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The Good Life

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What does it mean to live the good life? What influences our understanding of what it means to live well? This theme challenges us to examine individual, local, and global frameworks for defining "the good life." An understanding of the good life requires discriminating between wants and needs; it also requires the consideration of more than material goods and possessions. The good life, above all, is defined by values—most notions of the good life include a sense of belonging, spiritual fulfillment, and the attainment of knowledge. How do we aspire to specific ways of being, and how do those aspirations shape the way we live?

2024-2025 The Good Life Course Pairings

The Art of Reading (EN 101)
Philosophical Perspectives: Gender and Nature (PL 232)

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About the Core

A liberal arts education at Loyola University Maryland requires that students take courses in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and mathematics. These core courses, required of all students regardless of major, introduce students to these areas of study. Students in the Honors Program fulfill the University core requirements through an alternative core curriculum.

Academic Worksheets from the Academic Advising and Support Center as well as the Undergraduate Course Catalogue are available if you would like more detailed information about how Messina courses fit into your core requirements.