The Good Life: Writing Toward Happiness (WR 100)
This course will use the genre of the essay to explore how individuals and groups create definitions of happiness based upon values, beliefs, cultural backgrounds, societal influences, and more. We will consider how authors frame ideas of happiness, success, and fulfillment—as well as how they may have influenced our pursuit of these ideas. Students will analyze historic and contemporary definitions of happiness as well as develop their own working definition over the course of the semester. All coursework will be geared toward learning how to articulate and refine our ideas though the processes of writing and research. By examining happiness at a global, local, and personal level, we can begin to better understand ourselves and the world around us.
Professor Laurence Ross is a Lecturer in the Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland and teaches Creative Nonfiction for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth during the summer months. His essays have been published in literary journals and magazines such as The Georgia Review, Brevity, Pelican Bomb, HuffPost, Hyperallergic. He frequently contributes to BmoreArt, a Baltimore-based magazine that reflects the art and culture of the city and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region.
Law & Social Justice (PLW 102D)
Students will study contemporary, controversial issues that sit at the intersection of law and social justice. These issues include mass incarceration, voting rights, the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, race in the NFL, immigration reform, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and same-sex parenting in the United States. Students will engage in lively, interactive, challenging debates and exercises. The course provides opportunities for students to explore a wide range of majors, including communication, business, political science, psychology, and writing. The course inspires students to think critically, understand responsible citizenship, and take action against injustice. This course meets the University's Diversity Course Requirement for justice awareness.
Dr. Andrea Giampetro-Meyer spent four years travelling the world before deciding on academic study, and took a year or two off in between each of her three degrees. She never intended to be a professor, but years of study of philosophy accidentally resulted in the PhD. After that, it seemed that joining a university would provide a good opportunity to read books for a living. Dr. Hanley loves teaching young people, loves reading books-- and still travels as much as possible.
Victoria Gue is the Director of Loyola's Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC). In this role, she advises undergraduate students regarding Loyola's degree requirements, policies, and procedures. She also works closely with the transfer student population, assisting with their transition into Loyola. Victoria has been a Messina mentor since 2015 and enjoys working with first-year students. She has a B.A. in English and journalism and a M.A. in Contemporary Communication from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
WR 100 satisfies the core Writing requirement for all students. LW 102D satisfies the diversity requirement for all students. Students who have an interest in pre-law may find this course pairing interesting.