Foundation 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.
Dr. Joseph Farrell is a Baltimore native and has lived here all of his 49 years. As a two-time graduate of Loyola University Maryland (BS, 1992 and MBA, 2019), he knows Loyola and loves to welcome new students into the world of Loyola and the liberal arts tradition. Above all, he loves to accompany students through the arguments of the great philosophers.
Effective Writing (WR 100)
We examine a cross-section of texts to gain an understanding of varied cultures, traditions, social norms, and national economies. Our analysis will allow us to discuss how our extensive societies complement each other as well as fluctuate. As we study our multi-cultural and diverse histories, we will also reflect on how this wide network of experience produces global commonalities. Peer-editing workshops, hands-on in-class activities, and writing exercises will promote techniques that can be used across the curriculum to effectively meet expectations of writing in a specific genre. Through the planning, drafting, and revising process, this class will focus on strategies to help students build on their coursework and solidify their understanding of communicating in a globalized environment.
Dr. Tiffany Curtis has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English and an M.B.A. She has taught in the Writing Department since 2011. She is also a regular visiting professor at the University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland, where she provides seminars for the American Culture and Literature Department. She has also taught Composition in Panama City, Panama for the University of Louisville Panama at Quality Leadership University. She has published in journals such as The Florida Review and New South.
Charlie Hiebler is a 1995 graduate of Loyola, Charlie is the Director of Alumni Affinity Engagement and is responsible for developing alumni engagement strategies to increase engagement based on the identity, geographic location and affinity of alumni. He leads a team that supports identity-based, regional-based and affinity-based alumni efforts and develops and implements programs designed to instill a sense of lifelong engagement with Loyola. Charlie, and his wife Eileen, Class of 1995 and Director of Partnerships and Recruiting in the Rizzo Career Center, are also Loyola parents. Their daughter, Julia, is a member of the Class of 2024 and their son, Ryan, is a member of the Class of 2026. Their youngest, Colin, is a freshman in high school.
PL 201 satisfies the Philosophy core requirement for all students. WR 100 satisfies the Composition core requirement for all students.