Loyola University Maryland


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

David Gordon
Bio coming soon!

The Good Life: Literature and Medicine (EN101)

"We are healthy only to the extent our ideas are humane." -- Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions This literature course will focus on the human side of illness, disability, and mental and physical health. We'll explore how confronting health issues -- whether as patient, caregiver, or observer -- forces us to express, and sometimes question, our identities, cultures, and values. Readings will include poetry, fiction, essays, and a contemporary novel--all chosen to help us explore through discussion and writing what it might mean to live a good and healthy life, whatever our physical or mental condition. Among the readings will be some works by practicing physicians. The course should appeal particularly to students interested in literature, psychology, medicine, and other health-related professions.

Faculty biography

Dr. Gayla McGlamery (B.A., Baylor University; Ph.D. Emory University) teaches introductory English courses as well as upper-level courses in Victorian literature and culture and film adaptation. She is Co-Director of the Honors Program, a past chair of the English Department; a former co-director of Loyola's international program in Leuven, Belgium; and a long-time academic advisor. She enjoys reading, travel, exploring the Baltimore food scene, watching Ravens football, and binge-watching film adaptations of 19th-Century novels and dark Scandinavian mysteries.

Mentor biography

Kelly Marbury holds a B.A. in Communications from Jacksonville University and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Lynchburg. Kelly joined the Loyola University Maryland Department of Recreation and Wellness in December of 2018 as the Assistant Director of Student Success and Patron Engagement. Kelly manages student engagement initiatives for the department such as hiring, training, supervision and evaluation processes. She enjoys that with her role as a Messina mentor she is able to connect with students in such an impactful and meaningful way.


Virtual Advisor

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

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