Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Self and Other Course Pairing

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Introduction to Sociology: Education in US Society (SC105.01S)

Examines the impact of social context (family, community, school system) and social location (ethnicity/race, gender, social class) on education in the urban United States.  Students are encouraged to reflect critically on topics such as dynamics of race, class and gender in education; the impact of cultural/social capital on educational outcomes; and the changing roles of private and parochial education. 

Faculty Biography

Dr. H. Lovell Smith received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park. His publications include articles in such journals as Research in Community Sociology, Advances in Medical Sociology, and Journal of Black Studies. He is currently an assistant professor in the sociology department at Loyola.

The Making of the Modern World Africa (HS106.01S)

This seminar introduces students to the skills of analyzing change over time, critical reading, and effective writing through the exploration of African history from the eighth through the twentieth centuries.  Themes include the emergence of African states and long distance trade; the organization and impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade; European conquest and colonization; social and economic change during the colonial period; the rise of nationalism and the struggle for independence; and the impact of globalization in contemporary Africa.  Considers issues of change and continuity in African societies, as well as the differential impact of social and economic change on women and people of different socioeconomic groups.

Faculty Biography

Professor Elizabeth Schmidt received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has published five books about Africa, with a sixth on the way.  The topics include U.S. business support for apartheid South Africa, women and nationalism in Zimbabwe and Guinea, and foreign intervention in Africa from the Cold War to the War on Terror.  When she's not working, you'll find her at the FAC--or on the dance floor!

Mentor Biography

Kimberly Ewing is one of the staff psychologists at the Counseling Center, and has been for the past 15 years.  She loves do training and consulting with students, administrators, and faculty around appreciation for cultural diversity and issues involving women in our community.