Off-Site Courses

Engage in courses away from Notre Dame's main campus:

Auditing a course is not permitted during the summer sessions. Those students who take courses in Tucson, AZ or Israel at the Tantur Institute and would like to audit those courses must receive specific permission from the course instructor and will be subject to paying the full tuition amount rather than the reduced summer rates. The University does not allow for exceptions to this situation.

Courses in Fort Wayne, Ind.

January 24 and 25, February 21 and 22, March  21 and 22
Theo 64834 :“Ecclesiology According to Lumen Gentium”  (ST)

Dr. David Fagerberg

Course Description:  Perhaps the premier document to come out of the second Vatican Council was Lumen Gentium. This course proposes to use that Constitution of the Church as a guide to ecclesiology. After an introductory chapter on the assembly as mystical body, we perceive two pillars: 1. The People of God (the identity and role of the hierarchy and the laity) 2. The Universal Call to Holiness (the identity of the religious and the eschatological quality of every pilgrim in the Church). It ends with a chapter on Mary, who has been called "the Church as it dawns in a single person." This course will, accordingly, look at the Church as mystical body, the relationship of priest and laity, baptismal spirituality, monastic and religious life, the eschatological dimension of Christianity, and end with Our Lady.

Location: the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center, Fort Wayne, IN

Courses in Tucson, Ariz.


Dec. 27, 2013-Jan. 7, 2014
THEO 64214: Seeking the Face of Christ: Jesus and the Spiritual Life (ST, HC, MT)

Prof. James DeFrancis

Course Description:  From the very origins of the Christian tradition, theologians have sought the face of Jesus both through systematic theological reflection on the nature of Jesus’ person and saving work and through that encounter with the risen and ascended Jesus by prayer and discipleship commonly known as the Christian spiritual life.  In this course, we will consider how these two aspects of Christology – the theological and the spiritual – have come together in the writings of some of the patristic and medieval Church’s most eminent theologians.  In what ways, we will ask, does a particular theological account of Jesus’ person and saving work influence or shape devotion to him by prayer and discipleship?  And, conversely, how do various forms of prayer and discipleship to Jesus influence or shape particular theological accounts of his person and work?  Following an overview of the early Church’s Christological controversy and its biblical origins, we will undertake a sustained, careful reading of several classical Christological texts from Athanasius, Gregory of Nazianzus, Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure, and Thomas Aquinas.  As we work through these texts, students will be invited, and encouraged, to consider the significance of these classic Christological reflections for their own lives and personal spiritual development.  How, we will ask ourselves and each other, do these Christologies challenge us to reflect more deeply on our core beliefs about Jesus and to deepen our encounter with him by our prayer and discipleship in the world of today?


Location: Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona:

All are welcome to attend this course as degree seeking or non-degree seeking students. Estimated cost for students is to be $1385 which includes room & board & class room fees.  Tuition is $495/credit hour, and students are responsible for paying & arranging travel.  For further information please call the Administrative Assistant for M.Div. Program and M.A Program at 574-631-4256.

Courses in Israel


May 29, 2014-June 12, 2014
Theo 64208: “Jerusalem, the Desert and Galilee: A Theological Inquiry”

Fr. Virgilio Elizondo and Fr. Kevin Grove, Teaching Assistant

Course Description:  This two-week course study through the land of Jesus will seek to explore the theological themes of the gospel narratives informed by the socio-cultural and historical perspectives. The journey through the land organizes the theology, which is a reflection on the deeper meaning of the journey. In keeping with the tradition of the earliest followers of Jesus and of subsequent generations of Christians, by returning to the places of origins, we will seek a better understanding of the foundational words, persons, events and places mentioned in the gospels so as to probe their redemptive value for us today.

Location: Tantur Ecumenical Institute:, which is situated between East Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Questions?  If you have questions about our MA program, please contact Administrative Assistant for M.Div. Program and M.A. Program at 574-631-4256.