This course shall address the history of Christianity from the 5th century CE to the present day. It includes the Church and Roman government, the development of the papacy, the Reformation and its leaders, The Catholic Reformation, The Council of Trent, Wesley and Methodism, Jansenism, the French Revolution, developments in the Americas, Pius IX and Italian Unification, Leo XIII, Modernism, The First Vatican Council, John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council, John Paul II and New Evangelization, Ecumenism. It will begin with the use of history in theology. 

A survey of the history of the various faith traditions within the economic and multicultural realities of a developing “American” identity, from colonial times to the present. While a primary focus is upon the Catholic Church in the U.S., including the presence of various Catholic ethnic groups, especially the Irish and Hispanic, there is also consideration of the place and displacement of the first native peoples and their religions, the predominant role and diversity of Protestantism, the emergent Black Church in the U.S., and the presence of non-Christian religions.

Estudio histórico del desarrollo del cristianismo hispano en el territorio continental de lo que es ahora los Estados Unidos Americanos desde el siglo XVI hasta el presente. Se busca entender aquella experiencia y su diversidad para llegar a descubrir la herencia y las tradiciones de los cristianos latinos en los Estados Unidos de hoy día. El enfoque está puesto en las experiencias católicas, sin olvidar la influencia protestante. Entre los temas principales se destacan los siguientes: espiritualidades; sentido de misión; relaciones Iglesia-Estado; expansión geográfica; relaciones con poblaciones no-hispanas; desarrollo institucional, incluidas sus estructuras, personal, y finanzas; las diversas experiencias sociales y culturales de los hispanos/latino/as; y el lugar social de los hispanos en las mismas instituciones cristianas. Ofrecido en español y/o inglés, según la capacidad de los participantes.
The Council of Trent (1545–1563) was a milestone in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation, issuing overdue statements and clarifications of the Church's doctrine. The consequences of the Council’s decisions also were significant in regard to the Church's liturgy and practices. Trent not only modernized the institution and its pastoral care, it also gave Catholics a new insight into their identity. The course will deal mainly with this identity formation, which still characterizes the Church today. Therefore, the course will cover the historical road to the Council, its Sessions and the In-between periods, the most important of the Council´s Decrees, its key figures, and its historical Reception with a Retrospective from Vatican II.