Pastoral Institute

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Pastoral Ministry

The Pastoral Institute department offers a bilingual Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Pastoral Ministry (PMIN), through a collaborative academic arrangement with the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) in San Antonio, Texas.  The degree program is housed in the UIW Pastoral Institute, which serves the Catholic community through education and formation for contemporary ministry.  The curriculum is based on solid Catholic biblical and theological foundations with pastoral application to concrete situations in ministry.  In keeping with this mission, this program is designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary breadth of knowledge in the liberal arts and Catholic culture; offer a solid foundation in biblical and theological studies in preparation for ministry; ensure language proficiency for ministry in a bilingual (English and Spanish) pastoral setting, and for English-language graduate studies; equip students with the leadership skills and intercultural competencies needed for effective pastoral ministry in today’s multicultural dioceses, parishes, and institutions; and offer an optional concentration in Philosophy which fulfills requirements of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for seminarians at the college and pre-theology levels.

Students complete the standard required core curriculum courses at UIW’s main campus.  Most of the courses in the major are offered at MACC and are taught primarily by regular MACC faculty members who have been appointed as UIW part-time faculty.  Upon completion of their degree requirements, students receive a UIW degree (Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry). 

Students are subject to all UIW’s admissions standards.

This degree program is open to MACC and UIW students alike. 

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Pastoral Ministry requires 121 credit hours for graduation: 43 hours in the UIW Core Curriculum; the specified 39 hours of the foundational core courses in philosophy, theology, and scripture; and 39 hours in a concentration in either Philosophy, Catholic Leadership, or Catechetics.  Students will complete the required 45 clock hours in community service.

 

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Pastoral Ministry degree sequence

 

Major Requirements for a B.A. with a major in Pastoral Ministry:

Recommended Sequence of Courses in the major:  For a current degree sequence, please visit the department's website.

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Pastoral Ministry requires 121 credit hours for graduation: (A) Core Curriculum (43 hours); (B) Community Service Hours (45 hours); (C) Philosophy, Theology, and Scripture Courses (39 hours); and (D) a Concentration in Philosophy, Catholic Leadership, or Catechetics (39 hours).

Core in Philosophy, Theology, and Scripture (39 hours)

These courses provide a shared course base for each of the three degree concentrations below.

PMIN

1310

Philosophy in the Catholic Tradition

PMIN

1320

Introduction to Theology and Biblical Studies

PMIN

1341

Introduction to Liturgy

PMIN

2320

Catholic Biblical Interpretation—Old Testament

PMIN

2321

Ancient Philosophy

PMIN

2332

Catholic Biblical Interpretation—New Testament

PMIN

3380

The Theology of the Creed: The Faith Professed

PMIN

3381

Christ and Church

PMIN

3382

Sacramental Theology: The Faith Celebrated

PMIN

3385

Moral Theology: The Faith Lived

PMIN

4351

History of the Catholic Church

PMIN

4385

Catholic Spiritual Traditions: The Faith Prayed

PMIN

4387

Ecclesiology (summative assessment course)

NOTE: Substitutions are possible with the approval of the program director.

Concentration in the Major (39 Hours)

Choose one of the following 3 concentrations:

1. Concentration in Philosophy (39 Hours):

This concentration prepares students for the study of Theology and is based on the Church’s most fundamental belief in the compatibility of reason and faith.  The overall goal is to enable graduates to understand their future theological studies within the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition.  This concentration meets the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ requirements in Philosophy for admission into a major seminary for studies towards ordination. 

A.  Requirements include the following:

PMIN

1311

Classical Logic

PMIN

2323

Medieval Philosophy

PMIN

2342

Philosophy of Nature and Being

PMIN

3325

Modern Philosophy

PMIN

3327

Contemporary Philosophy

PMIN

3384

Epistemology

PMIN

4363

Natural Theology

PMIN

4375

Philosophical Anthropology

PMIN

4386

Philosophical Ethics

B.  Electives:  6 hours of Pastoral Ministry, Latin, Philosophy, and/or Theology coursework

NOTE: Substitutions are possible with the approval of the program director.

2. Concentration in Catholic Leadership (39 Hours): 

This concentration is for those seeking to serve the Church in key lay pastoral ministry leadership positions in diocesan offices, in Catholic schools and organizations, and as parish administrators according to the quidelines outlined in Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord.  The overall goal is to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of the Church's teachings and a pastoral plan for implementing best practices for church management, ethical pastoral care, and faithful leadership in today's complex cultural settings. 

A.  Requirements include the following:

PMIN

1372

Cross-Cultural Competencies for Pastoral Ministry

PMIN

2322

Faith Development and Catechesis in a Multicultural Context

PMIN

2373

Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century

PMIN

3330

Canon Law for Ministry in Multicultural Communities

PMIN

3374

Stewardship and Financial Management for Catholic Leaders

PMIN

4378

Ethics and Accountability for Catholic Leaders

B.  Electives:  21 hours of Pastoral Ministry, Latin, Philosophy, and/or Theology coursework

NOTE: Substitutions are possible with the approval of the program director.

3.  Concentration in Catechetics (39 Hours):

Catechetics is the teaching of basic Catholic doctrine.  This concentration prepares catechetical leaders to oversee diocesan, parish, and school-based programs for evangelizing and educating adults, teens, children, and families in the Catholic faith.  The courses draw from the rich array of the Church's documents on evangelization, catechesis, culture, and Hispanic Ministry.  The overall goal is to enable the graduate to design and implement a comprehensive approach to catechesis that begins with the family, builds on the assets of the community and culture being served, and is centered in the sacramental life of the church. 

A. Requirements include:

PMIN

1350

Foundations of Evangelization and Catechesis

PMIN

2352

Catechetical Content, Methods, and Curriculum

PMIN

2354

Baptismal Catechumenate (RCIA) and Catholic Formation

PMIN

3356

Family, Culture, and Catechesis

PMIN

3358

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

B.  Electives:  24 hours of Pastoral Ministry, Latin, Philosophy, and/or Theology coursework

NOTE: Substitutions are possible with the approval of the program director.

 



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