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St. Michael's College offers a number of programs which emerge from its academic strength in various scholarly fields and reflect its centuries-old Christian intellectual traditions. Please consult the relevant brochures for more complete information on each program.

Celtic Studies: Examines the development and expression of Celtic Civilization from 600 B.C. to the present day through courses in archaeology, art history, literature, anthropology, history and music. Some courses are offered annually while others are offered on a three-year rotating basis by distinguished international scholars.

Christianity and Culture: An interdisciplinary exploration from artistic, literary, philosophical, theological, scientific, social and historical perspectives.

Mediaeval Studies: An interdisciplinary treatment of the history, art, literature and thought of the Middle Ages.

Philosophy: Philosophy courses at St. Michael's College (PHI) form a distinctive program within the Department of Philosophy, to which the Philosophy faculty at the College belong. The PHI program, with its long tradition at the College, covers a wide range of areas. PHI courses are open to all students at the University. (See course offerings under Philosophy.)

St. Michael's also offers a number of courses, listed below, which form part of the above programs, or of the programs of other colleges and departments, or are a reflection of staff and student academic interests not always available in departmental course offerings.

Program Director: Professor J. Boyle, 81 St. Mary Street, Room 127, Odette Hall (926-7102)

Faculty Members

D. Donovan, BA, STL, SSL, Dr. Theol.

Associate Professors
A. Dooley, MA, Ph D M.G. McGowan, MA, Ph D
J. Langan, MA, Ph D G. Silano, LLB, MA, Ph D

Assistant Professor
D.J. Lococo, MS, M Div, Ph D D.A. Wilson, MA, Ph D

Senior Tutor
M. Nic Dhiarmada, MA, H Dip Ed


Enrolment in St. Michael's College programs is open to students who have completed four courses; no minimum GPA required.


Consult Professor A. Dooley, St. Michael's College.

Specialist program (Hon.B.A.): S16821 (10 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
1. Two of SMC 141Y, 241Y, 242Y, 243Y, 331Y, 440Y, 441Y
2. SMC 240Y
3. Seven courses, either from List 1. above or SMC 260H, 342Y, 343Y, 344Y, 345Y, 346Y, 348Y, 350H, 352Y, 395Y, 396H, 410Y, 411H, 412H, 413H, 450Y

Major program Major program: M16821 (at least 6 full courses or their equivalent)
1. SMC 240Y
2. One of SMC 141Y/241Y/242Y/243Y/331Y/440Y/441Y
3. Four additional courses from those listed in the Specialist program above

Minor program Minor program: R16821 (4 full courses or their equivalent)

Four courses chosen from those listed for the Specialist Program, including at least one 300+ series course.


Consult Professor M. McGowan, St. Michael's College.

Specialist program (Hon.B.A.): S04631 (10 full courses or their equivalent: 4 of which are 300+ series including one400-level course and 6 of which must be Christianity and Culture courses)
1. One of SMC 103Y/200Y/203Y
2. Any three of the following four options:
a) Christianity and Society: three courses from Group A
b) Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition: three courses from Group B
c) Christianity, Art and Letters: three courses from Group C
d) Christianity and the Scientific Tradition: three courses from Group D

NOTE: SMC 390Y may be substituted for one of the courses listed above, and one approved course from one group may be substituted for one course from another group.

Major program Major program: at least two 300+series courses)
1. SMC 103Y/200Y/203Y
2. The equivalent of three Christianity and Culture courses
3. Two approved courses from A, B, C, or D

NOTE: SMC 390Y may be substituted for one of the courses listed above, and one approved course from one group may be substituted for one course from another group.

Minor program Minor program: at least one 300+ series course)
1. One of SMC 103Y/200Y/203Y
2. The equivalent of three Christianity and Culture courses

NOTE: a complete list of the course options available in Groups A, B, C, and D can be obtained at Room 128, Odette Hall

Group A: Christianity and Society: including courses from CLA, HIS, NMC, PHI, RLG and SMC

Group B: Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition: including courses from NMC, PHI, RLG, and SMC

Group C: Christianity, Art and Letters: including courses from CLA, DRM, ENG, FAH, ITA, LAT, MUS, NMC, RLG, SLA, SMC, and SPA

Group D: Christianity and the Scientific Tradition: including courses from HPS, PHI, RLG, and SMC


Consult Professor G. Silano, St. Michael's College.

Specialist program (Hon.B.A.): S12311 (12 full courses or their equivalent: at least four 300+ series courses including one 400-series course)
First Year: LAT 100Y/201H, 202H
Higher Years:
1. SMC 210Y; LAT 322Y and one additional Latin course
2. Six courses, three from each of two Groups, from Groups A, B, C, D
3. One course from the remaining Groups
4. One other course (which may be SMC 490Y)

Major program Major program: at least two 300+ series courses)
1. SMC 210Y
2. Four courses, two from each of two Groups, from Groups A, B, C, D
3. One course from the remaining Groups
4. One other course (which may be SMC 490Y)

NOTE: For the Major program, LAT 322H and one additional LAT course may be included in Group C: Literature.

Group A: History: CLA 352H, 378H; ECO 201Y; HIS 206Y, 220Y, 304Y, 320Y, 322Y, 325Y, 328Y, 416Y, 420Y, 424Y, 427H, 428H, 436Y; HPS 201H, 430H; NMC 270Y, 273Y, 366Y, 373H, 376H; SMC 205H, 215H, 260H, 339Y, 345Y, 403H

Group B: Thought: CLA 336H; MAT 390H; NMC 486Y; PHI 305H, 306H, 307H, 405H; RLG 331Y; SMC 350H

Group C: Literature: DRM 262H; ENG 240Y, 300Y, 330H, 367Y, 400Y, 401Y; FRE 420H, 471H; GER 326H, 416H; ITA 315H, 320Y, 333H, 430H, 480H; LAT 322H; NMC 255Y, 350Y, 435Y; SMC 343Y, 440Y, 441Y, 450Y; SLA 330Y; SPA 425H, 450H

Group D: The Arts: FAH 261H, 262H, 263H, 265H, 268H, 269Y, 270H, 272Y, 321Y, 322H, 323H, 326Y, 329Y, 427H, 433H, 437H, 482Y/483H; HMU 330H; MUS 208H; NMC 366Y, 390Y, 391H; SMC 302H, 344Y


(Celtic Studies; Christianity & Culture; Medieval Studies; Other) (see Section 4 for Key to Course Descriptions)

For Distribution Requirement purposes, All SMC courses are classified as HUMANITIES courses.

Celtic Studies Courses

Introduction to the Irish Language 52L, 26T

The course is intended to provide a speaking, reading and writing knowledge of modern Irish. The basic features of the grammar are studied.

Celtic Culture Through the Ages 52L, 26T

The expression of Celtic culture in literature, history, folklore and myth from the 7th to the 20th century, with attention to the continuing Celtic contribution to Western culture.

Intermediate Irish Language Studies 52L

This course completes the basic introduction to the Irish language with a concentration on speaking and compositional skills together with first readings of simple literary texts.
Prerequisite: SMC141Y

An Introduction to Scots Gaelic 52L, 26T

This course is intended to provide a reading and spoken knowledge of Scots Gaelic. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Modern Welsh 52L, 26T

An introductory course intended to provide a basic speaking and reading knowledge of Modern Welsh. Open to students with no prior experience of Welsh.

Ancient Europe 26S

Early European history from the palaeolithic to Charlemagne, focusing on Central Europe and its main cultural stages: hunter-gatherers, early farmers and megalith builders, Indo-Europeans, Celts, Germanics, Romanization, the Dark Ages and the birth of medieval Europe. (Offered in alternate years)

Advanced Irish Language 52L, 26T

Speaking, writing and reading competence is emphasized in this course. This course concentrates on the study of modern Irish literary texts, both poetry and prose and advanced translation into the Irish language. (Offered in alternate years)
Exclusion: SMC341Y
Prerequisite: SMC141Y, 241Y or permission of the instructor

Literature and Politics: Ireland, Scotland and Wales 52L, 26T

This course examines the way in which modern Irish, Scottish and Welsh writers have responded to the pressures of anglicization and modernization; and discusses literary reactions to social, ethnic and gender issues in contemporary culture.

Celtic Literature and Society 500-1500 52L, 13T

Literature in relation to the structure and development of the insular Celtic society that produced it; the Mythological, Ulster, Fenian, and Historical Saga cycles; voyages, visions, religious, lyric, and gnomic poetry, British heroic poetry, medieval Welsh narratives both secular and religious. Texts studied in translation.

Celtic Archaeology and Art 52L, 13T

The art and archaeology of the Celtic peoples from 800 B.C to 900 A.D. Hallstatt and La Tene civilizations; the Celtic settlement of Great Britain and Ireland; Celto-Roman civilization; the art and architecture of the Christian period.

From Tribalism to Feudalism: Early Celtic History 52L, 13T

The political and social development of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany from the 5th to the 12th centuries.

Celtic Folklore and Music 52L, 13T

An examination of the relationship between the Celtic mythology and the ancient art of storytelling and an exploration of the place of traditional music in modern society.

Modern Irish History 52L, 13T

This course examines the political, social and economic development of Ireland between 1791 and 1985. Special attention is paid to the emergence of Irish nationalism, Anglo-Irish relations, the connection between religion and politics, and the current conflict in Northern Ireland.

Celtic Spirituality 26L, 13T

The religious culture of the early and mediaeval Celtic Church as manifested in the material and written record; its significance for contemporary religious movements. Texts studied include the Patrician dossier, early monastic Rules and Liturgies, selected hagiographical, homiletic, devotional and lyric texts.

Modern Gaelic Literature 52L, 26T

A study of the Gaelic literature of Ireland from 1600 to the present within its poetical and historical context. A selection of texts in the original and in translation are read. (Offered in alternate years)
Exclusion: SMC347Y

Modern Welsh History 13S

An examination of economic, political and social change in Wales from the eighteenth century to the present. Special attention is paid to class conflict in the coalfields, rural-urban relations, language issues, and the search for national identity.

Independent Study in Celtic Studies TBA

A concluding course in Celtic Studies, providing an opportunity to synthesize insights acquired during the course of the Program (enrolment subject to availability of a supervisor).
Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor and Program Director

Independent Study in Celtic Studies TBA

Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor and Program Director

Advanced Topics in Celtic Studies I 52S, 26T

A course slot designed to provide for individual courses not already covered in the listed range of Celtic Studies Program offerings.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Advanced Topics in Celtic Studies II 26S, 13T

A course slot designed to provide for individual half courses not already covered in the listed range of Celtic Studies Program offerings.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Advanced Topics in Celtic Studies II 26S, 13T

A course slot designed to provide for individual half courses not already covered in the listed range of Celtic Studies Program offerings.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

The Irish in Canada 26L

This course explores the history of Irish migration and settlement in Canada with a special emphasis on political, social, economic and religious themes.
Exclusion: SMC411H (93-94), 412H (94-95)

The Scots in Canada 13S

This course explores, by means of the historical method, Scottish migration and settlement in Canada, with special emphasis on religious, cultural, political, social and economic themes.
Recommended preparation: SMC240Y/HIS263Y

Middle Welsh Language and Literature 52L

An introduction to the Welsh language and literature from the 10th to the 14th centuries.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Old and Middle Irish 52L

An introduction to Old and Middle Irish language and literature from the 7th to the 11th century.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Celtic Mythology 52L, 26T

This course covers the range of the Celtic mythological record from all the Celtic areas through an examination of the archaeological, inscriptional and textual sources. A critical evaluation is offered of various relevant mythic approaches.
Exclusion: SMC340Y
Prerequisite: RLG100Y/SMC240Y, and permission of the instructor

Christianity and Culture Courses

Catholicism 52L, 26T

An introduction to Catholic Christianity, to its history, institutions, and theology. The second part of the course examines the renewal effort of Vatican II and offers a contemporary Catholic reading of the Creed.

The Christian Imagination 52L, 26T

An introduction through slides, films, music, and texts, to the essential contribution of Christianity to our civilization, through art, architecture and liturgical symbolism. Students are encouraged to develop their writing skills through optional weekly assignments, specifically designed to this end.

Christian Classics 26L, 13T

The Christian search for personal identity, order and meaning in chaotic experience, through literature.The way biblical patterns are used to orient this search are compared through the works of Augustine, Dante, Dostoevsky and a contemporary North American novelist. Optional weekly assignments are designed to assist students in developing their writing skills.

Christianity Encounters the Secular World 52L, 26T

Issues raised by Christianity's encounter with secular culture, and solutions proposed by the tradition: involvement in political structures, social movements, ethnic communities, and changing symbolic universes.

Christianity and Asia 13L

A study of key elements in the encounter of Christianity and Asia: e.g. the controversy over Chinese rites; Korea's conversion by lay philosophers; the development of Filipino folk Catholicism and its impact on politics; the influence of Indian thought on recent Western theologians.

Varieties of Christian Experience 26L

Exploration of the variety of forms which Christian personal experience has taken in the course of history (martyrdom, mysticism, monasticism, sanctification of ordinary life, etc.) in order to appreciate their variety, complexity, and deep unity.

Christianity and Music 26L

The various roles given music in Christian tradition and the impact of Christianity on Western music. Case studies from Gregorian chant to the present illustrate major issues (sacred vs. profane, acceptable styles or instruments, text and music, emotion and rationalism) to provide a critical vocabulary applicable to present works.
Recommended preparation: SMC200Y/203Y

Varieties of Christian Community 26S

Christian history has been characterized by an enduring and fruitful search for forms of religious community. This course surveys some communal attempts to express Christianity, monasticism, forms of common life for clerics, the Mendicants, lay confraternities, religious orders, and contemporary lay movements.

Ritual and Worship 52L, 26T

A theological and historical introduction to the theory and practice of the Christian liturgy, with special attention to post-Vatican II developments.

Christianity and Science 52L, 26T

The course examines the emergence of the physical sciences within Christian culture. It also traces broad historical developments, such as the rise of technology and the acceptance of empirical observation as a method of inquiry, and their impact on Christian faith.
Exclusion: RLG231Y

Christianity and Symbols I 26L, 13T

Originality of Christian symbolism explored through texts and slides; its use and transformation of pagan and Jewish symbolic forms; its self-interpretation in patristic literature; its practice in early and mediaeval art; Dante, on symbol.

Christianity and Symbols II 26L, 13T

Christianity's contribution to contemporary aesthetics, in theory and practice. The course deals with theoretical texts, and with the practical use of Christ's image and of Judeo-Christian symbolic patterns in recent architecture, art, film and literature.
Recommended preparation: SMC302H

Christianity, Law and Society 26L/S

An examination of Canon Law; the process by which it came into being, and its impact on contemporary culture. Premises and techniques of ecclesial law-making are compared to those of other systems of legislation. Specific sections of the Code of Canon Law are examined.
Recommended preparation: SMC203Y

Christianity, Modernity and Secularism I: The Person & Culture 26L/S

The formation of modern notions of the self in 18th century Enlightenment philosophy; Christian reactions to this onslaught. The present impact of such ideas on our understanding of individual and person.
Recommended preparation: SMC203Y

Christianity, Modernity and Secularism II: Community & Society 26L/S

The origin, in the ideas of the 18th century European and American Enlightenment, of the values that underlie much of modern social life and thought. A historical exploration of the Christian acceptance or criticism of the social and political ideas and values being debated.
Recommended preparation: SMC203Y

Scripture in Christian Tradition 52L, 26T

The emergence of Biblical interpretation (Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament) within the early Christian communities; canonicity and inspiration; the tradition of interpretation in patristic, mediaeval and modern Christianity; Scripture as Word of God in corporate and individual experience.

Marriage and the Family in Canon Law 26L/S

A close reading of the Code of Canon Law touching on the themes of marriage and the family; relationship to other fundamental Church statements (e.g. Familiaris Consortio); examination of issues raised by opposition between church teaching and other views.
Recommended preparation: SMC203Y/304H

Christianity, Reason and Revolution 26L, 13T

This course explores developments in the relations between the Catholic Church and the states of Western Europe and America from the Enlightenment to the present. Of particular concern is Catholicism's response to the political and social theories of the Enlightenment and the ensuing secularization of the state in the Western world.
Recommended preparation: SMC203Y/HIS241H

The Catechism of the Catholic Church 26S

Introduces students to the Cathechism of the Catholic Church (1994) and its antecendents. After an historical survey of religious instruction in the Church, the students will engage in a close reading of selected sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Catholicism and Education 26S

The Catholic Church has developed a distinctive approach to the pedagogical enterprise. This course explores aspects of this approach by an examination of canonical legislation and other texts published by ecclesiastical authorities and their application in Canada.

Catholic Education in Ontario 26S

An historical appraisal of the evolution of Catholic schools, universities, and catechetical education in Ontario. Special emphasis is placed on the evolution of Ontario's separate school system.

Christ in Christian Tradition 52L, 26T

Faith in Christ is central to Christianity. This course examines both classical formulations of that faith and Enlightenment critiques of them. It introduces students to contemporary rethinking of christology in the light of modern science and philosophy, comparative religion, feminism, and liberation movements.

The Catholic Church in Canada (formerly SMC420H) 26S

A research seminar that explores the historical development of Catholic communities and institutions in all regions of Canada since the 16th century. Emphasis placed on themes of mission, church-state relations, ethnicity, belief and practice, social justice, gender, and secularization.

Issues in Christianity and the Life Sciences 26L/S

Episodes and issues in the development of the life sciences in relation to fundamental Christian beliefs concerning nature, man and God: behaviour and intelligence, gender, genetics and the manipulation of life, creation/evolution controversy, etc.
Prerequisite: Four university courses

Faith and Physics 26L/S

The complex interplay between religious belief, culture, and the emergence of modern physical theory: rise and fall of mechanistic theories, relativity, particle physics and models of the Universe, Big Bang theory and Black Holes, etc.
Prerequisite: Four university courses

The Second Vatican Council 26L

The Second Vatican Council is the most important event in contemporary Catholic life. This course examines various aspects of the Council, including its convocation, process, theological teaching, and effects on the Catholic Church and its relations to society.
Recommended preparation: SMC203Y

Independent Studies in Christianity and Culture TBA

A concluding course in Christianity and Culture, providing an opportunity to synthesize insights acquired during the course of the program (enrolment subject to availability of a supervisor).
Prerequisite: Written approval of Program Director

Independent Studies in Christianity and Culture TBA

Advanced Topics in Christianity and Culture I TBA

Prerequisite: Two courses in Christianity and Culture

Advanced Topics in Christianity and Culture II TBA

Prerequisite: Two courses in Christianity and Culture

Millennium 13S

This seminar studies past outbursts of Christian interest in the millennium theme and explores the implications of its contemporary revitalization at the approach of the year 2000 while providing both an historical and a theological context.

Mediaeval Studies Courses

The Mediaeval World of Knowledge 52L, 26T

The mediaeval encyclopedia: typical categories of the body of learning accumulated from the 5th to the 15th century: the natural universe, the branches of education, ethical ideals, and the sense of history.

The Mediaeval Church 13S

This seminar explores the development of some of the institutions of mediaeval Christendom, such as guilds, the University and the Papacy, in relation to social and intellectual movements of the age.
Recommended preparation: SMC210Y/HIS220Y

Senior Essay in Mediaeval Studies TBA

A scholarly project chosen by the student in consultation with an instructor and approved by the Program Co-ordinator. Arrangements for the choice of topic and supervisor must be completed by the student before registration.

Other St. Michael's College Courses

(see Section 4 for Key to Course Descriptions)

Liberal Arts and the Arts of Language 26L, 13T

The traditional disciplines of grammar, logic and rhetoric are presented here as principles of language, of correct reasoning, and of effective discourse. This course helps students improve their foundation for any future work and study that requires attention to words, critical reading and reflective use of language.
Exclusion: ERI 100H

Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 46 for details.

Ibsen and Strindberg: A Study of Their Major Plays 78L

Plays showing the full range of Ibsen's and Strindberg's dramaturgy are read in translation.

Seminar on Scriptwriting for Film 78L

The techniques and art of screenwriting: the script development process, including the writing of concepts, of treatments and of scripts in the narrative and documentary modes.
Exclusion: students who have completed SMC415Y prior to 1995-96.
Prerequisite: completion of at least five courses in Cinema Studies, English, Drama. Students must have completed at least 10 courses in their undergraduate program.

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