Loyola University Maryland


Self and Other Course Pairing

Understanding Literature (EN 101)

EN 101 is an introduction to the serious, college-level study of literature. It seeks to give students an understanding of imaginative writing, means for reading this writing perceptively, and basic principles for making interpretive judgments. While there is no common text for EN 101, all instructors share the goal of bringing students to an enriched awareness of the power and beauty of our language and of its potential as an expressive and persuasive tool. The course is, therefore, writing intensive, and seeks to teach students to develop their writing skills with particular attention to the crafting of analytical argument.

Faculty Biography

Professor Victoria Barnett-Woods is a lecturer in the English Department. She specializes in the eighteenth-century Atlantic.

The Making of the Modern World: Europe (HS 101)

Whether we are aware of it or not, historical forces have shaped our fundamental attitudes and assumptions about ourselves and the world around us. Should individuals have a say in how their government functions? Is religion a matter of personal belief? Are progress and innovation inherently positive? While these questions may seem easy to answer for us, they have not always been so. By examining key points in European history from the Reformation, through to the Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution and beyond, this course aims at unraveling and understanding key aspects of the modern western world-view. Although a survey, this course will not be about burdening you down with long lists of names and dates. Instead, the goals are to engage with the ideas and cultures of the European past, to examine how and why people thought and acted the way they did, and to see where we fit in with the ongoing story of history.

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.

Mentor Biography

Laura Palilla has been at Loyola since March 2017 as an Assistant Director in the Office of International Programs. Currently she works with programs in Rome, Newcastle and Glasgow and works with the Study Abroad Ambassadors. Prior to working at Loyola, Laura worked in study abroad in Dublin, Ireland and in Rome, Italy.

Mentor Biography

Jackie Altebrando is an Assistant Director, Career Exploration in Career Services. She works 1:1 with students to identify their values, skills, abilities, and interest areas to make informed career decisions. I enjoy working with students to give them the space they need to reflect and figure out what's next. She got her M.Ed in School Counseling from Loyola in 2015.

Virtual Advisor

Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students.  


A group of students posing for a photo, with the harbor and Baltimore skyline in the background
Advising and Support

Evergreens: Your personal guides to life at Loyola

Loyola student leaders support and guide students through their first-year experience.

We are a green office logo