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The Visionary Course Pairing

Applied Calculus (MA 151)

Prerequisite: MA 109 or a score of 48 or better on Part II of the Math Placement Test or one year of high school calculus. A one semester introduction to calculus. Definition, interpretation, and applications of the derivative especially in business and social sciences.  This Messina section will cover the same material as other sections of MA 151, but will have more applications drawn from Loyola and the Baltimore area, and be based around student work and examples.  A graphing calculator and/or computer will be used. Degree credit will not be given for both MA 151 and MA 251. Closed to students minoring in mathematics or statistics.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Ethan Duckworth
I grew up on the West Coast, in Seattle, went to undergraduate school in Texas and graduate school in Oregon.  Since 2000 I’ve lived on the east coast, first in New Jersey, and then in Baltimore.  My wife, son and myself are now permanent Baltimoreans, and enjoy the restaurants, cultural attractions and outdoor attractions in the area.  Professionally, I’m a mathematician who studies abstract algebra.

The Narrative Impulse (WR 100)

We are moved to tell stories. We tell stories to entertain, to instruct, to inform, and to convince. We use them as tools to interpret the world around us. In this class, we will inquire into the stories we tell, and how these narratives shape our lives and perceptions. We will take risks and ask open-ended questions. What kinds of narratives do we construct to make sense of the world, and to persuade others of our points of view? In turn, how do we recognize the narratives we encounter, evaluate their contents for fact and fiction? How do we decide what to listen to, who to believe? Which stories are amplified, and which are ignored, or overlooked? We will observe texts closely, unraveling stories to analyze their meaning, and learning from how authors use narrative to develop and support their ideas.

As you practice interpreting the stories you encounter, you will learn to cultivate authority and intention as you write your own. Aiming to communicate complex thought in clear, engaging writing, you will outline, draft, compose, edit, and revise three major essays. You will test out different approaches to narrative, exposition, analysis, and argument—experimenting as you develop your voice on the page.

Faculty Biography

Prof. Helen Hofling is a writer, editor, collage-maker, and teacher. She received a BA in philosophy from Vassar College and an MFA in creative writing from The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College. Her poetry and fiction have recently appeared in Berkeley Poetry Review, the Columbia Review, Electric Literature, Fugue, New South, Passages North, Prelude, and elsewhere. A member of the PEN Prison Writing Committee, she serves as poetry judge for their annual writing competition. She lives in Baltimore and teaches writing at Loyola University Maryland. During summers, she teaches in the summer intensive program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Mentor Biographies

Tonya Lewis is the Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Education. Tonya joined Loyola in 2008 as the Program Coordinator for the Jack Kent Cooke Funded College Advising program. Prior to working at Loyola, she served as a high school College Counselor, assisting high school seniors with preparation for post-secondary opportunities. She is a naive Washingtonian and received her B.S. and M.S. degree from University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Tonya is in her fourth year as a Messina mentor and loves working with students as they transition to college life! 

Virtual Advisor

Students must have taken high school calculus or attained a 48 or better on Part II of the Mathematics Placement exam to be eligible for this course pairing. Students considering a major in the Sellinger School of Business and/or Economics are strongly recommended to consider this pairing since MA 151 is the mathematics course that satisfies the core for business majors. MA 151 is not recommended for other majors.  WR 100 satisfies a core requirement for all students. 

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