Loyola University Chicago

Summer Sessions

Online Course Descriptions

Listed below are the course descriptions for online Summer Sessions courses.


CHEM 101 General Chemistry A
Prerequisite: MATH 117 or equivalent. A year of high school chemistry is recommended. Co-requisite: CHEM 111 and MATH 118
A lecture and discussion course including topics on atomic and molecular structures, states of matter, energetics, and stoichiometry of reactions. Students will learn basic chemical principles in these areas.

CHEM 102 General Chemistry B
Prerequisites: CHEM 101 or CHEM105; MATH 118.
This lecture and discussion course is a continuation of 101 and includes topics on equilibrium systems, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and descriptive chemistry. Students will learn basic chemical principles in these areas.

COMP 125 Visual Information Processing
This course, intended primarily for non-majors, provides an introduction to computer programming    using P5.js (https://p5js.org/), a toolkit for animation, multimedia, and more. P5.js is based on Processing, a "flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts” (http://processing.org). It is intended for beginning programmers, artists, designers, and researchers. P5.js runs entirely in a web browser and requires no special software to download. Students will be able to create code sketches and interactive animations using virtually any web-accessible device. No previous coding or programming experience is necessary. Students will understand computer mechanisms for representing and analyzing numerical and logical information and the power of programmability; practical ability to implement useful computing tools. Online portfolio of interactive web animations.


COMP 150 Introduction to Computing
This course introduces programming in the simple, powerful language 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 related issues involved in the process. For additional course information, please visit: http://anh.cs.luc.edu/150/summerintro.html .

COMP 170 Introduction to Object-oriented Programming
This introductory course to the computer science major covers basic concepts of object-oriented (OO) programming languages. It will address 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? Topics include: variables, data types, input/output, loops and repetition, Boolean expressions and logic, arrays, subprograms, classes/objects, OO principles.  This course is programming intensive.  Lab sessions and assigned work will be take place both during synchronous online class periods and on your own time. For more information see: http://people.cs.luc.edu/whonig/Comp170 .

COMP 312/412 Open Source Computing
This course will cover the fundamentals of Free and Open Source software development. Topics to be addressed include licensing, Linux, typical software development tools (e.g. compilers, scripting languages, build tools, and version control software), applications, and techniques for managing remote servers. Students will work on a significant development project involving free and open-source software and learn how to participate in open-source projects effectively.

COMP 313/413 Intermediate object-oriented Development
Prerequisite:  COMP 271

Object-orientation continues to be a dominant approach to software development.  This intermediate programming-intensive course studies the use of classes and objects with an emphasis on collaboration among objects. A thorough understanding of the principles of object-orientation: abstraction, delegation, inheritance, and polymorphism; exposure to basic design patterns; programming experience in mainstream object-oriented languages such as C++ and Java.

COMP 349/449 Wireless Networking and Security
Prerequisite:  Comp 264 or Comp 271

This course will explore the wireless standards, authentication issues, and common configuration models for commercial versus institutional installations and analyze the security concerns associated with this ad-hoc method of networking. Students will gain an understanding of wireless networking, protocols, and standards and security issues.

CJC 204 Corrections

Prerequisite: CRMJ 101. This course examines the history, functions, and processes of corrections.  The primary focus is institutional corrections and its evolution based on philosophies of retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation.  The role and influence of community correctional practices and policy on institutional corrections are also covered. Students will be able to identify and describe the role of institutional corrections in society and the criminal justice system and articulate the connection between theories regarding criminality and the purposes of incarceration that have historically guided and continue to guide American correctional practice historically and currently.

CJC 373 Intimate Partner Violence
The class covers two major perspectives, family violence theories and feminist theories, to critically analyze the prevalence, origins, consequences, and responses to intimate partner violence (IPV) in countries throughout the world. Students reflect upon and obtain a more empathic understanding of the complex situational, societal, and personal considerations surrounding battered persons’ decisions to leave or stay with an abusive partner, to disclose or keep silent about their victimization, and to cope with the blame and shame surrounding IPV.  Students discuss and debate controversial issues such as gender and ethnic differences, the role of alcohol and drugs in perpetration of IPV, and the appropriateness and effectiveness of specific policies, prevention efforts, and interventions.

CJC 395 Special Topics (Famous Criminal Trials)

Special topics courses provide students with an opportunity to examine various criminal justice topics not normally offered as part of the Department's regular curriculum. Students will be able to gain an understanding of new issues confronting the criminal justice system, or an advanced understanding of traditional subjects covered in basic courses.

ENGL 272 Exploring Drama--T. Boyle (online)

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 quest for meaning, whether religious or secular, has led to some interesting works of drama. Modernist theatre, for instance, with its quest for newness, has sought to dramatize the problems associated with religious faith (Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot for example). While these dramatic depictions can sometimes be sympathetic, sometimes skeptical, there is an underlying affirmation, and legitimization of the immense influence religion has had on forming our understanding of life. In this class we will also explore the movement away from the classical form of drama towards what Brecht calls ‘epic theatre.’

ENG 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

The nineteenth century in America produced some of the country’s greatest fiction writers, including Henry James, Mark Twain, and Edgar Allan Poe. This online course will explore the widely varying forms of fiction produced in this century by American writers. We will read “Life in the Iron Mills” by Rebecca Harding Davis, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Marrow of Tradition by Charles Chesnutt, McTeague by Frank Norris, Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain, and selected short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. We will study elements of fiction like structure, character, symbolism, and perspective and discuss how fiction is interpreted, asking what kinds of meaning can be found beneath the surface of some of the nineteenth century’s most compelling fiction. This is a writing intensive course, so in addition to reading all assigned texts (including secondary readings and the writing textbook, Digging into Literature) and participating in discussions, you will be expected to write extensively, working through a formal writing process for three literary analysis papers. Other less extensive writing assignments, such as response papers and analysis exercises, will also be assigned. Synchronous online sessions are mandatory and will take place from 4-5 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays during Summer Session B.  ​

ENGL 290 Human Values in Literature (Online)
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 satisfies 3 credits of the Core Curriculum requirements in Literary Knowledge and in Promoting Justice Values and 3 credits of the Writing Intensive requirement. In addition, the course counts as a 200-level elective for both the English major and minor and meets the 3-credit multicultural requirement of the English major.

This course will be taught exclusively online, which means that there will be no “face-to-face” meetings on campus. Part of the instruction, discussion, and guidance about assignments will take place via postings in Sakai, which students can access at their own pace and time. The remainder of the instruction and discussion will take place in bi-weekly synchronous online sessions on the Loyola-sponsored Zoom platform, which will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. CST.

Adopting an international and cross-disciplinary perspective, this section of English 290 will examine the portrayal of human values in modern and contemporary works by selected non-western writers from Africa, the West Indies, South Asia, and USA. Our main aim will be to examine the extent to which the societies under study (and the individuals who constitute them) share universal values and the extent to which these societies and their values are predicated upon culture specific norms and expectations. To this end, we will consider the role of nationalism, tradition, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, and class/caste in the conception and practice of such values. In addition, we will analyze the cultural bases of contributing literary techniques, including structure, language, narrative focus, and characterization among others, to arrive at comparative assessments of the portrayal of human values in modern world literature.

THTR 100 Intro to Theatrical Process

This course is an introductory study of the theatrical art form and its contemporary production practice.  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.  This course will be conducted online, and will include weekly synchronous meetings.

HIST 102 Evolution of Western Ideas & Institutions since 1500
This course traces the development of western civilization and its global impact since the 17th century to the present. Students will gain an understanding of history as a discipline, developing critical thinking skills based on historical knowledge about key people, places and events that shaped the modern world.

HIST 203 American Pluralism
Requirement: HIST 101 or HIST 102 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 History.

This course will examine American history from the perspectives of people who have lived at the margins of American citizenship. Specifically, this class will present the development of the American state through the histories of an array of people who at various times, have not experienced the full benefits of being American. The course will ask several questions: How do we reconcile America’s stated philosophical goals of liberty and equality with the genocide waged against Native Americans and the implementation of American slavery? How did various European peoples, who had been categorized in races other than white, become transformed into and accepted as so-called white/Caucasian Americans? How did the expansion of the American economy in the Industrial Revolution affect the lives of the working-class men and women who fueled its growth? How has women’s struggle for equality evolved over the course of American history? How did the affluence of the post-World War II era set the stage for America’s freedom struggles of the 1950s and 1960s? How did AIDS and disabled activists transform our understanding of rights in the 1980s and 1990s? And what does Hurricane Katrina tell us about the current state of inequality in America?

HIST 204 Global History Since 1500

Requirement: HIST 101 or HIST 102 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 History.

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.

ITAL 101 Italian I
This course provides an introduction to the basic grammatical elements of Italian, promoting the 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.

ITAL 102 Italian II
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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 287 Environmental Ethics
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 introduces students to ethical reasoning and to various topics in environmental ethics. Topics may include: pollution, animal rights, and natural resources. Students will demonstrate an understanding of diverse ethical theories and an ability to use philosophical reasoning to defend positions in topics covered.

PLSC 100 Political Theory 
Political theorists are concerned with the way things ought to be. Their task is to identify the best policy option in any given case. These thinkers try to offer guidance about how individuals and communities can best resolve the difficult political dilemmas that confront them. In this introductory course we will examine three such dilemmas and how a few of the greatest political theorists proposed to resolve them. Machiavelli and Plato will argue about whether it is ever permissible for politicians to do evil; Hobbes and Locke will disagree about the proper terms of the social contract; and Burke and Paine will fight about when a revolution is justified. We will scrutinize their arguments carefully and try to figure out who makes the better argument in each case. This course is an option in the “Philosophical Knowledge” section of the core curriculum.

PLSC 102 International Relations in an Age of Globalization
Competing perspectives on international and global issues such as North-South relations, human rights, war and peace, population growth, end environmentalism.  Students will be able to demonstrate an understand of the main approaches to the study of international politics and to analyze and asses such major substantive issues as interstate war, terrorism, arms control, international political economy, and sustainable development. Cross-listed with Global and International Studies.

PSYC 275  Social Psychology
Introduction to the field of social psychology; including topics such as social cognition, impression formation, social influence, attitude formation and change, stereotyping and prejudice, aggression, pro-social behavior, and group behavior. Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically about fundamental theoretical approaches within social psychology, scientific methods of hypothesis testing, and potential applications of social psychology that address real-world problems

THEO 100 Introduction to 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 266: Church in the World

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.

How does Christian Theology inform how Christians act in the world? This is the central question that we will seek to answer throughout this course. Examining the intersection between theoretical and practical theology, we will explore the Church’s engagement in the world at large, both in global cultures and political movements. The first half of this course will focus on the sources of Christian doctrine, Biblical and Traditional, with an emphasis on Catholic teaching since Vatican II. In the second half of the course, we will turn our attention to the lived reality of these teachings in a variety of historical and geographical contexts. 

THEO 282 Introduction to 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 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.

School of Communication

COMM 210 Principles of Public Relations
This course introduces the theory and practice of public relations in communicating and establishing relationships with diverse publics. Topics include professional roles and ethical responsibilities, strategies and tools, media resources, and public relations writing. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the roles and practices of the public relations professional, develop PR plans, and create a portfolio or writing samples.

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.

Quinlan School of Business

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. This course emphasizes 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, 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 II
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and C- or better in ACCT 201. This course highlights the differences between financial and managerial accounting. The course begins by completing the study of transactions and events affecting financial statements began in ACCT 201, to cash flow, and financial statement analysis as traditionally practiced. Other topics include accounting data by management, product costing in manufacturing, cost assigning to objects, learning how costs behave, and the use of accounting data by management in planning and controlling operations.

ECON 303 Microeconomics
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, ECON 201 & ECON 202. Study of contemporary theory: consumer behavior, production and cost, market structures including the economics of information and the theory of games, and the elementary propositions concerning welfare economics.

SCMG 332 Operations Management
Prerequisite: Junior standing, C- or better in ISSCM 241. An introduction to the topic of management of operations in manufacturing and services, which is about how firms efficiently produce goods and services. Topics include demand forecasting, aggregate and capacity planning, inventory management, layout, just-in-time (JIT), and managing quality. Additional topics may include location, project planning, resource allocation and logistics.

MARK 201 Principles of Marketing
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. This course allows students to develop an understanding of the entire marketing system by which products and services are planned, priced, promoted and distributed. Students learn about major policies which underlie the activities of marketing institutions and the economic and social implications of these policies. Review the Online MARK 201 Syllabus for more information.

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.

BSAD 351 Business Internship-Civic Engagement
Prerequisites: Junior standing, School of Business student, & "C-" or better in BSAD 220. Business Internship connects academic learning with the internship experience. Students will be challenged to analyze the theory and practices from the world of work that impact the ethics of leading, interpersonal and organizational dynamics, and competent work place contributions required for success in the modern business world. Concepts associated with internship/experiential learning as related to career development will be addressed. 

School of Social Work

SOWK 201 Social Welfare Policy and Services I Course Pre-requisites and/or Co-requisites: Sophomore Standing. This course stresses the societal and institutional forces and structures which influence the practice and profession of social work in contemporary United States and other Western industrialized societies. We will specifically examine the role that values, culture, ideology, power, special interest groups, and social movements have played in shaping the context of social welfare, the definition of need, and the realities inherent in disproportionate risk. The relevant concepts necessary to make a beginning assessment of social welfare policy and services are presented.

SOWK 370 Cultural Diversity
Prerequisite: Junior Standing. This course examines economic, social, institutional, and political forces that shape the experiences and life chances of persons within Asian, Latino, and Native American cultures. Social and economic justice in relation to diversity will be explored. At the end of the course, students will understand the relevance of diversity to social work values and interventions.