Introduction to Theology (TH 201)
Introduction to Theology is centered on the historical development of Christian Theology. The class is divided into three sections. During the first part of the semester, students will study selections from the Bible. The second part of the course turns to the Christian tradition, as it was developed through the work of Western Europe theologians. Finally, the course looks at contemporary Christianity in the American context. To increase knowledge of global trends in contemporary theology, students’ final projects will be research papers and presentations on modern contextual theologies.
Dr. Nicole Reibe is a historical theologian whose work focuses on twelve century France and fifteenth century Spain. She is particularly interested in the recovery of forgotten figures in church history. In her class, Dr. Reibe prioritizes student discussion and discovery over lectures and rote memorization of names, dates, and terms.
The Making of the Modern World: United States (HS 102)
This course is not your standard survey of US history. In place of a race from pre-contact Native America to the Civil War, this course will slow down and explore a series of key moments in the American past that occurred between 1492 and 1865. We will move chronologically through time, but will examine select topics and events in some depth, reading both primary and secondary sources. The goal will be to provide some understanding of the complex history of colonial America, and later the new United States, as well as the methods that historians use to make sense of the past. I have never taught the course this way before, so who knows if it will work, but I am excited about the experiment.
Dr. Matthew Mulcahy
grew up outside of Philadelphia. He received his B.A. from Macalester College and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has written two books and a number of articles on natural disasters in colonial British America. He has taught at Loyola since 1999. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, two kids, two cats, and a dog. Everyone gets along well, except the cats and the dog. Still working on that.
Tim Cherney is the Associate Director of Student Life for Inclusion & Community Development. In this role, he oversees residential social and educational programs that foster a welcoming and inclusive living environment for all students. Along with supporting initiatives geared toward facilitating conversations around the intersections of race, gender, faith, class, and ability, Tim is specifically charged with increasing the sense of belonging amongst LGBTPQIA+ students in the residence halls.
Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students.