CDU Student HutchesonMA Graduate Reflects on Her Experience at CDU

Clarissa (“Lissa”) Hutcheson recently earned her MA in Theology with a concentration in Ecclesial Service. She currently works as the director of catechetical ministry at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in La Jolla, California. She serves as a master catechist and also teaches for the San Diego Diocesan Institute.

“I am forever grateful to CDU for offering the gift of continuing my education in a format that allowed me to fully participate in my ordinary life of work, home and play,” Lissa says. “I only hope that I am able to share what I have received with whomever God send's into my life.”

After earning a BA degree in political science and history from the University of La Verne, California, Lissa participated in classes at the University San Diego while discerning a Master's degree in history. But she developed an interest in theology after taking classes at the Diocesan Institute in San Diego. “Having received a certificate in catechetical ministry, I sought to know more,” she says.


CDU Scripture and SalvationIntroduction to Scripture and Salvation History Offered in Late Fall

Embark on a journey through the Bible as the Catholic Church’s foundational narrative. Explore creation and the fall, God’s promise to Abraham, the covenant with Israel at Sinai and Deuteronomy, and the eventual collapse of the Davidic Kingdom.  Improve your understanding of the solution to the problems of Old Testament law and the eventual fulfillment of God’s promises through the person and work of Jesus Christ and his Church.  This course will introduce students to critical issues and disputed questions as they learn to make sense of the Bible as a unified and coherent story with profound implications for today. Offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, this 8-week course includes multimedia presentations.

CDU Carole BrownCourse Offered in Late Fall Term Explores Catholic Spirituality

Learn to apply the practical skills needed to enrich your spiritual life! Applied Catholic Spirituality will be taught by Dr. Carole Brown, Director of the Office of New Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Beginning with the teachings of Christ as recorded in the Gospels, Dr. Brown will explore the three stages of spiritual life, St. John Paul II’s teachings on personal conversion, as well as the rich variety of Christian practices illustrated in the lives and teachings of the saints.  This course is offered at the undergraduate level as SPIR 301 and at the graduate level as SPIR 501.

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CDU Federal Financial AidFederal Financial Aid Available

Our Student Financial Aid Office is available to help you apply for financial aid. Only students who have completed all of the admissions requirements for the  AA, BA, or MA in Theology degree programs are eligible for financial aid at this time.

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Course Name Winter I
Winter II Summer
CHIST 514. Church History I: Early Christians to the Middle Ages - 8Wk       X 2017   X
CHIST 524. Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church (OSV core) - 8Wk   X   X 2016 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 (OSV core)         X  
RELED 560. Principles of Catholic Education (OSV core) - 8Wk   X        
RELED 671. Leadership for Catholic Adult Faith Formation     X      
SCRPT 515. Biblical Foundations - 16Wk         X  
SCRPT 520. Pentateuch - 8Wk X          
SCRPT 530. Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History (OSV core) - 8Wk    X       X
SCRPT 540. Isaiah and the Prophets     X      
SCRPT 570. 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     X      
SPIR 501. Applied Catholic Spirituality (OSV core) - 8Wk   X       X
THEO 500. The Light of Faith: Basics of Catholicism (core) - 8Wk X 2017     X 2016   X 2016
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   X
THEO 584. The Modern Crisis of Values and the Catholic Mind     X      
THEO 617. The Evidence for God from Contemporary Physics and Philosophy
(OSV core)
THEO 631. Introduction to Christology (core)     X   X  
THEO 640. Explaining and Defending the Faith (OSV core) - 8Wk X          
THEO 641. Theology of the Church (core) X   X      
THEO 682. Forming a Catholic World View: Catholic Social Teachings (OSV core) - 8Wk    X     X  
Course Name Winter I
Winter II Summer
BIO 150. Nutrition X          
CHIST 314. Church History I: Early Christians to Middle Ages (core) - 8Wk       X2017   X
CHIST 324. Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church (core) - 8Wk   X    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 171. Western Civilization, Part I (core) (8wk) X       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 Philosophy of the Human Person - 8Wk   X        
PHIL 305. Introduction to Plato and Aristotle (core) - 8Wk     X     X
RELED 432. General Catechetics for the New Evangelization X          
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. 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. Ethics and Morality (core) - 8Wk   X   X2017   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-2017    
THEO 342. The Four Constitutions of Vatican II (core) - 8Wk   X   X-2016 X  
THEO 353. Sacraments: Masterworks of God (core) - 8Wk X     X-2017    
THEO 418. Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas         X  
THEO 468. Principals of Moral Theology - 8Wk   X      X  

Lectio Divina: A Way of Praying the Scriptures


Nov. 28 - Dec. 19, 2016

The Word of God is powerful and personal.  Through the practice of Lectio Divina or Divine Reading, God leads us to meditate, pray, and put into action His all-powerful Word.  For many years the Church has been teaching this spiritual practice for deepening one’s relationship with God.  Those who complete this seminar will be able to describe the basic steps of this effective type of prayer, and comfortably engage in praying the Scriptures using Lectio Divina.



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Summer 2016  
Registration Opens 5/16/16
Financing Deadline (short term payment plan sign-up closes 6/20/16
Registration/Payment Deadline 6/27/16
Course Preview Opens 7/1/16
First Day of Class 7/4/16
Last day to register for a course 7/8/16
Last Day to Drop a Course (No W on transcript) 7/15/16
Last Day for any Refund or to Withdraw from class (W on transcript) 7/31/16
Exams open to students 8/24/16
 Last Day of Class  8/27/16
 Last Day to take Final Exams  8/27/16
 Grades Available  9/2/16


 Fall I 2016  12 week  8 week
 Registration Opens 7/11/16 7/11/16
 Financing Deadline (short term payment plan sign-up closes) 8/15/16 8/15/16
 Tuition Payment Deadline 8/22/16 8/22/16
 Course Preview Opens 8/26/16 8/26/16
 First Day of Class 8/29/16 8/29/16
 Last day to register for a course 9/2/16 9/2/16
 Last Day to Drop a Course (No W on transcript) 9/9/16 9/9/16
 Last Day for any Refund or to Withdraw from class (W on transcript)  10/23/16 9/25/16
 Exams open to students 11/16/16
(SCRPT 515-12/14/16)
 Last day of class 11/19/16
(SCRPT 515-12/17/16)
 Last day to take Final Exams 11/19/16
(SCRPT 515-12/17/16)
 Grades Available 11/25/16
(SCRPT 515-12/23/16)


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