Introduction to Theology (TH201)
An introduction to the Jewish and Christian scriptures, the history of Christianity, and the way these texts and traditions challenge, and are challenged by, the contemporary world.
Principles of Microeconomics (EC103)
The purpose of Microeconomics is to introduce the principals and applications of microeconomic theory. The emphasis is on economic activity viewed from the perspective of individual consumers, firms, industries, and government agents, rather than the economy as a whole. Topics covered include individual choice, competitive markets, monopoly power, market failure and the role of government in a market based economy. The class is the second in a Messina pairing in the “Stories We Tell” theme, and emphasizes how economists use abstract thinking to tell stories or build "models" that describe and predict how individuals make decisions within the institution of the market and how these decisions aggregate to market outcomes. These outcomes determine how scarce resources are utilized. Market outcomes can have both beneficial and detrimental consequences for society. A major focus of the course is the study when market outcomes are optimal and when they are not.
Norman Sedgley, PhD is a professor of economics at Loyola University. Dr. Sedgley has 20 years of experience teaching and researching in economics and econometrics. He teaches Economic Principles, Macroeconomic Theory, and Mathematical Economics. His research interests are in the areas of theoretical economics, time series econometrics and applied micro-econometrics. He has contributed to several books and published over 20 peer reviewed articles in academic journals including Economica, Journal of Macroeconomics, Economic Inquiry, and Macroeconomic Dynamics.
Michael Puma was born and raised in Brooklyn and currently serves as the Co-Director of Messina. While at Loyola, Puma has taken part in several retreats and immersion trips including Road Trip, first year and senior retreat, Spring Break Outreach and Encuentra El Salvador. He also served as president of Loyola's Phi Beta Kappa chapter and is a member of OUT Loyola - Loyola's LGBTQ+ group for faculty, staff and administrators. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Maryland, College Park.