Department of Theology cultivates dedicated people who take lead in Christian Community and Korean spiritual culture by offering academic and pastoral programs based on Catholic tradition and experience. To achieve this goal, we provide diverse courses which help you to study systemically, for example, professional education for pastors, reeducation for priests, and training for ascetics. Courses for degrees are divided into two program; master’s degree program and doctoral degree program. Each program has Bible theology, church theology, spiritual theology, and environmental theology and so on.

The Curriculum

1. The Master’s Degree Program

1) 51 or more credits (including thesis or additional course-credits) are required for a Master’s Degree. Students must complete 45 credits in the Department of Theology and 6 credits in other departments or divisions of the University.

2) Students for a Master’s Degree must pass the Foreign Language Exam and the Master’s Degree Comprehensive Examination. The following areas are included in the subjects for the examination.

* Biblical theology: Introduction to the Old Testament, the Pentateuch, the prophets, wisdom literature, introduction to the New Testament, the synoptic gospels, Johannine writings, Pauline letters.

* Systematic theology: Christology, sacramental theology and ecclesiology, pneumatology, theology of God and of the Trinity. * Moral theology: Introduction to Christian Ethics, sexual ethics, Bioethics, Catholic social teaching, special topics in moral theology.

* Spiritual theology: Methodology of spiritual theology, Theological history of the religious life, Theology of the Spiritual Exercises, Origins of the Apostolic Spiritualithy, spiritual discernment

* Ecotheology: Introduction to ecotheology, creation theology and spirituality, theology and cosmology, theological and scientific worldviews, ecopsychology and spirituality. The written exam in each area lasts for 60 minute.

3) Major fields include Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Spiritual Theology and Ecotheology

4) The Master’s thesis counts for 6 credits.

5) Courses are periodically taught on the following basis:

Spring Semester Fall Semester
2-yearly cycle 1st year 201 Revelation
300 Introduction to Ecotheology
321 Synoptic Gospels : Matthew
341 Theology of Grace and Salvation
357 Bioethics
375 Theological History of Religious Life
392 Creation Theology and Spirituality
413 Historical Writing of the Old Testament
424 Study of John’s Gospel
203~4 Basic Theology
240 Introduction to Christology
250 Introduction to Christian Ethics
326 Pastoral Letters
415 The Prophets
428 Study of Apocalyptic and the Book of Revelation
448 Concepts about Holy Sprit
491 Theology and Scientific World View
561 Origins of the Apostolic Spirituality
2nd year 200 Introduction to Theology
314 The Pentateuch
320 Synoptic Gospels : Mark
327 History of Apostolic Times
356 Sexual Ethics
445 Theology of The Church
492 Theology and Cosmology
541 Study on K. Rahner’s Thought
563 Spiritual Pedagogy
323 Synoptic Gospels : Luke
325 Study of Pauline Writings
342~3 Introduction to Sacraments
348 Eschatology
352 Catholic Social Teaching
435 Introduction to Process Theology
416 Wisdom Literature
361 Methodology of Spiritual Theology
369 Ecopsychology and Spirituality

2. The Doctoral Degree Program
1) At least 90 credits are required for a Doctoral degree in Theology, including those earned in the previous Master’s degree course in Theology. Among these credits, at least 12 credits must be taken in the other major areas of theology, chosen with the approval of the candidate’s supervisor.

2) Candidates for a Doctoral degree must pass the foreign language exam by receiving at least 80 out of a maximum 100 points in an English exam administered by the GST or have received a TOEIC score of at least 800, or with TOEFL a PBT score of at least 580 or a CBT score of at least 230 at most 2 years prior to the date set for the English examination, and proof of this must be submitted to the Dean’s office in the semester prior to the submission of the dissertation proposal form.

They must then pass the comprehensive exam. Students who had received a TOEIC score of at least 800, or with TOEFL a PBT score of at least 580 or a CBT score of at least 230 within 2 years prior to admission and were therefore dispensed from taking the English exam on admission, or who received a grade of 80 or more in the entrance exam English test are dispensed from the foreign language component in the qualifying exam. The comprehensive exam is given in both written and oral form. It examines candidates’ knowledge in Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Spiritual Theology, Moral Theology. The supervisor together with 2 other faculty members appointed by the Dean are responsible for establishing reading lists and setting the questions.

3) Candidates for the doctoral degree must pass an exam in the ancient languages needed for their major area: Latin, Greek, Hebrew, under the supervisor’s direction.

4) The major areas in the doctoral program are Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Spiritual Theology, Moral Theology and Ecotheology.

Course Num. Course Name Credits
200 Introduction to Theology 3 Credits.
In order to provide an overall understanding of Christian theology, the following topics are covered: 1) The faith that underlies theology: revelation, the scriptures etc. 2) The fundamental definitions, composition and methods of theology. 3) The main topics of systematic theology: God, Christ, Holy Spirit, creation, eschatology, salvation, church, humanity etc.
201 Revelation 3 Credits.
Analyzes the modes and processes of the transmission of Revelation within the Church.
202 Theology of Ministry 3 Credits.
Studies the foundations and development of Christian ministry, on the basis of the Bible and tradition, with the aim of developing future ministers’ capacity to adapt to the various circumstances of ministry.
203 Basic Theology 3 Credits.
Faith and Reason : Christian faith claims to be a universal truth, and seeks to defend that position. This course explores the academic basis for theology and, beyond that, the ways in which faith can be defended by the use of reason. In addition, it covers the ways in which the topic ‘faith and reason’ has been treated in the course of Church history.
204 Basic Theology 3 Credits.
The Scriptures and the Church : The sources of faith are found in listening to the scriptures. Listening gives rise to proclamation, and in the course of proclamation the question of truth arises. This course examines how the proclamation of the Gospel relates to that truth.
210 Introduction to the Old Testament 3 Credits.
After exploring the formation of the various parts of the Old Testament, the scriptures common to Judaism and Christianity, the various methodologies necessary for reading the texts of each component book are presented, as well as the relation of the Old Testament to the New Testament.
220 Introduction to the New Testament 3 Credits.
Examines the formation of the New Testament, the appropriate methodologies for studying it, the transmission and editing of the Synoptic Gospels, the compilation of the Acts of the Apostles, the backgrounds and ideas of the Pauline writings and other letters; and the background and ideas of the Johannine Writings.
230 Theological Anthropology 3 Credits.
This course aims at introducing the anthropological insights and the philosophical and religious answers to the modes and essential components of human existence and to the questions that define human life, such as work, freedom, justice, suffering, death, and hope. The topics are introduced from the objective viewpoint of religious studies, the answers are explored from a Christian viewpoint.
240 Introduction to Christology 3 Credits.
Who is Jesus Christ? This core question of the Christian faith is explored on the basis of the Bible and Christian tradition. This course will study the deeds and words of Jesus Christ as depicted in the New Testament, and also examine historico-critical questions: the life, death, and teaching of Jesus in history, the rise of faith in Christ, the existential meaning of the propositions of faith. It will also provide a brief introduction to the early Christological controversies.
250 Introduction to Christian Ethics 3 Credits.
Since the second Vatican Council, the main concern in Christian ethics has been the question of what constitutes the authentic ethical life of the Christian, rather than the question of what it is to commit a sin. This course investigates the historical controversies over the main topics of traditional Christian ethics (i.e. Natural Law, conscience, freedom, etc), and how these ethical norms can be applied in the context of postmodern society.
260 Biblical Spirituality 3 Credits.
This course studies the various kinds of spiritual experience the Bible testifies to, and examines how these experiences serve as the source of spiritual experience throughout history.
264 Theology of Vocation 3 Credits.
This course deals with God’s calling and human responses, focusing on the Bible and the experience of faith. In addition, the question of how we can live according to the teachings of the Gospels in the present world will be discussed in detail.
265 Theology of Prayer 3 Credits.
This course introduces the nature and methods of prayer, and examines the possibilities of change and growth offered through prayer. The changes in the theology of prayer in each historical period and the writings of major thinkers will be also examined.
285 Introduction to Liturgy 1 3 Credits.
This course covers the basic history and theology of Christian liturgy. The different sacraments of the Catholic Church, their liturgical significance and celebration will be explored, together with the theological and historical backgrounds.
286 Introduction to Liturgy 2 3 Credits.
This course is especially focused on the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist, explored in its theological and liturgical context.
300 Introduction to Ecotheology 3 Credits.
This course is centered on the meaning of Ecotheology, taking account of ecological problems and their connection with theology, exploring its connection with the scriptures, Christian tradition, documents of the magisterium, spirituality, ethics etc.
302 Special Issues in Modern Theology 1 3 Credits.
A survey of the core issues raised by contemporary theological ideas.
304 Special Issues in Modern Theology 2 3 Credits.
Continues the survey of the core issues raised by contemporary theological ideas left incomplete in the previous course.
310 Theology of the Old Testament 3 Credits.
A theological study of God, humanity and the world represented in the Old Testament from the viewpoint of the history of salvation.
312 History of Israel’s Religion 3 Credits.
Studies the Near-Eastern backgrounds to the history of Israel, its archeology, and the political, economical, institutional, and cultural backgrounds of ancient Israel.
314 The Pentateuch 3 Credits.
This course explores the historical, cultural, and theological structures of the Pentateuch and studies it thematically.
320 The Synoptic Gospels 3 Credits.
Mark : A thematic study of the ideas of Jesus found in Mark: the Kingdom of God, ethics, law, property, politics, leadership, parable, etc.
321 The Synoptic Gospels 3 Credits.
Matthew : A thematic study of the ideas of Jesus found in Matthew: the Kingdom of God, ethics, law, property, politics, leadership, parable, etc.
323 The Synoptic Gospels 3 Credits.
Luke : A thematic study of the ideas of Jesus found in Luke: the Kingdom of God, ethics, law, property, politics, leadership, parable, etc.
324 The Johannine Writings 3 Credits.
A study of Johannine theology, focusing on John’s Gospel and Letters 1-3. The main focus of this course is an intensive investigation of the present and future aspects of salvation and the concept of life and faith.
325 The Pauline Writings 3 Credits.
A general survey of the Pauline writings and a study of the backgrounds and theological issues of each particular text.
326 Pastoral Letters 3 Credits.
A examination of the backgrounds and theological issues of the Pastoral Letters in the New Testament (Timothy 1 &2, Titus, Peter 1 & 2, Jude, and Hebrews)
327 History of Apostolic Times 3 Credits.
This course explores the formation and development of the Church in apostolic times, on the basis of the Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline Writings, and examines the formation, developmental processes, and characteristics of orthodox Judaic Christianity, Hellenic Judaic Christianity, and Hellenic Christianity.
328 The Miracles of Jesus 3 Credits.
This course examines methods of understanding and interpreting the texts that describe Jesus’ miracles in the gospels, and their theological meanings.
329 The Parables of Jesus 3 Credits.
This course examines methods of interpreting and understanding the texts of Jesus’ parables, and the theological lessons communicated through those parables.
331 Ecumenism 3 Credits.
An examination of the theological foundations and the practice of the ecumenical movement.
341 Theology of Grace and Salvation 3 Credits.
This covers the issues of grace and salvation, from the viewpoint of Christian tradition as well as contemporary theology.
342 Introduction to the Sacraments 3 Credits.
A basic introduction to the study of the 7 sacraments, studying the origins and development of the sacraments in the Church’s history, and the specific significance of each of the sacraments.
343 The Sacraments 3 Credits.
An in-depth study of each of the 7 sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Marriage, Order, Reconciliation (Confession), Anointing the Sick.
348 Eschatology 3 Credits.
Explores the Christian view of hope in the light of the Bible and Christian tradition.
351 Biblical Ethics 3 Credits.
Studies the ethical teachings found in the Old and New Testaments, and examines how biblical ethics can be applied in contemporary society.
352 Catholic Social Teaching 3 Credits.
The teachings of Catholic Church about society and social problems are covered in the so-called “Social Encyclicals.” This course offers a chronological and thematic survey of those documents, and examines how they provide Christians with principles of reflection, standards of judgment and behavior, and guides for analyzing and evaluating social phenomena.
353 Social Ethics 3 Credits.
Each person is an individual being who writes an individual history through numerous relationships with others within society. Each person exercises specific rights as an individual and as a member of society. However, the exercise of rights goes together with social duties and responsibilities. This course examines the historical development of notions of individual rights during the Enlightenment in Europe, and discusses various thinkers’ attitudes toward individual rights, the common good, and justice.
354 Environmental Ethics 3 Credits.
Examines various views of the environment, the value and status of non-human living creatures, with the ensuing human responsibilities and duties.
356 Sexual Ethics 3 Credits.
Sexuality is generally discussed in terms of the three aspects: reproduction, the promotion of love, and the pursuit of pleasure. This course examines the controversies regarding sexuality in Christian history, and the biblical bases, then discusses a variety of problematic issues involving sexuality in postmodern society.
357 Bioethics 3 Credits.
Modern science has undergone a radical development. Especially the rapid development of genetic engineering challenges the dignity of humankind. This course studies the elementary principles of bioethics, and based on this preliminary knowledge, discusses a variety of issues involving bioethics.
358 Special Issues in Moral Theology 3 Credits.
A survey of the main issues arising in contemporary moral theology.
361 Methodology of Spiritual Theology 3 Credits.
Explores the main works of Christian spiritual mysticism and studies different approaches to each master’s spiritual experience. During the course, the following topics will be discussed, with a study and evaluation of the basic theories: Psychological studies, mystical approaches, approaches as a mode of life, the meeting of East and West through spirituality, understanding contemporary spirituality, and the future of spiritual theology.
368 Special Issues in Modern Spirituality 3 Credits.
While exploring the workings of the inner mind both spiritually and psychologically, this course presents the spirituality of modern man seen in various forms of self-expression (e. g. literature).
369 Ecopsychology and Spirituality 3 Credits.
Ecopsychology is a discipline that integrates the sensibility of psychologists who seek to cure human psyche, the viewpoints of ecology specialists, and the ethical power of environmentalists. This course explores the influence of the ecological environment on the human spirit and religious nature from a viewpoint of Christian spirituality, as well as the negative effect of the destruction of the environment, caused by the development of technological sciences, on the mental health of human beings, on the basis of ecopsychologists’ analysis.
371 Introduction to Patrology 3 Credits.
Designed to offer an introduction to the ideas of the Church Fathers that great influenced the thought of the Church first established by Christ and his disciples, as well as an understanding of the Church in the patristic period.
372 World Church History 1 3 Credits.
A study of ancient and medieval church history.
373 World Church History 2 3 Credits.
A study of modern and contemporary church history.
374 Korean Church History 3 Credits.
Explores the establishment of Korea’s church history, the circumstances underlying the persecutions during the Korean enlightenment, and the ordeals and development of the Korean church prior to the transition period. Major documents and ideas of Korean church history will be studied.
375 History and Spirituality of the Religious Life 3 Credits.
An examination of the origins and development of the religious life in its historical context.
382 Feminist Theology 3 Credits.
Explores the development of the feminist theology which began to emerge in the 1960s, and presents feminist theological analyses of major theological topics, the theological methods employed by feminist theologians, as well as the significance of the perspectives of feminist theology in contemporary theology.
384 Studies in Philosophy 4 (William James) 3 Credits.
Examines the main ideas of the philosophy of religion expressed in the writings of William James.
391 Ecofeminist Theology 3 Credits.
Ecofeminist theology investigates the destruction of the ecosystem brought about by the distorted structures of social domination originating in a patriarchal society based on male chauvinism, and also the role of religion in today’s culture, which is also based on this same way of thinking. Accordingly, the course explores a new religious vision which aims to bring about fundamental changes in social structures in order to restore the ecosystem.
392 Creation Theology and Spirituality 3 Credits.
Surveys the traditional doctrines regarding creation and examines the theology of creation from new perspectives as a basis for ecotheology, established on a foundation of contemporary concerns and reflections about the ecosystem.
394 Theology and Nature 3 Credits.
Examines the various views of nature within the Church historically and in terms of systematic theology, reflecting on these views from an ecological perspective and investigating what might be a desirable ecological view of nature.
395 Introduction to Liberation Theology 3 Credits.
Explores the liberation theology formulated by Latin American theologians in contrast to traditional Western theology.
401 Current Theological Methods 3 Credits.
In order to understand the overall trends of contemporary Christian theology, this course will study the historical and methodological backgrounds of many different modern theological trends.
411 Biblical Research Methods 3 Credits.
This course first explores the hermeneutic bases for the study of the Old Testament through a survey of historical criticism, as well as anthropological, psychological, socio-economical, and structuralist decodings of the Old Testament. Regarding the New Testament, after introducing the traditional historical approaches, study will be made of textual criticism, transmission criticism, formal criticism, hermeneutics. Finally, the most modern forms of literary criticism and rhetorical criticism will be introduced.
413 Historical Writings of the Old Testament 3 Credits.
A study of the historical writings recording the early history of Israel in relation to the theology of the Old Testament
414 The Psalms 3 Credits.
Surveys the Psalms from a literary critical perspective, relating their poetical spirit to the theology of the Old Testament.
415 The Prophets 3 Credits.
Studies the phenomena of prophecy and relates the prophets’ poetical spirit to the theology of the Old Testament.
416 Wisdom Literature 3 Credits.
Explores the ideas and notions of Israel’s Wisdom literature and apocryphal scriptures, which have their specific characteristics while sharing common aspects with the wisdom traditions of other cultures.
421 Jesus and the Kingdom of God 3 Credits.
Studies the most recent achievements in the study of the historical Jesus, and attempts to situate the message of Jesus and the Kingdom of God, and its practice, in the religious and social background of 1st-century Palestine.
422 The Historical Jesus 3 Credits.
After investigating the results of research on the historical Jesus, studies Jesus’ actions and teaching recorded in the gospels using historical criticism.
424 John’s Gospel 3 Credits.
Explores the purpose and background of John’s Gospel, by means of a thematic exploration of the body of the text (the prologue, discourse, discipleship, miracles, historicizing of the passion and resurrection, in John’s Gospel).
425 The Epistles to the Romans and the Galatians 3 Credits.
Examines the background and epistolary structure of the Epistles to the Romans and the Galatians, that explore the themes of law and justification, the very core of Pauline theology, seeking to interpret the texts related to law and justification by historical criticism.
426 Pauline Theology 3 Credits.
Studies the basic notions of Pauline theology, based on the Pauline Writings, focusing on Paul’s concept of God, Christology, ideas about the Holy Spirit, salvation, eschatology, grace, anthropology etc.
427 Luke-Acts 3 Credits.
Studies the unity of Luke’s Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, the background and purpose of Luke-Acts, and the theology expressed there.
428 Apocalyptic Writings and the Book of Revelation 3 Credits.
Analyzes the Book of Revelation in relation to Jewish apocalyptic writings, exploring the theology of the New Testament Book of Revelation and its ideas of salvation and eschatology.
429 History of Post-Apostolic Times Shown in the New Testament 3 Credits.
This course explores daily life and theological developments in the early church in post-apostolic times through New Testament texts such as the Pastoral Epistles : Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, Peter, and John.
432 Enculturation of Theology 3 Credits.
Studies the relationship between Korea’s traditional religions and Christianity, and discusses the enculturation of theology in Korea.
435 Introduction to Process Theology 3 Credits.
Introduces Process Theology on the basis of the writings of Alfred N. Whitehead, explores how it relates to the traditional theology of the Christian Church, in particular regarding possible solutions to the problems caused by differences in notions of God and the relationship of God with the world.
438 Liberation Theologies 3 Credits.
Liberation theologies claim to present a ‘socio-scientific analysis’ and a ‘theological study’ of the economic, political, social, cultural, and religious problems of Latin America, that is currently in a state of dependency, in order to propose ways in which Christians can develop a ‘historical practice’ to achieve a new society and a new practice of humanity.
439 Third World Theology 3 Credits.
Explores the various theological ideas of theologians in the Third World, in regions such as Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
442 Doctrinal History 3 Credits.
Studies the authentic meaning of the Christian faith, which has continued to develop over the centuries through apology, debate, and contradiction, by exploring the Trinity and the developments of Christology in the course of the Church’s history, as well as trying to understand ideas usually regarded as heresy, since the development of an orthodoxy logically presupposes heterodoxy.
445 Theology of the Church 3 Credits.
Studies the origins, institutions, and identity of the Church.
446 The Magisteriu 3 Credits.
The Magisterium, which derives from the apostles, implies the authority to teach the contents of the revelation of Christ in the Catholic Church. Also, it is an organization devoted to the service of the Word of God for the unity of the faithful within the church, expressing doctrine in a credible manner and interpreting the contents of revelation in a linguistic coherence so that contemporaries may understand them. Analyzing the conciliar documents of each period, this course examines the teaching of the magisterium in each period of history.
447 Concepts of God and the Trinity 3 Credits.
Chiefly covers the concepts of God in Israel and Christianity, as well as their transformation and the present state of the concept of God.
448 Concepts of the Holy Spirit 3 Credits.
Studies the concepts of the Holy Spirit formulated in the Bible and the traditions of the Church.
449 Mariology 3 Credits.
Investigates the role of the Virgin Mary in the history of salvation, and the characteristic features of the Virgin Mary underlying the faith of believers in the Church, based on the Bible and the tradition of the church.
462 Spiritual Experience 3 Credits.
A study of the contents and types of spiritual experience through classical testimonies throughout history.
464 The Spiritual Exercises 1 3 Credits.
A study of the structure, contents, background, and adaptations of the spiritual exercises.
465 The Spiritual Exercises 2 3 Credits.
Examines how the charisma of the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius can be adapted to the Korean mentality, and the roles, qualifications, and practices of spiritual directors.
471 Phenomenology of Religion 3 Credits.
The study of the phenomenology of religion involves applying the philosophical phenomenology of Husserl to the religious domain, to establish the ‘essence of religion’ or its ‘specificity.’ By exploring the writings of scholars in this area, such as Rudolf Otto, Max Scheler, Van der Leeuw, Mircea Eliade, etc, the main category for investigation is the notion of ‘the sacred’ (das Heilige).
472 Spirituality of the Church Fathers 1 3 Credits.
Explores the spiritual vision of the Church Fathers that serves as the main source of Christian spirituality, in particular the Church Fathers’ notion of the love of God and its practice, which forms the heart of their spirituality, as well as the influence of related ideas from the period. This introductory course focuses particularly on the Pre-Nicene Fathers, who played an important role in the formation and development of patristic spirituality.
473 Spirituality of the Church Fathers 2 3 Credits.
Sharing the same goals as the previous course, this course explores the spirituality of the Church Fathers with a special focus on the Post-Nicene Fathers among those who played an important role in the formation and development of patristic spirituality.
474 Life and Thought of the Church Fathers 3 Credits.
Aims at a more profound understanding of Christian spirituality by making an intensive study of the life and thought of one specific Church Father who served as a source for the development of Christian thought and contributed to the development of medieval mysticism.
475 Toward the Reconciliation and Unification of Korea 3 Credits.
Designed to investigate fundamental aspects of the establishment of missionary work in North Korea, to be deployed after the unification of South and North Korea.
476 Pastoral Counseling 3 Credits.
Introduces the main theories needed by a pastor involved in pastoral counseling as well as practical advice on the best responses to the various problems commonly encountered, such as addictions or depression as well as doubts or loss of faith.
477 Catechism 3 Credits.
Introduces the main theories needed by a pastor when teaching the faith: the essential points that have to be learned by the catechumens, and ways of communicating them effectively.
478 Liturgical Preaching 3 Credits.
Introduces ways of preaching effectively during the liturgy: the characteristics and goals of the homily, the relations of word and sacrament, preparing to comment on a given text. The course includes the preaching of practice homilies.
479 Epistemology of Religious Experience 3 Credits.
Examines the epistemological value of religious experiences. This seminar analyses the forms taken by religious experience, explores whether there is any specifically religious form of experience, and if so what its relationship is to modern forms of epistemology.
482 Introduction to Canon Law 1 3 Credits.
This course deals with the process of the historical changes and the important topics of the Catholic canon law, being based on a close examination of the Church’s revised canon law of 1983: first, the nature of law as such, and the specificity of canon law; second, the general features of canon law, the laws governing church administration and finances, and penalties for infringements together with comparisons with the Korean Church’s canon law; third, the duties and responsibilities of the hierarchy; fourth, the rules governing the consecrated life.
483 Introduction to Canon Law 2 3 Credits.
Continues on from the previous course, focusing on the laws governing marriage and the administration of the other sacraments. First, the laws governing marriage, impediments and validity; second, the differences between litigation in church courts and under civil law; third, the regulations contained in the Korean Church’s canon law are examined.
490 Shamanism 3 Credits.
Through the study of Shamanism, a native Korean form of faith, this course looks to its system and content in the literary, theological, and religious-historical terms and examines the dynamic potential for liberation in it.
491 Theology and the Scientific World View 3 Credits.
This course aims at the reconciliation between faith and science and explores the way that contemporary theologians consider the scientific ways of thinking and worldview.
492 Theology and Cosmology 3 Credits.
This course theologically explores new modes of narratives that are formed by new views of cosmos, caused by the contemporary scientific development.
493 Mysticism 3 Credits.
This course compares and analyzes the characteristics of mystical experiences shown in the Christian tradition and investigates how the classical definitions of the mystical experiences are interpreted in these days. This course also examines how the origin and religious experiences of the recently highlighted spirituality of ecology can response to the contemporary existing religions and the crisis of ecosystem.
495 Present Issues in Eco-theology 3 Credits.
This course covers a wide spectrum of issues of Ecotheology: from the moderate philosophy of service and stewardship which originates from the ‘greenization’ of theology to radical pantheism. In so doing, this course explores possible developments of Ecotheology in the future by distinguishing the controversial characteristics of a variety of the present theories of Ecotheology.
496 Inter-religious Dialogue 3 Credits.
The church as a religion cannot assert any exclusive status in the present era, when the temporal and spatial boundaries in the world are disappearing. The variety of religious phenomena that confront the Church requires that Christianity should reevaluate its own status. If the Church can assert its religious universality, on what grounds can that be done? What does universality mean? Inter-religious dialogue, therefore, will open the way for understanding and interpreting these implications.
497 Understanding Korean Religious Traditions 3 Credits.
Studies Korea’s various religious traditions from the earliest times until the present day, examining the ways each developed and the role each played in the different periods of Korean history in terms of thought, culture, ethics, and values.
498 The Environmental Documents of Christianity 3 Credits.
Studies Church documents on the theme of the environment including the 1965 Pastoral Constitution of the 2nd Vatican Council, the Pope’s 1972 message to the U.N.’s Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, the Pope’s 1990 message for the World Day of Peace, and the Pope’s message for the 2002 Johannesburg Earth Summit.
499 The Bible and Oriental Thought 3 Credits.
Since the characteristics of the locations and periods in which the texts of the Bible came into being are different from those of East Asia, there is a need for a study of them in terms of comparative thought. If the fundamental texts of Asian religious thought are studied first, the reading and interpretation of the Bible becomes more effective.
501 Theological Aesthetics 1 3 Credits.
Studies Hans Urs von Balthasar’s book “The Glory of the Lord.”
502 Theological Aesthetics 2 3 Credits.
Studies a variety of works ancient and modern devoted to the theme of theological aesthetics.
503 Theology and Art History 1 3 Credits.
Explores the art of the Orthodox Church, including icons.
504 Theology and Art History 2 3 Credits.
Explores the religious art of the Gothic and Baroque periods in western Europe.
510 Early Judaism 3 Credits.
Studies the institutions and thought of Judaism in biblical times, at the time of the Talmud, and of modern and contemporary Judaism.
521 New Testament Backgrounds 3 Credits.
A study of the documents composed in the period between the Old Testament and the New Testament.
531 Theology of Religion 3 Credits.
Investigates the way that Christian theology has viewed other religions from a historical perspective, and examines the issues and prospects ensuing from the understanding Christianity has of itself through a deeper knowledge about other world religions.
533 Theological Hermeneutics 3 Credits.
Studies contemporary theories of hermeneutics and a hermeneutic understanding of contemporary theology.
541 The Thought of Karl Rahner 3 Credits.
Considering Rahner as potentially the most significant theologian of the 20th century, studies the main topics found in his work.
546 Catholic Social Principles 3 Credits.
Studies the major documents expressing the social thought of the Catholic Church, from the time of Pope Leo 13 through the 2nd Vatican Council until the present.
547 Conscience and Theology 3 Credits.
Explores how reliable a moral guide the human conscience can be, and how the conscience can be guided to recognize what is right, studying the theories of the conscience found in Aquinas and Bonaventure, as well as in the writings of modern ethical theologians.
549 The Ethics of the New Testament 3 Credits.
Studies the ethical positions expressed by Jesus and his disciples in the New Testament, in the Sermon on the Mount, and ways in which the passion and resurrection of Christ can influence contemporary humanity in terms of ethics.
550 The Ethics of the Old Testament 3 Credits.
Studies the codes of ethics expressed in the Old Testament, comparing them to the ethics found in the New Testament and those of modern humanity.
551 Euthanasia 3 Credits.
Recent developments in medical technology have complicated doctors’ medical decisions. The life of patients who would have quickly died a ‘natural death’ in the past can now be prolonged for long periods by medical technology, even though there is no possibility of recovery. Exploring the meaning of life and death, this course studies the ethical aspects of complex medical situations, taking consideration of church documents on the topic, and judicial precedents regarding euthanasia.
552 Positive Euthanasia and Suicide 3 Credits.
There is much controversy over the euthanasia which may result while a doctor is relieving a patient of pain in the course of medical treatment. This course examines the patient-doctor relationship, the difference between euthanasia and suicide, the wrongness of suicide, and the meaning of pain.
553 AIDS and Ethics 3 Credits.
Referring to the texts of the Bible and to theological writings, the ethical aspects of the protection of the rights of AIDS patients (privacy and confidentiality) and of the medical policies designed to combat the proliferation of AIDS (screening and testing) are explored and discussed. The pastoral care of AIDS patients is also explored.
554 The Theology of the Body 3 Credits.
A right understanding of the body lies at the core of sexual ethics. On the basis of the ideas of the early church, the Fathers and of contemporary theologians, this course discusses the following topics and their ethical aspects: the body and the scheme of God’s salvation, the relationship between the body and the sexuality the body produces.
561 Origins of Apostolic Spirituality 3 Credits.
Explores the spirituality emerging as a main movement in the Church since the period of the Reformation, i.e., the modes of apostolic spirituality and the intensification and development of this trend today.
563 Spiritual Pedagogy 3 Credits.
Studies the internal structures of spiritual growth through experience and the characteristics of the mentality of contemporary people, as well as the understanding and application of different kinds of spiritual pedagogy for growth in the spiritual life.
565 Theology of Spiritual Discernment 3 Credits.
Examines different kinds of spirits, spiritual consolation, and the grounds for anxiety which influence mentalities, and explores spiritual countermeasures for them.
567 Psycho-Spirituality 3 Credits.
Studies the influence of psychological structures, functions, and the transforming process of the Spiritual Experiences on personality.
569 Theory of Spiritual Direction 3 Credits.
Seeks an understanding of the principles of a growing spiritual life, studying the director’s roles and the methods of the spiritual direction.
572 Patristic Thought 1 3 Credits.
Focuses on the writings of a number of Latin Church Fathers.
573 Patristic Thought 2 3 Credits.
Focuses on the writings of a number of Eastern Church Fathers
578 Pastoral Field Education 1 3 Credits.
Enables students preparing for the priesthood to undergo training in areas of ministry (parish, hospital, retreat house etc) under guidance from the appropriate person.
579 Pastoral Field Education 2 3 Credits.
Enables students preparing for the priesthood to undergo training in areas of ministry (parish, hospital, retreat house etc) under guidance from the appropriate person.
585 Seminar in Ecotheology 1 3 Credits.
Studies major themes in this area.
586 Seminar in Ecotheology 2 3 Credits.
Studies major themes in this area.
590 Thesis 6 Credits.
592 Special Issues in Moral Theology 1 3 Credits.
593 Special Issues in Moral Theology 2 3 Credits.
597 Advanced Studies in Revelation 3 Credits.
599 Advanced Studies in the Theology of the Ministry 3 Credits.
604 Advanced Studies in the Pentateuch 3 Credits.
605 Advanced Studies in the Prophets 3 Credits.
606 Advanced Studies in the Psalms 3 Credits.
610 Advanced Studies in the Theology of the Old Testament 3 Credits.
611 Advanced Studies in the Synoptics : Matthew 3 Credits.
612 Advanced Studies in the Synoptics : Mark 3 Credits.
613 Advanced Studies in the Synoptics : Luke 3 Credits.
614 Advanced Studies in John’s Gospel 3 Credits.
615 Advanced Studies in the Pauline Writings 3 Credits.
616 Advanced Studies in the Pastoral Epistles 3 Credits.
617 Advanced Studies in Apocalyptic and the book of Revelation 3 Credits.
618 Advanced Studies in the History of the Apostolic Age 3 Credits.
619 Advanced Studies in Old Testament Historical Writings 3 Credits.
620 Advanced Studies in Wisdom Literature 3 Credits.
622 Advanced Studies in the Enculturation of Theology 3 Credits.
630 Advanced Studies in Eschatology 3 Credits.
631 Advanced Studies in Theological Anthropology 3 Credits.
632 Advanced Studies in the Sacraments 3 Credits.
633 Advanced Studies in Process Theology 3 Credits.
634 Advanced Studies in Christology 3 Credits.
635 Advanced Studies in Ecclesiology 3 Credits.
636 Advanced Studies in the Thought of Karl Rahner 3 Credits.
637 Advanced Studies in God and the Trinity 3 Credits.
638 Advanced Studies in Ecotheology 3 Credits.
639 Advanced Studies in the Theology of Grace and Salvation 3 Credits.
640 Advanced Studies in Christian Ethics 3 Credits.
643 Advanced Studies in Fundamental Theology 3 Credits.
644 Advanced Studies in Catholic Social Teaching 3 Credits.
645 Advanced Studies in Bioethics 3 Credits.
646 Advanced Studies in Sexual Ethics 3 Credits.
647 Advanced Studies in Pneumatology 3 Credits.
650 Study of Conorary Moral Theologians 3 Credits.
This course will examine and criticize the theories of a few conorary moral theologians.
652 Advanced Studies in Patristic Spirituality 1 3 Credits.
653 Advanced Studies in Patristic Spirituality 2 3 Credits.
654 Advanced Studies in the Origins and Development of Apostolic Spirituality 3 Credits.
655 Advanced Studies in Prayer 3 Credits.
656 Advanced Studies in the Methodology of Spiritual Theology 3 Credits.
657 Advanced Studies in Eco-psychology and Spirituality 3 Credits.
658 Advanced Studies in Spiritual Pedagogy 3 Credits.
659 Advanced Studies in Creation Theology and Spirituality 3 Credits.
660 Advanced Studies in the History and Spirituality of the Religious Life 3 Credits.
681 Advanced Studies in Theology and the Scientific World View 3 Credits.
682 Advanced Studies in Theology and Cosmology 3 Credits.
684 Advanced Studies in the Bible and Oriental Thought 3 Credits.
686 Advanced Studies in Inter-religious Dialogue 3 Credits.
688 Advanced Studies in Church Documents on the Environment 3 Credits.
690 Independent Study 1 3 Credits.
691 Independent Study 2 3 Credits.
692 Independent Study 3 3 Credits.
693 Independent Study 4 3 Credits.
694 Independent Study 5 3 Credits.