Loyola University Maryland

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Self and Other Course Pairing

Healthy Bodies, Minds, and Communities: An Introduction to Psychology (PY101)

What is psychology’s role in health and well-being for the individual and for the community? How does the environment, the self, culture, and society interact in the promotion of health or sickness? What is the study of human behavior and the mind? We will cover major perspectives and areas in psychology: learning, cognition, memory, development, emotion regulation, gender roles, culture, 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 and mental well-being. This course introduces you to the broad scope of psychology, linking the many subfields, and highlighting the diversity and complexity of the human experience.

Faculty Biography

Dr. 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. Her research focuses on children and adolescents’ sleep and daytime functioning. Prior to joining the psychology department at Loyola in 2014, she taught for 22 years at the College of the Holy Cross. Dr. Wolfson particularly enjoys working with first-year students and collaborating with students on her research. She loves hiking in the woods or along the beach and is an ardent runner and skier.

Creation’s “Eager Longing”: An Introduction to Theology (TH201)

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 community practices help shape our self-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 storyline 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. 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 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, watching sports, and showing students around Baltimore.

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.  Neil strives to create opportunities for students and help them to grow and develop.  Neil believes that strong campus partnerships are essential to creating a holistic student experience.  Neil 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.

Rodney Parker is from Wilson, NC and serves as the Director of ALANA Services. He obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!). Later, he received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke University (Go Blue Devils!). He came to Loyola more than eight years ago and worked with the dynamic Center for Community Service and Justice staff. After the first two and a half years at Loyola, he joined the ALANA team in the Spring 2005. His job responsibilities include providing leadership for the ALANA team. He is currently working on his doctoral degree in Pastoral Counseling. In his spare time, he likes to read, hang out with friends, and listen to all types of music.

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