Loyola University Maryland


The Good Life Course Pairing

Introductory Psychology: Making Sense of Our Lives (PY 101)

Psychology is the study of mental processes and behavior and includes such topics as how we do research in psychology, memory, learning, social relationships, development, and psychopathology. Learning about various topics in psychology can help inform students' understanding of 'The Good Life.' For example, some psychological theorists think humans are inherently good and there are those that think we are driven by base instincts. Class will also include information on what leads to optimal performance (e.g., in memory, in learning, in mental health).  In addition, students will consider what social responsibilities come with psychological knowledge.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Grover obtained her degree in Clinical/Developmental Psychology at the University of Maine, Orono, in 2002. She came to Loyola in 2005 and has taught Introductory Psychology, Child Development, and Research Methods in Psychology in the undergraduate program. She also supervises the clinical training of second year Psychology doctoral students in the administration and interpretation of psychoeducational assessments. She is engaged in research on social skills, romantic relationships, and anxiety. She lives in Towson, MD, with her husband, daughter, and two guinea pigs.

Creation’s “Eager Longing”: An Introduction to Theology (TH 201)

Beginning with the Bible and moving forward, the course examines how the experiences of the formative Jewish and Christian communities and their ideas about God, the creation, and humanity resulted in particular views of the good life; how these ideas and related practices evolved over time, and; how they were shaped by changing cultural contexts, conflicts within and among communities, as well as by intellectual reflection and particular approaches to biblical interpretation. The latter part of the course aims to help students further reflect on and sharpen their own values and conception of the good life by exploring contemporary issues and contexts.  The course fulfills the first core curriculum requirement in Theology.

Faculty Biography

As an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, Dr. McGinnis was an anthropology-sociology major and a religion minor, where she became deeply interested in religion from an anthropological perspective.  She continued her studies in Christianity (and Judaism) at Yale Divinity School where she earned an M.Div., and subsequently, a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament from Yale University’s Department of Religious Studies.   She has taught at Loyola for more than twenty years.  Her research interests include the Prophets, biblical narrative, and theological interpretation.  A native of Baltimore, she very much enjoys getting students off campus to share with them what is fun and interesting about “Charm City.”   She is also an Orioles fan.

Mentor Biography

Liliana “Lily” Castro joined Loyola in November 2016 as the Associate Director of Student Engagement. Lily is no stranger to Jesuit higher education as she previously spent three and a half years working in the Office of Residence Life & Housing at the College of the Holy Cross and earned her B.S. in Counseling & Human Services from the University of Scranton. Lily also received her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. There she worked as the graduate assistant at Penn's School of Nursing Office of Student Services where she advised the nursing student organizations. In her current role, Lily is responsible for all things related to the orientation program including the selection and development of the Evergreen orientation staff along with supporting first-year students through their college transition. Lily is very excited to join her Messina working team and engage with first-year students in the classroom setting.

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