How do our relationships with others shape us? What circles of belonging do we draw around ourselves (self, family, school, parish, race or ethnicity, nation), and how do these influence who we are? Where do the circles end and why, and what is our connection and obligation to those outside of them? How do our encounters with others, both near and far, historical and fictional, help us better to understand not just what is different from us, but who we are and might become? Students enrolled in Self and Other course pairings will explore how we imagine the other, and how those imaginings shape our willingness to learn from, sympathize with, and open ourselves to the other.
A liberal arts education at Loyola University Maryland requires that students take courses in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and mathematics. These core courses, required of all students regardless of major, introduce students to these areas of study. Students in the Honors Program fulfill the University core requirements through an alternative core curriculum.
Academic Worksheets from the Academic Advising and Support Center as well as the Undergraduate Course Catalog are available if you would like more detailed information about how Messina courses fit into your core requirements.
“Loyola enabled me to become the best version of myself.” A former student reflects on her experience.