Loyola University Maryland


Self and Other Course Pairing

Is Psychology a Brain or a Social Science? (PY 101)

By examining significant areas of psychological theory and research, this course will attempt to answer the question: Is psychology a brain or a social science? The course provides, in a seminar setting, an introduction to the discipline and the psychology major, as well as a assessment of the primacy of our biology and our social setting (and its history) as the cause of complex human behaviors.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Andrew Futterman received his BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown CT, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology and Aging and Development from Washington University in St. Louis in 1987. He completed an NIMH/APA Clinical Psychology and Aging internship at Hutching Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY in 1981-1982. After receiving his PhD, he completed postdoctoral fellowships in in Clinical Pharmacology (1987-89) and Geriatrics (1989-90) at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Andrew joins the faculty in the Psychology Department at Loyola this year after spending 25 years at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. where he was a full professor. During his time at Holy Cross, he taught courses in his specialty area of psychology and aging, in research methods, and more advanced courses in the diagnosis and treatment of functional impairments and mental illness in later life. At Holy Cross, he was also Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee and director of the College’s Health Professions Program from 1996-2015.

Andrew has authored or coauthored more than 30 papers on the assessment and treatment of mental illness in later life, and critical commentaries on research methods in psychiatry and psychology. Many of these articles have appeared in leading journals and many include student coauthors. Outlets for my research have included Journal Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychology and Aging, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journals of Gerontology, and Psychological Assessment, among others. He is an ad hoc reviewer for several of these journals as well.

In addition, Andrew also received grants from the National Institute of Health/National Institute on Aging to assess the effects of aging and stress on religious involvement in late middle age and later life, a focus of his research going forward at Loyola.

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

Jackie Altebrando is a Career Exploration Counselor at the Career Center. She assists students with identifying 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.  For students considering a major in the Sellinger School of Business, Psychology will count as an elective since Sellinger School of Business students will take Microeconomics Principles and Macroeconomic Principles as their two, core social science courses. 


Several students running with arms linked in a grassy field
Your first year

What, exactly, is Messina?

A closer look at Loyola University Maryland's living learning program for all first-year students.

We are a green office logo