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The Visionary Course Pairing

Foundations of Philosophy (PL 201)

A one semester introduction to philosophy. Three focal points are covered: the emergence and development of rational theories on the nature of reality (metaphysics); questions concerning the grounds for distinguishing between knowledge and opinion (epistemology); and the nature and status of values (ethical, aesthetic, religious, etc.). Special attention is paid to the origins of philosophy and its historical beginnings in the ancient world..

Faculty biography

Prof. Joseph Farrell - bio coming soon!

Business, Law, and Society: Law & Justice (LW 109D)

Provides a foundation for students who wish to explore the role that law plays in social, political, economic, and cultural life as it pertains to business behavior. The coursework provides a foundation of knowledge regarding the basic concepts necessary to understanding how business operates, the rules of law, and the influences and effects of law on the social and economic system. The course goal is to provide students with an understanding of the nature and functions of law in society and how law influences business behavior.

Faculty biography

Fr. Tim Brown, S.J. was born and raised in Michigan. He continued his higher education at Georgetown, Fordham, and George Mason University. Currently, Fr. Brown is an Associate Professor of Law in the Sellinger School of Business and Special Assistant to the President for the Office of Mission Integration. Fr. Brown helped pioneer service learning at Loyola University and has a great concern for improving justice in the world. He has a passion for teaching and inspiring students to make a contribution in the world.

Mentor biography

Barbara Kurz was born in Brazil but claims Kansas City as home. Barbara joined the Loyola community as the Associate Director of Messina in February 2022, and is now excited to serve as the Director of Messina. Prior to joining Loyola, Barbara served as the Assistant Director of Housing Facilities at Johns Hopkins University. Barbara has a strong background in Student Life, student development, and leadership development. Working with first year students has always been a passion for Barbara and she is thrilled to work with Messina students. Outside of work, Barbara enjoys being a “foodie” and trying out new restaurants with her partner, reading, and spending time with her dog, Ellie.

Virtual Advisor

PL 201 satisfies the Philosophy core requirement for all students. LW 109D counts toward the diversity requirement for all students. This course pairing may be particularly interesting to students who are interested in Forensics and/or pre-law.

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