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Undergraduate Courses

Below is a list of the 300 and 400 level courses you can take with St. Mark's College. The Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture has required courses as well as the opportunity for some electives.

Students in first and second year are cross-enrolled at Corpus Christi College for 100 and 200 level courses. These courses are viewable on the Corpus Christi College course listing webpage.

Senior (300 And 400) Level BA in Theology and Culture Courses

Explore our courses by subject, or view a full list of undergraduate course descriptions.
View Course Descriptions

  • Education

    • EDUC 410: Religion in Curriculum and Life of the School
    • EDUC 420: History of Catholic Education in Canada
    • EDUC 430: The Catholic School Teacher: Pre-Practicum Experience
  • English

    • ENGL 310: English Grammar and Usage
    • ENGL 312: History of the English Language (6 credits)
    • ENGL 316: Chaucer and the Middle Ages
    • ENGL 318: Old English Poetry in Translation
    • ENGL 319: English Renaissance and Reformation Literature
    • ENGL 320: Modern Catholic Literature and Culture
    • ENGL 415: Children’s Literature After 1900
    • ENGL 416: Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature
    • ENGL 417: Studies in Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Literature
    • ENGL 418: Topics in Indigenous Literatures
    • ENGL 421: Tragedy & Film
    • ENGL 448: Shakespeare, Genre, and Religion
  • History

    • HIST 301: British Columbia (6 cr)
    • HIST 311: Britain and European Relations 1750 – 1850
    • HIST 312: Britain and European Relations 1850 – 1918
    • HIST 314: Brian and European Relations 1918 – 1945
    • HIST 313: Britain and European Relations 1945 – present
    • HIST 330: Early Church History: Ideas and Their Development
    • HIST 401: Modern East Asia
    • HIST 420: Topics in Canadian History: Indigenous-Settler Relations in 17th – 21st Century Canada
    • HIST 425: Modern Church History
  • Religious Education

    • RLED 410: Philosophy of Catholic Education
    • SPIR 437: Leadership and Spirituality
  • Theology

    • THEO 310: Vocation, Ministry and Service-Learning
    • THEO 321: The Prophets in The Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near East, and Today
    • THEO 402: God, Christ, Church
    • THEO 405: Liturgy and Sacramental Life
    • THEO 435: Catholic Ethics
    • THEO 451: Biblical Studies
    • THEO 490: Capstone Reflection Seminar

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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come


Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
Summer Institute 2020[/letter]

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Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]

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