Loyola University Maryland


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Foundations of Philosophy (PL 201) 

In the Foundations of Philosophy course, we explore many of the main concepts of Philosophy through two of the giants of the western tradition: Plato and Aristotle. We will examine the theory of God, the creation and nature of the universe, the composition of the universe, and the theory of human nature and the good life. Along the way, we will actively compare and contrast the concepts as we find them explained in the works of Plato and Aristotle with currently held theories and beliefs, all building toward an critical analysis of arguments we exhume.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Joe Farrell is a Baltimore native and graduate of Loyola University Maryland (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a second major completed in Philosophy, class of 1992). He earned his Ph.D. from Temple University in Philosophy. He has completed his M.B.A. from Loyola University (Spring 2019). His research interests are in the theory of human nature, ethical theory, political theory, medical ethics, and business ethics. He is married and has three sons and resides in the area. As a educator, Professor Farrell promotes the active engagement with each student in the process of claiming an education.

Principles of Macroeconomics (EC 103)

Prerequisite: EC 102. Introduces macroeconomic equilibrium, its impact on unemployment and inflation, and the effect of economic policy initiatives on that equilibrium. Students learn to predict the qualitative effect on changes in economic aggregates on each other and on GDP. Topics include the business cycle; national income and product accounting; equilibrium in the aggregate demand-aggregate supply model; the multiplier; the national debt; financial intermediaries; money and its creation; fiscal and monetary policy; comparative advantage and the gains from international trade; commercial policy; foreign exchange markets; and the balance of payments. Effects of international transactions are incorporated with each topic.

Faculty Biography

Norman Sedgley, PhD is a professor of economics at Loyola University. Dr. Sedgley has 20 years of experience teaching and researching in economics and econometrics. He teaches Economic Principles, Macroeconomic Theory, and Mathematical Economics. His research interests are in the areas of theoretical economics, time series econometrics and applied micro-econometrics. He has contributed to several books and published over 20 peer reviewed articles in academic journals including Economica, Journal of Macroeconomics, Economic Inquiry, and Macroeconomic Dynamics.

Mentor Biography

Carla Berkenkemper
Operations Manager for the President’s Office
Carla joined Loyola University Maryland in 2010. Besides being a Messina Mentor, Carla manages the day to day operations for the President’s office and President’s residence in addition to providing support to the Board of Trustees and the President’s Cabinet. Prior to joining Loyola, Carla spent 25 years in meeting planning and corporate communications.

Mentor Biography

Olivia Zug graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2013, where she loved her living-learning experience in the CIVICUS program focused on civic engagement and diversity. Her internships and experiences as a student leader, especially in Orientation, led her to a career in higher education. Olivia recruited high school students as an Admissions Counselor and promoted campus environmental initiatives as a Sustainability Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University before finding her current role on the Career Connections team at Loyola University Maryland. Olivia supports students of all years and majors through their internship, job, and graduate school application processes and builds relationships with employers eager to hire Loyola students. Olivia loves her side-gig as a group fitness instructor, her many fitness and food hobbies, and her home in Charles Village.

Virtual Advisor

Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students.  Students considering a major in the Sellinger School of Business will take Microeconomic Principles as one of their two social science core requirements. 

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