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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Introductory Psychology: Tools for Understanding Self and Other (PY 101)

People naturally, insatiably ask questions about themselves and each other, and the answers take many forms: art, philosophy, "big data." Psychologists seek answers by scientifically studying the individual person: from the building blocks of personality, to the highs and lows of interpersonal influence, to the causes, consequences, and correctives for maladaptive thinking. With psychology’s past -- controversial theories, groundbreaking methods, and systemic inequality -- as context, this course will present up-to-date findings from personality, social, clinical, developmental, and biological psychology. This class offers the chance to gain not just this scientific knowledge, but also skills, like how to judge everyday claims with a scientific eye, and how to approach ourselves and others with compassion and understanding.

Faculty biography

Dr. Diana Betz is a social psychologist, a career path set in motion when she first learned about the psychological study of stereotyping, back when she was an undergrad. Her research has explored sexist humor, media and body image, the gender gap in math and science, and people's beliefs about racism and inequality. She teaches on these topics, as well as social psychology, introductory psychology, and research methods. She enjoys TV and movies, as well as cooking and baking both with and for her two daughters.

Media Writing (CM 201)

Students learn basic story writing skills that can be applied across communication fields, including journalism, digital media, public relations, and advertising. In this course, students explore what news is, how to interview effectively, and how to distinguish fact from opinion or fiction. Students learn how to tailor their messages in advertising campaigns, to social media platforms, and how to direct their messages to the media in press releases. Students are also introduced to some basic grammar rules in communication fields and explore some of the ethical issues facing news journalists, advertising executives, and public relations professionals today. Required for communication majors.

Faculty biography

Professor April Newton is a Multimedia Journalism Lecturer in the Department of Communication. She is currently working on a PhD in Journalism Studies at the University of Maryland, studying the experiences of women journalists in newsrooms of all kinds. Ms. Newton's areas of research and academic interest include media ethics, as well as intersectional experiences of media and in media creation.

Mentor biography

Blake Lubinski works as the assistant director of tutor programs in The Study. She is responsible for tasks such as hiring, training, and supervising peer tutors. Before working at Loyola, she completed her undergraduate studies here.


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This course pairing is recommended for students considering a Communication major or minor. Students not majoring or minoring in Communication will receive elective credit for CM 201. 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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