Catholic Courses for Trinity Western University Degrees

Catholic Pacific College teaches Catholic theological, philosophical, historical, and literary 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

Catholic Formation Track Courses

RELS 105 CP - The Coherence of Faith

Fulfills: Religious and Spiritual Thought

RELS 105 CP - The Coherence of Faith

(3 semester hours)

An overview of the theological coherence of Catholic dogma and doctrine. Following the content and structure of the Apostles’ creed, this course focuses on key theological principles, concepts, and definitions such as Trinity, Incarnation, personhood, immortality of the soul, Church, relationality, heaven, purgatory, hell, sin, and redemption.

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RELS 388 CP - Liturgy & Sacraments

Fulfills: Experiential & Embodied

RELS 388 CP - Liturgy & Sacraments

(3 semester hours)

Introduces students to the significance and variations of embodied engagements with the Christian mysteries. Drawing upon liturgical and sacramental theology students will consider, is the world a sacrament? Is there a distinctively Christian experience of God? What does it mean for the Eucharist to be “the source and summit of the Christian life?” Why do the Church Fathers refer to the liturgy as divine pedagogy? How do liturgy and the sacraments inform life outside of church?

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TWU Core Courses

These courses will be discontinued after Spring 2021 (click to find out more information)

Beginning Fall 2021, Catholic Pacific College will be providing unique Catholic courses that are otherwise unavailable at TWU. Therefore, we will no longer offer courses that mirror Trinity Western University courses. These 5 courses are "sections" (mirrior courses) of courses that met the requirements for Trinity Western's core curriculum and are no longer necessary for CPC students since the inauguration of the Catholic Formation Track.

ENGL 103 - Intro to Fiction

*Not all courses are available next semester - check schedule for course availability

(3 sem. hrs.) 

An introductory study of 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 written 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.

  • Prerequisite(s): WRTG 100 or 101 unless exempt at point of admission to the University. (3-0; 3-0)

  • This course fulfills University Core Requirements for English, and the requirements for an English Major, Concentration, or Minor.

  • 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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Elective Courses

Courses marked with * will no longer be available after Spring 2021 (click for more information)

As mentioned above, CPC will no longer offer courses that mirror Trinity Western courses. Some of the courses marked with * fall into that category. However, many of them are now available as Catholic Formation Track courses and can still be taken as elective courses for those not in the CFT.

MCOM 172 CP - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

*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 366 CP - Theology of the Body

*Not all courses are available next semester - check schedule for course availability

(3 sem. hrs.)

This course reviews the roots and evolution of the modern secular approaches to anthropology and human sexuality and contrasts them with those of Christ. This course examines recent developments in theological reflection on the body (John Paul II’s theology of the body) and provides a general introduction to Christian anthropology, with particular attention to themes such as creation in the imago Dei, fall and redemption, nature and grace, freedom and rationality, gender and vocation. Due note of convergent and divergent doctrinal positions held by various Christian traditions of the themes are reviewed.

   • Prerequisites: RELS 160. (0-0; 3-0)

   • This 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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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.