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Introduction and Regulations

Lake Shore Campus:
Damen Hall 205
Phone: 773-508-3500
FAX: 773-508-3514

Water Tower Campus:

Lewis Towers 900
Phone: 312-915-6520
FAX: 312-915-8593

David B. Slavsky, Ph.D., Acting Dean
Darice Birge, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs
John Edwards, Ph.D., Acting Senior Associate Dean for Academic Policies and Procedures
Gregory G. Hamill, M.A., Assistant Dean for Water Tower Campus Academic Policies and Programs
Mary A. Taylor, M.A., Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Advising and Summer Orientation

Rome Center:
Ann Bugliani, Ph.D., Acting Director
Paula Vecchione DeVoto, M.A., Director of the Chicago Office

The College of Arts and Sciences enrolls full-time students seeking bachelor degrees. A full-time load is 12 to 18 hours; however, students meeting the regular admission requirements may be allowed to register for fewer than 12 hours under special circumstances with the permission of the dean.


Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts and Sciences is the heart of the university. In this college, the central Judeo-Christian tradition affirming the dignity of the human person before God is embodied. In this undergraduate setting, students develop their intellectual discipline and their awareness of past and present dimensions of human culture, confirm their dedication to others, and strengthen their courage to build a future for the human family. Science and technology, language, literature and fine arts, theology and philosophy, history and communication skills, and a variety of social sciences, all have their distinct, yet cooperative, roles in developing students to fuller manhood and womanhood. In this way, each student may bring knowledge and disciplined competence to bear on the problems of neighborhood, city, and nation.

The College of Arts and Sciences resembles many Jesuit and Catholic institutions in common heritage and common purpose. The Jesuit tradition specifically directs all education to a single finality: the greater glory of God through the fuller growth of the human person. Faithful to these common aspirations, Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences finds its identity in its own distinctive history, a unique profile characterized by more than 125 years of service to the Chicago community, the Midwest, and the country at large. Many alumni remain to work and to live in this region of the United States. Indeed, Chicago’s many ethnic groups enrich the college and are served well in an atmosphere of ethnic and cultural pluralism.

Whether at the Lake Shore Campus, the Water Tower Campus, or the Rome Center, the college reflects many years of loyal service from hundreds of dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators who carry Loyola’s sense of tradition, the zeal to work with and for each student individually, and the hope that Loyola’s educational values and ideals are being planted throughout the city and nation in the daily lives of its graduates. Those graduates are the continuing dramatic evidence of the spirit of the College of Arts and Sciences of Loyola University Chicago-a spirit manifested in the college’s core curriculum.


Rome Center of Liberal Arts
The Rome Center of Liberal Arts offers students the opportunity to study and live on a campus of Loyola University in a European milieu. Located in a residential neighborhood, the campus (including a dining hall and dormitory as well as academic facilities) hosts students from Loyola and other colleges and universities for one semester or the full academic year. In this program of the College of Arts and Sciences, classes are taught by members of the Loyola University Chicago faculty and expert Italian (or other European) professionals hired on a part-time basis to teach in their fields, supplemented occasionally by faculty from affiliated American institutions. Courses include the study of Rome, Europe, and the Mediterranean. As a campus of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Rome Center adheres to the regulations of the College with a few exceptions; its academic calendar is also at slight variance with that of the College. For these exceptions and variations, applications, and information on living accommodations, financial assistance, academic programs, and course loads and requirements, contact the Chicago office of the Rome Center, Loyola University Chicago, 6525 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626, telephone 773-508-2760.

For further description of the Rome Center campus, see p. 17.

Study Abroad Programs
Loyola University Chicago is a partner in exchange programs with Mary Immaculate College of the University of Limerick, Ireland; Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan; and University of Birmingham, England. In addition, Loyola students may attend programs at affiliated institutions: Univ. Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile; Univ. Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico; Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem, Israel; the Beijing Center, China; and through Catholic Univ. of America, internship and study programs in Dublin, Ireland and Leuven, Belgium. Loyola University is also a member of the University Studies Abroad Consortium; under its aegis students may participate in programs at a variety of sites in Australia/New Zealand, Europe (including the United Kingdom), Central America, the Middle East, and Asia. For Loyola credit for study abroad courses, students should consult their college advisors and the Office for International Affairs. Students are encouraged to consult their college advisors and faculty advisors for planning prior to departing for study abroad programs. For applications and information on specific study abroad programs, including options for financial assistance, contact the Office for International Affairs, Loyola University Chicago, 6525 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago IL 60626; telephone 773-508-3899 (Dr. Deborah Pierce, Director).

In addition, a number of departments and interdisciplinary programs offer short-term study abroad programs in the summer and at other times. For more information contact the appropriate department.

URBAN life & policy studies


Coordinator: G. Hamill

Objectives: Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL), the program in Urban Life and Policy Studies is designed to foster a critical understanding of urban issues through direct, hands on experience in Chicago-based community organizations and through participation on a Loyola-based research team. The objectives of the program are: to develop a deeper understanding of our country’s most pressing urban issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective, to demystify and better understand the world of policy and decision-makers, and to deepen our capacity to develop effective solutions to social issues as they relate to our urban environment.

The program in Urban Life and Policy Studies is a unique opportunity for undergraduates to mesh classroom experience with hands on research in Chicago neighborhoods. As part of a team of students, faculty, and community leaders, ULPS undergraduates help community organizations struggling with the city’s most compelling issues to find and implement solutions. Significantly, it is the community organization that identifies the issues at hand and sets the research agenda. Many facets of the program fall under the rubric of service learning. The program is unique in its quest for actionable research; that is, research leading toward community action, more effective policies, and a better quality of life for urban residents. The program is also unique in its emphasis on team work. Rather than working individually in a field setting, students participate on a team looking at complex urban issues. Faculty/student and graduate/undergraduate mentoring is an important part of the experience.

Requirements: Students admitted into the program must register for a minimum of six credit hours including: SOCL 335/PLSC 335, the Urban Semester Seminar, and SOCL 336, Urban Research. Students completing the certificate in Urban Life and Policy Studies must take at least one additional approved ULPS topics course in the same semester as the Seminar and Research, or in a semester immediately preceding or following the Seminar and Research. A sample of topics courses include: CMUN 296, Documenting the Urban Scene; CRMJ 352, Gang Activity and Control; HIST 300, Urban Architecture; PLSC 224, Chicago Politics; SOWK 201, Social Welfare Policy and Services I; and THEO 180, Cities, Neighbors, Values, among others.

Enrollment is limited. Sophomore standing or higher is required.


All students are encouraged to seek academic advising for general program planning and specific academic matters.

New Students: Entering freshmen are required to participate in a summer orientation and registration program in which they complete placement testing in mathematics and/or English composition, discuss course selection with advisors, and register for classes.

Faculty Advisors: Students who have declared a major are assigned to a faculty advisor in the major department. Freshmen who have not declared a major are assigned to a faculty advisor who will assist them during their first year. Sophomores who have not declared a major receive academic advising in the dean’s office. These advisors should be consulted for all general advising matters, such as course selection and progress toward graduation.

College Advisors: Each student is assigned to a college advisor as well as a faculty advisor. College advisors make decisions on administrative advising issues such as transfer credit, part-time and overload course registration, and pass-fail requests. College advisors provide comprehensive advising for sophomores who have not declared a major. Students who have been placed on academic probation (see page XX) are monitored by their college advisor.

College Requirements

All students in the College of Arts and Sciences must fulfill college requirements in the core curriculum, writing across the curriculum, and foreign language, as described below.

Core Curriculum
The core curriculum reflects Loyola University’s commitment to a broad foundation of undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. The goals of that education are grounded in the Jesuit tradition of Christian humanism, understanding the human person, care and concern for others, and passion for social justice. The core is directed toward helping students to become aware of their role in the human community, to grow in appreciation of literature and the creative arts, to develop their skills of critical judgment, expression and communication, to be knowledgeable about and at home in the contemporary world of science and technology, and to deepen their understanding of their human and religious values.

The core introduces students to the academic areas of study by examining the main questions asked by scholars in the various disciplines and by looking at some of the ways these disciplines interpret human experience. By showing the distinctiveness of each discipline as well as the relationships among them, the core also opens students to a comparative and integrative perspective. Finally, as a program of study, the core curriculum offers to students the opportunities to develop the abilities to understand and to act upon the world and the human condition.

The Areas in the Core Curriculum
The specific areas in the core curriculum are: communicative and expressive arts (3 hours); history (6 hours); literature (9 hours); mathematics (3 hours); natural science (9 hours); philosophy (9 hours); social science (6 hours); theology (9 hours).

Transfer Credit in the Core
Courses accepted by Loyola as transfer credit may fulfill core requirements at the discretion of the dean. Once enrolled at Loyola a student may not take courses for core at other institutions. Students should address questions about transfer credit in the core to their college advisor.

Note: Please consult current Schedule of Classes and the Core Curriculum Handbook for up-to-date listing of core courses.

Writing Across the Curriculum
Students should expect that virtually all courses in which they are enrolled will include a writing component. In addition, the college program in writing across the curriculum is a means of strengthening the writing of all students throughout their years at Loyola.

In order to graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences, students ordinarily must complete four writing courses. These include:

• English 105 and 106, or the equivalent (English Composition)

• two writing-intensive courses.

Students must begin the English composition sequence in their first semester at Loyola and ordinarily are expected to complete it in their first year. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in any English composition course before they may progress to the following course in the sequence. English 106 or its equivalent must be completed with a grade of "C" or better before any writing-intensive course may be taken. Students are placed in composition classes based upon the results of standardized test scores, AP credit, and/or the Writing Placement Test typically administered at orientation. In some cases a student may be required to take one or more preparatory courses (e.g. English 100, 102, 103) before enrolling in English 105. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled in English 100, 102, 103, 105, 106, and 209 may not withdraw from these courses unless they have special permission. For further details, students should contact their composition instructor.

Writing-intensive courses are designated sections of courses that are taught with a special emphasis on writing. Students in these courses will have a variety of writing assignments that will be integrated closely with the learning objectives of the course. At least one of these writing-intensive courses must be in the core. Often students will be able to complete a second writing intensive course within their chosen major(s); if not, the second course may be another core course or elective.

The purpose of the program is to assure that students continue to give attention to writing as an essential component of education throughout their years at Loyola.

Students should plan ahead, so that they will complete their writing intensive requirement in a timely fashion. They should determine whether their intended major will offer or require a writing intensive course as part of the major. If so, a student will plan on taking one writing intensive in the core and one in the major. If not, a student will take either two writing intensive courses in the core, or one in the core and one as an elective. In order to assure that training in writing is spread throughout the undergraduate years, the program specifies that no more than one writing intensive course per semester may be applied to this requirement. Again, the virtue is to plan ahead, because no one wants to be in the position of not being able to graduate because he/she has neglected to complete the writing intensive requirements.

Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of English 105 and 106 elsewhere may be required to enroll in ENGL 209 or demonstrate proficiency in a written examination. If required, neither the course nor the examination may be deferred. Students assigned to ENGL 209 must complete it with a grade of "C" or better before enrolling in any writing-intensive course.

Freshmen and transfer students with 60 or fewer hours must take two writing intensive courses; transfer students with 61-90 hours must take one Core writing intensive course; transfer students with more than 90 hours are exempt from taking writing intensive courses. For further information, transfer students should consult their college advisor.

Foreign Language
Six credit hours of college instruction in one foreign language are required, or its equivalent of two years of high school language instruction in the same language, or demonstrated reading and writing proficiency by examination.

Elective Courses
In all degree programs, in order to complete the minimum number of credit hours required for the degree, students must choose elective courses in addition to the courses specifically required for the Core, other college requirements and their major. Electives should be chosen with a definite purpose: to support one’s major field of study; to complete a second major or a minor; to assist in preparing for a planned future profession; to bring more liberal arts courses into the program; to attain a balance in courses in the three general areas of knowledge (the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences).


The College of Arts and Sciences offers several curricula leading to the degrees of bachelor of arts, classics (B.A., classics); bachelor of arts (B.A.); and bachelor of science (B.S.).

The Degrees

Bachelor Of Arts: The bachelor of arts degree may be earned in twenty-three areas: chemistry, classical civilization, communication, economics, English, environmental studies, fine arts, French, German, Greek, history, international
studies, Italian, Latin, music, philosophy, political science, sociology, sociology-anthropology, Spanish, theatre, theology, and (as a second major) women’s studies.

Bachelor Of Arts, Classics: The curricular characteristic of this degree lies in the two years’ study of classical Latin or Greek. Students in this degree program may choose their major field of study from any department of instruction.

Bachelor Of Science: The bachelor of science degree may be earned in one of twelve areas: anthropology, biology, chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, environmental sciences (chemistry), mathematics, mathematics and computer science, statistical science, physics, psychology, and social work.

Honors Degrees
Students who have completed their degree programs in the honors program receive a degree with a special honors designation: bachelor of arts, classics, honors; bachelor of arts, honors; or bachelor of science, honors.

General Requirements for Degrees
Candidates shall have been admitted to Loyola University with all records from other institutions in order. Requirements at the time a student enters the College of Arts and Sciences will apply upon graduation. If formally readmitted to the college, the candidate is held to the requirements at the time of readmission.

  1. The candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
  2. The candidate must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better for all work attempted at Loyola and for all combined transfer and Loyola credits.
  3. The candidate must complete all the prescribed and elective courses specified for the degree that he/she requests from the university.
  4. The candidate must demonstrate acceptable levels of skill in the college requirements.
  5. The candidate must take his/her final, uninterrupted 45 hours of instruction or a minimum of 64 hours in residence in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  6. The candidate must complete a major field of study and merit a grade of "C" or better in every course accepted for the major. Students completing minor programs must receive a grade of "C" or better in every course accepted for the minor.
  7. The candidate must file his/her application for the degree before the assigned dates: the first week in October for degrees to be awarded in May; the first week in April for degrees to be awarded in January.
  8. The candidate must have discharged all financial obligations to the university.
Major Field of Study
Each student must select a department of instruction in which he/she will take extensive and specialized study. The student should make this selection no later than the fourth semester of attendance or at the end of the sophomore year. In selecting a major the student is encouraged to consult the appropriate chairperson or departmental advisor. The dean, in consultation with the chairperson of a department, may refuse the application of a student for or the continuation of a student in a given major if the student has not shown sufficient progress in that particular subject.

The major field of study is ordinarily a group of ten or more courses in a single department of instruction. The total number of courses and credit hours required for the major, the specifically prescribed courses, and the order in which they are to be taken may vary among departments. The specific information and requirements for the major are stated in the latter part of this catalog under each department of instruction.

A student who receives a "D+" or lower grade in a course in his/her major must seek the advice of the department and/or academic dean, regarding a decision either to repeat the course or replace it with another course. In either event, the original grade remains on the record. Earned hours for a repeated course will not count toward the graduation requirements. In some departments, students may be dropped from the major if they receive more than one grade below a "C." See "Repetition of Courses," page 14 in this catalog.

Minor Field of Study
A minor field of study option ordinarily consists of six courses selected from a department or interdisciplinary program. Consult individual departments for specific information and requirements. Grades of "D+" or lower are not counted toward fulfillment of minor requirements. In those departments within the College of Arts and Sciences that offer more than one major field of study (i.e., Classical Studies, Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Sociology/Anthropology) students may choose to major and minor within the same department with approval of the department chairperson.

Transfer Credit in the Major
At the discretion of the department chairperson, courses in the student’s major field, which are transferred into Loyola may or may not fulfill the major requirements.

Most departments limit the transfer credit given for the major and/or have specified a minimum number of Loyola hours in the major. Students should consult the department chairperson.

Courses in the School of Business Administration

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences (excluding economics majors) may not take any more than 25% of their total hours in courses from the School of Business Administration. Students in the college wanting to take more than 25% of their total hours in courses from the School of Business Administration must earn dual degrees. See section below on dual degrees for further information.

dual degrees

A student may elect to earn two undergraduate degrees while attending Loyola University Chicago (e.g. Bachelor of Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences plus a Bachelor of Business Administration; Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in two programs within the College of Arts and Sciences). Such students must successfully complete a minimum of 160 credit hours and complete all requirements for each degree: core requirements, other college or school requirements, and requirements in both majors. Students should see the dean of each college or school in which they are planning a degree for advising and exact degree requirements.

five-year degree programs

The College of Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with other schools at Loyola, offers several five-year programs granting the following degrees: B.S. in Biology/M.B.A.; B.S./M.S. in Computer Science; B.S./M.A. in Criminal Justice; B.S. in Environmental Studies/M.B.A.; B.S./M.S. in Mathematics; B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science/M.S. in Computer Science; B.A./M.A. in Political Science; B.S./M.A. in Applied Social Psychology; B.A./M.A. in Sociology. Admission to the programs depends on application to the individual programs. Information on each program, including admissions criteria, is contained in this catalog in the section of the participating undergraduate department.

Interested students should consult with the appropriate departmental advisors regarding applications and course scheduling.

College Honors

Honors Program
Since 1936 the College of Arts and Sciences has sponsored an honors program for its most talented and motivated undergraduate students. It provides an educational environment to inspire the highest level of performance and to create special educational experiences appropriate for the college’s most talented students.

Students in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the School of Business, and the School of Education may also be admitted to the program. Honors requirements are adjusted to fit the requirements in these schools.

Students are admitted to the program at the beginning of freshman year. Admissions officers identify potential members by high school records and standardized test scores. The formal application process may include a brief essay and a faculty recommendation.

All students admitted to the honors program are assumed to be candidates for an honors degree; continued membership is therefore based on regular progress toward completion of honors degree requirements. These requirements are compatible with any conventional degree program and with any major available in the university.

As the highest academic distinction awarded by the university, the honors degree commands special acknowledgement. Candidates are identified separately in the commencement program, and the diplomas of honors graduates bear the word "Honors" following the degree citation, e.g., "Bachelor of Arts, Honors." The official transcript identifies all honors courses.

Regulations and Definitions for Honors Credit
On the certification of the honors director, honors credit is recorded on the student’s official transcript and is the basis for the award of the honors degree. Honors credit may be earned in the following ways:

Honors Courses: Departmental and inter-departmental courses, designated by the honors office as honors courses, automatically carry honors credit if the student earns a grade of "C" or better. Such courses, normally open only to honors students, may correspond to conventional offerings of a department, or they may be courses for which there is no counterpart in the conventional curriculum. Honors courses are marked by small enrollment, distinguished teaching, and intellectual sophistication.

Non-Honors Courses: In general, a student may "contract" for honors credit, after the first year, in any course of the college curriculum. With the teacher’s consent and with the approval of the honors director, a student may arrange to perform a specified kind and quality of course-related work that all participants in the agreement regard as appropriate for honors credit. Honors credit in a non-honors course requires a grade of "B" or better.

Honors Research Courses: These courses have been designed to permit an honors student to undertake a program of study in an area not specifically covered by a regular department and/or in an area which spans several disciplines. To enroll, an honors student must present a detailed plan of study, called a research contract, for approval by his/her honors committee. Authority to approve the proposal rests with a committee made up of the academic advisor in the student’s major department, the party or parties who will direct and evaluate the study, and the director of the honors program. The assignment of credit to meet college or departmental requirements must be specifically approved by the appropriate office.

Graduate Courses: On the recommendation of the honors director and the student’s major advisor, and with approval of the dean of The Graduate School, honors students may enroll in graduate-level courses. On the basis of a grade of "C" or better, honors credit will be awarded for such courses.

Collegiate Honors
The honors degree is awarded on the recommendation of the Honors Council to qualified graduates who meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Forty-two credit hours of coursework specifically carrying honors credit;
  • One course carrying honors credit during each semester of membership in the program;
  • One course designated honors in each area of the core curriculum (except the major);
  • One course carrying honors credit at the upper division level in the student’s major field;
  • A grade point average of at least 3.3 in all coursework and in the major.
Note: When a student enters the program with college requirements already fulfilled by means of non-honors credit, to that extent no further requirements for honors credit in those areas will be required. This provision does not affect the general requirement regarding total honors credits.

The honors program is subject to the jurisdiction of the Academic Council of the College of Arts and Sciences and the deans of the participating schools.

Administration of the program has been delegated to the following party:

Director. The director has responsibility for planning and implementation of general program policy. In addition, the director serves as academic counselor to all honors students.


Departmental honors awards will be conferred on those students who meet the specific requirements for departmental honors. Students seeking departmental honors in their major should consult their departmental advisor.


The College of Arts and Sciences
dean’s list is a semester by semester acknowledgement of those full-time (12 or more semester hours) students who obtain at least a 3.5 grade point average in any given academic semester. Students on the dean’s list receive a personal acknowledgement from the dean.


Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa, one of the most prestigious national honor societies, recognizes academic achievement and commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. Faculty members of Phi Beta Kappa identify candidates who are invited to become members on the basis of GPA and other requirements.

Alpha Sigma Nu
Alpha Sigma Nu is the National Honor Society of Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the world. Its purpose is to acknowledge the Jesuit ideals of intellectual excellence, community service, and integrity. Invitations to apply for Alpha Sigma Nu are extended to candidates who have demonstrated those Jesuit ideals in their lives.

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