Reserved for Special Programs and Learning Communities

  • Art of Understanding

    Art of Understanding (Prof. Juan Mah y Busch, English)

    TR 8:00-9:30am (CRN 44843)

    TR 9:40-11:10am (CRN 46138) First to Go Program Only 


    In this course, to become familiar with and to develop the artistry of your understanding, you learn to meditate. No prior experience is presumed or expected. The artistry of understanding is not found in answers or accuracy. It is in a person’s ability to observe various dimensions of experience, such as the wordless aspect of words, the spatial elements of time, or the quiet spaciousness found in an exhale. In addition to regular meditation, you practice different forms of writing (such as simple description, contemplative writing, critical examination, and library-based research), and you read fiction and philosophical essays that facilitate class discussion. Meditation, writing, and discussion are the foundation of the course, as well as of more artful understandings.


    Meet the Professor:

    With a specialization in literary and cultural studies and formal training in meditation, Juan D. Mah y Busch teaches and writes about the interplay between awareness and agency. Using meditation and literary analysis as a research method, Mah y Busch publishes on the ethics of aesthetic knowledge (aisthesis) and contemplative pedagogy. He lives in Northeast Los Angeles with Irene, their children, Iza, Josué and Serén, and their boxer Brooklyn.

  • Gender and Pop Culture

    Gender and Pop Culture (Prof. Stella Oh, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies)

    TR 9:40-11:10am (CRN 44849)

    Honors Program Only

    This course examines the relationship between gender and popular culture in the United States.  This course is highly interdisciplinary and is situated at the intersections of Women's Studies, media studies, cultural studies, and literary studies.  Cultural images help shape our view of the world and our values.  This course will investigate gender, race, and sexuality in advertising, film, television, video and music and focus on the ways that popular culture shapes our understanding of individual and collective identities.  We will also investigate how media and popular culture demonstrates who has power and who is powerless and how such power is legitimated and naturalized.  We will also look at how media and technology shapes cultural memory and multicultural representations. 


    Meet the Professor:

    Stella Oh’s research and teaching interests revolve around representations of race, gender and war. Her research has appeared in several journals and anthologies. She co-organized the World Conference on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery, a three-day international conference with scholars, NGO’s, and survivors of the comfort system. She is currently working on a manuscript that explores the relationship between gender, race, and affect in graphic novels. She teaches courses on contemporary literature by women of color, sex trafficking, and gender and popular culture. 

  • Imagining the Resilient City

    Imagining the Resilient City: How Urban Ecology helps to shape Just, Verdant and Sustainable Urban Communities (Prof. Eric Strauss, Biology)

    TR 4:30-5:15pm (CRN 44887)

    Honors Program Only 

    The study of human-dominated landscapes, such as cities, is being transformed by a new theory called Ecological Resilience. The key features of this research approach include the recognition that healthy ecosystems are dynamic, adaptive and in constant flux. Using this lens, our course will explore the integrated nature of urbanized landscapes and the communities of people who live there. Working with the original literature, we will engage the research being conducted on the patterns and processes of urban ecosystems – ranging from biodiversity, trophic dynamics and urban forests, to public health, environmental justice and governance. Using an active inquiry approach to the curriculum, we will critically evaluate existing research, design research projects and present findings to the members of class.

    Meet the Professor:

    Dr. Eric Strauss serves as President’s Professor of Biology at Loyola Marymount University and Executive Director of the LMU Center for Urban Resilience (CURes). His collaborative research specialties in coupled human/natural systems include animal behavior, endangered species management, urban ecosystems and science education. In addition, Dr. Strauss is the Founding Editor of a web-based peer-reviewed journal, Cities and the Environment, which is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service. His research includes collaborative long term studies of coyotes, White tailed deer, crows, turtles and other vertebrates, with a specialty in understanding synanthropic wildlife in urban areas, animal-human relationships and the appropriate management responses to wildlife problems and zoonotic disease. His work also includes investigating the role of green space and urban forests in supporting of healthy neighborhoods and how those features can be used to improve science education and restorative justice. He has co-written multi-media textbooks in biology and urban ecology as well as hosting multiple video series on the life sciences and ecology.  Dr. Strauss received his BS in Mass Communication from Emerson College in Boston and Ph.D. in Biology from Tufts University in 1990. Prior to coming to Los Angeles, he has held teaching and faculty appointments at Tufts University, The University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston College.


  • On the Technological Sublime

    On the Technological Sublime (Prof. Sue Scheibler, Film/TV Studies)

    W 4:20-7:00 (CRN 44890)


    This course looks at the notion of the sublime as it was articulated in the 17th and 18th centuries and extends it into the digital age of the 21st century. It takes as its starting point the understanding of the sublime as an aesthetic concept that extolls beauty that is grand and dangerous then asks where and in what form can we say the sublime exists in the technological and digital age. To answer the question, students will study a variety of literary, visual, musical, philosophical, and cinematic texts from the 17th through the early 21st centuries.

    Meet the Professor:

    Sue Scheibler has graduate degrees in New Testament Studies and Philosophy of Religion and a PhD in Critical Studies (Film and Television) from the University of Southern California. She has published in Theorizing Documentary, Alternative Media Handbook, War: Interdisciplinary Investigations, Signs and assorted journals. Her research and teaching interests include film theory, television studies, documentary, Asian film, science fiction, technologies of war, memory, video games and Asian philosophy.

    Scheibler has spoken at such engagements as the War, Virtual War and Human Security Conference where she presented on the topic of “Experiencing War the Video Game Way: Call of Duty 2” and the American Cultural Studies Association where she spoke aboutavatars, war and the documentary image.

    She is currently working on two projects: Windows, Frames, Screens: Understanding Media and The Meditative Gaze: Media and Eastern Philosophy.

  • Principles of Scientific Reasoning

    Principles of Scientific Reasoning (Prof. David Berube, Physics)

    W 4:30-7:00pm (CRN 49435) 

    ACCESS Program Only 

    Communication and critical thinking skills are developed with an emphasis on science, nature, technology, and mathematics in multiple contexts. Mathematical and scientific reasoning are investigated through inductive and deductive arguments, the scientific method, and the notions of definition, classification and conjecture. The role and purpose that scientists and scientific educators play in society will be explored.

    Meet the Professor:

    Dr. Berube received his B.S. in physics in 2000 from Loyola Marymount University. While a student at LMU, he had the opportunity to conduct research in space physics with Dr. Jeff Sanny. He liked it so much that he decided to pursue a Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2007, Dr. Berube returned to LMU to teach and conduct research in the physics department, where he has been ever since.

    Dave’s main research interest is the investigation of the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetosphere. Specifically, he studies properties of ultra-low-frequency (ULF) waves in Earth’s magnetic field. These waves are important because they may play a crucial role in the acceleration of electrons in space to extremely high energies. These “killer electrons” have been responsible for many spacecraft failures. Dr. Berube loves having undergraduate students participate in research; he and Dr. Sanny hire several students each summer.

    Dr. Berube is also the program coordinator for ACCESS (A Community Committed to Excellence in Scientific Scholarship). ACCESS prepares incoming freshmen in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering for academic excellence through collaborative engagement in scientific scholarship.

    In his spare time, Dr. Berube enjoys hiking, making his own beer, and exploring Los Angeles.

  • Religious Identity: Philosophy, Literature, Rhetoric

    Religious Identity: Philosophy, Literature, Rhetoric (Prof. Steven Mailloux, English)

    TR 11:20am-12:50pm (CRN 44858) 

    Honors Program Only 

    This Honors course will explore the rhetorical aspects of religious identities represented in literary works with explicitly philosophical themes. Examining how individuals and institutions establish their identities, we will discuss a series of texts by and about Jesuits.  The course will introduce students to Jesuit spiritual and intellectual traditions through the rhetorical analysis of various genres: essays, narratives, poetry, oratory, drama, and spiritual exercises.  Assignments will include texts written by Jesuits (such as Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises, Gerard Manley Hopkins's poetry, and Bill Cain’s Equivocation) as well as narratives representing Jesuits as major or minor figures (such as Dostoevsky's “The Grand Inquisitor,” O’Connor’s “The Enduring Chill,” Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance). This course will also be part of the 2017 Bellarmine Forum on “The Idea of the Catholic University in the 21st Century,” and students will participate in events sponsored by the forum and the Academy for Catholic Thought and Imagination.

    Meet the Professor:

    Steven Mailloux, a graduate of Loyola University of Los Angeles, is currently President’s Professor of Rhetoric in the English Department at LMU.  Previously, he taught rhetoric, critical theory, and U.S. cultural studies as Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Chancellor’s Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Irvine.  He is the author of several books, including most recently

    Disciplinary Identities: Rhetorical Paths of English, Speech, and Composition and Rhetoric’s Pragmatism: Essays in Rhetorical Hermeneutics.