Loyola University Chicago

Vietnam Center


Course Offerings

You will take between 13–19 credit hours. All courses are 3-credit hours and are offered during both the Fall and Spring semester (unless otherwise noted). Please note the required courses if you are participating in a service learning placement, internship, or environmental research experience during your time at the Vietnam Center. All students must also take UNIV 103 Seminar: Orientation: Encounters, which is a 1-credit-hour ongoing seminar used to help you process your experience and also to get important context for your academic excursions.

Below are the courses offered. You can view a sample syllabus for each one by clicking on the course title. Click here for semester academic calendars.


SCMG 332Operations Management (Spring)

ENTR 201Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Spring)

MARK 310Consumer Behavior  (Spring)

MARK 363International Marketing  (Spring)

MGMT 321International Business Ethics (Spring)

Pre-Requisites: ECON 202 and MGMT 201

Environmental Science 

ENVS 224: Climate and Climate Change (Fall)

ENVS 281VHumans and the Environment in Contemporary Vietnam
Fulfills LUC CORE Tier II Scientific Literacy

ENVS 325: Sustainable Agriculture (Fall)

ENVS 391: Independent Environmental Research (Fall) 
This is the required course for Fall semester research students.


HIST 208VHistory of Southeast Asia Since 1858
Cross listings: GIST
Fulfills LUC CORE Tier II Historical Knowledge Area


IBUS 370Internship in International Business  (Spring)
This is the required course for Spring semester internship students.

ENVS 395: Environmental Internship (Fall)
This is the required course for Fall semester internship students.

Vietnamese Language

VIET 101:Elementary Vietnamese

VIET 111
Intensive Elementary Vietnamese (6 credit hours)
Fulfills LUC College of Arts and Sciences 102 foreign language requirement.

VIET 252Vietnamese for Native Speakers


LITR 245*: Modern Vietnamese Literature: Asian Masterpieces
Cross listings: GIST and Interdisciplinary Honors-eligible
Fulfills LUC CORE Tier II Literary Knowledge Area

Political Science

PLSC 354: Global Environmental Politics (Fall)

PLSC 362VCulture and Politics of Development
Cross listings: GIST


SOCL 264Contemporary Vietnam
This is the required course for students participating in a service learning placement.
Cross listings: GIST
Fulfills LUC CORE Engaged Learning requirement


THEO 299Religions of Asia
Cross listings: GIST
Fulfills LUC CORE Tier II Theologial and Religious Knowledge


For information on how the Vietnamese language courses correspond with Loyola University Chicago, please click here.

*LITR 245 is eligible for Honors. LUC Interdisciplinary Honors students can fulfill an area studies course requirement while studying at the Vietnam Center. Please meet with Dr. Claudio Katz, Director of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, to discuss your plan for integrating Honors into your Vietnam Center experience!


Online Course Policy

Students are strongly discouraged from taking online courses at LUC during their study abroad experiences at the Loyola Vietnam Center. Time zone issues with Chicago, student availability during semester activities, and technological challenges (including internet connectivity) could greatly impact the ability for students to successfully complete an online LUC course.

If a student wishes to take an online course during their time at the Loyola Vietnam Center, they must submit a letter to the Director of the program. This letter should contain detailed information on why they need to take the course and are unable to do so during another semester. This letter can be emailed to the Director, Chris Albright, at ralbright@LUC.edu. Approvals are not guaranteed.

Please note that online courses taken while studying at the Loyola Vietnam Center are considered overload courses and students will be charged as such for them. Students who are approved to take an online course while studying at the Loyola Vietnam Center should discuss their financial aid package with the Financial Aid office before enrolling. Finally, the Loyola Vietnam Center accepts no responsibility for supporting students taking online courses while in Vietnam. Any issues with timing of courses, availability for student to meet during excursions, or technological issues are the sole responsibility of the student.