Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Stories We Tell Course Pairing

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The Long and Winding Road: Psychology for Life (PY101. 02T)

How have you become the person that you are today and will become tomorrow? In this course we will come to understand human behavior and mental processes as well as how they are affected by a person's physical state, mental state, and environment. Incorporating the Stories We Tell theme, we will focus in particular on consciousness, memory, cognition, and human development as they inform people's ability to create and retain stories. Also, we will investigate how stories shape other psychological phenomenon such as psychopathology, intergroup relationships, motivation, etc.  Special attention will be given throughout the course as to the construction of the self, issues of transition, and what promotes a successful adaptation to adult roles.

Faculty Biography

An associate professor of Psychology, Carolyn Barry received her Ph.D. in human development from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has taught Introductory Psychology for nearly a decade, including in the former freshmen-year program Alpha. As a developmental psychologist who investigates factors that support psychosocial adjustment for twenty-somethings, she is completing her first edited book on emerging adults' meaning-making. She has served as a Core and Major Advisor as well as held leadership positions as Undergraduate Program Director in Psychology and as Vice-Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee. In 2011, she earned the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service-Learning and Engaged Scholarship for her proficiency in utilizing service-learning in her teaching.

God and the World: Extraordinary Stories in Ordinary Time (201.04T)

The Judeo-Christian tradition of life and thought, among the greatest treasures of our civilization, is centered on God’s relationship with us. Both the Jewish people and the Spirit-filled Christian Church recount its singular richness in their lore. Hebrew and Christian sacred parables, texts, theologies, and histories, the bases for our research in this course, are remarkably diverse records of extraordinary spiritual undertakings. In this Introduction to Theology core course, we will concentrate on a few exceptional moments in time, in which the divine encounters the human. We will do so by exploring the Old and New Testaments, the subsequent developments they engendered, the lives and legends of outstanding persons of faith, the chronicles of influential spiritual movements, and systematic historical and contemporary literatures.

Faculty Biography

Father Joseph S. Rossi is a member of the Society of Jesus and  Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland. He has degrees in sociology, theatre, film criticism and history, the history of the Catholic Church, and theology. His Ph. D. is from the Catholic University of America. He is the Resident Scholar at the International Catholic Organizations Information Center at United Nations Headquarters in New York. He has published two books and many articles on Catholics at the UN and other topics in American Catholic Church History.  He has just completed a third book on contemporary Catholic Non-Governmental Organizations at the UN. The book is entitled Water on the Rock: Contemporary Catholics at the UN as Seen Through the Prism of Rio+20, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

Mentor Biography

Deborah Miller is the Director of the Academic Advising and Support Center. She earned her Master’s degree from Loyola’s Department of Psychology in 1998. After working as a counselor in Philadelphia, Deborah returned to Loyola as an administrator in 2001. Deborah is excited to join Messina and work with students as they transition to college life and academics.