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Music History &
Catholic Seminar

MUS 101

Music History I (3 credits)

Studies the Greek precursory terminology to Medieval modal terminology, the Medieval Octoechos, Carolingian chant, and especially Carolingian notation.  Students will attempt to infuse the interpretive nuances indicated in early notation into contemporary chant performance.  Students will also learn the musical part of the Mass and the Divine Office.

MUS 201

Music History III (3 credits)

Surveys the development of music in the Catholic Church in three significant periods of reform: the reforms of Pope John XXII (13th century), the reforms of the Council of Trent (16th century), and the reforms of Pope Benedict XIV (18th century). Students will examine in each period the reason for reform, the actual reforms, and their results.  In addition, students will come to know many of the great musical treasures of the Church’s musical repertoire.

CAT 101 

Divine Office/History of the Liturgy/Pre-Science 

(1 credit)

In the Catholic Seminar, students study, engage, and debate various issues of current importance in the Church.  Catholic Seminar 101 addresses the practical matters of The Divine Office, studies the historical development of the Catholic liturgy, and prepares the student for the liberal arts design of the curriculum by examining the presuppositions of modern science and its connections to every area of learning.

CAT 301

Catholic Literature I

(3 credits)

In the Catholic Seminar, students study, engage, and debate various issues of current importance in the Church. Catholic Seminar 301 examines the place that Catholic literature has played in a wider cultural context, and explores many of the themes of great Catholic authors.

MUS 102/CAT 102 

Music History II (1 credit)

Surveys many of the musical works – mostly by listening – that are not covered in Music History I, III, or IV. 

MUS 301

Music History IV (3 credits)

Surveys the development of music in the Catholic Church in two significant periods of reform: the reforms of Pope Pius X and his immediate successors (first half of 10th century), and the reforms of the Vatican Council II (second half of the 20th century).  Students will examine in each period the reason for reform, the actual reforms, and their results.  In addition, students will come to know many of the great musical treasures of the Church’s musical repertoire.

CAT 201

Apologetics and Externals of the Faith

(1 credit)

In the Catholic Seminar, students study, engage, and debate various issues of current importance in the Church.  Catholic Seminar 201 addresses the Externals of the Catholic faith, vocations and apologetics, and explores the exercise of Tradition.

CAT 401

Catholic Literature II

(1 credit)

In the Catholic Seminar, students study, engage, and debate various issues of current importance in the Church. CAT 401 gives the student the opportunity to continue the studies from CAT 301 in a more in-depth manner. Various Catholic authors are explored, as well as their influence on the culture and the faith.

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