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Self and Other Course Pairing

Creating Memory: An Introduction to Psychology (PY 101)

What does psychology tell us about memory? In this Messina seminar, as we come to understand the field of psychology, we will delve into the workings of memory--a term that encompasses several different kinds of remembering and recollecting. What makes something memorable? To what extent can we choose or shape what we remember? Does memory constitute identity? How does technology alter what and how we remember? How does trauma, illness, sleep, nutrition, drugs, etc. influence what we forget and what we remember? We will cover major areas in psychology: learning, 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, cognitive, and emotional well-being.

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.

Creation’s “Eager Longing”: 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 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. 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 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.

Garrison (Garry) Schmidt moved to Maryland and joined the Loyola Team in 2018 having departed from his former role in Hospitality Administration with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Garry has a diverse education background, having served in both K-12 as well as Higher Education roles. But, while Garry has found a passion for working with students of all ages, he truly excels when in an atmosphere where students are empowering one another to serve, create their own identity, and care 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.

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.

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