CDU instructor Carole Brown

SPIR 305. Survey of Catholic Spirituality

Learning more about the saints--our outstanding masters of the spiritual life--can help us mature in our own spiritual lives. Would you like to know how Gospel teaching developed under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and wish you knew more about the saints and the various streams of spiritual life in the Church? If so, then our undergraduate course, Survey of Catholic Spirituality, may be for you.

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Pediatrician Studies Theology

MA degree student Dr. Angelo P. Giardino is a pediatrician with a clinical focus in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital.

“I felt a call to study more about God's plan for us and what His Church expects of us in our faith walk,” Dr. Giardino says. “I searched for online programs and found that CDU had the programs and flexibility that I sought.”

Dr. Giardino, who holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D., lives in Houston with his wife Eileen and mother-in-law Margaret. He has completed the coursework for the Master's in Theology and is currently writing his Thesis.

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Graduate and undergraduate courses begin November 3, 2014

Graduate Course

  • THEO 500 - The Light of Faith: Basics of Catholicism

Undergraduate Courses

  • SPIR 305 Introduction to Catholic Spirituality
  • SCRPT 310 Reading Scripture Theologically
  • THEO 313 God, Man, and the Universe

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THEO 500. The Light of Faith: Basics of Catholicism

“Who believes, sees,” Pope Francis proclaims in his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, The Light of Faith. THEO 500. The Light of Faith: Basics of Catholicism, our new 8-week graduate course, uses the Lumen Fidei and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to explore how faith is a kind of light for the intellect. THEO 500 offers an introduction to the academic study of Catholicism, providing a general framework for how faith and reason are related to one another, and the role of study in the Church.
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All courses are 3 credits, unless specified otherwise. For a description of each of these courses, please consult the online course catalog.

This is a preliminary list, courses are subject to change.

Graduate Courses
Prerequisite

Course Number Course Title
Term  
THEO 500 The Light of Faith: Basics of Catholicism
(8 week course)
Nov, Jan, Mar, May, Jul

 

Course Number Course Title
Term  
CHIST 563 Church History, Part II May
ENG 500 Graduate Writing Skills - CORE  (.5 credits) May
ENG 501 Graduate Research Skills - CORE  (.5 credits) Jan
LATIN 502 Latin II Jan
PHIL 508 Philosophy for Theology May
RELED 550 Principles of Ecclesial Service May
SCRPT 514 Theology of Scripture May
SCRPT 515 Biblical Foundations Jan
SCRPT 571 The Gospel of St John May
SPIR 505 Survey of Catholic Spirituality Jan
THEO 510 Revelation and Faith: Fundamental Theology - CORE Jan
THEO 551 Theology of the Sacraments - CORE Jan
THEO 560 Fundamental Moral Theology Jan
THEO 584 The Modern Crisis of Values and the Catholic Mind May
THEO 631 Introduction to Christology - CORE  May
THEO 641 Theology of the Church - CORE  May
THEO 642 Catholic Apologetics Jan
THEO 645 The Role of the Laity and the New Evangelization Jan


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All courses are 3 credits, unless specified otherwise. For a description of each of these courses, please consult the online course catalog.

This is a preliminary list, courses are subject to change.

Undergraduate Courses

Course Number Course Title Term  
BIO 150 Nutrition Jan
CHIST 314 Church History I May
ECON 105 Elements of Economics May
ENG 100 Undergraduate Writing Skills - CORE (1.5 credits) May
ENG 101 Undergraduate Research Skills - CORE (1.5 credits) Jan
HUM 171 Western Civilization, Part I Jan
HUM 271 Western Civilization, Part II May
LATIN II Latin II Jan
PHIL 305 Introduction to Plato & Aristotle -CORE  Jan, May
SCRPT 306 Survey of the New Testament - CORE Jan
SCRPT 310 Reading Scripture Theologically - CORE (8 week course) Nov, Mar, Jul
SPIR 305 Introduction to Catholic Spirituality (8 week course) Nov, Jul
THEO 101 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part I - AA only May
THEO 102 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part II - AA only Jan, Jul
THEO 103 Ethics & Morality (8 week course) Mar
THEO 301 Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine- CORE (8 week course) Jan, May
THEO 313 God, Man and the Universe - CORE (8 week course) Nov, Mar, Jul
THEO 332 Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior - CORE
(8 week course)
Jan, May
THEO 342 The Four Constitutions of Vatican II - CORE
(8 week course)
Jan, May
THEO 353 Sacraments: Masterworks of God - CORE Mar
THEO 412 Catholic Apologetics Jan
THEO 418 Introduction to Thomas Aquinas Jan
THEO 466 Catholic Fundamental Moral Theology, Part A - CORE (8 week course) May
THEO 467 Catholic Fundamental Moral Theology, Part B - CORE (8 week course) Jan, Jul


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SEPTEMBER 2014 - 8 week Term
Registration opens 6/30/14
Financing Deadline (short term payment plan sign-up closes)                         8/11/14
Registration/Payment Deadline 8/25/14
Course Preview Opens 8/29/14
First Day of Class                                                                                      9/1/14
Last Day to Add a Class   9/5/14
Last Day to Drop a Course (no W on transcript)                                             9/12/14
Last Day for any Refund or to Withdraw from class (W on transcript)                9/28/14
Proctor Updates due to Registrars                                                               10/13/14
Exams sent to Proctors 10/20/14
Last Day of Class                                                                                      10/27/14
Finals Exams due to Instructors   11/3/14
Grades Available                                                             11/12/14

 

SEPTEMBER 2014 - 12 week Term
Registration Opens                                                             6/30/14
Financing Deadline (short term payment plan sign-up closes)                         8/11/14
Registration/Payment Deadline                                                                 8/25/14
Course Preview Opens 8/29/14
First Day of Class                                                                   9/1/14
Last Day to Add a Class                                                                            9/5/14
Last Day to Drop a Course (no W on transcript)                                         9/12/14
Last Day for any Refund or to Withdraw from class (W on transcript)        10/26/14
Proctor Updates due to Registrar                                                              11/10/14
Exams sent to Proctors 11/17/14
Last Day of Class                                                                             11/24/14
Final Exams due to Instructors                                                                12/1/14
Grades Available                                                                              12/10/14


Term Dates 2014-2015

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What Catholics Should Know About Islam

  September 15 - October 6, 2014

At a time when Christians seem to be facing persecution across the whole of the Middle East, Catholics are asking many questions about the relationship between the Church and Islam. Many Catholics wonder how Catholics and Muslims can pursue together the search for dialogue and peace and what principles Catholics need to know and understand when dialoging with members of the Islamic community. How confident are you in responding to a Muslim regarding the truth of Church History, such as the controversial subject of the Crusades?
These and many other questions will be addressed in this 3-week seminar, “What Catholics Should Know about Islam.”  This seminar provides participants with historical facts and basic principles needed to address confidently the Catholic encounter with the Muslim community and to judge the effectiveness of on-going dialogue.  You will learn to identify the commonalities and major differences between Christianity and Islam. You will also become familiar with the many facets of contemporary Catholic-Islamic relations, including the great challenges of today as well as the many opportunities.

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Gospel of St. Mark

  October 6 - October 27, 2014

This three week online seminar will be an excursion into the least known, least popular, yet, most underrated of the four Gospels--inspired by God and written by the man who was Peter's secretary.  Mark affords us an indispensable look into Jesus Christ and the true meaning of Christian discipleship. The content will explore many puzzles of this Gospel, including the reasons why Mark has so often been neglected in the history of the Church, and why Mark, despite his relative neglect in the past, is essential in his witness to the truth of Jesus Christ and the historical memory of the Lord's life and ministry. Furthermore, participants who complete the seminar should be able to give reasons why Mark is an outstanding catechetical tool for explaining the mystery of Christian discipleship.

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Ethical Dimensions of Public Health Crises

  October 20 - November 10, 2014

This seminar will have students examining major public health crises that have captured national and international attention: AIDS, Malaria, Maternal Mortality, and Breast Cancer. Identify what drives these epidemics, what preventive approaches have been prioritized, and what has actually proven effective in reversing the course of these epidemics.  Explore the deeper ideological undercurrents that have determined prevention policy, and examine the political commitments underlying what is reported to the public as “evidence based”.  After completing this seminar, participants should be able to demonstrate the critical philosophical and anthropological reasons for confronting these public health crises.

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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. .

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