Academics

Academics

Catholic Courses for Trinity Western University Degrees

Catholic Pacific College teaches Catholic theology, philosophy, history, and literature courses for Trinity Western University students. That means CPC students choose from the full array of program options that TWU has to offer. Use the button below to see all the TWU programs available. And, view the complete list of CPC Courses in the sections below.

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Catholic Courses for Trinity Western University Degrees

Catholic Pacific College teaches Catholic theology, philosophy, history and literature courses for Trinity Western University students. That means CPC students choose from the full array of program options that TWU has to offer. Use the button below to see all the TWU programs available. And, view the complete list of CPC Courses in the sections below.

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Complete CPC Course Offering

Complete CPC Course Offering

Catholic Formation Track Courses

Catholic Formation Track Courses

ENGL 105 CP - Fiction in a Catholic Context

Fulfills: Academic Research & Writing

(3 semester hours)

An introductory study of Catholic fiction, with the purpose of understanding literature and cultivating skills in scholarly research, textual analysis, and academic writing and documentation. Such skills are fostered by closely reading and analyzing works of short fiction and the novel by accomplished prose stylists. Students focus on the distinctive conventions of fiction in order to interpret these works critically, while interacting thoughtfully with themes presented therein; there is a particular focus on analyzing and making use of narrative strategies and rhetorical tools. Students continue to develop their academic prose, with attention to improving foundational grammar, diction, phrasing, organization, and argument-building in the thesis-driven essay.

See https://www.twu.ca/liberal-arts/core-foundations for more information.

ART 215 CP - Beauty & the Sacred

Fulfills: Aesthetic and Performance

(3 semester hours)

An introduction to theological aesthetics querying the extent to which various aspects of Christian belief can and cannot be adequately apprehended through the senses. Engaging with a wide range of perspectives and artistic media, particular emphasis will be placed upon the history and significance of distinctively Christian works of art.

See https://www.twu.ca/liberal-arts/core-ways-knowing for more information.

Elective Courses

MCOM 172 CP - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
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*Not all courses are available next semester - check schedule for course availability

(3 sem. hrs)

An introduction to basic self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills. Students learn about the nature of the communication process. The emphasis is on developing and practising the ability to communicate effectively with others. As part of the course requirements, students are expected to share personal (but not necessarily private) experiences with others. 

•Prerequisite(s): none

•The course meets the requirements for a Communications Major, Concentration, or Minor; or Psychology, and Sociology Ancillary Requirements.

•All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

•CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

RELS 372 CP - Contemporary Catholic Theology of the Love of God
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*Not all courses are available next semester - check schedule for course availability

(3 Sem. Hrs.)

This course traces the theme of the merciful love of God in Scripture and Catholic Tradition, especially in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Faustina Kowalska, and Pope John Paul II, as well as in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Mercy of God is presented as a central vantage point from which to view more clearly many important elements of Catholic doctrine and spirituality, ethics, and a common springboard for Catholic-Evangelical ecumenism—in other words, the contemporary Catholic world view. (This is not a course in Catholic apologetics or polemics.)

NB: Course taught at Catholic Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.

   • Prerequisites: RELS 160 or equivalent with instructor’s consent. (0-0; 3-0)

   • The course meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   • CPC Courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

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Meet the CPC Faculty

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Dr. Andrew Kaethler
Assistant Professor

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Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.
Assistant Professor

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Prof. David Henderson
Assistant Professor

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Dr. David Baird
Visiting Professor

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Dr. Carly Henderson
Session Instructor

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Prof. Vic Cavalli
Sessional Instructor

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Prof. Loranne Brown
Sessional Instuctor

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Prof. Rachel Lacy-Boersma
Sessional Instructor

What is an academic minor?

An academic minor is a field of study that is secondary to a major degree. Rather than pursuing a double major - which is generally more expensive and takes longer to finish - students can expand their range of knowledge with a minor. A minor can be focused on an area of personal interest that may not be included in the program of the major. Also, it may be a field of study that expands the scope of their major; for example, psychology majors may take religious studies in order to practice within a faith community.

What is a Catholic Studies Minor?

The Catholic Studies Minor is granted by the Christianity and Culture program at TWU but is administered and taught by Catholic Pacific College professors. The minor is comprised of theology and philosophy courses that are designed to expose students to the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. In turn, the skills and knowledge gained from these courses complement the programs that Trinity Western University provides.

Why pursue a minor?

In general, a minor has both personal and career benefits. Regardless of the reason behind taking the minor, it is additional education that will enrich your life and add to your uniqueness. A Catholic Studies minor particularly excels in this regard since it directly engages with fundamental questions that pertain to all aspects of life, enabling students to make informed choices about faith, relationships, vocation, and careers.

Further, the minor will boost the students’ CV/resume. In order to add depth and insight to organizations employers often look for persons with diverse experience and education. Well-rounded individuals have potential to think outside of the box, a critical asset in an ever-changing marketplace. In addition, a graduate with a Catholic Studies minor is particularly well-suited for work within Catholic institutions (e.g., Catholic education).

The Details

See official TWU Catholic Studies Minor Checklist

A total of 24 s.h. of credit, including a minimum of 12 s.h. of upper-level credit is required to complete a Minor. A minimum overall (cumulative) GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation.

In order to be eligible for graduation you must complete an Application for Graduation via the Student Portal and submit a completed checklist to the Office of the Registrar by April 30 of the year prior to your completion (there is no fee to apply for graduation). Once your complete application has been received, a degree audit will be completed for you. This audit will confirm which courses are still outstanding in order for you to complete your degree.

List of Required Courses for Catholic Studies Minor

*The Catholic Studies Minor course requirement is currently being revised. Please contact CPC’s Academic Dean for an accurate list of acceptable courses. A full list of CPC courses can be found here: catholicpacific.ca/allcourses.

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What is an academic minor?

An academic minor is a field of study that is secondary to a major degree. Rather than pursuing a double major - which is generally more expensive and takes longer to finish - students can expand their range of knowledge with a minor. A minor can be focused on an area of personal interest that may not be included in the program of the major. Also, it may be a field of study that expands the scope of their major; for example, psychology majors may take religious studies in order to practice within a faith community.

What is a Catholic Studies Minor?

The Catholic Studies Minor is granted by the Christianity and Culture program at TWU but is administered and taught by Catholic Pacific College professors. The minor is comprised of theology and philosophy courses that are designed to expose students to the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. In turn, the skills and knowledge gained from these courses complement the programs that Trinity Western University provides.

Why pursue a minor?

In general, a minor has both personal and career benefits. Regardless of the reason behind taking the minor, it is additional education that will enrich your life and add to your uniqueness. A Catholic Studies minor particularly excels in this regard since it directly engages with fundamental questions that pertain to all aspects of life, enabling students to make informed choices about faith, relationships, vocation, and careers.

Further, the minor will boost the students’ CV/resume. In order to add depth and insight to organizations employers often look for persons with diverse experience and education. Well-rounded individuals have potential to think outside of the box, a critical asset in an ever-changing marketplace. In addition, a graduate with a Catholic Studies minor is particularly well-suited for work within Catholic institutions (e.g., Catholic education).

The Details

See official TWU Catholic Studies Minor Checklist

A total of 24 s.h. of credit, including a minimum of 12 s.h. of upper-level credit is required to complete a Minor. A minimum overall (cumulative) GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation.

In order to be eligible for graduation you must complete an Application for Graduation via the Student Portal and submit a completed checklist to the Office of the Registrar by April 30 of the year prior to your completion (there is no fee to apply for graduation). Once your complete application has been received, a degree audit will be completed for you. This audit will confirm which courses are still outstanding in order for you to complete your degree.

List of Required Courses for Catholic Studies Minor

*The Catholic Studies Minor course requirement is currently being revised. Please contact CPC’s Academic Dean for an accurate list of acceptable courses. A full list of CPC courses can be found here: catholicpacific.ca/allcourses.