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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Understanding Literature: Secrets and Lies (EN 101)

The characters we’ll meet this semester tell lies that range from the mundane to the monstrous. Some lie to survive, some to fit in, and some to stand out. Some pay a price, but others never do. Whether they’re hiding a rotting corpse, deceiving themselves, or merely telling someone what they want to hear, their secrets and lies illuminate shifting ideas about truth, justice, and survival in American society.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Sondra Guttman has taught in the Loyola English Department since 2008. Her special interests include American literature of the 1930s and African American Modernism. She has a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University, and B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Program.

The Good Life in American Society: Conversations, Classics, and Perspectives (SC 103D)

Throughout this course we will learn what it means to think sociologically. From the viewpoint of this rich discipline, everyday life and thought always exists within a social context. Indeed, social and cultural commerce along with individual and group identity, are inescapably the products of forces that limit or promote access to the wider environment of opportunity. This is to say that systems existing outside of the self are continually shaping patterns of experience that frame the lives and trajectories of all people. In examining the concept of ‘the good life’, we will focus upon promoting a greater level of awareness regarding the variegated topography indicative of American society. Importantly, the manner by which we will embark upon the journey toward understanding others is to first better understand ourselves. This course should appeal to students who are deeply interested in learning about the world around them.  

Faculty Biography

Dr. Jason Singh teaches a wide variety of courses in the sociology department. He holds an MPhil in Economic Sociology from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in the Sociology and Anthropology of Religion from the University of Durham. He and his wife Amanda immensely enjoy the outdoors; hiking, biking, running, and climbing are among their favorite endeavors. Eager to welcome his new Messina cohort to Loyola, Jason looks forward to outdoor excursions focusing on both the beautiful state parks of the area along with exploring the rich history and cultural diversity of Baltimore. 

Mentor Biography

Becca Winkler is the Assistant Director in the office of student activities. Her primary responsibilities include advising the OPTIONS and SuperFans student groups and managing the Student Government Association budget. Prior to this position, Becca worked in the office of the dean of undergraduate studies. She holds a Masters of Education degree in school counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology; both from Loyola University Maryland.  A Baltimore native, Becca enjoys exploring new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with friends in her spare time.

Mentor Biography

Andy Choi began his journey at Loyola as a first-year student in 2007, graduating in 2011 with a major in Spanish and in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish to secondary students. After graduating from Loyola in 2012, Andy went on to live in Nicaragua, where he worked at CANTERA, an NGO focused on community development

based on the dreams and needs of Nicaraguans. Andy recently joined the team at the Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) in November 2018 and serves as the Assistant Director for Student Supervision, overseeing CCSJ’s student intern program through training. Andy is very excited to be a part of the CCSJ team to accompany students on their journey of learning about justice and equity. In his free time, you can find Andy sipping on a cup of coffee and trying delicious new foods.

Virtual Advisor

Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students.  SC 103D also fulfills the diversity requirement for all students. For students considering a major in the Sellinger School of Business, Sociology 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.


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