History Matters: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (HS 106D)
This course sets out to introduce students to some of the methods used by historians while bearing in mind that historical knowledge is provisional and complex. Along the way, 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. Finally, this course also asks students to think about why the study of history is important to our lives today. Indeed, our introduction to the discipline of history takes aim at answering a deceptively simple question: why does history matter? We will engage these topics and questions by using a single case: the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The development of this economic system was critical to the making of the modern world. We will explore the conditions that led to its establishment, consider the humanistic contradictions inherent in its evolution, and consider its legacy on our modern world.
Dr. Oghenetoja Okoh is an Assistant Professor of African History at Loyola. Her research specialties include colonial and post-colonial 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.
Introduction to Theology: What Makes a Story Sacred? (TH 201)
This course explores the basic story of Christianity as told in scripture and the various ways that Christians have lived out this story across the centuries. The course examines how the Christian story influences life today, and how life today influences our telling of that story. Students of any and all religious locations will explore questions at the heart of the human story: Who is God? What is evil? Why is there suffering? What makes a story sacred? Where is God in my sacred story? Christian theologians have wrestled with these questions for two millennia. The course will expose you to their responses, but more importantly will challenge you to consider your own position.
Dr. Jill Snodgrass is an Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland. She received her Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology and is a pastoral and practical theologian, a scholar-activist, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Her research focuses on traditionally marginalized populations, and she recently authored "Women Leaving Prison: Justice-Seeking Spiritual Support for Female Returning Citizens" (Lexington Books, 2018) and edited "Navigating Religious Difference in Spiritual Care and Counseling" (CST Press, 2019).
Stephanie Andrews is a 2015 graduate of Towson University with a B.S. in Art History. She currently serves as an Academic Advising Specialist in the Academic Advising and Support Center. In 2019, she received a M.A. in Emerging Media from Loyola University Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, playing with her cat Izzy, and pursuing creative endeavors, such as knitting and writing.
Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements (History and Theology) for all students. HS 105D also fulfills the diversity core requirement. Students who have an interest in minoring in African/African-American Studies would benefit from this course pairing.