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College credits are only a click away. It doesn’t matter where you live or when you’re available, you can attend classes online. Divine Word College offers fully accredited classes taught by experienced faculty in an online setting.

Courses are open to high school seniors and anyone with a high school diploma or GED. Courses are appropriate for pastoral ministers, lay ministers and other persons engaged in parish ministry. All you need is an internet connection and a desire to learn.



As a fully accredited academic institution by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), DWC offers credit for all online courses. The cost is $410 per credit hour. Or, you may audit the class for a nominal fee.

Full and partial scholarships are available.

Contact the Director of Admissions for more information.


Course Description

 Fall 2015  

The Catholic Church is composed of 23 autonomous churches in full communion with the Pope as Bishop of Rome. In addition to the “Western” or Latin Church, there are another 22 “Eastern” Churches that possess their own rich and varied historical, liturgical, and spiritual heritages that Pope John Paul II called “The Light of the East” (Orientale Lumen, 1995). This survey course will increase awareness of and appreciation for the Byzantine, Antiochian, Chaldean, Armenian, and Alexandrian traditions so integral to our identity as the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.”      2 Credit Hours      Course Syllabus

Your Instructor

Stamm,-Paul-(1).jpgMr. Paul D. Stamm, College Registrar, Instructional Technologist, and faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department.
He received his master’s degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and a bachelor’s in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.  Before coming to Divine Word College, he taught communications at Illinois State University, UW-Waukesha, and Carroll University.  For over a decade he worked with Sisters of the Divine Savior in their educational and outreach programs.  He established the first web presence for an Eastern Catholic Church and for sixteen years was the web master for the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton.