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Creation, Community, and Memory: An Introduction to Theology (TH 201)

How might we think differently about what it is to be a human being if we consider ourselves in the light of the Christian notion of "creation?" How does the way we think about nature affect how we live in it? How do memory and communal practices help shape our identity? For what ought we hope, and what does the Christian tradition have to say about where to invest our energies, and why? This course explores such questions while introducing students to the story line of the Bible, and to Christian thought as it emerged from Judaism. A final section looks at the issue of climate change in light of earlier course material.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Claire Mathews McGinnis studied anthropology and sociology as an undergraduate at Swarthmore College. Her minor in religion led her to pursue further study at Yale University, from which she received an M.Div. and then a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. A native of Baltimore, she has taught at Loyola for 25 years, and especially enjoys her first-year students. She likes outdoor activities, dogs, baseball, and showing students around Baltimore.

An Introduction to Psychology: Healthy Bodies, Minds, and Communities (PY 101)

What does psychology tell us about health and mental health? In this Messina seminar, as we come to understand the field of psychology, we will explore definitions of health and mental health. What is the mind? What is the body? Are they the same or distinct? What is the role of psychology in health promotion and illness prevention whether it is stress, mental illness, substance abuse, etc.? How do biological, social, and psychological factors influence health and mental health? We will cover major areas in psychology: learning, development, memory and cognition, gender, culture, and diversity, stress and coping, sleep and circadian rhythms, and psychopathology. The course has three significant goals: (1) to learn to engage psychology in order to better understand ourselves and others; (2) to learn to challenge our own preconceived notions about the human experience; and (3) to understand and translate psychological science to improve physical, cognitive, and emotional health.

Faculty Biography

Professor Amy Wolfson studied psychology as an undergraduate at Harvard University. Following college, she pursued her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a focus on children and adolescents at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on children and adolescents' sleep-wake behaviors and emotional well-being. Prior to joining the psychology department at Loyola in 2014, she taught for 22 years at the College of the Holy Cross. Professor Wolfson particularly enjoys working with first-year students and collaborating with students on research. She loves traveling, hiking, running, skiing, and being outdoors.

Mentor Biography

Garrison (Garry) Schmitt moved to Baltimore and joined the Loyola University Maryland Team in 2018. While Garry has found a passion for working with students of all ages, he is truly inspired when empowering college students to engage in dialogue regarding identities, exploring different perspectives, and caring for the whole person. Originally from Berlin, Connecticut, Garry completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from fellow Jesuit institution, College of the Holy Cross, and his Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Post University.

Mentor Biography

Neil Andrito joined the Loyola Student Life team in 2017 as the Director of Student Life. Neil's prior experiences focused on advocating for students, community development, and housing operations. When working with students he strives to create experiences and opportunities to help them grow and develop. He believes that strong campus partnerships are essential to creating a holistic student experience. He is passionate about service learning and helping students and staff make a difference in the world. Neil completed his B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Psychology from Stonehill College and his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Centenary College.

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TH 201 satisfies a core requirement 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. Additionally, PY 101 would count as an elective for students considering a major in Global Studies or another social science (Sociology, Political Science, Economics).

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