IPS Core Curriculum for students in MAPS with concentration in Digital Communication
570 Introduction to Theology and Ministry (3 hours). This course explores the interplay among tradition and ministry, theology and practice. In this course students clarify and articulate the theory of ministry and the method of ministry from which to operate. You will explore the history of ministry and confront the challenge of relating its foundational traditions to the present array of ministers and ministries. This history will include the development of theology and the experience of critically thinking about the tradition and relating it effectively to ministry contexts today. Grounded in experiences of ministry, the course allows you to become more certain and deliberate about the skills that constitute ministerial practice and ministerial (pastoral) theology. At the heart of the course is your self-confidence in your ministerial capacities as a professional.
417 Literature of Ancient Israel (3 Hours). This course is an introduction to the Old Testament, the sacred literature of both Christians and Jews. We will examine texts from the Pentateuch, the historical and the prophetic books, and the wisdom books that contain the record of Israel's relation with its God, a record that for Christians forms the prelude to the Christ event. In order to reconstruct the meaning of Old Testament texts for their original audiences, we will employ the methods of modern critical biblical scholarship. The aim of our efforts to recover the ancient cultural, religious, and literary contexts of the Old Testament is the authentic appropriation of this literature in our present-day contexts of pastoral ministry and personal spiritual growth.
416 Christian Origins: An Exploration of the New Testament (3 hours). This course serves as an introduction to and overview of the New Testament. Students explore the world of Jesus and his interpreters from both an historical and a biblical perspective and learn about the religious and cultural world of Palestinian Judaism during the Roman occupation. The course considers the life and teachings of Jesus in Galilee in the twenties; the beginnings of the Christian movement in the revelatory experience of Christ risen and the preaching of the gospel focused on his life, death, and resurrection; the missionary movement of the Church into the Greco-Roman world (the life and writings of the apostle Paul); and finally the development of the four canonical gospels, each with their unique portrait of Jesus Christ and the path of discipleship. Throughout the course, students make connections between then and now, Christian origins and the world of today.
531 Christian Doctrine & Its History: Grace, Christ, & the Spirit (3 hours). Today many Christians have little or no understanding of how the New Testament experience became translated into Christian doctrine; many have little or no insight into how Christian theology today understands the dynamics of sin and grace, the notion of salvation, the role of Jesus Christ as understood by Christian faith. This course is an overview of fundamental Christian theology, focused on the core doctrines of grace, Christ, and Trinity. Students will pursue an understanding of the experiential foundations of core Christian doctrine and see the evolution of interpretation from early centuries to the present. Much of the course will explore contemporary, pastoral understandings of Christian doctrine. We will move between experience and doctrine and back to experience, helping students gain insight into both as they come to understand the dynamic process that leads from experience to doctrine-and, in theology, back again to experience and to ministry. What theologians refer to as "soteriology"—theology of salvation-is the heart of this course.
402 Church and its Mission (3 hours). This course involves us in communion as the heart of church, with attention to authentic human development. It examines the relationships of community and institutional structure and highlights the mission of the church to society. We focus on the church as an evolving experience of reform and its aftermath. Jesus to Augustine, Christendom, Tridentine Reform and Vatican II are the historical periods that anchor this course. The church is both product and transformer of culture—each age bringing new challenges, up to and including our contemporary context. We’ll explore how the resources and the tradition of the Church can be used to respond creatively to these challenges, enabling us to teach and minister in new times, and identify new resources as needed.
541 Liturgy and Christian Sacraments (3 hours). This course will examine the seven Catholic Sacraments as specific encounters with the great mystery that is God, whose saving presence and action break into our lives through our experiences of Christ in and through the Holy Spirit. As liturgical celebrations of Christ's Body, the Church, the Sacraments not only express our faith in God's love and presence, but also, by their very celebration, bring us into an encounter with God's grace and work to form and shape us more and more into the image of Christ in the world. This course also examines the complicated theological, religious, and cultural origins of the liturgy and the sacraments. We will analyze how these elements developed and changed as a pastoral response to the needs of the Church communities throughout time. Finally we will look at the liturgy and sacraments in our own day and envision how the Church can respond pastorally to our own times and how it might respond in the future.
553 Christian Moral Theology and Ethics (3 hours). This course examines the fundamental insights of Christian ethics as they relate to everyday living as disciples of Christ and citizens in this time/place. Topics covered will include: history of Christian ethics, formation of a Christian ethical community discipleship, theological anthropology (including human dignity, rights, agency, freedom, natural law, stages of moral development and commitment), models for decision-making, resources for ethical living (Catholic traditions, the scriptures, human experience, social and human sciences), conscience, methods of ethical thinking, (social) sin, conversion and virtue. These foundational issues and Catholic social teachings will be integrated with pastoral application through the use of case studies on economic justice, violence, human sexuality, environmental justice and biomedical ethics.
One IPS selective chosen from the three IPS courses
This selective allows students to customize their IPS coursework to suit the needs of their intended career path.
IPS 485 Religious Education, Evangelization & Cultures (3 hours). Religious education, including catechesis, evangelization, religious instruction, and faith formation, occurs within cultural settings (e.g., urban/suburban/rural; secular/religious; settled/immigrant; ethnically diverse/uniform; Millennial/GenX/Boomer/Greatest generation). This course provides the tools to analyze a cultural context, identify barriers to ongoing conversion, and teach effectively for religious and spiritual growth. Outcome: Know basic catechesis. Understand the educational significance of cultural context. Develop ethnographic and contextual analytical skills. Analyze and evaluate themselves, curricula and others for cultural appropriateness. Create culturally-sensitive learning events.
IPS 555 The Human Person and Psychological Development (3 hours). Human beings are created to grow and mature into their full humanity. Every phase of life carries particular psychological and spiritual agendas. While each person is unique, our developmental story from birth to death is also our universal human story with particular variations, sharpened around gender and cultural differences. Outcomes: Exploration of developmental differences. Discovery of reliable markers for ministry to persons throughout the life cycle.
IPS 565 Pastoral Leadership (3 hours). Who is a leader?What is leadership? These contemporary questions creatively haunt every organization and endeavor. Church, parish, and other structures of religion and spirituality find these questions particularly challenging in light of their mission, their membership, and their relationship with the culture. This course examines contemporary leadership, its theories and practices, specifically focusing on pastoral contexts. The relationship between various ecclesiologies and leadership styles will be discussed. Models of leadership will be presented and processed. Distinctions between leadership and management will be explored. The role of the congregation in pastoral leadership will be highlighted. Course expectations include an analysis of a specific pastoral leadership situation of the student’s choice.
IPS Selectives for students in MAPS with concentration in Digital Communication
Electives for students in MAPS with concentration in Digital Communication/School of Communication course list
Student chooses three courses from the list.