vita beata

A College Credit Course Program at ST. PAUL CATHOLIC STUDENT CENTER

EACH ACTIVE REGISTERED STUDENT PAYS ONLY $250 (THE $250 INCLUDES THE 3 CREDIT HOUR COURSE, PLUS BOOKS)

COLLEGE STUDENTS CAN NOW REGISTER FOR the course(s) in our vita beata program offered through the Fugate chair of catholic thought.  (REGISTRATION FORM IS INCLUDED BELOW) .  THE STU

the course menu:

Early Christian Worship: liturgy and life in ancient christianity (3 cr. hours) --OFFERED ON FRIDAYS 9:30 AM TO 11:00 AM (FALL SEMESTER 2017)

THE PERSONALITY OF CHRIST: a study of the canonical gospels (3 cr. hours)--OFFERED ON Fridays 1:00 PM TO 2:30 PM (FALL SEMESTER 2017)

philosophical foundations: pillars of western civilization (3 cr. hours) --NOT OFFERED UNTIL SPRING 2018

*EACH COURSE MEETS ONCE A WEEK AT ITS RESPECTIVE TIME ON FRIDAYS, AND THE OTHER LECTURE (1.5 HOURS) WILL BE SENT OUT TO STUDENTS ON MONDAY OF EACH WEEK DURING THE SEMESTER.  THE VIDEO LECTURE WILL BE SENT THROUGH A STUDENT PORTAL AND CAN BE WATCHED ON THE STUDENTS OWN TIME, AS LONG AS IT IS COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE IN-CLASS SESSION ON FRIDAYS. 

EACH COURSE IS $250.  THE $250 COVERS TUITION, BOOKS, PRINTED MATERIALS, ETC. THE REDUCED COST IS DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF TWO TRULY WONDERFUL PEOPLE: LARRY AND DANA FUGATE, WHO ESTABLISHED THE CHAIR OF CATHOLIC THOUGHT AT ST. PAUL IN AUGUST 2016.

 

register today for classes this fall 2017

THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND VITA BEATA

the purpose of offering courses for college credit at St. Paul catholic student center is to:

  1. assist the student to see that education is much more than career development, and that it is primarily about becoming a better person,

  2. contribute to the university life through the experience of a diversity of ideas and values,

  3. prepare students to appreciate the complexity and simplicity of human life,

  4. help students better understand the philosophies that shaped the western world and in encountering them, to see the wonder of life.

vita beats means "the good life" and it captures the fundamental principle that education is not solely job preparation.

College students are introduced to deep philosophical questions through the unnerving short stories of Flannery O’Connor, the eye-popping characters of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Dante’s curious imagination who takes the reader on a journey into the darkest circle of Hell, and Thomas Aquinas, who challenges the mind and heart to realize its deepest longings are for Truth, Beauty and Goodness.  

The students who participate in this unique, accredited program, college students can sense the motto of the course(s) come to life in them, which is VITA BEATA, or the good life through being born in wonder at the mystery of life and the power of a single idea.  The course challenges students to philosophize, and think critically about questions of ultimate importance; and yet these serious topics are brought to life in a fun way. 

If you register for these courses, you will begin a great philosophical journey—exploring the very works, thoughts, events, and personages that shaped the world we know and live in. Students who complete the course(s) will be empowered to engage the modern culture with an analytical mindset, by better understanding the philosophical presuppositions that shaped it. 

LITURGY: STUDY OF EARLY CHRISTIAN WORSHIP: THEO 2980, 3 CREDIT HOURS (FRIDAYS FROM 9:30 AM TO 11:00 AM).

New Testament STUDIES: EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITINGS: THEO 1980, 3 CREDIT HOURS (FRIDAYS FROM 1 PM TO 2:30 PM)

PILLARS OF WESTERN THOUGHT: GNST 2980, 3 CREDIT HOURS (COMING THIS SPRING 2018)

life or death: ideas have consequences

the temptation today is to reduce education down to job preparation.  however, truncating the very purpose of education has far-reaching consequences.  We only have to look at the last century to see how powerful and even deadly idea(s) can be.  ideas are not so innocuous, that is why education is important. ideas are what have shaped our world.  let's try to understand them.

THE IDEA THAT EDUCATION IS PRIMARILY ABOUT CAREER JOB PREPARATION IS very recent, but SO PERVASIVE THAT IT HAS REALLY ECLIPSED THE TRADITIONAL UNDERSTANDING OF EDUCATION, WHICH HAS EXISTED FOR MILLENNIA.  FROM THE MOMENT OF THE FIRST RECORDED PHILOSOPHIZING OR PURSUIT OF WISDOM (ANCIENT GREEKS), EDUCATION HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD AS A NECESSARY INGREDIENT TO LIVING A fulfilled life. 

IN THE END, EDUCATION IS MEANT TO HELP EACH OF US BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES

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WHICH COURSE(S) DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THIS FALL 2017? *
ALL COURSES MEET IN CLASS ON FRIDAY AND THE OTHER 1.5 HOURS IS MADE UP VIA AN ONLINE LECTURE RELEASED ONCE A WEEK ON MONDAYS. PLEASE ONLY MARK THE COURSE(S) YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE THIS FALL 2017.
PUT N/A IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
THE COST OF THE COURSE IS REDUCED THROUGH THE FUGATE CHAIR OF CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOR ACTIVE PARISHIONERS, AND SO THE STUDENT LIFE AWARD IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR NON-ACTIVE STUDENTS, BUT THE COST OF THE COURSE IS $325 (INCLUDES BOOKS, ETC, WHICH IS STILL A FRACTION OF THE COST OF A NORMAL 3 CREDIT HOUR COURSE).

vita beata:

The for-credit program at

St. Paul Catholic Student Center

 Be Unique. Be Human. Be Alive.  

SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO FILL OUT A BRIEF FORM FOR MORE INFORMATION

SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO FILL OUT A BRIEF FORM FOR MORE INFORMATION

THE PERSONALITY OF CHRIST

COMING THIS FALL 2017 AT St. Paul, 3 CREDIT HOURS

What do the college students say about these courses?

"I was challenged intellectually and spiritually through this class.  I learned a great deal through studying St. Thomas Aquinas, Bishop Robert Barron, St. Augustine, Dante and others." Riley Rathbun

"In a positive and constructive way, this class challenges popular opinion.  It allows you those things in a new light. Religious or not this class can be for anyone!."-Erika Canchola

"This class taught me that ideas are important, and that ideas have consequences." Nathan Schweers

"The lectures have truly helped me to handle social issues in a constructive way." Ali Rickert

"This course really makes you think about questions that need to be asked and that need to be challenged. This class was enlightening in the fact that it helped me to grow and apply what I learned to everyday life.  It challenged me intellectually...it is definitely worth your time!" Paulina Dominguez

LITURGY: STUDY OF EARLY CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

COMING THIS FALL 2017 AT St. Paul, 3 CREDIT HOURS

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PILLARS OF WESTERN THOUGHT

3 CREDIT HOURS