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FC 5301 - Faith and the Dominant American Culture
Faith and Culture
This course seeks to develop an appreciation of the strengths and challenges of the dominant American way of life as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It studies the roots of the American Republic, the formulation of its worldview, its principal values, representative character, codes of behavior, and institutions. It then views these through the lens of the Gospel. The course is designed to lead students to appreciate what it means to be faithful citizens and American Catholics, enabling them to bring the Catholic voice into the public discourse.


FC 5302 - Christian Anthropology
Faith and Culture
Based on the understanding of the human person as it is articulated in the Second Vatican Council's Gaudium et Spes and subsequent papal teaching, this course examines the constitutive elements of the human person created in the image and likeness of God. It examines creation, grace, sin, freedom and the communitarian destiny of humankind. The course then will contrast this revealed understanding of persons in community with some of the philosophical understandings of the human person that underlie American individualism.


FC 5303 - Virtue: Personal and Civic
Faith and Culture
American political life, in attempting to separate religion from politics, has, at times, tried to separate politics from ethics and the development of virtue. The first part of this course will argue that such a separation, however well intentioned, cannot sustain effective civic life, and in fact runs the risk of falling into authoritarianism. In the classical and medieval periods—and in the formation of the United States of America—certain personal virtues have been thought to be foundational for a healthy society. This course will consider how those virtues still constitute that foundation. It will show how various political theories are based in suppositions about human nature, and examine those suppositions critically.


FC 5304 - Christian Spiritual Journey in the American Context
Faith and Culture
This course seeks to give the student a framework for living a life in Christ, which is rooted in Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. Special attention will be given to identifying major areas of contrast between the American way of life and the Christian call to spiritual transformation.


FC 5305 - Mission of the Church
Faith and Culture
This course presents the origins of the Church in the mission of Jesus, and the development of the Catholic understanding of the mystery of the Body of Christ. Special attention is given to the ecclesiology of Vatican II in its discussions of the Church’s hierarchical and charismatic gifts, the communion of saints, the Catholic Church’s commitment to ecumenism and religious liberty, the universal call to holiness, and the mission of the Church today. Consideration will also be given to the Catholic social tradition as an articulation of the Church’s mission.


FC 5306 - Art and Asceticism of Dialogue
Faith and Culture
The best means for the Church to evangelize is through dialogue with the world (Redemptor Hominis). Christians, therefore, must be masters of dialogue. This course will focus on developing those communication skills that are essential for bringing the Good News into the public sphere.


FC 5307 - Ecclesiology
Faith and Culture
This course explores the mystery of the Church as prefigured in Israel, as constituted in the ministry of Christ, the historical development of the Church’s self-understanding, the ecclesiological teaching of Vatican II, the mission of the Church in the contemporary world, and the significance of Mary as mother and model of the Church.


FC 6320 - American Catholicism
Faith and Culture
This course provides an introduction to the history of the Catholic Church in the United States. It will concentrate on the creation and development of ecclesiastical structures within a democratic environment, and the assimilation of the immigrant population into the American Church. In addition, the course will emphasize the key social, political, ethical, and doctrinal issues observable in the development of the American Church.


FC 6321 - Bill of Rights
Faith and Culture
This course will explore how the Bill of Rights has shaped the Catholic experience in America.


FC 6322 - Family in America
Faith and Culture
This course explores the shifting dynamics of the family in American culture, and how Catholicism can help shape its future.


FC 6323 - Justice: Individual and Social
Faith and Culture
This course provides a study of Catholic social tradition that begins with its foundation in the Bible, and concludes with modern papal and episcopal documents. It will address such topics as the criminal justice system, gangs, the death penalty, the just war tradition, pacifism, nuclear weapons, voting, and immigration.


FC 6324 - Faith and Culture in Biblical Texts
Faith and Culture
This course will focus on the study of the cultural context in which the biblical texts were written. This approach will help students understand how Christians today can relate to the original cultural context as the basic background for biblical interpretation. The biblical interpretations that will be presented in this course will contextualize the relationship between notion of God, the human person, and how these two relate in the world through history.


FC 6325 - Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue
Faith and Culture
This course will focus on the Catholicism’s dialogue with other Christian churches, ecclesial communities, and world religions. It will allow the student to appropriate Church teaching as contained in documents such as Unitatis Redintegratio, Nostra Aetate, Orientalium Ecclesiarum, Dominus Iesus, Ut Unum Sint, subsequent papal documents, and documents from the Diacastery for Ecumenical and Interfaith dialogue. The course will also expose students to the major accomplishments that have resulted from dialogue between the Catholic Church and other Protestant denominations. Students will be exposed to various levels and types of dialogue, and be given practical opportunities to experience them.


FC 6326 - Christian Leadership
Faith and Culture
This leadership course will afford the student the opportunity to study, analyze, and acquire the attitudes and habits of leadership in the style of Jesus of Nazareth. It will provide the student with the vision, values, attitudes, and behaviors that any Christian leader must espouse for effective leadership either in the religious or the secular context. While much good can be found in contemporary leadership management courses, far more than management skills is expected of a leader who follows Christ.


FC 6327 - Christ and the Moral Life
Faith and Culture
This course seeks to introduce students to the moral teachings of Catholicism to help them better understand the fundamental principles of Catholic moral teaching in order to facilitate changes in their own lives, and in the culture. Topics such as the cardinal and theological virtues, sexual ethics, medical ethics, and end of life issues will be discussed.


FC 6340 - The Vision of the Second Vatican Council
Faith and Culture
The Second Vatican Council was a watershed in the history of the Catholic Church. As Saint John XXIII stated in his opening statement, “the greatest concern of the Ecumenical Council is this: that the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine should be guarded and taught more efficaciously.” This course will look at the historical context of the Council, the deliberations during its fourth sessions, and its central documents. Reference will also be made to conciliar and post-conciliar papal teaching related to the Council.


FC 6350 - Institutions and Associations in a Democratic Republic: The Way to Authentic Personhood
Faith and Culture
This course examines the ways institutional structures and community organizations shape identity in our society.


FC 6351 - Education and Evangelization
Faith and Culture
This course will examine Catholic education in the American context, and its role in the transformation of society. It will present an overview of the basic teachings of the church on education, and a brief history of Catholic and public education in the U.S., while highlighting the relationship and key differences between the two. Topics such as civic engagement, faithful citizenship, and social transformation will be discussed. Students will research and collaborate on contemporary topics of interest related to education, and will discuss what these challenges mean for people of faith in the U.S. Students also will demonstrate leadership skills by engaging with assigned topics and developing action plans and recommendations for change.


FC 6352 - Democracy in America: Journey and Genius of Alexis de Tocqueville
Faith and Culture
This course will consider the various aspects of democracy and republicanism, especially through the American experience since 1776. Most of the course will revolve around a reading of de Tocqueville’s masterpiece, Democracy in America, yet it will also draw upon the insights of Edmund Burke and Robert Nesbit. Topics of discussion will include: revolutionary violence, community norms, individual and natural rights, and religion as the basis of culture.


FC 6354 - Faith and Science
Faith and Culture
There is fascinating evidence from the far reaches of the outer universe to the inner workings of the atom that bear striking analogies to theistic religious beliefs. This class will discuss four ways that science and religion can relate: conflict, independence, dialogue, and integration. It will be made accessible in language that non-scientists can understand. A dialogue then will ensue on the analogies of those discoveries to theistic religious beliefs with particular emphasis on Christianity and Catholicism. The course starts with assumptions, and then proposes convergence trends in four broad categories: physics to metaphysics, chemistry to life, biology to consciousness, and psychology to mysticism. A discussion of the science of the brain will coincide with the experience of mysticism. The objective of the course is for students to have a better understanding of how faith and science in recent times have come to be mutually affirming over a broad range of disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology.


FC 6355 - Faith and Hispanic Cultures within the American Context
Faith and Culture
This course will focus on the increasing impact that Latinx cultures and spirituality are having on the American society. It will explore the spread of Latin cultures in their diverse forms in North America from 1492 to the present. In particular, it will focus on the roots of the Latinx spiritual imagination both in Latin American theology and popular religion.


FC 6356 - Faith and Economics
Faith and Culture
This course aims to equip students to identify issues of economic justice, and then define effective paths of proper conduct and just action. In this sense, the course has two objectives. The first is to develop a broader vision and deeper understanding of economic justice issues in America. The second is more practical; it is to put students within case-study situations where they must confront the complexities of economic justice and attempt to devise effective action plans. Three sources provide the motivation for this course. First, many people of faith are deeply aware of the economic injustices that exist in American society. By better understanding the Catholic Church’s social justice teachings, and also the objectives and proper workings of the market economy, a deeper framework will emerge for addressing economic justice issues within the American culture. A second motivation comes from the intensifying cycle of economic scandal which has inflicted the American economy from 1987-present. This course will provide a diagnosis of this cycle, and how this points to new frontiers for economic justice activism. The final motivation involves a perception that people of faith often enter their professional lives unprepared for the tensions they will encounter. This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to prepare for such conflicts between their faith and their work life.


FC 6358 - Peace Making
Faith and Culture
This course explores the summons of Catholics to be peacemakers, starting with Jesus’ declaration that they “will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9).


FC 6359 - Catholic Teachings on Education
Faith and Culture
The course investigates the rich tradition of the Church teaching on education, while, at the same time, challenging students to bring this tradition to bear on related contemporary issues. It explores the many different ways that Catholic education—with its emphasis on beauty, enculturation, formation, and liturgy—stands apart from the dominant culture’s assumptions that education is ultimately ordered towards employment and financial success.


FC 6360 - Roman Catholic Perspective on Ecumenical and Interreligious Movements
Faith and Culture
The course is for men and women who are in preparation for ministry or religious life, who are in the mission field, who are ecumenical officers or members of ecumenical commissions, or who are looking for a sabbatical experience led by qualified professors and ecumenists.


FC 6392 - Independent Study
Faith and Culture
This course explores a topic related to the interests of the student, while under the supervision of a faculty member of the Center. Permission of the Director is required.


FC 6393 - Special Topics
Faith and Culture
The subject of this course will change every time it is taught.


FC 6393 - Special Topics
Faith and Culture
The subject of this course will change every time it is taught.


FC 6399 - Service Learning and Leadership Practicum
Faith and Culture
The MAFC Program requires that all candidates of the MA degree complete a Service-Learning and Leadership Practicum as the final component of their degree program. This practicum is designed to provide the candidate with the opportunity to integrate and apply, in practical terms, their learning gained throughout the MAFC curriculum. Candidates, in collaboration with an approval of the MAFC Program Director and Site Supervisors, will develop projects in which they will show how they will work with various groups to communicate and instruct others how to integrate faith development with civic and social responsibility. The object of the project is to enhance the life of people of faith through the service provided by the candidates. At the end of the project, candidates will provide the MAFC Program Director with a self-evaluation and the evaluation of their performance given by their Site Directors.


FC 6493 - Triune God
Faith and Culture
This course explores God as a trinity of persons.




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