The Augustine Institute Short Courses bring you the engaging instruction that has been enjoyed by over a thousand students since 2005, but at a fraction of the cost and time of a full graduate course. Each Short Course includes three to four hours of high-quality video instruction together with reading assignments that are modest in length but generous in depth and beauty.

What's Included

  • Interactive lessons, featuring guided presentations and videos
  • A top Catholic professor and theologian as your instructor
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Discussion forum to ask questions and share ideas

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome to the Course

    • Course Overview

    • About the Instructor

    • Course Requirements

  • 2

    Session 1: Doctors of the Church and the History of Women's Inclusion Among Them

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 3

    Session 2: Saint Hildegard of Bingen

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 4

    Session 3: Saint Catherine of Siena

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 5

    Session 4: Saint Teresa of Avila

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 6

    Session 5: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 7

    Session 6: The Influence of the Women Doctors on the Modern Church

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Office Hours

    • Additional Resources

    • Check for Understanding

  • 8

    Conclusion

    • Congratulations

Instructor

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Bronwen McShea

Dr. McShea, also a writing fellow at the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York City, is a historian with research interests in the early modern Church, especially in France and in colonial and missionary contexts. She is also interested broadly in Catholicism as a bearer and shaper of culture and in the dynamic relationship of the Church to secular society. Dr. McShea completed her PhD in Early Modern European History at Yale University, MTS in the History of Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, and BA in History at Harvard University. She has also taught at the University of Nebraska Omaha and Columbia University, where she was an ACLS/Mellon New Faculty Fellow. She has held research positions at the Leibniz Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz, Harvard's Center for the Study of World Religions, and the James Madison Program at Princeton University, with additional research funding from the French Society for Western History, Notre Dame's Cushwa Center, and others. She is the author of Apostles of Empire: The Jesuits and New France​ (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) and has two more books forthcoming: Peer of Princes: Marie de Vignerot, Duchesse d'Aiguillon, Cardinal Richelieu's Forgotten Protégée (Pegasus Books) and Women of the Church: What Every Catholic Should Know (Ignatius Press; Augustine Institute). She has published in a range of journals and magazines, including The Sixteenth Century Journal, The Josephinum Journal of Theology, The Journal of Jesuit Studies, and First Things.

FAQ

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    The course will run on any device and any web browser. We do not support Roku or Apple TV.

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    All aspects of the course are self-running so you can learn any time, any place.

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Through this course, you will come to know more about the four female Doctors of the Church.