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Foundations of Philosophy (PL 201)

A one semester introduction to philosophy. Three focal points are covered: the emergence and development of rational theories on the nature of reality (metaphysics); questions concerning the grounds for distinguishing between knowledge and opinion (epistemology); and the nature and status of values (ethical, aesthetic, religious, etc.). Special attention is paid to the origins of philosophy and its historical beginnings in the ancient world.

Faculty biography

Dr. Joe Farrell graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 1992 (B.S.) and again in 2019 (M.B.A.). He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University. He has taught for many years in the philosophy department and has enjoyed teaching in the Messina program for the last 6 years. In addition to discussing great books in the classroom, he enjoys mentoring and advising students most of all. He lives in Lutherville with his wife and three sons.

Multimedia Storytelling (CM 308)

A practical exploration of how multimedia stories are crafted and their audience effects in news, persuasion, and entertainment. Students produce their own media stories in a variety of formats and strategies, apply design and aesthetic principles, and consider their legal and ethical responsibilities as media storytellers.

Faculty biography

Professor April Newton is from a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and loves Baltimore’s big city amenities and “Smalltimore” community connections. She and her family take in as much art, sports, and food from around the world as they can.  April teaches journalism and mass communication courses for the Department of Communication. Her research primarily focuses on gender and journalism, and on media ethics. She has taught in Messina for the last four years.  In addition to being the faculty co-director of the program, she has also served as a Messina advisor and faculty member for the Ignatian Scholars Program and as the Common Text Fellow. 

Mentor biography

Jill Eigenbrode serves as an Assistant Director in the Academic Advising and Support Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Arts from Notre Dame of Maryland University. A lifelong native of Maryland, she enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling in her spare time.

Virtual Advisor

PL 201 satisfies the Philosophy core requirement for all students. This course pairing is recommended for students who are considering a major or minor in Communications.