Loyola University Chicago

Arrupe College

A.A. Social and Behavioral Sciences

To complete the Associate of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences degree, a total of 61 semester hours must be completed, distributed as follows: 

  • 37 hours of general education core requirements;
  • 9 hours of Arrupe College mission-related core requirements; and
  • 15 hours of electives, of which 6-9 hours are in one of three declared pre-major areas (Political Science, Psychology, or Criminal Justice). 

Except for the lab-based interdisciplinary science course, all courses are for 3 semester hours of course credit. The specific courses or course options required to fulfill these requirements are as follows:

Core Courses: 37 hours

  • ACWRI 105 Writing and Composition I
  • ACWRI 110 Writing and Composition II
  • ACCOM 101 Oral Communication and Presentation
  • ACPHI 130 Philosophy and Persons
  • ACFNA 105 Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
  • ACENG 110 Interpreting Literature
  • ACISC 101 Interdisciplinary Science:  Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues
  • ACISC 102 Interdisciplinary Science:  Environmental Processes, Challenges, and Methods (4 hours, includes a laboratory component)
  • ACSTA 101 Statistics
  • ACHIS 101 Western Civilization to the 17th Century
  • ACPOL 101 American Government and Citizenship
  • Social Science Course, one of the following:  ACPOL 202 International Relations, ACPSY 201 General Psychology, or ACHIS 201 US History to 1865

Arrupe Mission-related Core: 9 hours

  • ACTHE 101 Introduction to Christian Theology or ACTHE 107 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • ACPHI 281 Ethics
  • Philosophy Course, one of the following:  ACPHI 201 Ancient and Medieval Thought or ACPHI 205The Person and Society

Pre-major Concentration and Electives: 15 hours

  • For Criminal Justice pre-major, 6 hours - ACCRJ 201The Criminal Justice System and ACCRJ 204 Corrections, plus 9 hours of electives
  • For Political Science pre-major, 6 hours - ACPOL 200  Introduction to Political Thought and ACPOL 202  International Relations, plus 9 hours of electives
  • For Psychology pre-major, 9 hours - ACPSY 201  General Psychology, ACPSY 275  Social Psychology, and ACPSY 280  Abnormal Psychology, plus 6 hours of electives


When they graduate with an Associates of Arts Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Arrupe College, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Written and Oral Communication
    Communicate effectively, using written, oral, and visual modes appropriate to their audience and purpose.
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    Understand, analyze, and evaluate numerical data and use it to draw or evaluate conclusions.
  • Critical Thinking
    Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate diverse information, ideas, and perspectives in a contextually appropriate manner. Demonstrate an awareness of their own thinking and decision-making processes, and their importance in academic and non-academic settings.
  • Cura Personalis
    Cultivate and demonstrate habits and mindsets that support their flourishing as whole persons living in a community with others.
  • Social Justice and Ethical Reasoning
    Understand/Respond to intersectionality with self-reflection, articulating insights into own and others' context, rules, and biases in ways that can be helpful to form and sustain {just} community. Intersectionality addresses multiple contexts, such as gender, race, class, culture, politics, and intellectual perspective.
  • For Criminal Justice pre-majors, competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in introductory and corrections courses.
  • For Political Science pre-majors, competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in introductory and international relations courses.
  • For Psychology pre-majors, competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in general, social, and abnormal psychology courses.