Pastoral Ministry Courses
Introduction to Counseling (SPY 270)
Introduces the skills necessary for effective interviewing and counseling. Various theoretical approaches to counseling. A variety of classroom exercises to promote the student’s ability to listen and respond effectively in helping relationships and in other interpersonal relationships. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 3 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (SRT 180)
An exploration of the intimate link between theology, ministry, and spirituality. Theological reflection on the Catholic Christian faith tradition, the cultural world of the twenty-first century, and personal faith experience. Pastoral ministry certificate students only. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.
The Hebrew Scriptures (SRT 200)
An introduction to the Old Testament, explores scholarly methods of analyzing and interpreting the scriptures; geopolitical and socioeconomic factors shaping the traditions of the people of Israel; and theological motifs of the Law, Prophets, and Wisdom writings. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.
The Christian Scriptures (SRT 210)
An introduction to the New Testament, with an emphasis on the Gospels and the major Letters of Paul. The course includes political and cultural background, theological themes, and the relevance of these writings for life today. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Liturgy and Sacrament (SRT 250)
An exploration of the theological meaning and ritual celebration of each of the seven sacraments, the liturgical year, the role of the arts in worship, and the planning of meaningful liturgical celebrations for major life events. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Moral Theology (SRT 265)
An examination of Roman Catholic moral theology focusing on methodology and applications to Church ministry. Foundational content will include coverage of the sources of moral theology (Sacred Scripture and human reason), the place of Christ in the moral life, natural law, the Magisterium, Christian virtue, human acts, sin, conscience, conversion, and principles for decision-making. Case studies on issues in biomedicine, sexuality, and social justice will highlight challenges of resolving moral dilemmas in pastoral settings. For pastoral ministry certificate students only. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. ADP session 5, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Christology (SRT 282)
A study of the Christian community’s belief that God acted definitively in Jesus Christ for the salvation of humankind. Important stages in this experience for understanding the person and work of Jesus include New Testament Christologies, doctrine from early councils, medieval syntheses, modern statements from ecclesiastical documents (Vatican II and post-conciliar teachings), and writings of contemporary theologians. These developments will be explored thematically through core concepts of Christology – incarnation, soteriology, eschatology, and resurrection. For pastoral ministry certificate students only. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. ADP session 1, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Ecclesiology (SRT 352)
A study of the church’s understanding of its nature and mission in light of Vatican II. Topics also include: various ‘models’ of church, the church’s teaching role, diversity of ministries, the challenge of being a global church, and ecumenical and interfaith relations. Open to theology majors, minors, and pastoral ministry certificate students, or with permission of the instructor. ADP session 2 odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Ministry and Spirituality (SRT 375)
Explores how foundations for pastoral ministry are rooted in one's identity as fully initiated in the Catholic Church. Classic writings and approaches to spiritual practice in the Christian tradition are examined as relevant sources for the faith of the lay ecclesial minister and ordained permanent deacon. Students are assisted in the ongoing integration of their ministry, personal relationships, and spiritual practices. Prerequisite: SRT180. ADP session 3, even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Special Topics in Ministry (SRT 405)
Course explores current issues pertinent to pastoral ministry. Topics vary, ranging from persistent issues in the human services field (addictions, the elderly, Alzheimer's disease) to emerging theological/ecclesiological issues (topics in moral theology, canon law, recent papal documents, interreligious dialogues). The course embraces shared reading and critical inquiry. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: SRT180. ADP sessions 3 and 4. Repeatable for credit. 1 credit.
Field Exper in Pastoral Ministry (SRT 420)
Supervised, evaluated ministry experience in an area relevant to a student's interest. Required of theology majors who elect the emphasis in pastoral ministry. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. 4 credits.
The Helping Relationship (SSW 271)
Introduces students to the social work skills of effective communication and engagement in working with individuals, families, groups, and organizations in a variety of helping situations. Fall semester, and ADP session 4, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.