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The Good Life Course Pairing

Foundations of Philosophy (PL 201)

The first half of a yearlong, two semester introduction to philosophical questioning. Special attention is paid to the origins of philosophy, both with respect to its historical beginnings and its central themes, in the ancient world. Four focal points are: the emergence and development of the distinction between reality and appearance (metaphysics); questions concerning the grounds for distinguishing between knowledge and opinion (epistemology); the nature and status of values (ethical, aesthetic, religious, etc.) within the larger framework of human understanding (axiology); and reflections on the nature of the human as such, or on the human condition (philosophical anthropology).

Faculty Biography

Dr. David Gordon
Bio coming soon!

Life Worth Living: Writing Toward Happiness (WR 100)

This writing 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, artists, philosophers, and religious figures have framed our ideas of happiness, success, and fulfillment as well as 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 bring that understanding to the forefront of our consciousness.

Faculty Biography

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 Brevity, The Georgia Review, The Huffington Post, and Pelican Bomb. He is currently a writer for BmoreArt, a Baltimore-based magazine that reflects the art and culture of Baltimore and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region.

Mentor Biography

Teisha Miles
Three things to know about me is that I love Peanut Butter, Baltimore is my home, and you always see me with a book in my hand. I am the Assistant Director for the Eastside Area on campus, hold a Masters in Negotiations and Conflict Management as well as coordinate workshops on conflict resolution. My motto in life is to love fully and be kind! I am always up for conversation so lets connect!

Julie Rivera is the Assistant Director of ALANA services. Her parents are originally from El Salvador and immigrated to the US in the 1980s. They made their life here and here she was born along with my other 4 siblings in Silver Spring, MD. She is a graduate from the University of Maryland School of Social Work having obtained her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration on Community Action and Social Policy. She also obtained her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is responsible for overseeing ALANA cultural programming, leadership development, and student organizations, as well as the supervision of ALANA Graduate Assistants. She also supports the Associate Director and Director with the daily operations of the office. When Julie is not working, she enjoys eating out in many of the Baltimore hot spots, running and hopefully find time to read a good book! She also loves spending time with family and friends when she gets the chance.

Virtual Advisor

Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students. 

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Your first year

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A closer look at Loyola University Maryland's first-year experience.

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