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Introduction to Communication Disorders (SP 103)

This course is a survey of the disorders of speech, language, and hearing in pediatric, adolescent, and adult populations. The role of the speech-language pathologist and audiologist in the identification and treatment of individuals with these disorders is addressed. Students learn the professional vocabulary and concepts that are the foundation for advanced courses in the department. 

Faculty biography

Janet Preis, Ed. D., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who received a doctorate in special education from The Johns Hopkins University in 2002. At present, Dr. Preis teaches undergraduate and graduate courses with a deep interest in autism and culturally responsive teaching. Teaching Messina is, however, one of her greatest joys as 1st year students are amazing to teach and know!

Effective Writing (WR*100)

Think about your favorite piece of writing -- what effect does it have on you? Effective writing has the strength to make someone laugh, think, learn and act. Your mission in this course to write with strength and confidence. In this class, you will think about how powerful writing affects you both as a reader and a writer. Reading pieces by writers like Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Susan Casey will give you the chance to look through the lens of other writers in order to sharpen or refocus your own. Activities out of the classroom will serve to broaden your understanding of yourself in the context of your new community as well. In addition, you have the opportunity to take one of two tracks: the traditional path or the service-learning option. Service offers yet another text to integrate among our readings, discussions, and writing opportunities. On the service track, you'll be asked to see yourself in direct relationship to those you meet at Tunbridge Charter School. Whether you opt for service-learning or not, you will have the opportunity to serve people outside our classroom through your writing. We will always try to contextualize our discussions beyond ourselves and to see how writers attempt to move their readers and affect the world around them. As you look beyond yourself, you will use your writing to envision who you wish to become. Along the way, you'll be writing for action.

Faculty biography

Dr. Andrea Leary is a Teaching Professor and the Internship Coordinator in the Writing Department, where she has been teaching for the last 29 years. In all of her classes, her goal is to guide her students toward excellence in writing while keeping the Jesuit mission of people "with and for others" in their thoughts and actions. Margaret Mead's reminder guides her teaching: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Mentor biography

Andrea Hoffman is the Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Support Services. Originally from Missouri, she received her B.S. in Finance at the University of Missouri, and her M.Ed. in Sport Administration at Xavier University, and has been at Loyola since 2015. Some of her favorite things include reading, sports, and traveling (including going to the Olympics in Paris this summer!)

Virtual Advisor

This pairing is recommended for students considering a major in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. WR 100 satisfies the Composition core requirement for all students.