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The Visionary Course Pairing

Computer Science Through Programming (CS 151)

Introduces elementary programming topics including types, control flow (conditionals and loops), procedural decomposition, and basic data structures. Introduces design and software testing. Includes a general survey of some of the major areas of computer science, which may include digital logic, software engineering, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, theory of computation, and ethical and societal issues in computing. First course in the major's sequence.

Faculty biography

Herve Franceschi
I have been at Loyola for four years. I enjoy teaching programming (Python and Java), algorithms, web development, and mobile app development. I have written two textbooks, Java Illuminated and Android App Development.

Looking Beyond Ourselves: Writing for Action (WR 100)

Think about your favorite piece of writing -- what effect does it have on you? Effective writing has the strength to make someone laugh, think, learn and act. Your mission is in this course to write with strength and confidence. In this class, you will think about how powerful writing affects you both as a reader and a writer. Reading pieces by writers like Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Susan Casey will give you the chance to look through the lens of other writers in order to sharpen or refocus your own. Activities out of the classroom will serve to broaden your understanding of yourself in the context of your new community as well. In addition, you have the opportunity to take one of two tracks: the traditional path or the service-learning option. Service offers yet another text to integrate among our readings, discussions, and writing opportunities. On the service track, you’ll be asked to see yourself in direct relationship to those you meet at Tunbridge Charter School. Whether you opt for service-learning or not, you will have the opportunity to serve people outside our classroom through your writing. We will always try to contextualize our discussions beyond ourselves and to see how writers attempt to move their readers and affect the world around them. As you look beyond yourself, you will use your writing to envision who you wish to become. Along the way, you'll be writing for action.

Faculty biography

Dr. Andrea Leary is a Lecturer and the Internship Coordinator in the Department of Writing, where she has been teaching for the last 25 years. In all of her classes, her goal is to guide her students toward excellence in writing while keeping the Jesuit mission of “men and women with and for others” in their thoughts. Margaret Mead’s reminder guides her teaching: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Mentor biography

Becca Winkler is the Assistant Director in the office of student activities. Her primary responsibilities include advising the OPTIONS and SuperFans student organizations. Prior to this position, Becca worked in the office of the dean of undergraduate studies. She holds a Masters of Education degree in school counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology; both from Loyola University Maryland. A Baltimore native, Becca enjoys exploring new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.


Virtual Advisor

This pairing is required for students enrolled in the CPaMS (Computer science, Physics and Mathematics/Statistics) Scholars Program. It is also recommended for students interested in Computer Science. Both courses satisfy core requirements.

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