Santa Clara University

Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

Course Descriptions

Fundamental Theology Foundational Courses

PMIN 201 - Fundamental Theology

A consideration of revelation as God's self communication. What is the relationship of revelation to Christian faith? (Fundamental Theology Foundational Course, 4 Units)

PMIN 288 - Practical Theology

Practical theology is the conscious engagement of theological thinking with social-cultural practices, including the practices that make up the life of the Church. This course questions both the practices that make up life and ministry, on the one hand, and theology itself on the other. (Fundamental Theology Foundational Course, 4 Units)

Christology Foundational Courses

PMIN 203 - Mystery of Jesus Christ

An introduction to contemporary Catholic Christology. Examines Jesus Christ as a historical figure an object of faith and the Christian answer to the human situation. Coursework centers on Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom of God and considers his history through the Resurrection. (Christology Foundational Course, 4 Units)

PMIN 218 - Liberation Theology

An investigation and analysis of Jesus the Christ from a liberation perspective, and the implications for church and ministry. (Christology Foundational Course, 4 Units)

Ecclesiology Foundational Courses

PMIN 204 - Church

An examination of the Christian church, the meeting place of all mysteries, from cultural, scriptural, historical, doctrinal, and ministerial perspectives. (Ecclesiology Foundational Course, 4 Units)

PMIN 225 - Church History

A survey of the major theological developments in Christian history against the backdrop of the social and political currents of the periods in question. (Ecclesiology Foundational Course, 4 Units)

Ethics Foundational Courses

PMIN 213 Scripture and the Moral Life

An investigation of the role that Scripture plays in the moral life of Christians with special attention to the experience of discipleship, how the early Christian communities adapted the example of Jesus to their contexts, and how Christians in different cultural contexts learn from and apply Scripture. (Ethics Foundational Course, 4 Units)

PMIN 287 - Issues of Moral Theology

Examination of the sources and methods of moral theology in the context of ministry in the Catholic Church today. Special attention is given to issues as they have developed since the end of Vatican II. These topics include the role of Scripture, moral principles, sin, freedom, authority, conscience, and natural law. Attention will also be given to contemporary debates over pro-creative ethics, divorce, euthanasia, abortion, and poverty. (Ethics Foundational Course, 4 Units)

Hebrew Bible Foundational Courses

PMIN 205 - Hebrew Bible

A study of Hebrew historical, prophetic, wisdom, and apocalyptic literature as the medium of God's teaching word in Israel and in the church. (Hebrew Bible Foundational Course, 4 Units)

PMIN 209 - Ethics of Hebrew Bible

An exploration of the social teaching of the biblical tradition, in particular the social vision of the prophetic and legal traditions of the Hebrew Bible. Particular attention will be given to the exodus event as a paradigm for liberation. The course will regularly access the use of the biblical social justice message for the life and work of the modern Church. (Hebrew Bible Foundational Course, 4 Units)

PMIN 283 - Hebrew Bible in its Cultural Context

An examination of the Hebrew Bible in light of comparative literature from the ancient Near East, how the biblical writers framed their theology as a response to the ideologies, mythologies, and ritual practices of their age; consideration of how the cultured character of the Bible can stand in dialogue with contemporary issues of diversity and multiculturalism. (Hebrew Bible Foundational Course, 4 Units)

New Testament Foundational Courses

PMIN 206 - Synoptic Gospels

A study of the first three gospels with special attention given to methodology of Scriptural exegesis. Includes study of literary genres, source analysis, and problems of oral and written transmission, as well as the unique contributions of the evangelists as authors. (New Testament Foundational Course, 4 Units)

PMIN 214 - New Testament

An Introduction to the socio-historical contexts, literary characteristics, and theological messages of the New Testament text, with special attention to the methodology of biblical exegesis for contemporary Christian communities. (New Testament Foundational Course, 4 Units)

Catechetics Core Courses

CATE 211 - Foundations of Catechesis

An exploration and reflection on the nature, goal, and process of catechesis. This course examines twentieth century catechetical renewal and a catechetical model which emerged from this renewal. (Catechetics Core Course, 4 Units)

CATE 212 - Process of Catechesis

A study of the nature, goal, and process of adult catechesis. This course will consider adult experiences, motivation, and catechetical approaches. (Catechetics Core Course, 4 Units)

CATE 216 - Liturgical Catechesis

A study of the revised rituals of the sacraments and the catechesis which accompanies these rites. Special emphasis will be given to the Lectionary, the Prayer texts, and the symbolic action of each rite in order to consider ways of developing a catechesis which will open up the meaning of the rites. (Catechetics Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

CATE 224 - Practice of Catechesis

An exploration of the role and person of the catechist; practical issues and problems catechists face; specific catechetical methods; and the planning, implementation, and revision of catechetical programs. Also considers the meaning of "teaching." (Catechetics Core Course, 4 Units)

Liturgical Music Core Courses

PLIT 202 - Christian Liturgy

An exploration of the great Christian symbols and the importance of the role of ritual in life and in Christian celebration. The course will include an introduction to worship as experienced and celebrated by the Christian community. (Liturgical Music Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Core Course, Catechetics Elective, 4 Units)

PLIT 232 - Eucharist

An introduction to the theology and celebration of the Eucharist. The course will include: New Testament beginnings, a brief historical overview and pastoral and catechetical questions concerning contemporary celebration of the Eucharist. (Liturgical Music Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Core Course, Catechetics Elective, 4 Units)

LITM 250 - Music for the Eucharist and Liturgical Year

Exploration of the nature of liturgy and the relationship of music to liturgy. Special emphasis given to musical forms in the liturgy. Focuses on the music for Eucharist and the liturgical year. Includes a consideration of various church traditions. (Liturgical Music Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

LITM 251 - Music for the Liturgical Seasons and Celebrations

An exploration of the Sacraments and the Liturgy of the Hours. Includes the integration of music in particular rites: funeral, wedding, baptism, and the RCIA. Focuses on various church traditions. (Liturgical Music Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

LITM 254 - Sacred Music Literature

A comprehensive survey of sacred and liturgical choral/organ literature from 600 A.D. to the present. Includes Gregorian chant, music from various historical periods, and contemporary music. (Liturgical Music Core Course, 4 Units)

LITM 299 - Recital

A 60 minute eclectic recital will be given normally at the end of the degree program. The recital must meet graduate level performance standards. A faculty hearing of the recital must be scheduled at least 1 month in advance of the scheduled recital date. This course will be given a grade rather than Pass/Fail. (Liturgical Music Core Course, 2 Units)

Pastoral Liturgy Core Courses

PLIT 202 - Christian Liturgy

An exploration of the great Christian symbols and the importance of the role of ritual in life and in Christian celebration. The course will include an introduction to worship as experienced and celebrated by the Christian community. (Liturgical Music Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Core Course, Catechetics Elective, 4 Units)

PLIT 231 - Ritual Theory and Practice

An introduction to the study of ritual as a universal human phenomenon and the source of Christian worship and celebration. Introduction to ritual theory, including analysis of the anthropological, psychological, and sociological dimensions of ritual action. (Pastoral Liturgy Core Course, 4 Units)

PLIT 232 - The Eucharist

An introduction to the theology and celebration of the Eucharist. The course will include: New Testament beginnings, a brief historical overview and pastoral and catechetical questions concerning contemporary celebration of the Eucharist. (Liturgical Music Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Core Course, Catechetics Elective, 4 Units)

PLIT 262 - Theology of Faith

This course will study the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and appropriate catechesis for this Rite. The course will include study of the Lectionary, the symbolic actions and the prayer texts which are fundamental to the Rite and catechesis for the Rite. (Pastoral Liturgy Core Course, Catechetics Elective, 4 Units)

Spirituality Core Courses

SPIR 230 - Liturgical Spirituality

An introduction to the historical, theological, and cultural issues underlying the liturgical and spiritual traditions of the Christian churches. (Spirituality Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 240 - History of Western Christian Spirituality

A study of major traditions and issues in Western Christian spirituality. Analyzes various spiritualities in terms of their historical context, suppositions, strengths, and weaknesses. (Spirituality Core Course, 4 Units)

SPIR 242 - Discernment and Christian Decision Making

Focuses on the elements and dynamics of spirituality with emphasis on communal and individual Christian decision making. In-depth study of the rules of Ignatius of Loyola on discernment. (Spirituality Core Course, 4 Units)

SPIR 243 - Psychological Issues in Spirituality

An exploration of the relationship of psychology to spirituality, emphasizing how the insights of psychology may be used in spirituality. (Spirituality Core Course, 4 Units)

Electives

Not all electives are eligible for each emphasis, please pay attention to which are available for a given major

CATE 216 - Liturgical Catechesis

A study of the revised rituals of the sacraments and the catechesis which accompanies these rites. Special emphasis will be given to the Lectionary, the Prayer texts, and the symbolic action of each rite in order to consider ways of developing a catechesis which will open up the meaning of the rites. (Catechetics Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

CATE 217 - Transformative Catechesis

This course explores the prophetic dimension of catechesis and its ability to transform individuals, the parish community and the larger society. By examining current catechetical methods within the context of transformative catehesis, students (catechists) will be helped to re-align their approach to catechesis and thus revitalize their teaching and their communities. (Catechetics Elective, 4 Units)

CATE 275 - Introduction to Canon Law

Pastoral ministers will be introduced to the nature, history, and function of Church law. The course surveys the norms of the 1983 Code of Canon Law in the areas of general norms, the rights and obligations of the Christian faithful, Church structures, the teaching and sanctifying offices of the Church, temporal goods, sanctions and procedural law. (Catechetics Elective, Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

LITM 250 - Music for the Eucharist and Liturgical Year

Exploration of the nature of liturgy and the relationship of music to liturgy. Special emphasis given to musical forms in the liturgy. Focuses on the music for Eucharist and the liturgical year. Includes a consideration of various church traditions. (Liturgical Music Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

LITM 251 - Music for the Liturgical Seasons and Celebrations

An exploration of the Sacraments and the Liturgy of the Hours. Includes the integration of music in particular rites: funeral, wedding, baptism, and the RCIA. Focuses on various church traditions. (Liturgical Music Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

LITM 252 - Musicianship for Liturgical Musicians

This course provides a review of harmony and theory for the liturgical musician. Designed to meet the individual needs of each student. (Liturgical Music Elective, 4 Units)

LITM 253 - Choral Conducting and Choir Techniques

Examines the techniques of choral conducting as well as the choral training necessary for developing a well-balanced choir. Focuses on solving vocal problems encountered in both small ensembles and large choirs. (Liturgical Music Elective, 4 Units)

LITM 255 - Private Music Instruction

One unit Private Instruction for a 1 hour private lesson. (Liturgical Music Elective, 1 Unit)

LITM 270 - Music Ensemble

This course provides student with varied experiences of music making. Music skills such as conducting and choral skills emphasized. (Liturgical Music Elective, 1 Unit)

PLIT 202 - Christian Liturgy

An exploration of the great Christian symbols and the importance of the role of ritual in life and in Christian celebration. The course will include an introduction to worship as experienced and celebrated by the Christian community. (Liturgical Music Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Core Course, Catechetics Elective, 4 Units)

PLIT 232 - Eucharist

An introduction to the theology and celebration of the Eucharist. The course will include: New Testament beginnings, a brief historical overview and pastoral and catechetical questions concerning contemporary celebration of the Eucharist. (Liturgical Music Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Core Course, Catechetics Elective, 4 Units)

PLIT 233 - Sacraments of Healing

A consideration of liturgical prayer in relation to the experience of sickness and dying. Examination of the theological, historical, and pastoral aspects of ministry to the sick and dying based on the rites. (Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

PLIT 262 - Teaching the Faith

This course will study the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and appropriate catechesis for this Rite. The course will include study of the Lectionary, the symbolic actions and the prayer texts which are fundamental to the Rite and catechesis for the Rite. (Pastoral Liturgy Core Course, Catechetics Elective, 4 Units)

PLIT 265 - Inculturation and Liturgy

An analysis of the complex relationship between culture and liturgy, and a critique of current church practice involving several different cultural communities. (Liturgical Music Elective, Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 230 - Liturgical Spirituality

An introduction to the historical, theological, and cultural issues underlying the liturgical and spiritual traditions of the Christian churches. (Spirituality Core Course, Pastoral Liturgy Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 241 - Scriptures and Spirituality

An exploration of diverse forms of biblical literature in their historical and socio-cultural contexts as the source and model of Judeo-Christian spirituality. (Spirituality Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 244 - Spirituality and Ministry

Examines the nature and development of ministry in the Church with special attention given to forms of adult ministry. (Spirituality Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 245 - Process of Transformation

This will be a laboratory course on the process of transformation. Lectures, class discussions, readings, guided meditations, and sharing in triads will contribute to a flexible class structure. (Catechetics Elective, Spirituality Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 246 - Contemporary Issues in Spirituality

An exploration of the ways traditional spiritual concepts and language need to be translated if they are to speak to our contemporary human experience. (Spirituality Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 248 - Prayer and Prayer Methods

An experiential and theological exploration of prayer and meditation methods within the Christian tradition, with an emphasis upon noticing and articulating one's religious experience as a foundation for personal and communal theological reflection. (Catechetics Elective, Spirituality Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 251 - Spirituality and Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching and spirituality are thoroughly connected. Christian spirituality is inherently social and provides guidance on how we live our life in society. This course will examine the implications of spirituality for our actions in personal, social, political, and religious spheres. The social dimensions of spirituality and the documents of Catholic Social Teaching will be examined vis-a-vis our individual and communal responses to the creation of a more just world. (Spirituality Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 252 - Spirituality Today

The course will focus on examples of current Catholic Christian spirituality. We will probe these examples to understand their roots in the tradition and their implications of our lives. (Spirituality Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 260 - Art of Spiritual Direction

A practical course for those who want to explore what spiritual direction is and how it is done. Students should be willing to learn more about themselves both spiritually and psychologically and to explore the leading of God in their lives. Topics addressed will include prayer, discernment, listening, God's healing, transference and counter-transference, and the differences between spiritual direction and psychotherapy. (Spirituality Elective, 4 Units)

SPIR 277 - Ignatian Spirituality

A contemporary study and experience of Ignatian spirituality through the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, including his spiritual exercises, autobiography, spiritual journal, and letters. (Spirituality Elective, 4 Units)

Other

PMIN 310 - Independent Study

An independent study is initiated by the student. Consultation with a faculty advisor is necessary prior to registration. A Petition for Independent Study form must be completed and have the signatures of the student, instructor, program director, and dean/associate dean.

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