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Self and Other Course Pairing

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.

Introductory Spanish for globetrotters (SN 104)

New! An introductory, communicative course for true beginners that inspires interest in travel, study and work abroad. Students will establish a foundation in the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing and will also be presented with effective tools and strategies needed to achieve success in subsequent Spanish courses. This course highlights the rich culture, history and literature of the Spanish-speaking world and compares the cultural and linguistic heritage of Spain with that of other diverse Spanish-speaking countries. For students with no previous knowledge of Spanish.

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 aficionado, and volunteer community event planner.

Mentor biography

Andrew Choi began his journey at Loyola as a first-year student in 2007, graduating in 2011 with a major in Spanish and in 2012 with Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish to secondary students. After graduating from Loyola in 2012, Andy went on to live in Nicaragua, where he worked at CANTERA, an NGO focused on community development based on the dreams and needs of Nicaraguans. Shortly after returning to the U.S., Andy joined the Center for Community, Service, and Justice (CCSJ) and York Road Initiative (YRI) team in November 2018 and serves as the Assistant Director for Student Supervision, overseeing CCSJ/YRI's student intern program. Andy's favorite part of his role is being able to accompany students on their journey of learning about justice and equity. This is Andy's second time being a Messina mentor and is excited to continue supporting first-year students in their transition to college! In his free time, you can find Andy sipping on a cup of coffee and trying delicious new foods.

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 study abroad 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.


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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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