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Undergraduate & Graduate*

Fall Term 2008

August 22-24 Wolfpack Welcome
August 25 Classes begin
August 29
Add deadline
October 24 Withdraw deadline
& last day to apply for graduation
December 5 Last day of classes
December 6-12 Final Exams

Spring Term 2009

January 9 New Student Orientation
January 12 Classes begin
January 16 Add deadline
March 13 Withdraw deadline
& last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
May 1-7 Final Exams
May 9 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

College of Social Sciences

INTERIM DEAN: Alfred Lawrence Lorenz, Ph.D , Office: 210 Stallings Hall
ASSISTANT DEAN: Angie B. Hoffer, M.A., Office: 211 Stallings Hall


The college offers the bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice, mass communications, political science, and sociology; bachelor of liberal studies in social sciences (for non-traditional students); bachelor of criminal justice; and bachelor of science in nursing for registered nurses returning to school. Students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree through programs not regularly available in the College of Social Sciences may consult the assistant dean about the possibility of a contract degree.


The following requirements must be met for a degree from the College of Social Sciences:

  1. Successful completion of an approved degree program within the college.
  2. At least a 2.0 Loyola cumulative average, major average, and minor average, if minor is pursued. (Some departments may have more stringent requirements.)
  3. Completion of the Common or Core Curriculum requirements, depending upon the student’s program of study.
  4. Completion of the foreign language requirement (not applicable to non-traditional students).
  5. Completion of at least one course that meets the college’s Cultural/Environmental/Gender/Ethnic studies requirement.
  6. Completion of all course requirements specified by major department.
  7. Completion of at least 30 hours in the major (some departments require more.)
  8. Certification for graduation by the student’s department.
  9. Completion of a comprehensive or exit examination in the major for those departments requiring a comprehensive/exit examination. Such departments will establish and publish in advance the nature of the comprehensive/exit examination and the standard for acceptable performance.
  10. Completion of the last 30 hours of course work at Loyola.
  11. Residency requirements: a minimum of 30 hours at Loyola University; a minimum of 12 hours in the major and 9 hours in the minor (if pursued); a minimum of 12 hours in the Common or Core Curriculum requirements depending upon the student's program of study.


The curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad education in the arts, natural sciences and social sciences in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. It is also aimed at providing them with depth in at least one area of study, their major. And, in all, it seeks to sharpen their abilities to think critically and to act justly in the modern world.

The curriculum is divided into five parts.

Part One-Major

The major consists of a series of courses in one subject area—usually 30 to 40 credit hours. Majors are described in the department sections.

Part Two-Adjunct/Minor Courses

Some fields may require a limited set of courses in areas that are allied to the major and complement it. Sociology, for example, is considered necessary for the criminal justice major and psychology for the nursing student. Some of these courses are specifically named under degree programs; others are selected in consultation with the student’s adviser or chairperson. Students in Mass Communication are required take a minor in another field—usually 18 to 21 hours of course work specified by individual departments; students taking other majors may select a minor.

Part Three-Common Curriculum

Common Curriculum: The Common Curriculum complements the major and adjunct courses by providing a broad humanistic dimension to every undergraduate’s program. The program contains introductory and advanced courses.


Beginning students must take each of the following eight courses (24 cr. hrs.):

English Composition T122 Critical Reading/Writing
English T125 The Emerging Self
History T122 and T124 World Civilization I and World Civilization II
Mathematics T122* Math Models
Philosophy T122 Introduction to Philosophy
Religious Studies T122 Introduction to World Religions
Science T122 (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)

* A different mathematics course may be designated by the student’s department.


Students elect eight courses (24 cr. hrs.) with two each in philosophy and religious studies, one in behavior/social sciences, one in humanities/arts, excluding philosophy and religious studies, one in natural science, and one more from any of the above areas. Two of the advanced courses must be labeled pre-modern. Students may not take Common Curriculum courses for Common Curriculum credit from their major departments. Students may check their progress in fulfilling Common Curriculum requirements in the “On Course” section of LORA, with their academic advisers or with the assistant dean of the College of Social Sciences. Only courses designated as Common Curriculum in registration materials fulfill requirements of the program. The advanced courses are under three major divisions: behavioral/social sciences, humanities/arts, and natural sciences. Courses are either modern or pre-modern within these divisions. The three divisions are as follows:

Behavioral/Social Sciences  
Communications Political Science
Economics Psychology
Education Sociology
Theatre Arts Philosophy
Classical Studies Religious Studies
English Visual Arts
Modern Foreign Languages Music
Natural Sciences  
Biology Mathematics
Chemistry Physics

The advanced courses offered each semester are selected from the courses listed below and additional new courses as they are approved. Course descriptions are found in listings under subject categories.


Pre-modern Courses
HIST W130 Zen I
HIST W139 Catholics: Their History
HIST W140 Between Eve and Mary: Women in Medieval Europe
HIST W142 Slavery/Race Relations
HIST W151 Archaeology and Society
HIST W152 Social History of Greece and Rome
HIST W166 The Quest for Empire
HIST W186 Discovering Africa
POLS W149 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
SOCI W140 Development of Social Thought

Modern Courses

CMMN X133 Art of the Film
CMMN X136 Understanding Media
CMMN X137 Media Play
CMMN X170 The American Character
ECON X130 Economics and Society
EDUC X130 Culture and Learning
HIST X132 Russian Culture and Civilization I
HIST X136 Zen II
HIST X140 Italian Culture and Civilization
HIST X141 Drugs, Terrorism, and Democracy
HIST X143 Social Revolutions in Latin America
HIST X144 Discovering the Third World
HIST X145 Crisis in Central America
HIST X146 American Revolution
HIST X154 Palestinians and Israelis
HIST X156 Hero in American History
HIST X160 WWI in History and Literature
HIST X161 Autobiography as History
HIST X164 American Left in the Twentieth Century
HIST X170 The American Character
HIST X180 African-American Culture and History
HIST X190 Women in American History
POLS X134 Politics and Corruption
POLS X146 Politics and Society
POLS X152 The Bill of Rights
POLS X154 American Political Ideas
POLS X156 The Urban Form
POLS X158 Global Political Issues
POLS X159 Politics and the Media
PSYC X130 Models of Human Behavior
SOCI X132 Social Problems
SOCI X134 Social Policy and the Christian
SOCI X135 Environment and Society
SOCI X136 Global Environmental Crisis
SOCI X140 Global Sociology
SOCI X145 Peoples of Latin America
SOCI X150 Encountering the Caribbean
SOCI X152 Violence in Society
SOCI X154 Peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa
SOCI X155 Race and Ethnic Conflict
SOCI X186 Russian Culture and Society

Pre-modern Courses

CLHU U132 Socrates and Jesus
CLHU U138 Justice in Greek Literature
CLHU U142 The Development of Greek Tragedy
CLHU U144 The Greek and Roman Epics
CLHU U146 Greek Mythology
CLHU U148 Greek Art and Archaeology
CLHU U150 Roman Art and Archaeology
CLHU U156 Greek Elegies and Lyrics
CLHU U157 Greek Culture
CLHU U158 Roman Culture
CLHU U160 Pandora’s Daughters
CLHU U163 Greek and Roman Comedy
CLHU U165 Pagans and Christians
CLHU U168 Roman Republic
CLHU U170 The Later Roman Empire
CLHU U172 The Early Roman Empire
CLHU U174 The Byzantine Empire
CLHU U175 The Ancient Novel
CLHU U180 Ancient Mystery Cults
DRAM U130 World Theatre I
ENGL U130 Renaissance Masterworks
ENGL U132 Visions of Utopia
ENGL U149 The Idea of the Self
ENGL U188 The World of the Vikings
ENGL U189 Chaucer and His World
ENGL U195 The Legend of Robin Hood
ENGL U199 Arthurian Legend
JPNS U150 Culture in Pre-modern Japan
MUGN U168 Introduction to Western Art Music
PHIL U130 Aesthetics
PHIL U137 Indian Philosophy
PHIL U138 Philosophy and Literature
PHIL U139 Divine Madness
PHIL U154 Postmodernism and Feminism
PHIL U158 Philosophical Anthropology
PHIL U160 Worldviews and Ethics
PHIL U162 Classics in Moral Literature
RELS U133 Zen I
RELS U134 Christian Mysticism
RELS U136 Parables of Jesus
RELS U139 Experience of Grace
RELS U143 Woman in Christian Tradition
RELS U145 Bible and Modern Issues
RELS U146 Judaism
RELS U147 New Testament as Literature
RELS U148 Christian Origins
RELS U149 Old Testament as Literature
RELS U153 Hindu Paths to God
RELS U155 The Prophetic Traditions
RELS U159 Jesus in New Testament
RELS U163 The Ancient Mind
RELS U165 Spiritual Ways of China
RELS U169 Death: Comparative Views
RELS U170 Poets and Sages: Old Testament
RELS U175 The Bible and Creation
RELS U177 Buddhism
RELS U181 Women in the World Religions
RELS U185 Heresies and Heretics
RELS U186 Medieval Synthesis
RELS U188 Sin: History of an Idea
RELS U196 Law: Ancient World
RELS U199 Apocalyptic Literature
VISA U130 Medieval Art
VISA U136 Images of Women in Arts
VISA U143 The Art and History of the Book

Modern Courses

DRAM V132 World Theatre II
DRAM V142 Black Theatre to 1940
DRAM V143 Black Theatre: 1940 — Present
DRAM V144 American Myth and Drama
DRAM V150 American Lyrical Theatre
DRAM V160 Theatre in Contemporary Culture
ENGL V134 Literature and Justice
ENGL V144 Screen Power
ENGL V150 Myth and Literature
ENGL V154 Women in American Literature
ENGL V159 Romantic Words/Pictures
ENGL V169 Multicultural Literature
ENGL V170 The American Character
ENGL V173 The African Novel
ENGL V174 Women’s Literature
ENGL V175 Black Women Novelists
ENGL V176 Literary Modernism
ENGL V177 Harlem Renaissance
ENGL V178 Black Thought and Art
ENGL V179 Feminist Readings
ENGL V180 Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature
ENGL V185 Contemporary Catholic Writers
ENGL V192 The Sixties Through Literature
FREN V140 France and the Modern Experience
JPNS V151 Culture in Early Modern Japan
JPNS V152 Modern Japanese Culture
JPNS V153 Japanese Animation and Culture
LING V134 Role of Language
PHIL V134 Medical Ethics
PHIL V135 Philosophy of Right
PHIL V140 European World Views
PHIL V141 Philosophical Perspective on Woman
PHIL V143 Environmental Philosophy
PHIL V144 Philosophy of Law
PHIL V150 Relativism
PHIL V152 Making Moral Decisions
PHIL V164 Scientific Revolutions
PHIL V170 Philosophy of Knowledge
PHIL V173 Auschwitz and After
PHIL V177 Minds and Machines
PHIL V178 Philosophy of God
PHIL V180 Freedom and Oppression
PHIL V186 Religious Experience and Philosophy
PHIL V198 Ethics of Sex/Marriage
RELS V130 Faith, Science, and Religion
RELS V142 Christian Ethics
RELS V144 Social Policy and the Christian
RELS V151 Protestant Christianity
RELS V152 Catholicism
RELS V158 Ignatius Loyola
RELS V160 Discovering Islam
RELS V164 20th-century Religious Thought
RELS V167 Native American Religions
RELS V168 Mystery of Suffering
RELS V187 Feminism and Theology
RELS V191 The Mass of the Roman Rite
RELS V198 Psychology and Religion
SPAN V135 Women Writers of Spanish America
SPAN V161 Latin American Thought
VISA V138 Romantic Vision
VISA V140 Modernism in Art and Literature
VISA V141 Art in Contemporary Culture
VISA V142 Architecture and Society
MUGN V142 History of Dance
MUGN V172 Jazz in American Culture

Modern Courses

BIOL Z130 Human Ecology
BIOL Z132 Impact of Biology on Society
BIOL Z136 Evolution
BIOL Z138 Genetics and Society
BIOL Z142 Microbes: Friend or Foe?
BIOL Z144 Mississippi River Delta Ecology
CHEM Z130 World Food and Nutrition
COSC Z132 The Computer Impact
MATH Z132 Problem Solving in Ecology
PHYS Z130 Faith, Science, and Religion
PHYS Z134 Astronomy

Part Four–Foreign Language (“Traditional” students only)

All students who enter B.A. or B.S. degree programs (either as freshmen or as transfers) will be required to pass a second-semester course in a foreign language or demonstrate equivalent knowledge by placing into a higher level on a departmental examination. See full explanation under Foreign Language Requirements elsewhere in this bulletin.

Part Five–General Electives (“Traditional” students)/Free Electives (“Non-Traditional students)

Electives: It is important that students have considerable freedom to choose those courses or series of courses that interest them so that their education may be rich and full. The number of hours students may elect depends to a large extent on the major. See statements below for limitations on elective credit.

CORE CURRICULUM for Non-traditional Students

Core courses–are those courses that ensure the degree-seeking student a well-rounded education in the liberal arts tradition. All degree-seeking students have the following core course requirements (42 hours total):

Writing ENGL T122 3
Philosophy PHIL T122 3
Religious Studies RELS T122 3
Literature ENGL T125 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences:    
Social Sciences HIST T122 or HIST T124 3
Two social science electives from two different disciplines 6
Mathematics MATH A115, Math A117,
MATH T122 or approved Math elective
Natural Science science elective 3
Arts/Humanities fine arts elective 3
literature elective   3
philosophy elective   3
religious studies elective   3
Liberal Arts elective   3



Transfer work:

  1. Remedial work taken at Loyola or at other institutions will not apply to Social Sciences degree programs.

  2. The dean’s office will determine the applicability of the student’s transfer credit as accepted by the Office of Admissions to the Social Sciences degree programs.


  1. Students may not go back and do freshman-level work in a subject in which they have already successfully completed a more advanced course.
  2. No more than 20 hours (12 hours for non-traditional students) may be taken in any one semester without the authorization of the dean.
  3. No more than six hours may be taken in any one summer term without authorization of the dean.
  4. Social Sciences students must obtain prior written permission of their adviser and/or department chair and the dean in order to take courses at another university (summer school, study abroad, etc.). Permission will not be given to students on academic probation.
  5. Courses in physical education will not apply to the degree programs in Social Sciences.


Qualified students who have completed two full semesters of their freshman year and have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 may pursue two majors within the College of Social Sciences. Such students must successfully complete the Common Curriculum requirements of the first major as well as the major and named adjunct requirements for both declared degree programs of study as set forth in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Students must successfully complete the comprehensive or exit examination requirements for both majors if the departments require a comprehensive or exit examination. Students who complete the requirements for two majors will receive only one degree from Loyola. The transcript, however, will indicate which bachelor’s degree was awarded as well as the two majors that were completed. Students interested in pursuing a double major should consult with the assistant dean.


All departments in the College of Social Sciences offer minors, which range from 21 — 24 hours. Information concerning specific requirements for minors is available in the departments and in the Social Sciences dean’s office. If the requirements for the minor are not completed by graduation, the minor will not be indicated on the transcript. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required in the minor. Students in the School of Mass Communication must complete a minor as part of their degree requirements. Except in the departments of languages a student may not major and minor within the same department. Listed below are the requirements for each minor:

  • Africana Studies, 21 hrs.
    History choose one (HIST X172, X180, W142, W186, A276, A277, A349, A350, A440, A442); Humanities choose one (ENGL V173, V177, V178, A250, A450); Social Sciences choose one (EDUC X130, A315; POLS A221; SOCI X154, X155, A220); Electives choose four from above listing.
  • African-American History, 21 hrs.
    HIST T122 or T124, U.S. Hist (6 hrs.), HIST W186 or A350, African-American Hist. (9 hrs.)
  • American Studies, 21 hrs.
    ENGL A342, HIST A200; Group I, choose one (CMMN X170, ENGL V170, HIST X170, PHIL A430); Group II, choose one (POLS X154, A211, A212, A213, A215, SOCI X132, X152, X155, A220; HIST A201, A334); Group III, choose one (DRAM V142, V143, RELS V167); Group IV, choose two (consult minor adviser for selection).
  • Biology, (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences) 22 hrs.
    BIOL A106, A108 — A109, A206 — A207, or A208, BIOL electives (6 hrs.)
  • Business Administration (through College of Business), 24 hrs.
    MATH T122 or A115; BA B100; ACCT B202; FIN B200; ECON B200, B201, or X130; LGST B205; MKT B280; MGT B245
  • Catholic Studies, (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)21 hrs.
    RELS V152, U147, electives (15 hrs.) should be chosen in consultation with Catholic studies adviser.
  • Chemistry, (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences) 22 hrs.
    CHEM A105 — A107, A106 — A108, A300, A301, A305, CHEM A300 — A400 electives (6 hrs.)
  • Classical Studies, (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)24 hrs.
    Latin or Greek (12 hrs.), Civilization courses (12 hrs.). For more specific information, consult minor adviser.
  • Mass Communications (through College of Social Sciences), 18 hrs.
    CMMN A100, A101, CMMN electives (12 hrs.)
  • Criminal Justice (through College of Social Sciences), 21 hrs.
    CRJU C105; CRJU C110 (or SOCI A215); CRJU C250 (or SOCI A315); CRJU C300; SOCI C275; plus any two additional criminal justice (CRJU) courses.
  • Economics (through College of Business), 21 hrs.
    College math, ECON B200, B201, B305, ECON B300 — B400 electives (9 hrs.)
  • English (Literature), (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)18 hrs.
    ENGL T125, ENGL Literature Electives (15 hrs.)
  • English (Writing), (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)18 hrs.
    ENGL T122 or A205, ENGL Writing Elective (15 hrs.)
  • Entrepreneurship (through the College of Business) 24 hrs.  ACCTB202, ECONX130 OR ECONB200, LGSTB205, MKT B280, MGT B245, MGT B430, BA  B405, BA  B410.
  • Environmental Studies, 21 hrs.
    MATH/NAT SCI (6 hrs.); BUSN/SOC SCI (6 hrs.); humanities (6 hrs.); Internship/Practicum (3 hrs.). See Environmental Studies chair or Humanities and Natural Sciences dean’s office for specific courses.
  • Forensic Chemistry, (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences) 21 hrs.
    CHEM A105 — A107, CHEM A106 — A108, A300, A301, A305, A315, A497
  • Forensic Science, (through the College of Social Sciences) 21 hrs.
    FRSC C100; FRSC C200; FRSC C201; FRSC C301; FRSC C499; plus any two additional forensic science (FRSC) courses.
  • Graphic Arts (through College of Music and Fine Arts), 21 hrs.
    VISA A102, A200, A271, A275, A375, A376
  • History, (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)21 hrs.
    HIST T122, HIST T124, Hist electives (15 hrs.)
  • Latin American Studies, 18 hrs.
    SPAN A200, A201, A300 or A301; choose one (SPAN A350 or HIST A220); choose two from: HIST A221 or SPAN A351; HIST W142, X143, X145, A414, SOCI A260, A400, X145; SPAN A340, A341, A410, A455, A456; RELS A305
  • Marketing (through College of Business), 24 hrs.
    MATH T122 or A115; BA B100; ECON B200, B201, or X130; MKT B280; MKT electives (12 hrs.)
  • Mathematics, (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)20 hrs.
    MATH A200, A257, A258; A259 or A310; MATH A300 — A400 electives (6 hrs.)
  • Medieval Studies, 18 hrs.
    Required courses are: ENGL A316, HIST A306, and a "medieval thought" component consisting of one of the following courses: PHIL A405, RELS A201, RELS U186, or other PHIL or RELS approved by the medieval studies adviser. The remaining 9 credit hours should come from the following core courses (CLHU U165, CLHU U174, ENGL A260, ENGL A340, ENGL A341, ENGL A475, ENGL U188, ENGL U189, ENGL U195, ENGL U199, HIST A307, HIST W140, HIST A381, LATN A435, MUGN U194, POLS W149, RELS A200, RELS U134) or from these supporting courses with the permission of the medieval studies adviser (CLHU U146, ENGL H233, LATN A430, POLS A230, RELS U185, SPAN A310).
  • Languages (French, Spanish), (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)24 hrs.
    FL A100, A101, A200, A201, A300 or A400 level (12 hrs.)Consult minor adviser if placement is above A100 level.
  • Music (through College of Music and Fine Arts), 24 hrs.
    MUTH M102, M103; MUHL M106; MUPR M121 — M150 (2 hrs.); MUPC M115 or M130 ( 2 hrs.); MUEN M100 — M106 (2 hrs.)
  • Philosophy, (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)21 hrs.
    PHIL T122, Systematic sequence (6 hrs.), Historical sequence (6 hrs.), Philosophy electives (6 hrs.). See department chair for selection of courses.
  • Philosophy (Pre-law), (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)21 hrs.
    PHIL T122, Systematic Sequence (9 hrs.), Historical Sequence (3 hrs.), Legal Context (3 hrs.), Philosophy Elective (3 hrs.)
  • Political Science (through College of Social Sciences), 21 hrs.
    POLS A100, A200, A230 or A231, A315, POLS electives (9 hrs.)
  • Pre-M.B.A. (through College of Business), 33 hrs.
    DECS B205; ACCT B202, B203; ECON B200, B201; FIN B300; MGT B325, B310, B245, B335; MKT B280.
  • Psychology, (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences) 21 hrs.
    PSYC A100, A301, A303, Psyc electives (12 hrs.)
  • Religious Studies (Christianity),(through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences) 21 hrs. RELS T122, U147, U149, V142; choose two (A200, A201, A202), RELS electives (3 hrs.)
  • Religious Studies (World Religions), (through College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)21 hrs. RELS T122; choose one (A200, A201, A202), RELS electives (15 hrs.)
  • Sociology (through College of Social Sciences), 22 hrs.
    SOCI A100, A335, W140, Soci electives (12 hrs.)
  • Theatre Arts (through College of Music and Fine Arts), 21 hrs.
    DRAM A103, A220, A300 (3 hrs.); choose two (DRAM A107, A110, A112); DRAM electives (6 hrs.)
  • Visual Arts (through College Music and Fine Arts), 21 hrs.
    VISA A102, A103, A200, A300, choose one (A230, A241, A244, A246, A250, A320).
  • Women’s Studies, 21 hrs.
    WS A100, WS A496, and five approved courses from at least three of the following disciplines: classical studies, communications, English, history, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, sociology, visual arts, and women’s studies. Courses must be chosen with minor adviser from an approved list of courses. Susanne B. Dietzel, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor of women’s studies in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences is the adviser for the Women’s Studies minor. For a complete listing of the courses call (504) 864-7880, e-mail, visit the Women’s Resource Center in Mercy, Room 103, or view the website

Where specific courses are not named, please consult the chair of the minor department. Humanities and Natural Sciences students interested in pursuing a minor in business administration or music should refer to the business administration or music sections of this bulletin.

Updated June 19, 2007