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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Introductory Psychology: A Bio-psycho-social Story of Human Behavior (PY 101D)

How do we make sense of human thought, emotion, and behavior? The stories we tell, about who we are and why we do what we do, form the basis for this course's exploration of psychology. Using research to challenge our assumptions, we ask such questions as, "Is personality an outcome of nature or nurture?," "Are memories accurate or stories we create?" and "If we revise our internal narratives about stressful events can we improve our physical and mental health?" This course draws on numerous theoretical perspectives to introduce the key theories, principles, and findings in contemporary psychology. As a diversity-core course, this course also emphasizes the different social and structural biases that have (and continue to) shape the the field of psychology. By taking this course, you will develop a strong foundation in psychology fundamentals, including recognition of the methods used to ask and answer questions in psychology and the primary themes that link the many sub-fields of psychology. This class will help you see the "stories you tell" about yourself through a new scientific lens, while highlighting the diversity and complexity of the human experience.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Theresa DiDonato is an associate professor and social psychologist in the Psychology Department at Loyola. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Brown University and her research focuses on aspects of romantic attraction (e.g., humor use) and the role of relationships in fostering self-authenticity. She is the author of Meet, Catch, and Keep, a blog for Psychology Today.

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.

Faculty Biography

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).

Mentor Biography

Kara Hunter hails from the great “buckeye state” where she completed her undergraduate education at The Ohio State University, with a degree in Counseling Psychology in 2015.  She then earned her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, with a concentration in collegiate athletics, from North Carolina State University in 2017.  During her time at NC State, Kara served in dual capacities with both University Housing and University Recreation. Kara is a major Ohio State fan and can be seen in her jersey every Saturday in the fall.  She also enjoys an active lifestyle, including running and playing tennis.  A world traveler, major foodie, and coffee connoisseur, she loves navigating a new city based on what she has a taste for that day.  Kara is always up for a new adventure, especially if it means being surrounded by friends and family. Another fun fact about Kara --   she is an NCAA Basketball Referee in her spare time. She is very passion about this avocation and has her sights set on eventually officiating in a Division 1 power five conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big East) and/or the WNBA.

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TH 201 satisfies a core requirement for all students.  For students considering a major in the Sellinger School of Business, Psychology will count as an elective since Sellinger School of Business students will take Microeconomics Principles and Macroeconomic Principles as their two, core social science courses. Additionally, PY 101 would count as an elective for students considering a major in Global Studies or another social science (Sociology, Political Science, Economics).

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