CDU student BrewerWriter and Parish Volunteer Earns Graduate Certificate in Church History

Cynthia Brewer has just earned her graduate certificate in Church history. She has been married to her husband, Greg, for 22 years and volunteers at St. Mary’s Parish in Victoria, Texas, the first parish established in the state. She serves as a lector, an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, an adorer of the Eucharist, and assists with the RCIA program.

“After having been the editor of The Catholic Lighthouse, the newspaper of the Diocese of Victoria, for 13 years, I retired to begin writing on my own and to go to graduate school,” she says. “Because of my love for history and because so few know the Church’s history, I chose the Graduate Certificate in Church History.”


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CDU Benedict WebinarPope Benedict XVI: His Legacy, Part II

Join us for a free webinar on May 31, 2017 at 8 pm EST

Participants: Academic Dean Dr. Peter Brown, Faculty Chair Dr. Matthew Bunson, and Instructors Rev. Bevil Bramwell and Dr. Christine Wood

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CDU Philosophy CourseNew Philosophy Course Offered in Summer II Term

Join us in the Summer II term for PHIL 311 Ethics. In this new undergraduate course, students will explore moral philosophy and the concepts of good as applied to human action. What does it mean for humans to live a moral life? Questions like this one will be considered as students read the primary texts of certain philosophical masters of ethics, including Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Kant. The course will be taught by noted scholar and author Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk. 

CDU Dr. AmbrosioGraduate Course Explores the Catholic Theological Tradition

Offered in both the Summer I and II terms, THEO 503: The Catholic Theological Tradition is perfect for students new to the study of theology. The course is taught by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, a world-renowned commentator on Catholic issues known for his ability to make profound subjects understandable and relevant to everyday life. Explore the history of Christian theology from the perspective of faith seeking deeper understanding and trace its development from the end of the New Testament times to the Second Vatican Council. Critical moments in the history of theology and key issues debated in each epoch will be discussed, and students will be introduced to some of history's most notable theologians and their varied ways of thinking about the things of God.

Dr. D’Ambrosio, also known as “Dr. Italy,” is a New York Times list best-selling author who frequently appears on a variety of TV and radio shows, including the “O’Reilly Factor” and “Geraldo Rivera at Large.”

CDU Summer IISummer II

Apply or enroll today to begin in July!

Registration for our Summer II term is underway. Apply now to an undergraduate or graduate program or simply sign up to take a course. Courses begin on July 3rd and continue for just 8 weeks!

Course Name Winter I
Winter II Summer
CHIST 514. Church History I: Early Christians to the Middle Ages - 8Wk       X   X
CHIST 524. Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church - 8Wk   X     X  
CHIST 544. History of the Catholic Church in America - 8Wk     X      
ENG 501. Graduate Research Skills (core) X 2017          
GREEK 501. Biblical Greek I X          
GREEK 502. Biblical Greek II     X      
LATIN 501. Latin I         X  
LATIN 502. Latin II X          
PAST 500 - Foundations in Catholic Pastoral Counseling/Pastoral Ministry - 8Wk X          
PHIL 508. Philosophy for Theology (core) X       X  
PHIL 534. Philosophy of the Human Person         X  
PHIL 648. Phenomenology: Truth of the World     X      
RELED 550. Principles for Ecclesial Service         X  
RELED 560. Principles of Catholic Education  - 8Wk      X      
RELED 671. Leadership for Catholic Adult Faith Formation            
SCRPT 515. Biblical Foundations - 16Wk         X  
SCRPT 520. Pentateuch - 8Wk X          
SCRPT 530. Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History - 8Wk    X       X
SCRPT 540. Isaiah and the Prophets     X      
SCRPT 570. The Letter to the Romans - 8Wk   X        
SCRPT 571. The Gospel of St. John - 8Wk       X    
SCRPT 576. The Letters of St. Paul         X  
SCRPT 662. The Synoptic Gospels            
SPIR 501. Applied Catholic Spirituality - 8Wk   X       X
THEO 503. The Catholic Theological
Tradition *
  X X X X X
THEO 510. Revelation and Faith: Fundamental Theology (core) - 8Wk and 12Wk   X   X(8wk) X(12Wk)  
THEO 551. Theology of the Sacraments (core) X       X  
THEO 560. Fundamental Moral Theology (core) - 8Wk       X   X
THEO 584. The Modern Crisis of Values and the Catholic Mind            
THEO 598. Holy Land: The Fifth Gospel            
THEO 599. Italy: Crossroads of Christendom            
THEO 617. The Evidence for God from Contemporary Physics and Philosophy X          
THEO 631. Introduction to Christology (core)     X   X  
THEO 640. Presenting the Faith in the Modern World: Dealing with Hard Questions - 8Wk     X      
THEO 641. Theology of the Church (core) X   X      
THEO 682. Forming a Catholic World View: Catholic Social Teachings - 8Wk    X     X  

* replaces THEO 500 in all programs. If you have completed THEO 500, you are not required to take THEO 503

Course Name Winter I
Winter II Summer
BIO 150. Nutrition X          
CHIST 314. Church History I: Early Christians to Middle Ages (core) - 8Wk       X   X
CHIST 324. Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church (core) - 8Wk   X     X  
CHIST 344. History of the Catholic Church in America - 8Wk     X      
ENG 101. Undergraduate Research Skills (core) X          
ENG 105. Introduction to Composition for Theology - 8Wk X   X   X  
GREEK 101. Biblical Greek I X          
GREEK 201. Biblical Greek II     X      
HUM 251. Ancient Civilization       X    
HUM 252. Christian Civilization     X      X
HUM 253. A Global Civilization   X        
HUM 271. Western Civilization, Part II (core) (8wk)     X      X
LATIN 101. Latin I         X  
LATIN 201. Latin II X          
PHIL 235. Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Person - 8Wk   X        
PHIL 305. Introduction to Plato and Aristotle (core) - 8Wk     X     X
PHIL 311. Ethics       X    
RELED 432. General Catechetics for the New Evangelization            
SCRPT 303. Survey of the Old Testament (core) (8wk)      X   X  
SCRPT 306. Survey of the New Testament with the CCC (core) (8wk) X     X    
SCRPT 310. Reading Scripture Theologically - 8Wk   X     X  
SCRPT 330. Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History - 8Wk     X     X
SCRPT 370. The Letter to the Romans - 8Wk   X        
SCRPT 371. The Gospel of St. John - 8Wk       X    
SPIR 301. Applied Catholic Spirituality - 8Wk   X       X
THEO 101. Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part I (core) - 8Wk; AA degree students only X   X   X  
THEO 102. Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part II (core) - 8Wk; AA degree students only   X   X   X
THEO 103. The Moral Life: Living the Virtues (core) - 8Wk   X   X   X
THEO 304. Foundations of Catholicism (core) - 8Wk X   X   X  
THEO 313. God, Man and the Universe (core) - 8Wk   X   X    X
THEO 332. Jesus Christ: God, Man and Savior (core) - 8Wk X     X    
THEO 342. The Four Constitutions of Vatican II (core) - 8Wk   X     X  
THEO 353. Sacraments: Masterworks of God (core) - 8Wk X     X    
THEO 418. Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas         X  
THEO 468. Principles of Moral Theology - 8Wk   X      X  
THEO 498. Holy Land: The Fifth Gospel            
THEO 499. Italy: Crossroads of Christendom            

Why Do We Need the Church?


July 3 – 24

Many people today consider themselves to be “spiritual” but not “religious.” Surveys show that over half of American adults do not regularly attend church and only 20% of Catholics born after 1970 attend Mass. Surprisingly, about two-thirds of those who do not attend church believe that God exists and consider themselves to be Christian, yet they see little value in attending Mass. This likely includes some of your own family and friends. Therefore, the need to equip Catholics to credibly, convincingly, and compellingly explain and share why we need the Church, the sacraments, and the Mass has never been greater.


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Exploring the Scriptures for Types of Mary


Oct 8-29

Who are the persons from the Old Testament who reveal glimpses of all that the New Testament unfolds about Mary?  This three week online seminar will not only address such a study but will  lead participants to conclude that knowing the full Scriptural story of Mary will enable one to live the Catholic faith with greater confidence.


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 Summer I
 12 week  8 week
 Registration Opens 3/13/17 3/13/17
 Financing Deadline (short term payment plan sign-up closes) 4/17/17 4/17/17
 Tuition Payment Deadline 4/24/17 4/24/17
 Course Preview Opens 4/28/17 4/28/17
 First Day of Class 5/1/17 5/1/17
 Last day to register for a course 5/5/17 5/5/17
 Last Day to Drop a Course (No W on transcript) 5/12/17 5/12/17
 Last Day for any Refund or to Withdraw from class (W on transcript)  6/25/17 5/28/17
 Exams Open to students 7/19/17 6/21/17
 Last Day of Class 7/22/17 6/24/17
 Last Day to Take Final Exam 7/22/17 6/24/17
 Grades Available 7/28/17 6/30/17


Summer II 8 week
Registration Opens 3/13/17
Financing Deadline (short term payment plan sign-up closes) 6/19/17
Tuition Payment Deadline 6/26/17
Course Preview Opens 6/30/17
First Day of Class 7/3/17
Last Day to Register for a Course 7/7/17
Last Day to Drop a Course (No W on transcript) 7/14/17
Last Day for any Refund or to Withdraw from Class (W on transcript) 7/30/17
Exams Open to Students 8/23/17
Last Day of Class 8/26/17
Last Day to Take Final Exam 8/26/17
Grades Available 9/1/17

 Click here to see a full list of Term Dates for 2017

CDU partners with several dioceses and groups to provide high quality online programs in adult faith formation. This partnership allows members of these partners to experience CDU's noncredit courses and seminars at a discounted rate.

If your diocese is listed below, then you are eligible for Group Subsidy Partner discounts. To learn more and to register for courses and seminars click on your group's name:


Each of CDU's partners has a customized agreement - Please visit your partner page and follow the directions for registering for a class.

Become a Subsidy Partner
Learn more on how your group can partner with CDU to enhance the goals and reach of adult faith formation. Contact Sister Mary Margret Ann at 888.254.4238 ext. 709 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .