Catholic Formation Track

Take the Catholic Formation Track (CFT) as part of the TWU core curriculum

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Catholic Formation Track

Take the Catholic Formation Track (CFT) as part of the TWU core curriculum

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CFT Courses

ENGL 105 CP - Fiction in a Catholic Context

Fulfills: Academic Research & Writing

(3 semester hours)

An introductory study of Catholic 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 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.

See https://www.twu.ca/liberal-arts/core-foundations for more information.

ART 215 CP - Beauty & the Sacred

Fulfills: Aesthetic and Performance

(3 semester hours)

An introduction to theological aesthetics querying the extent to which various aspects of Christian belief can and cannot be adequately apprehended through the senses. Engaging with a wide range of perspectives and artistic media, particular emphasis will be placed upon the history and significance of distinctively Christian works of art.

See https://www.twu.ca/liberal-arts/core-ways-knowing for more information.

CFT Courses

ENGL 105 CP - Fiction in a Catholic Context

(3 semester hours)

An introductory study of Catholic 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 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.

See https://www.twu.ca/liberal-arts/core-foundations for more information.

ART 215 CP - Beauty & the Sacred

(3 semester hours)

An introduction to theological aesthetics querying the extent to which various aspects of Christian belief can and cannot be adequately apprehended through the senses. Engaging with a wide range of perspectives and artistic media, particular emphasis will be placed upon the history and significance of distinctively Christian works of art.

See https://www.twu.ca/liberal-arts/core-ways-knowing for more information.

About CFT

About CFT

The video on the right describes the CFT and how CPC works with TWU
The video at the bottom of this section describes the CFT and how CPC works with TWU

At Trinity Western University you can earn a degree in one of 47 academic programs while receiving a faithful Catholic formation at Catholic Pacific College, formation that cannot be rivalled anywhere in the Northwest. TWU is a liberal arts university in which every student receives more than mere training in a particular career path. Their liberal arts core curriculum is aimed at forming well-rounded individuals by providing a dynamic range of subjects from art & culture to humanities and sciences. Imagine, then, attending this amazing university plus being formed in and by the Catholic intellectual tradition. At CPC, you can be. TWU students can take most of the core courses through Catholic Pacific College’s new Catholic Formation Track (CFT) of the TWU Core.

The Catholic Formation Track is comprised of 11 fundamental courses in the areas of academic writing (2 courses), Catholic theology (3 courses), virtue ethics, Catholic Church history, liturgy and sacraments, Catholic social teaching, beauty and sacred art, and Latin. It is a formative track designed to expose students to the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The CFT directly engages with fundamental questions that pertain to all aspects of life, enabling students to make informed choices about faith, relationships, vocation, and careers. Because of this strong Catholic formation, CPC is one of only two Catholic post-secondary institutions in Canada listed in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

Choosing the Catholic Formation Track

In order to receive this unique opportunity for solid Catholic formation, students need to be clear about their decision. Anyone interested in taking the Catholic Formation Track must either indicate on their application that they are interested or speak with the CPC Admissions Counsellor. It is important to understand that, once the Catholic Formation Track for the TWU Core is chosen, students cannot leave that track. They must complete all* of the indicated courses within that track to get credit for completing TWU's core requirements.

*Contact Academic Dean to coordinate your academic program with the CFT

Taking CFT Courses as Electives

These new courses are amazing, and we understand that students who have already begun their Core curriculum under the normal TWU core may want to take some of them. While they cannot take them and get credit as core courses, these students may still take the new courses as elective courses.

Trinity Western and the Liberal Arts

Trinity Western University is a liberal arts university and delivers its promise of a "whole person education" through its core curriculum. The core includes courses in Foundations, Academic Research and Writing, Logical and Ethical Reasoning, Religious and Spiritual Thought, and Scientific Method and Lab Research (see courses above). Through these courses, along with inquiry in the six Ways of Knowing, students will engage in inquiry related to the world’s most enduring questions.

We've provided details in the drop-down buttons above regarding how the Catholic Formation Track corresponds to Trinity Western's core curriculum.

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