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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Intermediate Spanish II (SN 104)

A capstone course reviewing and reinforcing language skills learned in SN 101-103 to help students attain intermediate level as defined by ACTFL guidelines in the five skills: reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, and culture of Spain, Latin America, and other Spanish-speaking areas. Course includes use of the language in context, with authentic readings, discussion in Spanish, and film clips. Laboratory study outside the classroom is required.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Cynthia Fraga - bio coming soon!

Theology Matters: Encountering God through Each Other's Stories (TH 201)

From the stories of ancient Jews and Christians in the pages of the Bible to our present-day social media posts, this course studies how human beings have encountered God throughout history. Together, we will explore universal questions on the meaning of human existence and the problem of evil, as well as the teachings of Jesus and the development of those teachings throughout Christianity’s two-thousand year history. Creative questioning from both practitioners of Christianity and those of other or no religious background is encouraged. The course also includes an emphasis on social justice issues with an optional service-learning component.   

Faculty Biography

Dr. Becky Walker is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Theology. She holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University and began teaching at Loyola in 2022. Her research and teaching interests include early Christian literature in the Greek-speaking East, the history of interpretation of the Bible, and feminist theology. She teaches such courses as “Health and Healing in Early Christianity,” “American Feminist Theologies,” and “Commenting on Scripture from Philo to Facebook.” 

Mentor Biography

Kim Sorlin is from Harford County, Maryland, and joined the Office of International Programs at Loyola in October, 2022, as an Assistant Director. Prior to Loyola, Kim worked at the University of Delaware as a Study Abroad Coordinator and a First Year Seminar instructor for freshman students, an ELL Manager for Connections Education and she taught French and English as a Second Language in Harford County Public Schools. She has lived and worked abroad in France and the UK and enjoys helping students and faculty to navigate the study abroad process. Kim enjoys getting to know college students, watching them achieve their goals, and is excited to work in the Messina program at Loyola. In her free time, Kim enjoys any opportunity to visit new places with friends or family (domestically and internationally), learning about regional history and trying local food specialties during her travels. 

Mentor Biography

Kristen Campbell McGuire is Loyola's chief marketing officer and oversees brand strategy, communications, marketing, web development, and creative design for the university. Kristen has been actively involved in the Baltimore community through her past work as executive director of the Baltimore Collegetown Network, as a program officer for a local philanthropic organization, and as a current mom of kids and dogs who like to run and play in new and interesting places around town. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication and Spanish from James Madison University and a Master of Publication Design from the University of Baltimore.

Virtual Advisor

SN 104 satisfies the World Languages core requirement. TH 201 satisfies the Theology core requirement for all students.