Self, Other, and Interfaith Dialogue: Introduction to Theology (TH 201)
Religion continues to serve as a powerful source of identity and belonging in the modern world. It also continues to provoke deep disagreement and hostility. How should adherents of religion understand their relationship to members of other faiths? This course approaches the Messina theme of "Self and Other" through an interfaith lens, examining the intertwining paths, differences, and commonalities between the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Exploring key sacred texts, thinkers, and practices, it provides students with resources for promoting greater interfaith understanding and cooperation.
Dr. John Kiess is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Office of Peace and Justice. As a George Mitchell Scholar he earned his MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen's University Belfast and MPhil in Theology from Cambridge University. He received his Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Duke University in 2011, writing his dissertation on the ethics of war through the lens of the Democratic Republic of Congo. His research interests lie at the intersection of religion, ethics, and politics. He is the author of Hannah Arendt and Theology as well as numerous articles and book chapters.
Introduction to Communication Disorders (SP 103)
This course is a survey of the disorders of speech, language, and hearing in pediatric, adolescent, and adult populations. The role of the speech-language pathologist and audiologist in the identification and treatment of individuals with these disorders is addressed. Students learn the professional vocabulary and concepts that are the foundation for advanced courses in the department.
Dr. Marie Kerins is a professor and Chair in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. She has taught in the both the undergraduate and graduate departments in the department. Prior to coming to Loyola she was a practicing speech-language pathologist working with pediatric and adolescent populations.
Luke Haus joined Loyola in 2020 as an Assistant Director in the Office of Student Engagement for leadership development programs, which includes programs such as Student Leadership Corps, Leadership Summit, Leadership Cafes, and GOLD Workshops. Luke also works directly with transfer students, first-year commuter students and oversees Loyola's leadership honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa. Luke is passionate about helping students better understand themselves and those around them so they can grow to their fullest potential while here at Loyola. Luke is a 2017 graduate of Loyola and has since received his Master's in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University.
This course pairing is strongly recommended for students interested in exploring a Speech Language Hearing Science major. The Theology course satisfies the Theology core requirement for all students.