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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

Sarah Connelly holds a B.A in Psychology from Le Moyne College and an M.S. in Student Affairs Administration from Binghamton University. Sarah began working at Loyola in October 2018 as an Assistant Director in the Office of Student Activities where she oversees the Late Night at Loyola program and the Campus Activities Board.

Mentor biography

Julie Rivera 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

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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