Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Visionary Course Pairing

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Cities of God: Theology and the Built World (TH201.02V)

This course will introduce students to Christian theology by examining the way in which Christians have used the image of the “city” and reflection on the various structures that make up a city – temples, palaces, churches, markets – as a means of understanding the world as God’s creation and their place within that world. The course will use readings from the Bible, texts from the Christian tradition, as well as more contemporary theological writings. Students will learn how to read carefully and critically, and to express themselves in clear speech and writing.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Frederick Bauerschmidt has taught theology at Loyola since 1994 and is the chair of the Theology Department. His scholarly interests include medieval and modern theology, theology and the arts, and the relationship between theology and culture. He has published several books, most recently on the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is ordained as a deacon in the Catholic Church and is married with three children.

Engineering and Society: Engineering, Design, and Creative Problem Solving in the Built World (EG103.01V)

The pyramids and Gothic cathedrals as well as transportation, communication, and sanitation systems are just some examples of our engineered world.  Students explore what makes engineering unique from the sciences, the elements of design and creative problem-solving.  Emphasis is given to the historical and social contents of engineering design and its impact on our society.  We will look at the vision that drives innovation as well as visual, oral and verbal communication skills necessary to make ideas a reality.

Faculty Biography

Suzanne Keilson earned a B.A. in Physics from Yale University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Applied Physics from Columbia University.  Her post-doctoral studies in the signal processing of speech by the auditory system brought her to Johns Hopkins and Baltimore.  Her research interests in engineering include biomedical engineering, signal processing, sustainable engineering and design education.  She is an active member and serving on the board of the American Society for Engineering Education.  She also serves as Associate Dean for Loyola College.

Mentor Biography

I am Molly Fredette, Director of The Study at Loyola. The Study’s mission is to provide academic support services to students and help all Loyola students become successful, independent learners. I report to the Dean of First Year Students and work closely with the AASC. In my role, I oversee the peer tutoring program, Supplemental Instruction, organization coaching, professional tutoring services (ESL, math and reading strategies), and I teach a series of Academic Success Workshops and provide 1-on-1 academic coaching to students. I also work closely with DSS, the Counseling Center, ALANA and faculty to identify and help students in academic distress. (This includes many first-years.) Lastly, I teach and advise in the STEP program, which is Loyola’s academic retention program aimed primarily at second semester freshmen and sophomores on academic probation.