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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

The 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.

Faculty biography

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.

Introduction to Communication: Finding Ways to Document and Tell Our Stories (CM 203)

Since this is the foundational Communication course, the goal is to provide a broad overview of mass media and an analysis from the viewpoints of practitioners, critics, and consumers. The theme for the course is “Stories We Tell” and will focus on exploring, writing, and sharing our stories. Students will explore storytelling and the media through readings, written exercises, self-reflective essays, field experiences, and a student project that researches and analyzes an aspect of the mass media. Students are required to have a Twitter account and to use it throughout the semester as one of our primary means of communication (in addition to our in and out-of-class discussions and e-mail).

Faculty biography

Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead has been at Loyola for the past 13 years and has been teaching in the Messina program for four years. She is an associate professor of Communication and African and African American Studies and the Founding Director of The Karson Institute for Race, Peace, and Social Justice.

Mentor biography

Stepf Diaz is the Assistant Director of Student Life that oversees Newman Towers, which is a great place you can choose to call home starting you Sophomore year. Stepf is originally from Queens, NY and while they have lived in NY, PA, and MD, they will always be a Mets fan. Stepf received their Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work from Shippensburg University. Outside of work Stepf is a member of the Mayors Commission on LGBT Affairs in Baltimore and they love exploring the many options Baltimore has to offer for local food and art.

Mentor biography

Teisha Miles
Three things to know about me is that I love Peanut Butter, Baltimore is my home, and you always see me with a book in my hand. I am the Assistant Director for the Eastside Area on campus, hold a Masters in Negotiations and Conflict Management as well as coordinate workshops on conflict resolution. My motto in life is to love fully and be kind! I am always up for conversation so lets connect!


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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. HS 102 satifies the History core requirement for all students.

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