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The Good Life Course Pairing

Introduction to the Universe (PH 120)

A survey of the history of astronomy and the current state of this science. A look at the probabilities of, and search for, extraterrestrial life. A study of our solar system, stars and their evolution, our galaxy and other galaxies, supernovas, pulsars, black holes, quasars.

Faculty biography

Inge Heyer
Bio coming soon!

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

David Gordon
Bio coming soon!

Mentor biography

Tonya Lewis is the School of Education's Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. Tonya began her career at Loyola as the Program Coordinator for the Jack Kent Cooke Funded College Advising program in 2008. Prior to joining Loyola, she worked as a high school College Counselor, assisting high school seniors with post-secondary preparation. She is a native Washingtonian with a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, attending UMD basketball games with her son, and reading.


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PL 201 satisfies core requirements for all students. PH 120 satisfies a core requirement for non-science majors. This course pairing is not recommended for students considering a major in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Forensic Studies, Engineering, or Elementary Education.

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