth. Euripides’s Bacchae present Dionysus as simultaneously the symbolic figure of renewal and the emblem of cruel destruction, while Sophocles’s Theban Plays depict the suffering and ultimate redemption of the incestuous parricide, Oedipus, in contrast with the tragic, untimely death of his young mother/sister who defied the polis in the name of a higher unwritten law. The Greek heroes reveal the perennial tensions between fate and freedom, family and city, heroic duty and common happiness, death and the desire for immortality, that shape the classical tradition and that echo powerfully even in the modern soul.

Jason Baxter

Jason Baxter

Professor of Humanities

Dr. Baxter has been teaching with our partner university, Wyoming Catholic, for nine years as an associate Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities. His primary research interests include medieval and Renaissance ideas of beauty, the long-lived legacy of the thought of Plato, and the poetry of Dante. He is also interested in medieval mysticism, humanism, and the relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Dr. Baxter teaches Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance humanities courses, as well as art history from antiquity through modernity. Several of his scholarly publications include articles on the Platonic tradition in the Latin West, and writings on Dante.

jason.baxter@aquinasinstitute.org

Philosophy 101: Tools of Philosophy

M/Th 5:00pm – 6:20 pm MT (3 Credits)

Aristotle, Categories; On Interpreta­tion; Prior and Posterior Analytics (selections)
Plato, Alcibiades, Cratylus, Meno
Porphyry, Isagoge

This course introduces students to the science of logic, the fundamental prerequisite to the study of philosophy. The chief part of the semester is devoted to the three acts of the intellect: apprehension, assertion, and deduction. Students consider the nature of the intellect’s act in grasping concepts and naming them, and the distinction of univocal and equivocal speech that follows upon this, treating at some length the equivocity of being and its highest genera through a study of Aristotle’s Categories. Next, the act of assertion or predication is considered, and then the formation and use of syllogisms and deductive reasoning, dialectic inquiry, the formation of definitions, and sophistic refutations.

Jacob Terneus

Jacob Terneus

Professor of Philosophy

Mr. Terneus has studied at Wyoming Catholic College, the University of California at Berkeley, the Institutum Studiis Latiniis Provehendis at the University of Kentucky, and Marquette University. His research primarily centers on ancient and early medieval conceptions of willing and free will (especially in the Stoics, Plotinus, and Augustine) as well as the Thomistic distinction between essence and existence. You would also be hard pressed to keep him from any conversation concerning aesthetic and literary sublimity, religious terror, phenomenology (especially the work of Heidegger, Bachelard, and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), or the writings of Flannery O’Conner.

Mr. Terneus enjoys teaching courses in Latin and philosophy. He also had the grand opportunity of spending four years as an instructor of backpacking, climbing, and leadership for Catholic Outdoor Renewal, which is headquartered at Wyoming Catholic College. Mr. Terneus’s writings appear in the Imaginative Conservative, St. Austin Review, Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society, VoeglinView, and Integritas. He currently lives near Madison, WI, with his beautiful wife and daughter.

jacob.terneus@aquinasinstitute.org

Theology 101: Salvation History I

T/F 8:00am – 9:20 am MT (3 Credits)

Readings for this semester are taken exclusively from Scripture:
Genesis
Exodus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
1 & 2 Samuel
1 & 2 Kings
Ezra
Nehemiah
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Ezekiel
Daniel
1 Maccabees

Since theology begins with knowledge of the saving deeds of God in Jesus Christ, who is Lord of history from the creation of the world to its consummation, the first year of theology familiarizes students firsthand with the history of salvation as God tells it to us in the words He Himself inspired. The first semester focuses on the Old Testament as background to and promise of the New (second semester).

Vincent DeMeo

Vincent DeMeo

Professor of Theology

Dr. Vincent P. DeMeo is a Associate professor of New Testament and Theology at the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria. He teaches and publishes in the fields of Scripture, patristics, and biblical foundations to marriage and family theology. His published doctoral dissertation is titled Covenantal Kinship in John 13-17: A Historical-Narrative Approach (Vo1. 22; Rome: Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum Publishers, 2012). Among giving lectures and writing several forthcoming articles, he is currently writing a book titled The Common Good in New Testament and Patristic Thought. He has also taught for Ave Maria University, Florida (Austrian program), Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio (Austrian program), Center for the Thought of John Paul II, Poland, and most recently at Thomas Aquinas College, California. Dr. Vincent P. DeMeo is married and the father of four children.

vincent.demeo@aquinasinstitute.org

For more information, download the Course Catalog.