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M.A. Degree Sequence and Courses

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M.A. Degree Sequence

We offer the following degree sequence (four-year degree plan) to assist students and advisors.

Following this sequence increases the likelihood of completing this degree in four years' time. Dropping courses, retaking classes, or registering for less than a full course load will delay graduation, so always consult your academic advisor before deviating from this suggested sequence. Students may enroll in a course only if they have met all prerequisites for that course. Check the UIW Bulletin for details.

Pastoral Institute Courses (Summer)

Note:  Courses are listed chronologically. One and two-week courses meet Monday through Friday.  Three-week courses do not meet on Fridays.  Class times vary.

Note: Courses are listed chronologically. Two-week classes meet Monday through Friday. Three-week courses do not meet on Fridays. Note that class times vary.

• RSPI 6272-01 Christian Sacraments
Dr. Glenn Ambrose, Ph.D.
A study of the Christian sacraments and sacramentality from several perspectives, including the scriptural, theological, historical and liturgical, with emphasis on Christian experience and the Roman Catholic tradition. June 9-26, 8:30-11:15 a.m., no Fridays. 2 sem. hrs.

• RSPI 6274-01 Introduction to Prayer
Dr. Monica Nicki Verploegen, Ph.D.
The nature and development of personal and communal prayer forms and methods, particularly in the Catholic Christian tradition; biblical and theological foundations of Christian prayer; cultural and psychological aspects of prayer. June 9-20, 6:00-8:45 p.m., 2 sem. hrs.

• RSPI 6211-01 Johannine Writings
Rev. Juan I. Alfaro, S.S.L., S.T.D.
A study of the Fourth Gospel presentation of a Jesus with whom the believer enters into communion to undergo a personal transformation directed toward the transformation of the world; includes the Gospel of John and themes from Revelation. June 16-July 3, 1:30-4:00 p.m., no Fridays, 2 sem. hrs.

• RSPI 6225-01 Moral Theology in a Pastoral Context
Rev. Robert A. Burns, O.P., Ph.D.
An examination of contemporary moral issues and practices of concern for Roman Catholic pastoral ministers and teachers. June 30-July 11, 8:30-11:15 a.m, no class July 4, 2 sem. hrs.

• RSPI 6199-01 God’s Gift of Forgiveness
Dr. Sandra Derby, Dr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI
Participation in the two-day Conference presented by Dr. Sandra Derby and completion of additional academic requirements. See the Special Events section for more information. June 27-28, 9 a.m-4:15 p.m., each day, 1 sem. hr.

• RSPI 6299-01 The New Evangelization
Dr. Arturo Chavez, Ph.D.
This course focuses on the Church’s call for new methods, venues, and ardor in the mission of evangelization. Students will explore the inspiring ecclesial documents Evangelii Nuntiandi, Ecclesia in America, Disciples Called to Witness, and Evangelii Gaudium to better understand the theological foundations and the practical, pastoral implications evangelization has on catechesis, sacramental preparation, and ministerial formation. This course will focus on respectful and effective approaches in Hispanic and other culturally diverse settings. July 7-18, 1:15-4:00 p.m., 2 sem. hrs.

• RSPI 62CS-01 Pastoral Project
Dr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI, Th.D.
This course involves the individual design, implementation, and evaluation of a supervised pastoral project. Prerequisite: RSPI 6285, Program Planning and Evaluation, and permission of the Director. 2 sem. hrs. arranged individually.

The following course will be offered at the Mexican American Catholic College campus. Contact MACC at 210-732-2156 for detailed information.

• RSPI 6399-01 Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century
Dr. Arturo Chavez, Ph.D.
An introduction to Hispanic Ministry, this course provides a sweeping overview of the culture, history, and faith expressions of Mexican Americans. The focus on the Mexican American experience is not exclusive; rather, it provides a comprehensive framework that can be used as a pattern for understanding other cultures, especially other Hispanic cultures. The course deepens appreciation of the multicultural diversity in society and guides students through a process of understanding the opportunities, challenges, priorities, and complexities of Hispanic Ministry. July 14-25, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 3 sem. hrs.

Note: this intense two-week course includes an immersion experience during the included weekend.

In the Archdiocese of San Antonio, catechists and Catholic school teachers may be eligible to earn level 2 or 3 certification credit through non-credit participation in Pastoral Institute courses and workshops. Contact Gloria Zapiain at the ACC, 210-734-2620, ext. 202, for further information and requirements.