Loyola University Chicago

Summer Scholars

Course Descriptions


ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I
This course emphasizes the development and reporting of accounting information for use by investors, creditors and others. The student is required to develop skills in the preparation and use of accounting information, must demonstrate an understanding of the accounting process, and be able to evaluate the impact of estimates, alternative accounting principles, and the limitations of the accounting model on accounting information. Topics include preparation and use of financial statements, the accounting process, and the measurement and reporting of income, assets, liabilities and owners' equity.

ECON 202 Principles of Economics II: Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introductory analysis of economic activity, unemployment, inflation, interest rates, money and credit, taxation and government expenditures, economic growth and stabilization, and international economics.

MARK 201 Fundamentals of Marketing   
This course allows students to develop an understanding of the entire marketing system by which products and services are planned, priced, promoted and distributed. Students learn about major policies which underlie the activities of marketing institutions and the economic and social implications of these policies. 


CLST 271 Classical Mythology    
This course focuses on the traditional stories of the ancient Greeks and Romans in their cultural, social, and historical contexts; it studies their sources, nature, and depictions in literature and art.

CLST 272 Heroes and Classical Epics
This course centers on the epics of the ancient Mediterranean world, their nature and significance, and, especially, the concepts of heroes and heroism. At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of ancient epic as a literary genre, what heroes are and why they are featured in epics, and how epics began and evolved to reflect audiences and their social, cultural, political and other concerns, values (such as leadership), beliefs, and practices.

CLST 280 Romance Novel in Ancient World
Focusing on the rich genre of ancient Greek and Roman romance novel, students will trace its development from Chariton’s Chaereas and Callirhoe to Heliodorus’ Egyptian Story. Students will become familiar with the components of the novel including background, structure, characters, and language, along with human psychology and relationships especially involving eros, and will also observe how all elements are brought together in these vividly woven tapestries. The course will also place the novels in their times, assessing their audiences and the intended meanings for those audiences. The aim of this course is not only to enhance the understanding and appreciation of students for the literature of the ancient novel, but to demonstrate how and why they appeal today. To that end, we start with study and interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; students will also view and interpret many illustrations, films or film-excerpts. This course partially satisfies the core requirement for Literary Knowledge and applies to the Classical Civilization major or minor.


COMM 101 Public Speaking and Critical Thinking
This introductory course is designed to supply students with the skills of public address, a fundamental understanding of critical thinking practices, foundational tenets of communication theory, a grasp of the relationship between context and communication, and a sense of the social responsibility that comes with the capacity for communication.

COMM175 Introduction to Communication
This course gives a general historical and theoretical overview of communication. By looking at communication through a critical, historical, and theoretical lens, students will acquire an intellectual framework for further study and practice in communication. This course will also increase basic communication literacy.

COMM 200 Communication and New Media
This course explores the ways technology affects personal, cultural, and mass communication through examining the historical, societal, and ethical implications of newer and interactive forms of media. Students use audio, video, and digital tools to research and produce essays, projects, and presentations that analyze the impact of technology on communication.

COMM 211 Principles of Advertising
This introduction to advertising provides an overview of the theory and hands-on practice of advertising including planning, strategy, creative development, and media planning. Elements of direct response, promotion, Internet, and public relations are also presented. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of advertising and practice creative and decision-making skills in developing an advertising campaign.


ENGL 210 Advanced Writing: Business
This course seeks to strengthen your skills in written business communication as well as your capacities in group discussion, planning, editing, and critique. From this standpoint, we’ll build not only on your abilities to develop a clear, concise writing style, but we’ll also reconsider the goals of interoffice communication, particularly as posed by corporate cultures and the unique cultures developed within electronic communication and business journalism. This course is designated as “writing intensive.” Therefore, your abilities to communicate effectively within individual written assignments (regular memos and e-mails) and ongoing individual/group projects and analyses will be the basis of assessment. As much as possible, these course assignments will engage your areas of interest, experience, and expertise. Another focus of the course will be to develop strong cover letters, resumes, and interview strategies for individual course participants.

ENGL 273 Introduction to Fiction
This course will explore the themes of fear and suspense. We will read literary text (mostly stories from the nineteenth century) normally characterized as American Gothic fiction. Our reading will cover works by Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and others. We will discuss how stories can frighten, spook, and haunt readers and student elements of fiction like structure, character, symbolism, and point-of-view. In addition, we will focus on how fiction is interpreted, asking what kinds of meanings are lurking beneath the surface of some of the nineteenth century’s best-known fiction. Requirements include reading all primary texts and critical works, writing 3-4 short (3-4 pages) essays and intermittent response papers, and taking occasional quizzes and a final exam.


DANC 121 Modern Dance I
Modern Dance I is designed to increase student’s body awareness, strength, flexibility and musicality. Students will study the technique and theory of Fall and Recovery developed by Doris Humphrey. Students will develop a basic dance technique, be able to describe and demonstrate the differences between modern dance and ballet, and will understand the history of the development of modern dance as a uniquely American art form.

FNAR 114 Painting I
An introduction to the basic elements of painting including: the application of drawing, design, and color principles.  A variety of materials will be explored with an emphasis on oil painting. Observational problems will be introduced to build technical, perceptual, and personal expressive interpretation of form through the painting idiom. At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic painting principles and vocabulary, through practice and articulation of both formal and artistic ideas.

FNAR 115 Photography I
An introduction to the equipment, materials, processes and philosophy of black and white photography as an art form and means of visual communication. An adjustable 35mm camera is required. Students will be able to apply knowledge of camera and darkroom techniques to creative and expressive ends; visually demonstrate an understanding of the relationships among subject, technique, aesthetics, form, and content; and be able to formulate critical judgments and communicate those ideas in both written and oral form.

FNAR 233 Computer Graphics I
An introduction to the Macintosh computer as a tool in graphic design. Three industry standard software programs are introduced as a vehicle for learning basic design concepts and creative expression. Students will gain an understanding of software skills and design basics. They will develop the ability and techniques to manipulate software in the production of artistic compositions that effectively combine image and typography.

MUSC 101 the Art of Listening
Focus is on the acquisition and enhancement of listening skills through direct experience of musical works along with an examination of cross-cultural similarities and differences among musical styles. Concert attendance is required.   Students will develop a cultivation of musical perception through a process of repeated and guided listening; strengthening of listening skills while developing and expanding styles perspectives.


HIST 104 Global History since 1500                                                                                      
This course deals with the emergence of the modern world by describing and analyzing the encounters and interactions between and among various political entities, cultures, and societies that have over the last several centuries produced this world. While the historical development of individual political or cultural units is a priority, the course also considers important topical aspects of early modern and modern global history. Among the topics considered are the expansion and intensification of cross-cultural interaction, especially trade; the appearance, expansion, and decline of large empires together with associated phenomena such as imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism; the spread of information, knowledge, and technology and their role in the development of such institutions and ideas as science, capitalism, industrialism, and popular sovereignty; and the struggles for justice in all arenas of life including race and ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the historical roots of their own cultures and will have a deeper appreciation of their place in the contemporary world. Instructors may choose to explore the topics by emphasizing them in the context of their own areas of historical expertise. This course satisfies the historical knowledge area, develops critical thinking and communication skills, and satisfies the value of understanding diversity in the world.

HIST 111 The United States 1865                                                                                      
This course is an introduction to the history of the United States from the colonial era through the Civil War. Topics under discussion include the growth and development of democratic government, the formation of a diverse society; the expansion of the national territory; and the crisis over slavery and secession. This course satisfies the historical knowledge area and develops critical thinking and communication skills.

HIST 112 The United States 1865                                                                                       
This course is an introduction to the history of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. Topics under discussion include the growth and development of modern industrial society; the development of the general welfare state; the emergence of the United States as a world power; the debate over civil rights and civil liberties; and the evolution of the political culture of the United States.  This course satisfies the historical knowledge area and develops critical thinking and communication skills.  It satisfies the values area by advancing an understanding of diversity in the United States.


MATH 117 College Algebra
Students study Inverse functions, quadratic functions and complex numbers. Detailed study of polynomial functions including zeros, factor theorem and graphs. Rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions and their applications. Systems of equations, inequalities, partial fractions, linear programming, sequences and series. Word problems are emphasized throughout the course.    

MATH 118 Pre-Calculus
(see Academic Programs section for our Math and Science Academy)  


LITR  200 European Masterpieces
Major European literary texts will be examined in a historical and cultural context and in their transhistorical, universal aspects that make them masterpieces. Students will understand how literary masterpieces help us develop critical consciousness of our experience.


PHIL 171 Philosophy of Religion
This course explores the development of some classic positions within the philosophy of religion, along with how these views have affected the formulation of more contemporary discussions.  Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the enterprise of using reason, broadly construed, to articulate issues arising out of religious belief and practice and to formulate and defend positions with respect to those issues.

PHIL 174 Logic
This course is a detailed study of the deductive methods and principles of correct reasoning, from both the traditional and modern point of view. Students will be able to formally analyze, evaluate, and demonstrate the various aspects of argumentation 

PHIL 187 Environmental Ethics
This course introduces students to ethical reasoning and to various topics in environmental ethics. Topics may include: pollution, animal rights, and natural resources. At the end of the course, students will demonstrate an understanding of diverse ethical theories and an ability to use philosophical reasoning to defend positions in topics covered.

PHIL 188 Culture & Civilization
This course examines the nature, causes, and possible future development of human culture and civilization. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the various approaches to the philosophical study of human culture and civilization.


PLSC 102 International Politics    
This course is designed to introduce students to the major concepts and approaches in the study of international politics. The course presents different theoretical approaches used in study of international politics, as well as the assumptions and consequences involved in the use of such approaches. In order to illustrate various concepts and theories, the course uses examples from different areas of the world and from different moments in history. It relies particularly on examples from events that are still unfolding. During the second part of the course, we will focus on specific issues that are of interest to the study of international politics such as military conflict, the global economy, the environment and human rights.


PSYC 101 General Psychology
Basic concepts and methods of psychology. Primary emphasis on the scientific study of consciousness and human behavior. Topics include: human development, personality, learning, thinking, perception, testing, mental illness and mental health, and biological and social aspects of behavior.       

PSYC 235 Psychology of Human Sexuality
Sexuality as an important aspect of human functioning and its integration into the total person will be emphasized.   Topics include sexual anatomy and physiology, gender identity and roles, attraction and love, sexual orientation, human reproduction, sexual development, sexual dysfunction.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the biological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of human sexuality, along with sexual dysfunction, and sex roles.   

PSYC 238 Gender & Sexuality - Differences & Similarities
Overview of psychological research and theory concerning differences and similarities between genders. Students will understand similarities and differences between genders, comprehend the diversity of ideas about gender and how ideas of gender are determined by societies and cultures.   

PSYC 273 Developmental Psychology
Survey of theory and research relevant to human growth and development with emphasis on physical, cognitive and social development from infancy through adolescence. Students will able to demonstrate understanding of basic theory and research in human development, and will develop skills in critical examination of psychological research as applied to current issues in human development.   

PSYC 275 Social Psychology
Analysis of human thoughts, feelings and actions as influenced by other people. Topics include socialization, perception of self and others, prosocial and antisocial behavior, attitudes, interpersonal attraction, social influence and group behavior. Group B.       


SOCL 121 Social Problems
This course is an opportunity to examine major issues facing society.  In addition to analyzing the roots of social problems, the course addresses social policy concerns and explores solutions. Students will learn to critically examine the impact of a social problem and its possible solutions, to integrate knowledge gleaned from a variety of disciplines, to find and utilize relevant data and research in defining issues and solutions, and to view social problems from macro and micro perspectives as a means of applying workable solutions for the issues facing society.   

SOCL 123 Mass Media and Popular Culture
This course examines the connections between the media of mass communication and multiple forms of popular art and culture. Topics considered include the social, political and cultural organization of mass communication and its impact on values, expectations, and life styles of contemporary society. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the social relationships between mass media and the general population.

SOCL 230  Self & Society
This course examines the relationships between the self as a social product and the larger society in which that self is socialized, develops and expresses itself.  Various theories of selfhood are explored.  Students will come to appreciate how selfhood, their own and others, is a product of historical factors as well as social contexts such as class, gender, race, and ethnicity.

SOCL 271 Sociology of Sex and Gender
This course explores the social organization of sex and gender.  Students will be able to situate their pre-conceived experiences of the naturalness of gender in a particular historical and cultural context.


THEO 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
The sources of Christian religious tradition. A selection will be made from the following topics: revelation, inspiration, sacred scripture, Christ and God, authority and the Church, the nature of religious affiliation, its logic, its method and its purpose. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christian theology.

THEO 193 Christian Marriage
This course examines the historical development of marriage within the Christian tradition as well as an investigation and evaluation of its condition in contemporary American society. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of ethical principles used to evaluate particular issues relevant to the understanding of the Christian tradition of marriage.