Loyola University Chicago

Arrupe College

Associates of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

Pre-Majors Offered

When pursuing your A.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences, you have a choice of four concentrations:

  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Pre-Nursing (Available for students entering in Fall 2019. Note that there are additional admissions requirements for students applying to pursue a Pre-Nursing degree.)

 

Degree Requirements for a concentration in Political Science, Psychology, or Criminal Justice

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 concentration (Political Science, Psychology, or Criminal Justice). 

You can review the specific courses or course options required to fulfill these requirements by viewing the course catalog.

 

Degree Requirements for a concentration in Pre-Nursing

A total of 71 semester hours must be completed, distributed as follows: 

  • 37 hours of general education core requirements;
  • 11 hours of Arrupe College mission-related core requirements; and
  • 23 hours of science, psychology, and nursing classes.

You can review the specific courses or course options required to fulfill these requirements by viewing the course catalog.

 

Outcomes

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
    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 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.