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The Good Life Course Pairing

Foundations of Philosophy (PL 201)

Socrates, at his trial, turns to his fellow citizens and offers the following admonition: "it is the greatest good for man to discuss virtue every day and those other things about which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others, for the unexamined life is not worth living” (Apology, 38a). Four things are revealed in Socrates' words that should command our attention. First is the claim itself that an unexamined life is not worth living; it is not a life for human beings. Second is the claim that this is not a good among any number of goods . . . it is the greatest good. Third is the suggestion that this good is not to be pursued in solitude but in discourse, in conversation with others. Last, and perhaps most difficult to appreciate, is the reminder that philosophy is an activity, a way of being in the world. The course begins with Socrates, and Socrates will serve as a model to guide our conversation as we explore the question: What is the good life?

Faculty Biography

Dr. Jim Snow holds the title of Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. As an undergraduate he studied ancient Greek and philosophy. He went on to earn a M.A. degree in philosophy and Jewish studies, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at Temple University. He studied culinary arts at L’Acadamie de Cuisine where he also taught as a chef's assistant. His published work is in the area of genocide; he frequently gives talks on philosophy and genocide in the U.S. and Europe. Professor Snow is an avid motorcyclist. He and his wife Dale (also a member of the philosophy department) have toured much of the continental U.S. on an old Harley-Davidson and eight European countries on their Ducati. They make their home in Guilford, a five-minute walk from campus, where they foster and rehabilitate abandoned and damaged pit bulls for a rescue organization.

Introduction to Statistical Methods (ST 110)

The discipline of statistics will be introduced while frequently using examples and data that generally relate to the human experience and to hearing and speech related problems in the specific.  Using statistical analysis, we will develop a deeper understanding of how we are products of our society and how, together, we form, act, and succeed in society.

Faculty Biography

With a PhD in Statistics from Iowa State University (1981) and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology (1994) from Loyola Maryland, Dr. Richard Auer brings a numbers side of things and a people side of things to his 35 year career as a stat professor at Loyola University Maryland.

Mentor Biography

Ashley Schantz holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton, and a M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Ashley joined the Loyola family in February 2017 as the Assistant Director for Class Year & Discernment Programs through the Office of Student Engagement. As such, she helps to create opportunities for students to explore questions of purpose and calling. Prior to Loyola, Ashley worked at the University of Saint Francis in orientation and new student programming.


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This course pairing is ideal for students interested in exploring Speech Language Hearing Science, Elementary Education, Forensic Studies, Global Studies, Sociology or Psychology majors. The statistics course satisfies a core requirement for Speech Language Hearing Science, Elementary Education, Forensic Studies, Global Studies, Sociology or Psychology majors.

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