Loyola University Chicago

January Term

Course Descriptions

College of Arts & Sciences

ANTH 100 Globalization and Local Cultures
This course is a study of cultural diversity on a global scale, and provides a comparative perspective on the investigation of humans as cultural and social beings. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the historic and contemporary relationships between cultures and societies, and to understand how cultures change over time.

ANTH 101 Human Origins
Requirement: UCSF 137 for students admitted to Loyola University for fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Environmental Science, Department of Physics, Bioinformatics, Forensic Science or Neuroscience.

This course explores the study of the biological history of the human species from its inception to the establishments of food producing societies. Students will demonstrate understanding of basic biological principles (heredity, physiology, evolutionary mechanisms, ecology) in the context of their application to the human condition, as well as the role of cultural behavior in defining the distinctiveness of that condition.

ANTH 102 Culture, Society, and Diversity
Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of  Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.

This course addresses how multiple factors (beliefs, rituals, social structure, economic structure, political structure) integrate to define culture in the broad sense and how and why they vary among individual cultures (societies). Students will be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to investigate the importance of culture and its variation.

BIOL 210 Laboratory Techniques
Prerequisite: BIOL 102 and 112
Lab sessions designed to prove a firm foundation in basic techniques and procedures, use of equipment and apparatus; keeping a lab notebook and in data collection and treatment.

BIOL 251 Cell Biology
Prerequisites: BIOL 102 & 112 and CHEM 102 & 106

Basic molecular and cellular studies of living organisms, emphasizing the relationships between subcellular structures and biochemical and physiological functions of cells.

BIOL 265  Ecology
Prerequisites: BIOL 102, 112; CHEM 102 or 106.  Restricted to Biology and Environmental Science/Studies students.
This course will cover the relationships of organisms to their environment and to each other at the organism, population, community, and ecosystem levels.

BIOL 282 Genetics
Prerequisites:  BIOL 102, 112; CHEM 102 or 106. Pre-requisites For Bioinformatics majors ONLY: BIOL 101; CHEM 102 or 106
This course surveys principles and processes of genetic inheritance, gene expression, molecular biology, developmental, quantitative, population and evolutionary genetics. Students will develop knowledge and awareness of the genetic bases of modern biology. They will understand Mendelian principles of inheritance, chromosome and DNA structure and replication, gene expression, molecular biology, genetic bases of development and other biological processes, and quantitative, population and evolutionary genetics. This course is a blended section.

BIOL 365 Writing a Scientific Manuscript
Prerequisite: BIOL 102,112
This course is designed for upper level students interested in practicing the scientific process; including hypothesis construction, experimental design, data collection, and writing of a scientific paper detailing introduction, methods, results and discussion. Students would learn to develop hypotheses, design experiments based on those hypotheses, analyze data, and learn to construct and peer-review a scientific manuscript.

BIOL 380 Genetics and Evolution of Development
Developmental genetics and evolutionary developmental genetics (evo-devo) are two fast growing areas of biology.  The discovery that many genes identified in nematode, insect, plant, bacterial and small vertebrate systems are conserved through evolution in the human genome has re-invigorated this area of study.  Many genes involved in human health, cancer, craniofacial disease and heart disease are ancient and shared across organisms.  Students will leave this course with an appreciation of the unique role that “model organisms” play in helping us understand human growth and development, while also gaining an understanding of the fundamental conservation of gene function that has occurred during evolution.  We will also see how evolution can inform our understanding of human diseases like Marfan’s syndrome, ovarian cancer and hand/foot deformities.  There is a strong element of “Evolutionary Medicine” in this course beneficial to all pre-medical students.  As one of a small number of courses at Loyola focusing on model systems biology, this course provides students with an outlook on a way of doing biology which recently resulted in the 1995 (Drosophila like genes pattern vertebrate brain) and 2002 (nematode like cell death and development genes implicated in human carcinogenesis) Nobel prizes.  In addition, this course will help students develop discipline specific writing skills in the context of Self Organized Learning Experiences while also allowing them to develop skills in presenting scientific material in the form of group discussions of writing developed from their SOLE projects.

CHEM 111 General Chemistry Lab A
Pre or Co-requisite: CHEM 101

This laboratory course experimentally illustrates the topics covered in the General Chemistry A.

CHEM 112 General Chemistry Lab B
Pre or co-requisites: CHEM 101 & 111; or 105. Co-requisite: 102.

This laboratory course experimentally illustrates the topics covered in the General Chemistry B lecture.

CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry Lab A
Prerequisites: CHEM 102+112 (or Chem 106) and MATH 118 (or equivalent

A laboratory course for non-chemistry majors designed to reinforce lecture topics from 223 and to expose students to the safe handling of organic chemicals. Students will acquire basic laboratory techniques and practices for working with organic chemicals.

CHEM 226 Organic Chemistry B Lab
Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 224, Prerequisite: CHEM 225.
A laboratory course for non-chemistry majors designed to reinforce lecture topics from CHEM 224 and to expose students to organic synthesis.  Students will perform reactions to prepare known organic compounds and then isolate and characterize the reaction products.

CHEM 303 Physical Chemistry Lab
Pre or Co-requisite: CHEM 302

This course covers principles and techniques of experimental physical chemistry including the practice of numerical data analysis, solid-state electronics, and vacuum technology along with their applications to magnetic resonance, high-resolution spectroscopy, and chemical thermodynamics. Students will acquire broad-based knowledge of laboratory skills central to experimental physical chemistry.

COMP 150 Introduction to Computing
Restricted to Freshman or Sophomore standing OR majors other than COMP-BS AND CSEC-BS AND SWEN-BS.

The world overflows with electronic data. This course introduces programming in a simple, powerful language like Python, with selection, repetition, functions, graphical effects, and dynamic interaction with the Internet, plus connections to lower level computer organization and computer implications in the wider world. Students will be able to manage and transform masses of data, and understand the technical, societal, and ethical issues involved.

COMP 377/477 IT Project Management
Prerequisite: COMP 231 or COMP 251 or COMP 271

This course is an introduction to the philosophy and practice of project management.  The course involves a student group project to investigate and plan a 'real world' IT project that specifies project objectives, schedules, work breakdown structure and responsibilities, a written interim report, and a final oral and written report. Students will learn time management, work-flow management, and team dynamics to design, implement and test large-scale software projects.

ENGL 271 Exploring Poetry
Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

The course will survey British and American poetry, especially from the Romantic movement on, especially of lyric kinds. Class discussion will generally focus on the form and sense of individual poems, and will in general be about poetic ways of meaning, and individual poets' understandings of what poetry is and what it is to do. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of significant poems by selected British and American poets, demonstrate an understanding of basic critical terminology, and demonstrate an understanding of relevant critical perspectives on poetry.

ENGL 273 Exploring Fiction
Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

This course focuses on the understanding, appreciation, and criticism of prose fiction. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of fiction as a means of exploring human experience and understanding the creative process, and be able to use the technical vocabulary necessary for understanding fiction.

ENGL 288 Nature in Literature
Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

This course focuses on the relationship of human beings and the environment in which they function, as represented in a variety of literary works. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the representations of "nature" in various periods of literary history and diverse cultural contexts.

HIST 102 Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions Since the 17 Century
This course traces the development and of western civilization and its global impact from the seventeenth century to the present. Students will gain an understanding of history as a discipline, develop critical thinking skills based on historical knowledge about the key people, places, and events that shaped the modern world, and hone their communication skills.

HIST 104 Global History since 1500
This course deals with the emergence of the modern world, including such topics as the expansion and intensification of cross-cultural interaction; imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism; the spread of information; capitalism, industrialism, and popular sovereignty; race and ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status. Students will be able to evaluate and explain the forces of historical continuity and change; demonstrate how the encounters/changes between and among societies produced the world we have today; analyze and discuss the significance of primary and secondary sources and how they relate to the history under discussion.

HIST 209 Survey of Islamic History
Requirement: HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 103, or HIST 104 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students with a declared major or minor in History.

The course will introduce the historical development of Islamic civilization and the formation of Muslim social and political institutions from the 7th century to the present. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and diversity of Islamic beliefs, practices, and institutions in varied regional contexts and historical periods.

HIST 212 United States Since 1865
Requirement: HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 103, or HIST 104 for students admitted to Loyola University for fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students with a declared major or minor in History.

This course is an introduction to the history of the United States from the Civil War to the present. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the United States became a modern industrial society, the emergence and evolution of the modern welfare state, the rise of the United States as a global power, and the impact of controversies over civil rights and liberties on American society.

ITAL 101 Italian I
This J-term course ITAL 101 section is designed for students who have studied Italian in the past, but want  or need a refresher course before enrolling in ITAL 102. Beginning Italian students should not enroll in this course.

ITAL 102 Italian II
Prerequisite:  ITAL 101
This course continues the introduction to the basic grammatical elements of Italian, promoting the further development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills while examining the geography and culture of Italy. Students will be able to understand and write basic Italian sentences and to produce orally and in writing short sentences providing basic personal information about themselves, their activities and plans in Italian.

LITR 200 European Masterpieces: Polish Short Stories
Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literature.

This course examines selected Polish short stories in English translation. The readings selected span several periods within Polish literary history – including Romanticism, Positivism, Modernism, World War II Literature, the Communist period, and contemporary Polish literature.

MUSC 101 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. A cultivation of musical perception through a process of repeated and guided listenings; strengthening of listening skills while developing and expanding styles perspectives. Review the course syllabus for MUSC 101.

MUSC 102 Class Piano for Beginners
For the student who has never had keyboard instruction and is interested in learning the art of performance on the piano. Fundamentals of music theory, note reading and personal enjoyment are emphasized. Strongly recommended for those preparing to teach music in elementary school.  Students will learn a basic keyboard ability with an emphasis on reading music symbols accurately while also enjoying the making and doing of music.

PHIL 130 Philosophy and Persons
The course examines the way philosophy looks for fundamental characteristics that identify life as a properly human life, asks about its ultimate meaning or purpose, and raises questions about what counts as a good life. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the various approaches of the philosophical question of what it means to be human.

PHIL 181 Ethics
This course examines ethical norms for conduct (e.g., theories of right and wrong action, of justice and of human rights) and ethical norms for judging the goodness or badness of persons and their lives. Special attention will be given to criteria for choosing between conflicting ethical theories, moral disagreement, the justification of moral judgments, and the application of ethical standards to practical decision-making and ethical questions that arise in everyday life. At the end of the course students are able to demonstrate understanding of criteria for choosing between conflicting ethical theories, moral disagreement, the justification of moral judgments, and the application of ethical standards to practical decision-making and ethical questions that arise in everyday life.

PHIL 279 Judgement and Decision-making
PHIL 130 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of  Philosophy or Department of Political Science.

This course examines the philosophical and psychological foundations of decision-making. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the principles of reasoning and decision-making.

PHIL 288 Culture and Civilization
Requirement: PHIL 130 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Philosophy or Department of Political Science.

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.

PHYS 111L College Physics Lab I
Pre or co-requisite: PHYS 111

Laboratories cover selected topics in introductory mechanics, including freefall, uniform circular motion, work-energy, collisions, rotational motion, and harmonic motion. Students will gain experience and familiarity with basic measuring devices and simple mechanics equipment. Understand measurement errors and their propagation, plotting and interpretation of data, the connection between theory and experiment for selected topics in elementary mechanics.

PHYS 112L College Physics Lab II
Pre or co-requisites: PHYS 112

One two-hour laboratory period per week, to complement Physics 112.

PLSC 101 American Politics
Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of  Political Science, the Department of  Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.

American national government and politics, including institutions, group and electoral processes, and public policy. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the American political system, the patterns of political participation and behavior of diverse individuals and groups in American society, and evaluate the roles and processes of U.S. political institutions.

PLSC 300D Contemporary Political Issues in International Relations: Northern Ireland
Please visit the Study Abroad website for information.

PLSC 347 The European Union
An introduction to the European Union, a regional organization linking the nations of Europe. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the formation and structure of the European Union, the patterns of political participation and behavior of diverse individuals, groups, and governments in the European Union, and evaluate the roles and processes of the European Union’s political institutions

PLSC 358 War, Peace, and Politics 
The historical evolution of war, the nature of wars in the 20th century and into the 21st century, the nature of threats, sources of conflict, and procedures for peaceful resolution of disputes. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principal causes of wars, the means and ends of warfare, and the process and prospects of reestablishing peace.

PSYC 238 Gender and Sex Differences and Similarities
Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.

This course is an 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 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.

PSYC 372/CJC 377 Psychology and Law
Prerequisite: PSYC 101

Introduction to the areas of overlap between psychology and the law.  Topics include roles of psychologists in legal settings, accuracy of eyewitness testimony, jury processes, accuracy of polygraph examinations, and issues surrounding the insanity defense. Students will learn to analyze biases in the U.S. jury system, elucidate the weaknesses of eyewitness testimony, outline the issues in the insanity defense, understand the issues in Rape Trauma Syndrome and Battered Spouse Syndrome, understand the methods and effects of scientific jury selection, understand the complex issues surrounding confessions, and view the US justice system in a social justice context.

SOCL 101 Society in a Global Age
This is a foundational course in the social sciences which explores the effect of globalization on everyday life in the United States and elsewhere, using the basic perspectives and methodologies of sociology.

SPAN 101 Spanish I Instructor: Brenda Carrillo
Prerequisite: Minimum of one semester of high school Spanish, or a one semester university level Spanish course. This course is intended for students who have had limited previous experience with Spanish, and need a refresher course before continuing onto SPAN 102.      

This is course is intended to introduce students to the basic structures and functions of the Spanish language. You will have the opportunity to develop grammatical structures, vocabulary, oral and written fluency, within a communicative approach to language-learning. To that end, you will engage with and interpret cultural and artistic materials from Latin America and Spain, including short texts, songs, and films. This section of Spanish 101 will be delivered completely online and compressed to 10 days. Because of this particularity, students are encouraged to manage their time accordingly since you will be required to spend a minimum of 4 hours daily working on your classwork and at least 2 hours daily to complete homework and or assignments-exams, and other preparatory work.

SPAN 101 Instructor: Elizabeth Kust
Spanish 101 is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Spanish. It is the first class in the Spanish language series at Loyola and it presents the basic structures and vocabulary of the Spanish language. The five skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing and presentational) are acquired and developed by means of classroom activities and materials in which language appears in a cultural context.

Active participation is a HUGE component of a successful foreign language class. This class is designed for beginners in Spanish, so it is natural to feel nervous about speaking or making mistakes. However, with this in mind, please don’t be afraid to volunteer and participate. The best way to improve is to make an effort and learn from mistakes along the way! There will be many participation opportunities both in and outside the synchronous class meetings.

SPAN 102 Spanish II Instructor: Alrick Knight
Prerequisite: SPAN 101

This course builds on 101, and introduces students to new topics and grammatical structures. Students will be able to produce sounds in Spanish more accurately, express appropriate reactions to ordinary situations, understand basic oral commands, read more complex texts, and write sentences in cohesive paragraphs.

SPAN 102 Instructor: David Beltrán 
Pre-requisite: SPAN 101

This course builds on SPAN 101 and introduces students to new topics and grammatical structures. Students will be able to produce sounds in Spanish more accurately, express appropriate reactions to ordinary situations, understand basic oral commands, read more complex texts, and write sentences in cohesive paragraphs. By the end of the course you should be able to: talk about dwellings, furnishings and the home, talk about food at home, dining out, a healthy diet, talk about events in the past, discuss clothing, shopping, and fashion and discuss city and urban life.

This online course has both synchronous and asynchronous components. Students are expected to be online on each scheduled class day during the J-Term. If you would like more information for the J-Term course, please contact David Beltrán at dbeltran@luc.edu.

SPAN 103 Spanish III
Prerequisite:  SPAN 102

In this course you will build on the material you have covered in Elementary Spanish I-II. Using the communicative approach and the linguistic resources you have learned, you will exchange purposeful information as language users of Spanish. You will engage with and interpret authentic cultural resources from the Spanish-speaking world (including the U.S.) through short texts, songs, and films.

SPAN 365 Introduction to Latin American Cinema
Requirement: Instructor’s consent.

This course sketches a panorama of Latin American cinema with a focus on recent production. Drawing on a wide range of films, we will study the formation of national cinemas, the emergence of regional trends, and cinematic treatments of social, political, and economic aspects of Latin American life. We will seek to understand the contribution of major filmmakers to the region's cinema, and also the specific filmic and narrative strategies through which directors represent and problematize their local and national contexts. Throughout the course, we will return to a single key question: how do Latin American filmmakers bring the arc of local and national history into conversation with the lived realities of individual people, real and imagined? Latin American films are often sweeping in scope, interrogating national and transnational political and social movements, yet framing their reflections through personal stories and intimate moments. We will explore this apparent contradiction, examining representations of both the personal and the collective in the region’s cinema.

THEO 100 Christian Theology
This course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theological tradition. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christian theology in its efforts to understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, various challenges to theology in the contemporary world, and will focus on one or more current theological issues.

THEO 107 Introduction to Religious Studies
This course is an introduction to the contemporary field of religious studies, focusing on both the theoretical investigations of religious traditions, as well as on the study of selected religious texts and practices (such as creation stories, sacred biographies, sacred scriptures of a religious tradition(s) rituals, ritual taboos, religiously motivated behaviors). Students will be able to analyze and interpret various ways in which religious traditions intersect with contemporary issues.

THEO 186 Global Religious Ethics
Religious Ethics explores fundamental moral sources and methods in Christian ethics in dialogue with the ethical understandings of at least one other religious tradition, and with special attention to Roman Catholic thought. In doing so, it explores moral issues faced by individuals and communities from theological perspectives, particularly mindful of how the economic, political and cultural structures in a religiously plural world affect those issues. In this course, students will explore and compare the ethical understandings of Christianity and at least one other religious tradition.  With respect to each tradition, students will learn about the foundational sources, doctrines and questions that guide its ethical thinking.

THEO 190 Loyola's Mission: Ignatian Traditions
The course introduces students to LUC's mission through theological reflection on the main themes of the Transformative Education mission-statement: spirituality and faith, interlinked human knowing, moral compass, civic and environmental responsibility. Students will be able to integrate into the LUC community, ethos, and vision.

THEO 232 New Testament
Prerequisite: THEO 100

This course is an introduction to the historical and theological reading of the various documents of early Christianity known as the New Testament. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the literary genres found in the New Testament and explain why the recognition of genre is essential to the interpretation of the New Testament, as well as the importance of how the New Testament documents have reached their present state.

THEO 267 Jesus Christ
Requirement: THEO 100 or THEO 107 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012.

This course examines the life of Jesus Christ, utilizing the Gospels, the writings of Paul and other biblical authors, the early ecumenical councils, and the history of church doctrine, including contemporary scholarship.

THEO 282  Hinduism
Requirement: THEO 100 or THEO 107 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012.

This online course offers a historical introduction to Hindu traditions.  We will cover topics like yoga and meditation, Hindu ethics, stories of the gods and goddesses, ritual practices, and so forth. 

The synchronous meeting times are from 10 AM to noon CST on each of the designated J term days.  Students MUST be free to be in class during these hours as these class meetings are required.  The course will involve daily readings, viewing of videos and prerecorded lectures before synchronous meetings, assignments, and exams.  All course activities and assignments will be completed by the midnight on January 12th. Students should have a reliable, WIRED internet connection as well as video and audio capabilities on their computer. Please contact the instructor with any questions.

There will be a MANDATORY online orientation session for this class on Wednesday, December 11th at NOON Central Standard Time. 

THEO 297 Buddhism
This online course aims to introduce major doctrines, practices, and historical developments of Buddhism. Acknowledging this highly diverse tradition, any course claiming to offer an introduction to "Buddhism" might be also seen as an introduction to "Buddhisms." Roughly equal time will be devoted to major developments of Buddhism, normally referred to as Theravāda, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna, looking at the past and  present. This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to the tradition by using resources from anthropology, sociology, history, political science, theology and philosophy. We will discuss Buddhist ideas such as, but not limited to cosmology, personhood, the environment, gender, race, and ethnicity.

THTR 100 Introduction to Theatre Experience
This course is an introductory study of the theatrical art form and its contemporary production practice.  Students engage in a series of workshops and participatory creative projects. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify the variety of collaborating arts and artists that combine to create of a work of theatre; to analyze a play script for live performance; to evaluate theatrical production; and to creatively apply knowledge of theatrical process through expressive and creative endeavors.

UCLR 100M Interpreting Literature
This course provides an introduction to China, with an emphasis on its culture, through a series of films and literary works from various periods (from the Tang dynasty to the present); it is not meant to be a comprehensive survey of a particular historical period. We will examine four highly acclaimed films (two produced in the U.S. and the other two produced in China), an award-winning novel, and several short stories and poems.

Quinlan School of Business

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I
Pre-requisites: MATH 100 and Pre/Co-requisite MATH 117 or Math Placement Test

The major emphasis is on 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 and 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.

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting I
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C-" in ACCT 201

This course highlights the differences between financial accounting and managerial accounting. The course begins by completing the study of transactions and events affecting financial statements. The cash flow statement is then explored in some detail. Finally, financial statement analysis as traditionally practiced, is considered a capstone for financial accounting. The course then focuses on the use of accounting data by management. Product costing in a manufacturing setting, assigning of costs to objects, learning how costs behave, and the use of accounting data by management in planning operations, controlling operations, and in short term decision making are all investigated.

BSAD 220  Career Preparation
Career Preparation introduces students to the critical skills required for successful career development and job search navigation. Students will learn about career development; develop job/internship search skills; establish a job/internship search action plan; and begin to become oriented to employer research. Topics addressed will include resume/job search correspondence; interviewing skills; network building; career & employer research and career development resource building. This online course will be asynchronous.

ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of  Political Science, the Department of  Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.

This course is an introduction to demand and supply, consumer choice, price analysis in alternative industrial organizations, and the distribution of income. Students will be able to think critically about price formation in different market structures, and how prices, household incomes and income distribution in a diverse society are determined with interpretations based on the concepts of opportunity costs and decision making under uncertainty.

FINC 301 Introductory Business Finance
Prerequisite:  Sophomore Standing and C- or better in ECON 201, ISSCM 241, ACCT 201.  ACCT 201 can be taken as co-requisite. 

The objective of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the general principles of business finance: capital investment, financing, capital structure, and related areas including the basics of valuation. 

MARK 201 Principles of Marketing
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
This course develops an understanding of the marketing systems by which organizations plan, price, promote and distribute products and services to selected target markets.

Outcome:  Students analyze market conditions and apply the basic tools to develop marketing strategies to successfully meet the customers' needs resulting in a viable, profitable organization.

Class Notes: Please note this online course has both synchronous and asynchronous components. Students are expected to be online from 2:00-4:00pm (Central Standard Time) each day during the J-Term. There will also be daily asynchronous activities. If you would like to see a syllabus for the J-Term Mark 201 course, please contact Dr. Mary Ann McGrath at Mmcgrat@luc.edu .

MARK 310 Consumer Behavior
Prerequisites: Junior standing, minimum grade of "C-" in MARK 201. 


This course develops an understanding of how consumers behave before, during and after the consumption process through a discussion of cultural, social and perceptual factors. Students evaluate consumer behavior and apply their understanding in the creation of a marketing plan designed to improve the brand equity of a firm.

MGMT 201 Managing People & Organizations
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

This course introduces students to the dynamics of human behavior in the workplace through the study of such topics as perception, learning, motivation, leadership and group behavior.

OPMG 332 Operations Management
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and minimum grade "C-" ISSCM 241
Introduction to concepts and methods for managing production and service operations.  Topics include demand forecasting, aggregate and capacity planning, inventory management, facility layout and location, just-in-time, managing quality, project planning, resource allocation, and logistics. 


Outcome: Understanding of basic issues and role of operations management in organizations, and of tools for problem-solving in operations management.

School of Communication

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

COMM 103 Business & Professional Speaking
This course emphasizes communication in organizational settings, and examines the theory and practice of catering oral presentations for specific audiences.

COMM 135 Introduction to Video Production
course is a hands-on introduction to video field production. Students will explore how video and editing techniques create meaning in media by creating a number of short, creative video projects.

COMM 175 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. Students will increase communication literacy.

COMM 200 Communication and New Media
Prerequisites: CMUN/COMM 150, 160, or 175.
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 210 Principles of Public Relations
This course is a hands-on introduction to video field production. Students will explore how video and editing techniques create meaning in media by creating a number of short, creative video projects.

COMM 215 Ethics and Communication
Prerequisites: CMUN/COMM 150, 160, or 175.
This course explores various approaches to ethical decision-making and applies that process to diverse aspects of every day, contemporary life. Students learn to discern a wide variety of ethical issues concerning communication behavior, apply systematic ethical analysis to various communication situations, and explain their analyses clearly.

COMM 296:  Themes in Advertising and Public Relations
Prerequisite: COMM 175
Intermediate-level Advertising/Public Relations lecture course that examines specific areas of study. Topics vary each semester. This course may be repeated (with different topics) for a total of 9 hours, but only 6 may count toward the major. Students will gain access to a wide variety of topics in AD/PR.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies

CPST 247: Computer Concepts and Applications
An introduction to computer and internet resources and skills with an emphasis on effective use of technology in the work place. Students will learn to identify and provide recommendations for technology-based issues in business using industry standard language, identify changes in information technologies and assess the impact on business and society.

Outcomes: Understand the purpose and composition of information systems in business, and receive hands on experience developing business applications with tools such as Microsoft Office, social media, basic website construction.

Restricted to students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

School of Social Work

SOWK 602 Health Policy and Health Systems
Prerequisites: SOWK 507 and SOWK 509
Health-care systems are examined in the context of social policy and healthcare needs. The effects of different levels of healthcare interventions, changing roles and responsibilities of government, the voluntary sector and the proprietary sector are assessed in relation to access and utilization of health care.

SOWK 713 Nonprofit Management
This course will examine the history, growth and evolution of the nonprofit sector and explore critical management, leadership and institutional development issues. Nonprofits organizations provide not only basic human needs, but also a means to enhance and expand the public discourse on social issues throughout the United States.