Making of the Modern World: United States I (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 an introduction to the methods that historians use to make sense of the past.
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 is the author of two books and a number of articles on colonial British America and the history of natural disasters. He has taught at Loyola since 1999. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, two kids, two cats, and a dog. Everyone gets along pretty well, except the cats and the dog. Still working on that.
Understanding Literature: Theory of Mind (EN 101)
Recent research on the value of literature asserts that reading fiction is instrumental in nurturing empathy. That is, reading not only makes you smarter, it also makes you nicer. By examining a variety of conventional literary forms (poetry, short fiction, graphic novel, tradition novel, film), we'll explore this assertion about the ability of literature to foster our imaginative and empathetic engagement (Theory of Mind) with those who are different (religiously, socially, racially, sexually) from ourselves.
Dr. Kathy Forni is a professor in the English Department. Her specialty is medieval literature, especially Chaucer. Her research focuses on medievalism or the study of how the Middle Ages is reimagined and recreated in modern popular culture. Students say that she is helpful and fair--but to beware of her frequent pop quizzes!
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.