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Encountering the Past (HS 100)

This course sets out to introduce students to some of the methods used by historians, while bearing in mind that historical knowledge is provisional and complex. Along the way, students will develop the skills necessary for understanding and producing histories, which include the critical evaluation of sources and the ability to write cogently and persuasively about events in the past. Finally, this course also asks students to think about why the study of history is important to our lives today. Indeed, our introduction to the discipline of history takes aim at answering a deceptively simple question: why does history matter? We'll explore these questions through the eyes of Margery Kempe, a fifteenth century English woman. Margery came from a prosperous merchant family, she married and gave birth to fourteen children, and she occasionally ran her own businesses. She also had intensely emotional visions of communicating directly with Jesus, Mary, and other Biblical figures. We'll use her exceptional life to explore how historians think about religious identity and practice, gender roles, and travel experiences (among others) in the middle ages.

Faculty biography

Dr. Brandon Parlopiano grew up in a small town outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. from the University of Scranton, and then traveled down to Washington, D.C. to receive a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the Catholic University of America. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and has been teaching at Loyola since 2013. His main scholarly interests include disability, marginality, and medieval law. He used to be an avid comic-book reader but has since been devoting his free time to being a new dad.

Spanish for Globetrotters: Who Am I in this World? (SN 104)

Spanish for Globetrotters is a capstone course that inspires interest in travel, study, and work opportunities abroad. Students will advance speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and are presented with tools and strategies needed to effectively communicate in the real world. This course highlights the rich culture, history and literature of the Spanish-speaking world and includes discussions of authentic readings, art, and films that explore topics such as global citizenship, gender roles, and social justice.

Faculty biography

Professor Sarah Vitale hails from the vibrant city of New Orleans and attended Louisiana State University, where she received a Master’s degree in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Linguistics. With the inspiration to continue her language studies and get real-world, global work experience, she moved to Madrid, Spain and taught English courses for the Department of Education for 3 years. Currently, she coordinates the Spanish 101-103 courses at Loyola in addition to teaching and is passionate about connecting her students with work, study and travel opportunities abroad. In her free time, she is a running coach, world traveler, Jazzercise aficionada, and volunteer community event planner.

Mentor biography

Laura Daddio - Coming soon!

Madison Leadley is an Assistant Director in the Office of International Programs at Loyola, running programs in Newcastle and Glasgow in the UK and in Leuven, Belgium. She graduated from Loyola in 2019 and has stayed in Baltimore since! She enjoys trying new restaurants in the city, playing volleyball and *of course* travelling! 

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HS 101 satisfies a History core requirement for all students. SN 104 satisifies a core requirement for students. A language placement score of 346-464 is required for enrollment in this pairing.

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