Undergraduate Studies Catalog
Introduction and Regulations
Lake Shore Campus:
Water Tower Campus:
Lewis Towers 900
David B. Slavsky, Ph.D., Acting Dean
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
For further description of the Rome Center campus, see p. 17.
Study Abroad Programs
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.
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.
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.
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
Transfer Credit in the Core
Note: Please consult current Schedule of Classes and the Core Curriculum Handbook for up-to-date listing of core courses.
Writing Across the Curriculum
In order to graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences, students ordinarily must complete four writing courses. These include:
• two writing-intensive courses.
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.
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.).
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
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.
General Requirements for Degrees
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
Transfer Credit in the Major
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha Sigma Nu