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Pastoral Ministry Major: Bach Arts    
   Major Courses (33 cr. to be chosen)    
      RST 2240   Theology of Ministry 3 cr.  A study of the biblical foundations, theology, history, and development of the Christian concept of “ministry” or service with focus on the apostolate and contributions of the laity in the life of the Church, the priestly ministry, and lay ecclesial ministry. 
      RST 2560   Old Testament: Torah & Historical Writings 3 cr.  An in-depth study of the Hebrew Scriptures, from the Pentateuch to the historical writings, with special focus on major historical events that form the foundation of Judaism, and Old Testament theological themes of creation, election, exodus, covenant, exile, monotheism, and fidelity. 
      RST 2570   Old Testament: Prophets and Wisdom Literature 3 cr.  A study of the Books of the Prophets and the Wisdom and Deuterocanonical Literature, with an emphasis on their historical background, role in the development of Judaism, and theological significance. Particular focus on Old Testament themes of election, covenant, exile, monotheism, faithfulness, and justice. 
      RST 2580   New Testament: The Four Gospels 3 cr.  A study of the historical development and foundations of the four Gospels, with special focus on themes and theological perspectives unique to each and on the distinctive approaches of the four evangelists to the life, message, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
      RST 2590   New Testament: Acts, Epistles & Revelation 3 cr.  A study of the development of the Christian Church in the first century A.D., of the epistles that reflect its unique concerns, and of the historical background, symbolism, and theology of the Book of Revelation. 
      RST 2990   Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  An examination of the major principles of Catholic social doctrine and Franciscan values through a study of papal and episcopal documents and the witness of St. Francis of Assisi. Focus on the ways in which Catholic social justice teachings are applied and shape law, culture, politics, and social policy. 
      RST 3150   Christian Spirituality 3 cr.  Study of the Christian experience of the relationship between God and God’s people as reflected in the history of the Christian religion. Examination of the major schools and figures that have contributed to Christian approaches to union with God through the practice of the Christian life, prayer, mysticism, and contemplation. 
      RST 3490   Worship and Sacraments 3 cr.  Overview of the historical, theological, spiritual, and cultural aspects of the Christian worship of God with a focus on the meaning of Christian prayer, symbols, and ritual. Includes an examination of the biblical roots and development of the seven sacraments of the Church. 
      RST 3610   Pastoral Counseling 3 cr.  Introduction to the field of pastoral care and counseling. A presentation of theological, pastoral, and psychological foundations of pastoral care and counseling; investigation of skills and techniques for this special type of caregiving; and analysis of various areas of need typically encountered by those involved in pastoral ministry. 
      RST 4080/4090/4110 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         RST 4080   Moral Issues in Business (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  Review traditional philosophical theories of ethics; examine principles of Christian morality, particularly those dealing with ethics from a Catholic perspective; investigate areas in the American marketplace that raise ethical concerns (e.g., injustices in the American economic system). 
         RST 4090   Environmental Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  A study of moral/ethical dilemmas of equitable and responsible stewardship over creation. Judeo-Christian/Franciscan, non-western perspectives of contemporary issues of war and peace, abundance and want, stewardship and domination, excess and poverty, etc., are explored. 
         RST 4110   Medical Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  An academic study of contemporary moral issues relative to modern health care, life science, and future issues in the light of Judeo-Christian convictions. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. 
      RST 4950   Senior Seminar: Sharing Your Faith 3 cr.  The capstone course for Pastoral Ministry majors, focusing on the student’s preparation for practical involvement in church-related service or other relevant forms of ministry. Students complete a field experience and document, evaluate, and reflect on actual involvement in pastoral ministry. 
Pastoral Ministry Minor    
   Minor Courses (21 cr. to be chosen)    
      RST 2240   Theology of Ministry 3 cr.  A study of the biblical foundations, theology, history, and development of the Christian concept of “ministry” or service with focus on the apostolate and contributions of the laity in the life of the Church, the priestly ministry, and lay ecclesial ministry. 
      RST 2560   Old Testament: Torah & Historical Writings 3 cr.  An in-depth study of the Hebrew Scriptures, from the Pentateuch to the historical writings, with special focus on major historical events that form the foundation of Judaism, and Old Testament theological themes of creation, election, exodus, covenant, exile, monotheism, and fidelity. 
      RST 2580   New Testament: The Four Gospels 3 cr.  A study of the historical development and foundations of the four Gospels, with special focus on themes and theological perspectives unique to each and on the distinctive approaches of the four evangelists to the life, message, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
      RST 3150   Christian Spirituality 3 cr.  Study of the Christian experience of the relationship between God and God’s people as reflected in the history of the Christian religion. Examination of the major schools and figures that have contributed to Christian approaches to union with God through the practice of the Christian life, prayer, mysticism, and contemplation. 
      RST 3490   Worship and Sacraments 3 cr.  Overview of the historical, theological, spiritual, and cultural aspects of the Christian worship of God with a focus on the meaning of Christian prayer, symbols, and ritual. Includes an examination of the biblical roots and development of the seven sacraments of the Church. 
      RST 3610   Pastoral Counseling 3 cr.  Introduction to the field of pastoral care and counseling. A presentation of theological, pastoral, and psychological foundations of pastoral care and counseling; investigation of skills and techniques for this special type of caregiving; and analysis of various areas of need typically encountered by those involved in pastoral ministry. 
      RST 4080/4090/4110 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         RST 4080   Moral Issues in Business (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  Review traditional philosophical theories of ethics; examine principles of Christian morality, particularly those dealing with ethics from a Catholic perspective; investigate areas in the American marketplace that raise ethical concerns (e.g., injustices in the American economic system). 
         RST 4090   Environmental Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  A study of moral/ethical dilemmas of equitable and responsible stewardship over creation. Judeo-Christian/Franciscan, non-western perspectives of contemporary issues of war and peace, abundance and want, stewardship and domination, excess and poverty, etc., are explored. 
         RST 4110   Medical Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  An academic study of contemporary moral issues relative to modern health care, life science, and future issues in the light of Judeo-Christian convictions. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. 
Pastoral Ministry Minor - Support    
   Support Courses (7 cr. to be chosen)    
      COM 1050   Communication Concepts and Contexts 3 cr.  Principles of communication applied to interpersonal, group, and public speaking situations. Emphasis on verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, persuasive techniques, delivery, and responding to messages. Opportunity to practice speaking skills. 
      PHL 1010   Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr.  A study of the meaning of philosophy, basic philosophical concepts, terminology, methods, problems, systems, and schools. Core requirement for Pastoral Ministry majors and minors. Requirement for Religious Studies majors and minors. 
      SW  2160   Empathy Listening Skills (SOC/SW*) 1 cr.  Instruction and practice in the establishment of rapport with individuals through the use of empathic listening skills. The material is presented in the context of developing a helping relationship. 
Pastoral Ministry Major - Recommended Support: Bach Arts    
   Recommended Support (3 cr. to be chosen)    
      COM 2330   Interviewing Techniques 3 cr.  Addresses theoretical principles and communication skills essential for professional careers. Includes informative, persuasive, journalistic, health, and employment interviews. 
Pastoral Ministry Major - Support: Bach Arts    
   Support Courses (10 cr. to be chosen)    
      COM 1050   Communication Concepts and Contexts 3 cr.  Principles of communication applied to interpersonal, group, and public speaking situations. Emphasis on verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, persuasive techniques, delivery, and responding to messages. Opportunity to practice speaking skills. 
      PHL 1010   Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr.  A study of the meaning of philosophy, basic philosophical concepts, terminology, methods, problems, systems, and schools. Core requirement for Pastoral Ministry majors and minors. Requirement for Religious Studies majors and minors. 
      Second Philosophy Course (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         PHL 1050   Philosophy of Person 3 cr.  An analysis of human experience and nature found through examination of the questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, values, freedom, and destiny. (Recommended for students interested in the human sciences and psychology.) 
         PHL 1550   Introduction to Ethics (PHL*/RST) 3 cr.  Examination of the field of ethics and tools for ethical decision-making. Overview and analysis of significant philosophical approaches to ethical questions, as a basis for study of contemporary ethical issues. 
         PHL 2010   Logic 3 cr.  A study of the three acts of the mind: understanding, judgment, and reasoning. Both inductive and deductive reasoning are studied and practiced. The traditional syllogism and the basics of symbolic logic are covered. Course includes a study of informal fallacies. 
         PHL 2850   Philosophy of Law (PHL*/RST) 3 cr.  A critical survey of the three basic questions of the philosophy of law, via ontology (What is law?), epistemology (how do we know about law?), and ethics (why should we obey the law?). Entails a study of what makes a legal system legitimate, the difference between (religious) morality and the law, legal theory, penology, and police ethics. 
         PHL 3150   Existentialism 3 cr.  A study of the major themes of the philosophical approach of existential phenomenology which forms the intellectual foundation of much of modern thought and literature. (Recommended for students interested in art, music, and literary criticism.) 
         PHL 3310   Philosophy of Science 3 cr.  A study of the philosophy of science, reflecting on the philosophical presuppositions of modern scientific inquiry and a philosophical consideration of the nature of the world in which we live. (Recommended for students interested in science and math.) 
         PHL 3650   Philosophy of Knowledge 3 cr.  An examination of the philosophical problems connected with the questions of how human beings know what they know, and how they know whether that knowledge is true or not. (Recommended for students interested in psychology.) 
         PHL 3750   Special Topics in Philosophy 1 cr. (Not To Exceed 4 cr.)  Focus on specialized topics of philosophical inquiry. Topics vary; may be repeated for credit with a new topic. PHL 1010 may be a prerequisite in some cases. 
         RST 4080   Moral Issues in Business (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  Review traditional philosophical theories of ethics; examine principles of Christian morality, particularly those dealing with ethics from a Catholic perspective; investigate areas in the American marketplace that raise ethical concerns (e.g., injustices in the American economic system). 
         RST 4090   Environmental Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  A study of moral/ethical dilemmas of equitable and responsible stewardship over creation. Judeo-Christian/Franciscan, non-western perspectives of contemporary issues of war and peace, abundance and want, stewardship and domination, excess and poverty, etc., are explored. 
         RST 4110   Medical Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  An academic study of contemporary moral issues relative to modern health care, life science, and future issues in the light of Judeo-Christian convictions. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. 
         PHL 4150   Philosophy of Religion (PHL*/RST) 3 cr.  Study of the relationship between philosophy and religion by highlighting philosophy’s role in the inquiry into the validity, value, and meaning of man’s concern with the existence and nature of the Ultimate Reality: God. (Recommended for students interested in the liberal arts.) 
         PHL 4230   Metaphysics (PHL*/RST) 3 cr.  The study, from a philosophical perspective, of the core issues of reality: the fundamental constituents of existence; the nature of God, truth, goodness, and the beautiful; with discussion of some of the solutions to metaphysical problems that have been proposed throughout the course of human history. Prerequisite: any other philosophy course or permission of the instructor. 
      SW  2160   Empathy Listening Skills (SOC/SW*) 1 cr.  Instruction and practice in the establishment of rapport with individuals through the use of empathic listening skills. The material is presented in the context of developing a helping relationship. 
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