Loyola University Chicago

Arrupe College

Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts


Pre-Majors Offered

When pursuing your A.A. in Liberal Arts, you have a choice of four concentrations:

  • English
  • History
  • Communication
  • Pre-STEM (starting in Fall 2019)

Degree Requirements

To complete your A.A. in Liberal Arts, a total of 62 semester hours must be completed, distributed as follows:

  • 37 hours of general education core requirements;
  • 10 hours of Arrupe College mission-related core requirements; and
  • 15 hours of electives, of which 6-9 hours are in your chosen concentration area (English, History, Communication, or pre-STEM).

You can review specific courses or course options required to fulfill the Liberal Arts premajor by viewing the course catalog.



When they graduate with an Associates of Arts Degree in Arts and Humanities 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
    Students will reflect on social, political, and historical contexts and norms that lead to injustice.  They will articulate responses that respect and promote the welfare of all beings in global and intersectional communities.  Students will recognize, articulate, and apply ethical reasoning, showing awareness of the intersectional and historical nature of the relationships being studied.  Intersectionality addresses multiple contexts, such as gender, sexuality, race, class, culture, politics, and intellectual perspectives.
  • For English pre-majors, competency and depth in interpreting the themes and content presented in literature courses.
  • For History pre-majors, competency and depth in interpreting the themes and content presented in Western Civilization and US History courses.
  • For Communication pre-majors, competency and depth in interpreting the themes and content in introductory and media courses.