Loyola University Chicago

January Term

Course Descriptions

College of Arts & Sciences

Listed below are the course descriptions for College of Arts and Sciences, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, and School of Social Work.

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.

BIOL 111 General Biology Lab I
Co-requisite: BIOL 101

This course complements the lecture material through observation, experimentation, and when appropriate, dissection of representative organisms. Observations will include physical and chemical phenomena as well as the anatomy and physiology of selected organisms. The organisms to be studied will be selected from the kingdoms monera, protista, fungi, plantae, and animalia.

BIOL 210 BIOL Laboratory Techniques
Pre-requisite: 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 265  Ecology
Pre-requisites: 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 (Blended)
Pre-requisites:  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.

BIOL 319 Evolution
This course focuses on analysis of processes and patterns of evolution. Topics include population genetic principles, fossil patterns and geologic ages, phylogenetic analysis of relationships of species, experimental approaches to evolutionary questions, and evolutionary perspectives on human biology and relationships. Outcome: Students will develop knowledge and awareness of evolutionary processes and patterns, the evidence for them, and how evolutionary hypotheses are tested experimentally. They will develop an appreciation of the primary literature through reading and discussing research articles.

BIOL 329/ENVS 319:  Winter Ecology
Pre-requisites: Gen Biol 102 and Biol 112

Our goal for Winter Ecology is to teach you about ecosystems in winter by immersing you in the winter environment. These are the course objectives:

  • Understand the habitats on, in, and under snow
  • Recognize stars of the winter sky
  • Identify LUREC plants in their winter condition
  • Understand the morphological, physiological, life cycle modifications that temperate plants do to survive
  • Recognize winter birds and understand their winter adaptations
  • Understand aquatic habitats in winter and the behavior of the fish in them
  • Understand the activity of invertebrates during winter
  • Gain an understanding of research on winter ecosystems
  • Learn what ecologists, especially wetland ecologists and restorationists, do in the winter

Winter Ecology is an intensive course that requires quick processing and learning of material. Students will be expected to work full time on the course. Students will not have time to take another J-term course or to work during that time. Students will also also be expected to live at LUREC.

Class sessions (Mondays - Friday) will include lectures and discussions in the morning, often led by guest lecturers, field work in the afternoons, and evenings reflecting on the environment with a series of videos, journaling, and community bonfires to close the day. You will choose individual projects to work on with partners – a particular site to observe and measure during the two-week period, and a small research project to work on during the second week. Your grades will be based on projects, journaling, reporting on a primary research article, and class participation. (There will be no tests.) You will earn three credits during the two week period. Some class activities may be scheduled at night. Some assignments will be due the week after J term.

Please see "class notes"in LOCUS for additional details.

For more information go to: http://www.luc.edu/januaryterm/campusinformation/lurec/

BIOL 380 Genetics of Evolution
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.  Genes found to regulate  programmed cell death, the development of the human central nervous system, the patterning of the human embryonic limb and face, and cancer were first discovered and intensively investigated in simpler systems which were amenable to lab study.  Students will leave this course with an appreciation of the unique role that “model organisms” play in helping us understand human growth and development, and will gain an understanding of the fundamental conservation of gene function that has occurred during evolution.  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. For information, please review the BIOL 380 JTerm syllabus.

BIOL 395-sec 001 Special Topics in Biology: Human Environmental Impact

This course is designed for 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 will work in groups to devise a hypothesis regarding an environmental issue in aquatic sciences based on an experimental set up designed by the professor, design methodology to test such hypothesis, and complete an experiment in the LSB Aquatic Simulation Laboratory testing the hypotheses’.  Next, students will construct a scientific manuscript.  Students will undergo lessons in construction of methods, data analysis and scientific writing - at each step a lesson will be presented, and following each step the students will conduct a peer-review of each other's work.  The end goals for students in the course would be an implementation of the process as a whole – from literature review to final manuscript.

CHEM 111 Chemistry Lab A
Pre or co-requisite: CHEM 101

This laboratory course is designed to illustrate fundamental models and theories in chemistry with an emphasis on significant digits, calculations, and analysis and discussion questions. Students will be able to use equipment properly and demonstrate correct laboratory technique. Review the syllabus for CHEM 111.

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.

COMP 170  Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
Prerequisites: MATH 118 or Placement or COMP 125 or COMP 150 or COMP 163 or permission. Experience programming in a procedural or object-oriented language recommended.

An introduction to the computer programming, covering basic concepts using a modern object-oriented (OO) programming language (Java).  The course addresses the following questions: What is an algorithm? How does one write, debug, run (“execute”), and test an effective computer program? How does one convert an algorithm into a computer program? How does one judge a program? What does “object-oriented” mean?

  • COMP 170 is a programming intensive course with considerable time and effort on reading, preparing, and programming. The course will be conducted completely online (you can do it from anywhere with good internet). Daily mandatory synchronous sessions (all participants online together).
  • Syllabus and course materials: http://people.cs.luc.edu/whonig/Comp170
  • Questions or to review prerequisites: Dr. William Honig, whonig@luc.edu

COMP 377/477  IT Project Management (combined undergraduate/graduate class)
Prerequisite: COMP 251 or COMP 271

This course introduces students 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
(Satisfies Core Literary Knowledge: Tier 2)

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 online seminar establishes a foundation from which to ground, understand, situate, analyze, and even create contemporary short fiction (short stories). We will use both synchronous and asynchronous on-line contact with each other to explore the principles of fiction writing through a combination of lectures, craft analyses, writing exercises, assigned reading, in-class reading, discussion, and assigned writing projects. This is a writing course, both aggregate and recursive, meaning we continue to use and understand earlier concepts and techniques even as we progress, most notably through student critical awareness of the places a writer may inhabit in the greater genre of fiction and how and why this may have value to the student as a student, scholar, writer and world citizen.​

ENGL 283 Women 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.

In this class, we will examine creative non-fiction written by women. Specifically, we will look at texts that explore experiences that are unique to women: being mothers and daughters. How does being a mother or daughter change one’s outlook on life? Focusing on literature written by 20th and 21st century women authors, this course is designed to help students gain knowledge of women's lives and writings; to show students the difference gender makes to the writing, reading, and interpretation of literature; to train students in the analysis of literature; and to teach students how to describe, analyze, and formulate arguments about literary texts.

ENGL 274 Exploring Shakespeare

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 works of Shakespeare as literature and as theatre, covering at least three of the four genres (comedy, history, tragedy, romance). Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the theatrical and poetic works of Shakespeare, such elements of drama as plot, character, theme, imagery, and verse forms, as well as the personal, political and theatrical world in which Shakespeare lived and worked.

ENGL 290 Human Values in Literature
(Satisfies Core Literary Knowledge: Tier 2)

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 variable topics course focuses on a perennial psychological or philosophical problem facing the individual as exemplified in literary works, e.g., the passage from innocence to experience, the problem of death, and the idea of liberty. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the ability of literature to express the deepest and most abiding concerns of human beings, and how literary works come to be.

  • A recorded lecture will be made available by December 21 which will review the guidelines and syllabus for the class, assign the textbooks, and specify the readings to be completed prior to the first day of class. 
  • Synchronous meeting times (via Adobe Connect) will be daily from 11:00 a.m.- 1 p.m. CST
  • Additional online sessions will be held as follows: Saturday, January 7, 3-5 p.m. CST (for the midterm exam), and Friday, January 13, 3-5 p.m. (for the final exam)
  • Please note that while all the reading assignments and exams will be completed by January 13, the research paper for the course will be due on January 17. This extension should give students adequate time to conduct the required research and finalize the major writing assignment for the course.  

FNAR 199 Art and Visual Culture

An introduction to the principles of art and their application to broader visual culture, this course explores the complex nature of art through an examination of its visual elements, techniques, functions, critical methodologies, and related social issues. The course takes advantage of Chicago's artistic resources. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the elements of visual language; means of visual expression in diverse cultures and eras; media and techniques of art; artistic terminology; and critical approaches to the study of visual culture and related social issues. Students will acquire the skills to interpret art and visual culture in oral and written form.

HIST 102 Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions Since the 17 Century
(Satisfies Core Historical Knowledge: Foundational Course)

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 103 American Pluralism
(Satisfies Core Historical Knowledge: Foundational)

This course is an introduction to history as a discipline, and an analysis of the origins, development and structure of the United States as a pluralistic and multiracial society from 1609 to the present. Students will be able to demonstrate historical knowledge, draw links between the American experience and national identities, and to develop critical thinking and 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 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 101 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 280 World Materpieces in Translation: The Literature and Culture of Israel

For information, please visit: http://www.luc.edu/studyabroad/j-termandspringbreaklocations/jerusalemisrael/#d.en.366035

MDGK 101 Modern Greek I

This course develops basic skills in pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening comprehension and oral and written communication within the context of Greek culture. Students will learn to actively communicate in Greek, write simple sentences, read uncomplicated selections, understand spoken Greek in everyday contexts and gain an appreciation of contemporary Greece.

MUSC 101 Art of Listening
(Satisfies Core Artistic Knowledge and Experience)

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 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.

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 102 – International Relations in an Age of Globalization
(Satisfies Core Societal and Cultural Knowledge: Foundational Course)

This course is designed to introduce students to the major concepts and approaches in the study of international relations. In the first part we will cover the basic theories used in the study of the field. In the second part, we will focus on specific issues that are of interest to the study of international relations such as military conflict, the global economy, the environment, international law, and human rights. The course is an option in the “Societal and Cultural Knowledge” section of the core curriculum as well as a required course in the Political Science and Global and International Studies majors.

  • The course is taught entirely online.
  • Five optional synchronous lecture sessions are scheduled from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • To participate in this course, you will need access to a computer and internet.
  • Headset and webcam are useful but not necessary.
  • Course requirements include a midterm, forum posts, a brief essay, and a final exam.

PSYC 368 Counseling I

Prerequisites: PSYC 101; PSYC 331 or 338 is also recommended.

Introduction to the principles, theories, ethics, and techniques of major helping interventions including the clinical interview and use of the case history, individual and group approaches. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate different approaches to intervention in terms of their theoretical underpinnings, application to diverse problems, goals and populations, general effectiveness, and overall strengths and limitations.

SOCL 101 Society in a Global Age
(Satisfies Core Societal and Cultural Knowledge: Foundational Course)

This course fulfills the following requirements: Social & Cultural Knowledge Core Tier I; prepares students to take a Social & Cultural Knowledge Tier II course; counts as the first course in the sociology major. 

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. The main purpose of this course section is to introduce students to sociological explanations of the world around us. This course will be divided into the following units. which capture the many of the concepts central to sociological understanding of a globalizing world: “Greed” – Social Stratification; “Violence” – Social Control, Deviance, and Ideology, and “Sex” – Gender Inequality and Socialization.  Students will cover these topics in a variety of ways, and discuss how all of these issues both extend beyond national borders as well as vary in different national contexts.  In so doing, I aim to show you the ways that sociologists think, and help you situate your own experience within ongoing processes of global change.  

SOCL 125 Chicago: The Growth of a Metropolis
In this course, we will explore the growth of Chicago from a swamp to a global city. Students will examine the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that have shaped Chicago over the past two centuries. As we explore Chicago’s development, students will also explore the meaning of urban change for the lives of everyday people in the city.  From early settlers to labor radicals to immigrants, the city has been home to many types of people—what do their experiences tell us about the changing metropolis and our place within it?

The first half of the class will be organized historically, and the second half will provide an overview of various issues in contemporary Chicago, including racial residential segregation, neighborhood inequality, and gentrification.  We will use our time to explore the city in person and hear from guest speakers about contemporary issues in Chicago. Students will also have the chance to do first-hand sociological research on the city. By the end of the course, students will have a better appreciation of the sociological exploration of cities, and will have developed skills to critically assess the connections between urban growth and social life. 

SPAN 101 Spanish I

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.  Instructor permission is required.    

This is an intensive 10-day online immersion course created for students who need to review and develop their first semester language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as in cultural awareness. 

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Interpret cultural cues regarding greetings.
  • Discuss basic interests related to your studies and university life.
  • Talk about family life and leisure activities such as sports.
  • Indicate conditions related to the present tense.  
  • Analyze cultural readings regarding life in Latin America/Spain.
  • Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience.

In order to achieve these course objectives, we will be using authentic materials such as songs, videos, poems, and online games carefully selected to enhance your linguistic skills.   

Students signing up for this course agree to attend the 5 synchronous sessions (please see below and on syllabus).  We will also have daily asynchronous sessions where you will be responsible for using the online textbook and its accompanying language software.  Because this is an online course where all of the materials and resources are also found online, students will be required to have access to a computer with reliable internet access. 

Mandatory Orientation:

  • Online orientation via Adobe Connect-Thursday, TBA

Required synchronous session dates:

·       TBA

 

SPAN 102 Spanish II
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.

THEO 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
(Satisfies Core Theological and Religious Studies Knowledge: Foundational Course)

This course aims to provide a survey of the major sources of Christian theology by drawing upon the powerful narratives of the Bible and some of the writings of Christianity’s most influential theologians.  We will examine the historical context and main themes of major works by St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Martin Luther with an eye toward the continued relevance of their religious and ethical visions.  In addition this course will survey some recent streams of Christian thinking as they seek to correlate the Christian understanding offered by the tradition to some of today’s challenges.  In particular we will examine Liberation theology and Creation-oriented movements in contemporary religious thinking.

Required Texts:

  • Holy Bible (New Revised Standard Version, Zondervan Press: or Meridian, Penguin Group; or students may also use on-line Bible sites like Oremus Bible Browser at www.devotions.net/bible/00bible.htm or RSV Bible browse at quod.lib.umich.edu/rsv/browse.html.
  • St. Augustine, The City of God (Peabody,MA: Hendrickson Books, 2009)
  • Paul E. Sigmund, ed. St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics (New York:  w. W. Norton & Co., 1988)
  • Thomas Berry, The Great Work (New York: Bell Tower, 1999).
  • Oscar A. Romero, The Violence of Love, ed. By James Brockman (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 2004)

THEO 107 Introduction to Religious Studies
This course is an introduction to the academic study of religion and its related theory and methodological approaches. In a sense, this class will utilize a “theory and case study approach” whereby classical and post-modern theories of religion will be evaluated in light of religion’s diverse manifestations. Central to this course is problematizing the category “religion” i.e. how do we understand this complex concept in light of global religious diversity? As a result, this course will draw from a number of religious traditions including, but not limited to, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese Religion and Native American religion. The field of religious studies defines itself as interdisciplinary and this course will follow suit by drawing on resources from anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology, economics, gender studies, history, and philosophy.

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
For transfer students (please see more here).

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.

THEO 232 New Testament
This course will be a comprehensive exploration of the New Testament in its historical, social, and religious settings, with emphasis on the unique purpose and theology of each New Testament writing. Specific attention will be paid to the legacies of two figures of enormous importance: Jesus and Paul. We will also explore the phenomenon of the New Testament “canon,” while focusing on the content, contexts, and development of the New Testament. A portion of the course will also be devoted to becoming familiar with the critical methodologies used in the modern academic study of the Bible.

THEO 282  Introduction to Hinduism
(Satisfies Core Theological and Religious Studies Knowledge: Tier 2)

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 provides an introduction to Hinduism. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the most important Hindu scriptures, the general outline of the historical evolution of Hinduism, the key Hindu concepts, terms, values, and religious practices, and the basic narratives and imagery of Hinduism.

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.

School of Communication

COMM 103: Business and Professional Speaking
This class examines the theory and practice of audience analysis, message design, and oral presentation for professional speakers, with an emphasis on communication in organizational settings.

COMM 135: Introduction to Video Production
This course is a hands-on introduction to video field production. By designing and executing a series of short, creative production projects of varied forms, students explore how video techniques are used to structure meaning in media messages. Student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic video production skills such as, preproduction planning, lighting, filming and editing, by producing several video texts.

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.

COMM 421:  Topics in Global Strategic Communication
Enrollment limited to students in the GSCM-MS Program.

This two-week course, which will be located in London, will offer in-depth reading, case studies, and discussion in specialized areas dealing with current issues in global strategic communication. Students will develop in-depth knowledge of a current issue or opportunity in global strategic communication, become acquainted with how and where local strategic communicators work, and examine the differences and similarities in how strategic communication is defined and practiced in different countries.

The Institute of Environmental Sustainability

ENVS 301/MPBH 401  Environmental Health
Restricted to Juniors and Seniors within IES  
This course is designed as an introduction to environmental public health issues, laws, regulations, research, and advocacy. Environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community will be presented. The environmental media (air, water and land) and various community exposure concerns will also be presented. The course will utilize available internet resources to access environmental data, and focus -related research. A team project will be completed requiring literature review and presentation and critical assessment of a successful (or unsuccessful) environmental advocacy campaign.

 

ENVS 319/BIOL 329  Winter Ecology
Pre-requisites: ENVS 280 or BIOL 265 or permission of instructor
Students will immerse themselves in the winter environment and learn about habitats on, in, and under snow, both terrestrial and aquatic, organisms that live in these habitats and their physiological, behavioral and morphological adaptations for survival. Students will gain an understanding of research on winter ecosystems. Students will gain understanding of habitats and organisms present during winter in temperate ecosystems and gain experience with field techniques employed when studying these ecosystems.

 

ENVS 336 Biomimicry: Design Inspired by Nature
Prerequisites: UCSF 137 or ENVS 137; MGMT 201 for Quinlan students

This course provides an introduction to biomimicry (or biomimetics) and the application of biomimicry design principles.  Biomimicry is the design of business products, processes, and systems modeled after nature’s wisdom.  In biomimicry, nature serves as the design inspiration for sustainable solutions to solve complex human problems. 

ENVS 340/BIOL 395  The Natural History of Belize
Prerequisite: IES Majors/Minors: ENVS 137; Biology Majors/Minors: BIOL 102 & 112; Anthropology or International Studies Majors/Minors: Junior or Senior Standing

This Study Abroad field course is designed to build on the foundations learned in Ecology, Environmental Science, and Anthropology classes by examining the biodiversity and tropical ecosystems of Belize, by exploring the cultural traditions of some of its peoples, particularly the Mayans; and learn how local communities are involved in protecting and sustaining ecological and natural sites through community based conservation and sustainability practices. Please review the course information on the Study Abroad website.

Quinlan School of Business

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I
Prerequisite: 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.

Outcome:  The student will be able to understand the underlying principles, design, concepts, limitations, and the necessity of accounting systems.  The student will gain an appreciation of the uses of financial data and financial statements and their impact on business decisions.  

Class Notes: An ON-LINE meeting will be held in mid-December to review the course guidelines. We will discuss J-term expectations, required textbook, homework and more.  Knowing the design and expectations for the course puts you in position to be successful.  Please watch your LOYOLA e-mail account for the meeting date and time. If you use a different e-mail account, then set your Loyola account to forward all e-mails.

My experience with the J-term course points to success for mature students. The on-line course runs very similar to a traditional in-class course. We meet on-line, as specified below. Students engage and ask questions, just like a traditional class. Loyola provides outstanding technology, so we can engage in the learning process. 

Synchronous Class Meeting Times are: January 3-7, 9-13 and will run 8:30 to 10:30 AM, Central Standard Time. All meetings are recorded, and can be viewed per your schedule.  Exams must be completed as specified on the syllabus.

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C-" in ACCT 201 or ACCT 201H.

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.

Outcome:  The student will be able to understand the differences between cash and accrual accounting, the use of ratio analysis in investing and managing decisions, the value and importance of identifying and allocating costs, and the methods involved in the budgeting process.

This is a hybrid course have both online an on-campus components.  Check LOCUS for synchronous times. 

Class Notes: This is a hybrid class:  The last session of this course will be on campus for the final exam.  Synchronous class times: MoTuWeThFrSa 9:00AM - 11:00AM

ECON 303 Intermediate Microeconomics
This course is a detailed study of consumer and firm behavior, market structures, and the elementary propositions concerning welfare economics. Students will develop analytical skills to understand and predict consumer and firm behavior, understand the underlying pinning of antitrust legislation and dynamic market strategies.

INFS 346  Database & Data Warehousing Systems
Prerequisites:  Sophomore Standing, minimum grade of "C-" in INFS/ISOM 247.  

Covers current concepts in database theory and use.  The course teaches design, implementation, and utilization of relational database management systems by covering the processes, tools, and methodologies such as business requirement collection, ER modeling, relational modeling, normalization, SQL, and MS Access. 

Outcome:  Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of how to effectively develop and use business database system.

Class Notes: Synchronous Class Meeting Times will run 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Central Standard Time.  Your attendance and participation is expected during every class meeting.  These meetings will include your participation in discussions, quizzes, and exams.  In addition to class session participation, quizzes and exams, this course also requires completion of HW assignments that will be posted on Sakai.

A brief ON-LINE meeting will be held in mid-to-late December to review the course guidelines. We will discuss J-term expectations, required textbooks, homework and more.  Knowing the design and expectations for the course puts you in position to be successful.  Please watch your LOYOLA e-mail account for the meeting date and time. If you use a different e-mail account, then set your Loyola account to forward all e-mails.

General experience with the J-term course points to success for organized and ambitious students who are eager learners and have serious attitude towards their studies.  The on-line course runs very similar to a traditional in-class course. The class meets on-line (as specified above) but students still engage and ask questions, just like a traditional class.

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. 

Outcome: Students evaluate consumer behavior and apply their understanding in the creation of a marketing plan designed to improve the brand equity of a firm.

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.

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.

ENGL 317: The Writing of Poetry

This course provides extensive practice in both the reading and the writing of poetry. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the critical skills necessary for discussing, analyzing and formulating arguments about poetry, and will produce a portfolio of original poems. 

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

School of Social Work

SOWK 201 Social Welfare Policies & Services I
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.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Analysis of institutional structures of welfare as they relate to social problems. Selected major values and interests in American society are used to analyze the social welfare institution. Students will be able to describe and analyze current social welfare policies and social services within a historical, societal, and political context.

  • Social Work 201 Social Welfare Policies & Services I is an on-line, writing intensive course for J Term 2014. 
  • Please check back for synchronous times. Course will meet on-line through Adobe Connect. The two-week course will involve daily readings, exams, and daily assignments. All course activities and assignments will be completed by the end of the two week period. Students should have internet capacity as well as voice and audio capabilities on the computer they will use.
  • Students should have comfort with the Sakai on-line environment by accessing on-line Sakai tutorials provided through University technology prior to the start of the course. Enrollment in the course should be the student's main activity during the two-week period.
  • A meeting will be held in December to review guidelines for the class, required textbooks and readings to be completed prior to the first day of class. Details of the meeting will be sent in late November/early December. Please contact the instructor with any questions.

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.