Spring 2022 Courses
Spring 2022 courses begin January 17th and conclude April 30th. Easter Break (no classes) will be April 14-20.
Registration for courses closes one week before the start of the semester. All discussion courses are 2 credits and meet once a week.

Liberal Arts Discussion Courses

HMN 102

The Divine Comedy

Thursday 7:00pm – 8:30pm CT

Jason Baxter

Dante, Commedia: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso

HMN 102

The Divine Comedy

Dr. Baxter will take students into the world of Dante’s Commedia: following Dante through the horror, chaos, and misery of the Inferno, the longing and hope of the Purgatorio to the transcendent, luminous Paradiso. Commedia portrays the universal human story as epic: the crisis of mortality and fallenness transformed into mystical harmony between man and God.

PHL 202

Ethics

Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am CT

 

Susan Waldstein

Plato, Symposium
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

PHL 202

Ethics

Dr. Waldstein, who has taught graduate theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ave Maria University, and the International Theological Institute in Austria, will lead students through one of Aristotle’s most practical works. The Ethics begins by asking: What does ‘good’ mean? This understanding of the good informs the discussion of happiness, virtue and vice, friendship, and eventually leads to a description of the ideal, intellectual life.

THL 202

The Incarnation

Wednesday 6:00pm – 7:30pm CT

John Mortensen

St. Thomas Aquinas, Compendium of Theology, 202-246

THL 202

The Incarnation

Dr. John Mortensen will guide a study of the Incarnation as St. Thomas’ Compendium Theologiae clarifies the meaning and redemptive significance of God becoming man – allowing us to wonder at the glory, scandal, and mystery of the Incarnation itself. Aquinas’ articles confront the many heresies surrounding the natures and person of Christ, and examine His life, childhood, death, and resurrection in light of His humanity and divinity.

Theology Discussion Courses

THL 621

Commentary on Romans

 Friday 12:00pm – 1:30pm CT

Vincent DeMeo

Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Romans

THL 621

Commentary on Romans

Dr. DeMeo, a professor at the International Theological Institute in Austria, will guide students through St. Thomas’ Commentary on Romans: exploring Paul’s teachings on law, redemption, grace, and life in Christ.

THL 523

Middle Church Fathers

Monday 4:30pm – 6:00pm CT

Michael Foley

Ephrem, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, Cyril of Alexandria, Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, Leo the Great, Gregory the Great

THL 523

Middle Church Fathers

Dr. Michael Foley, a Professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University and the author of 11 books and approximately 300 articles, will lead the students in a course of Patristics as guided by some of the great Church Fathers such as Ephrem, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, Cyril of Alexandria, Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, Leo the Great, and Gregory the Great.

THL 623

Human Acts and the Final End

Saturday 8:30am – 10:00am CT

 

Susan Waldstein

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae I-II, qq. 1–21

THL 623

Human Acts and the Final End

Dr. Waldstein will lead a study of happiness, the will, and the good, through the Summa Theologiae. St. Thomas’ articles focus on “man, inasmuch as he too is the principle of his actions, as having free-will and control of his actions” in the context of the human being and will as the likeness of God.