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Self and Other Course Pairing

Encountering the Past (HS 100)

In this course, students will develop the skills necessary for understanding and producing histories, which include the critical evaluation of sources and the ability to write cogently and persuasively about events in the past. It also asks students to think about why the study of history is important to our lives today. We will engage these topics and questions by exploring the trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery as a practice and institution in Africa. The development of this economic system was critical to the making of the modern world. We will explore the conditions that led to its development, consider the humanistic contradictions inherent in its evolution, the debates over abolition, and its legacy on our modern world.

Faculty biography

Dr. Oghenetoja Okoh is an Assistant Professor of African History at Loyola. Her research specialties include colonial and post-colonial African political history, the development of minority identities, and gender relations. She teaches courses that focus both on modern African history and the history of the African Diaspora. She spent her first ten years living in Nigeria and otherwise hails from Minnesota. She lives in Baltimore with her twins, who keep her sharp and on her toes! She and the twins love exploring Baltimore, especially the museums: the Walters Museum, the American Visionary Art Museum and of course, the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Theology Matters (TH 201)

An introduction to the Jewish and Christian scriptures, the history of Christianity, and the way these texts and traditions challenge, and are challenged by, the contemporary world.

Faculty biography

Dr. John Kiess - Bio coming soon!

Mentor biography

Kate Grubb Clark is a native Baltimorean who currently works as the director of external affairs for government and community relations. As a double alum (BA, MBA) from Loyola she looks forward to welcoming a new class of students every year in Messina and helping to guide them through their first year and beyond.

Virtual Advisor

HS 100 satisfies the History core requirement for all students. TH 201 satisfies the Theology core requirement for all students.


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