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Undergraduate Bulletin 1999-2001

Academic Programs

UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM

The University Honors Program provides outstanding students with a challenging and integrated academic program of liberal studies which is taken in place of the university’s common curriculum. Enrichment activities beyond the classroom are also a component of this holistic educational experience.

Students with superior high school records are selected to enter the University Honors Program upon application to the University Honors Advisory Board. Applications should be sent to the director of the University Honors Program. Students in the program take 48 credit hours of honors courses. In order to remain in the program they must also maintain the minimum grade point average of 3.3 and make normal progress toward graduation.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Freshman

HIST H233 Honors World Civilization I to 1650 3 credit hours
HIST H234 Honors World Civilization. II to Present 3 credit hours
ENGL H233 Honors Literature I: Classical Epic 3 credit hours
ENGL H234 Honors Literature II: Modern Epic 3 credit hours

Sophomore

PHIL H233 Honors Philosophy I: Ethics 3 credit hours
PHIL H234 Honors Philosophy II: Metaphysics 3 credit hours
RELS H233 Honors Religious Studies I: World Religions 3 credit hours
RELS H234 Honors Religious Studies II: Biblical Literature 3 credit hours

Junior

PHIL H235 Honors Philosophy III: Epistemology 3 credit hours
PHIL H2361 Honors Philosophy IV: Seminar 3 credit hours
RELS H235 Honors Religious Studies III: Theology and Culture 3 credit hours
MATH H2332 Honors Math: Math in Western Civilization 3 credit hours
BIOL H4323 Honors Science: Human Ecological Biology 3 credit hours
* HONS H4333 Honors Science: The Physical World 3 credit hours

Senior

* HONS H434 Honors Social Science: The Social World 3 credit hours
* HONS H437 Honors Economic Philosophy and Public Policy 3 credit hours
VISA H233 Honors Art 3 credit hours
* HONS H436 Honors Thesis Orientation 1 credit hours
* HONS H498 Honors Thesis 2 credit hours
* HONS H499 Honors Independent Study arr.

1 Honors Philosophy IV may substitute for Epistemology or Metaphysics.
2 The honors math course is not required of science or math/computer science majors.
3 Students may take either The Physical World or Human Ecological Biology. Science majors are not required to take the honors science course.
* Starred courses constitute 12-hour collegiate component. Model given is for the College of Arts and Sciences. Other colleges may substitute specific college honors courses. Consult advisor.

HONORS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The Honors Certificate Program is available to students already enrolled at Loyola who have outstanding academic records. Students take 24 credit hours of honors courses and at least one honors course a year.

See: Honors Courses

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

Instituted in fall 1986, the Writing Across the Curriculum Program (WAC) is designed to help students improve their general and specialized writing skills. The program focuses upon clear and thoughtful expression as well as upon the writing required of specific disciplines. It emphasizes writing-as-process: research, note-taking, thinking, organizing, restructuring and polishing. To help students improve their writing, WAC sponsors two writing centers where students can work with trained tutors. The program also provides word processing instruction, grammar workshops, class presentations on research, and other services to students. For further information, please contact the director of Writing Across the Curriculum.

THE OFFICE OF ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

The Office of Academic Enrichment (OAE) provides tutoring across the curriculum and a broad range of other academic support services free of charge to all Loyola students.

Academic Counseling and Assessment

Each student is individually assisted in formulating a personal strategy for achieving academic success. The plan may involve OAE tutoring or referral to other university services.

  • Individual assessment of the student’s learning strengths and weaknesses.
  • One-on-one academic counseling based on the student’s specific needs.

Tutorial Services

OAE provides peer tutoring under the supervision of the professional staff. Before being assigned to a tutor, students meet with an academic counselor to determine the best course of action.

OAE provides course-related tutoring across the curriculum. Subject areas include:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Common Curriculum
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • History
  • Music Literature
  • Music Theory
  • Music Therapy
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics (Business and Social Sciences)

Every effort will be made to provide tutoring in areas not listed.

English Skills Writing and Math for City College

Individualized assessment of learning strengths and weaknesses and assessment of foundation in writing and math skills by an academic counselor are provided.

  • Individual writing conferences between the student and the OAE writing consultant.
  • Individualized tutorials in math with OAE counselors and/or math tutors.

Study Skills

OAE offers a one-hour course in study skills, SPST A105, and non-credit weekend and evening seminars for all undergraduate students. The course is designed to allow the students to apply skills to their current course work. The syllabus is designed with input from the students taking the course. Topics may include time management, note taking, memory, effective reading, critical thinking, learning styles, and research skills.

Programs for Entering Freshmen and Transfer Students

To assist new students, there are comprehensive programs for entering freshmen and transfers around the year, including the Summer Bridge, Fall Enrichment, and Spring Enrichment programs.

Fall and Spring Enrichment

The Fall and Spring Enrichment programs are designed to assist entering freshmen and transfer students in meeting the academic demands of their first semester at Loyola. Students take a Study Skills course and meet once a week with a member of the OAE staff and an OAE peer tutor to apply study skills to their actual course work.

Summer Bridge

The Summer Bridge program allows students to begin taking their first-year courses from mid-June through the last week in July. It also affords students the opportunity to experience life on campus while earning seven hours credit. The bridge professors are outstanding members of the faculty and work closely with OAE’s professional staff to provide an excellent beginning in college. OAE also provides academic counseling and peer tutoring under the supervision of the professional staff. Students are admitted through the Office of Admissions.

Disability Services

Disability Services was created to help provide equal access for students with disabilities. Our staff assists students in meeting the demands of university life by coordinating campus services for students with disabilities and offering academic support services. These services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Verification of a documented disability
  • Specialized counseling for students with disabilities
  • Advocacy services
  • Implementation of accommodations
  • Note-taking and transcription services
  • Tutorial services
  • Support groups
  • Assistance in obtaining other services

JUNIOR YEAR IN ROME

Loyola University Chicago inaugurated the Rome Center of Liberal Arts for undergraduates in 1962. All classes are conducted in English.

Students from Loyola University New Orleans may attend the Rome Center provided Loyola University Chicago accepts their application for admission.

Courses taken at the Rome Center will be accepted as transfer credit by Loyola University New Orleans provided permission of the chair and dean at Loyola University New Orleans is obtained prior to enrollment in the courses.

Further information may be obtained in the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office.

LOYOLA’S PROGRAM IN MEXICO CITY

Loyola University offers a program of courses in Mexico City at the Jesuit Universidad Iberoamericana, one of the leading private universities in Latin America. The program aims to give students a mastery of conversational and written Spanish as well as a global perspective of Latin America’s civilization and culture with a special emphasis on Mexico.

Mexico City is the world’s largest city with 20 million inhabitants. It is itself a unique resource, offering visitors a majestic legacy of ancient temples and buildings of the pre-Columbian and Spanish past as well as an almost endless array of other attractions proper to a great cosmopolitan city. Classroom instruction will be enriched with a series of field trips to points of interest.

Courses will include Spanish courses taught in Spanish and courses from the disciplines of communications, history, political science, sociology and visual arts. In the summer session most of the courses from disciplines other than Spanish are usually given in English; in the fall semester only three or four of these courses are in English; and in the spring semester all courses irrespective of their discipline are taught in Spanish. All courses will carry three semester hours of Loyola undergraduate credit.

Students should have intermediate Spanish to participate in the fall semester and advanced Spanish to participate in the spring semester. Students with no prior Spanish can participate in the summer program although beginning Spanish would be recommended.

For further information contact the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office.

UPWARD BOUND PROJECT

Upward Bound helps high school students from low-income families who are potentially first generation college students develop the skills and motivation necessary for success in college. Students are generally admitted after completion of the ninth grade. The project staff selects students on the recommendations of teachers, counselors, social service agencies and others who are well acquainted with them. Upward Bound does not seek the "A" student who will go to college in any case. Rather, it seeks to help the average or below average students with academic potential who have not had the preparation, motivation or opportunity to realize or demonstrate their talents.

The on-campus summer program consists of a six-week session which normally emphasizes mathematics, reading, writing and other basic communication skills. There are courses in arts and sciences, field trips and cultural events. Upward Bounders are provided two tuition-free college courses for credit toward a college degree the summer following their graduation from high school. Upward Bounders talk with artists, performers, attend movies, concerts and write about their experiences in an attempt to broaden their horizons and gain perspective and understanding.

During the academic year, students are in contact with Upward Bound teachers, counselors or tutors through meetings, classes, home visits, counseling sessions or tutorials. The program’s successful impact results from individual instruction and counseling, small classes, teachers who care and can communicate, college students who live with Upward Bounders during the summer, and intensive student and parent participation.

While Upward Bound generally stops at the college gate, project staff try to ease the entry of Upward Bound students into college life. They work with college admissions officers, financial aid personnel and others to provide individualized services for Upward Bounders.

Students who feel they may qualify for Upward Bound should contact their high school counselor or contact the Upward Bound project director at Loyola.

LOYOLA AND SOUTHERN REPERTORY THEATRE

Loyola University is affiliated with Southern Repertory Theatre, a State Theatre of Louisiana. Southern Repertory Theatre offers internship programs to Loyola students and to students from all over the United States. Junior or senior standing of Loyola students is required for internship. Internship programs, which are available year-round, include: assistant stage manager, assistant director, lights, sound, costumes, public relations and media relations.

Loyola students can participate in Southern Repertory’s Theatre Apprentice Program (TAP) and Adult Acting Class, by which students of all ages study with well-known professional actors in the areas of improvisation, scene study, character study and script analysis on the Loyola campus.

Loyola students are given priority for Southern Repertory’s Equity Membership Candidacy program by which a student interested in pursuing a career in theatre can accrue points towards his/her Equity Card, the union card for professional actors. Loyola students are given priority for assistantships with the summer theatre programs.

ACADEMIC HONORARY ORGANIZATIONS

The following Loyola chapters of national academic honorary organizations are officially recognized by the university.

  • Alpha Kappa Delta, an International Sociology Honorary Society
  • Alpha Psi Omega, a National Dramatic Society
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda, Delta Nu Chapter, a National Honor Society for Students in
  • Adult Higher Education
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, a National Jesuit Honor Society
  • Beta Alpha Psi, a National Accounting Fraternity
  • Beta Beta Beta, a National Honor Society in Biology
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, a National Honor Society in Business Administration
  • Blue Key, a National Honor Society
  • Cardinal Key, a National Honor Society
  • Chi Sigma Iota, a National Honor Society in Counseling
  • Dobro Slovo, a National Slavic Honor Society
  • Eta Sigma Phi, a National Honor Society in Classical Studies
  • Kappa Delta Pi, an Honor Society in Education
  • Kappa Tau Alpha, a National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Phi Alpha Theta, an International History Honor Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma, a National Freshman Honor Society
  • Pi Delta Phi, a National Society in French
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, a National Honor Society in Political Science
  • Psi Chi, a National Honor Society in Psychology
  • Sigma Delta Pi, a National Honor Society in Spanish
  • Sigma Tau Alpha, a National Spanish Honor Society
  • Sigma Tau Delta, a National Honor Society in English
  • Sigma Theta Tau, an Honor Society in Nursing
  • Theta Alpha Kappa, a National Honor Society in Religious Studies

1999-2001 Undergraduate Bulletin

Posted online on August 29, 2001