1 The subjects in a course of study or teaching.
2 (in the Roman Catholic Church) a summary of points decided by papal decree regarding heretical doctrines or practices.
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘concise table of headings of a discourse’): modern Latin, originally a misreading of Latin sittybas, accusative plural of sittyba, from Greek sittuba ‘title slip, label’.
Cedric selected his course work from the school’s catalog, creating a syllabus for his advisor to approve. He attempted to limit his heretical choices.