Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Stories We Tell Course Pairing

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Introduction to Communication (203.01T)

The focus of this course is to provide a broad overview of the mass media and an analysis from the viewpoints of practitioner, critic, and consumer.  First year students will explore the media through readings, written exercises, self-reflective essays, field experiences and a student project that researches and analyzes an aspect of the mass media. Students will learn how to tell their stories and how to collect, catalog, and interpret the stories from others.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead is Assistant Professor of Communication and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in African and African American History at Loyola University Maryland; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. She is a Baltimore transplant who has fallen in love with the city. Dr. Whitehead is a mother of two tweenage boys and spends her spare time visiting museums, antiquing, and traveling.

Effective Writing: Moving the World with Your Words (WR100.01T)

In small-group workshops and through writing exercises designed to make you a self-sufficient thinker, you will examine how writers gain their authority; how they try to move you with their written words (their stories); and how you can move others with words of your own.  You will read essays on provocative topics—especially about gender and racial issues--that will complicate your thinking and help strengthen your ability to uncover the codes, cues, and clues that are embedded in everything from advertisements to sophisticated arguments.

Through such readings, our in-class discussions, and your writing assignments, you will develop an awareness of, sensitivity toward, and respect for the differences of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age, and disabilities.  By the end of the course you will surprise yourself not only by how well—and how much—you write but also by how well you can analyze the many assumptions and misdirections that manipulate most people. There will be no exams, no easy answers, no tidy lessons. 

Faculty Biography

Dr. Ron Tanner is an award-winning writer who has taught at Loyola for 24 years. He and his wife live in a Victorian house that was once a fraternity. They run www.houselove.org, a DIY website with a national readership. In his spare time, Ron travels the country in his camper van, giving talks on old house restoration. Also, he leads Jazz Caravan, a local jazz band, and directs two on-going documentary projects: the Marshall Island Story Project and Preservation America.

Mentor Biography

Colleen attended Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Education with a concentration in corporate wellness. She worked for several years in this industry until deciding to continue her education. She went on to attend Villanova University earning a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Services. Colleen worked for Temple University as an academic coordinator for the Athletic Department for two and a half years before coming to Loyola.