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College of Social Sciences

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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

DEAN: Luis Mirón, Ph.D, Office: 211 Stallings Hall
ASSOCIATE DEAN: Philip J. Frady, M.S.W., Office: 211 Stallings Hall
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Lisa A. Alexander, Office: 211 Stallings Hall
ACADEMIC COUNSELOR: Teri Berthelot, Office: 211 Stallings Hall


The college offers the bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice, mass communication, political science, and sociology; bachelor of liberal studies in social sciences (for part-time students); bachelor of criminal justice; and bachelor of science in nursing for registered nurses returning to school. Students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree through programs not regularly available in the College of Social Sciences may consult the associate dean about the possibility of a contract degree.


The following requirements must be met for a degree from the College of Social Sciences:

  1. Successful completion of an approved degree program within the college.
  2. At least a 2.0 Loyola cumulative average, major average, and minor average, if minor is pursued. (Some departments may have more stringent requirements.)
  3. Completion of the Common or Core Curriculum requirements, depending upon the student’s program of study.
  4. Completion of the foreign language requirement (not applicable to professional studies students).
  5. Completion of at least one course that meets the college’s Cultural/Environmental/Gender/Ethnic studies requirement.
  6. Completion of all course requirements specified by major department.
  7. Completion of at least 30 hours in the major (some departments require more.)
  8. Certification for graduation by the student’s department.
  9. Completion of a comprehensive or exit examination in the major for those departments requiring a comprehensive/exit examination. Such departments will establish and publish in advance the nature of the comprehensive/exit examination and the standard for acceptable performance.
  10. Completion of the last 30 hours of course work at Loyola.
  11. Residency requirements: a minimum of 30 hours at Loyola University; a minimum of 12 hours in the major and 9 hours in the minor (if pursued); a minimum of 12 hours in the Common or Core Curriculum requirements depending upon the student's program of study.


The curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad education in the social sciences and the professions in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. It is also aimed at providing them with depth in at least one area of study, their major. And, in all, it seeks to sharpen their abilities to think critically and to act justly in the modern world.

The curriculum is divided into five parts.

Part One-Major

The major consists of a series of courses in one subject area—usually 30 to 40 credit hours. Majors are described in the department sections.

Part Two-Adjunct/Minor Courses

Some fields may require a limited set of courses in areas that are allied to the major and complement it. Sociology, for example, is considered necessary for the criminal justice major and psychology for the nursing student. Some of these courses are specifically named under degree programs; others are selected in consultation with the student’s adviser or chairperson. Students in Mass Communication are required take to minor in another field—usually 18 to 21 hours of course work specified by individual departments; students taking other majors may select a minor.

Part Three-Common Curriculum

Common Curriculum: The Common Curriculum complements the major and adjunct courses by providing a broad humanistic dimension to every undergraduate’s program. The program contains introductory and advanced courses.


Beginning students must take each of the following eight courses (24 cr. hrs.):

English Composition T122 Critical Reading/Writing
English T125 The Emerging Self
History T122 and T124 World Civilization I and World Civilization II
Mathematics T122* Math Models
Philosophy T122 Introduction to Philosophy
Religious Studies T122 Introduction to World Religions
Science T122 (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)

* A different mathematics course may be designated by the student’s department.


Students elect eight courses (24 cr. hrs.) with two each in philosophy and religious studies, one in behavior/social sciences, one in humanities/arts, excluding philosophy and religious studies, one in natural science, and one more from any of the above areas. Two of the advanced courses must be labeled pre-modern. Students may not take Common Curriculum courses for Common Curriculum credit from their major departments. Students may check their progress in fulfilling Common Curriculum requirements in the “On Course” section of LORA, with their academic advisers or with the assistant dean of the College of Social Sciences. Only courses designated as Common Curriculum in registration materials fulfill requirements of the program. The advanced courses are under three major divisions: behavioral/social sciences, humanities/arts, and natural sciences. Courses are either modern or pre-modern within these divisions. The three divisions are as follows:

Behavioral/Social Sciences  
Mass Communication Political Science
Economics Psychology
Theatre Arts Philosophy
Classical Studies Religious Studies
English Visual Arts
Modern Foreign Languages Music
Natural Sciences  
Biology Mathematics
Chemistry Physics

The advanced courses offered each semester can be found in teh course schedule. Only courses within the Common Curriculum lettering/numbering scheme (U-Z 130-499) meet Common Curriculum requirements. Course descriptions are found in listings under subject categories.

Part Four–Foreign Language 

All students who enter B.A. degree programs (either as freshmen or as transfers) will be required to pass a second-semester course in a foreign language or demonstrate equivalent knowledge by placing into a higher level on a departmental examination. See full explanation under Foreign Language Requirements elsewhere in this bulletin.

Part Five–General Electives

Electives: It is important that students have considerable freedom to choose those courses or series of courses that interest them so that their education may be rich and full. The number of hours students may elect depends to a large extent on the major. See statements below for limitations on elective credit.

CORE CURRICULUM for Professional Studies Students

Core courses–are those courses that ensure the degree-seeking student a well-rounded education in the liberal arts tradition. All degree-seeking students have the following core course requirements (42 hours total):

Writing ENGL T122 3
Philosophy PHIL T122 3
Religious Studies RELS T122 3
Literature ENGL T125 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences:    
Social Sciences HIST T122 or HIST T124 3
Two social science electives from two different disciplines 6
Mathematics MATH A115, Math A117,
MATH T122 or approved Math elective
Natural Science science elective 3
Arts/Humanities fine arts elective 3
literature elective   3
philosophy elective   3
religious studies elective   3
Liberal Arts elective   3



Transfer work:

  1. Remedial work taken at Loyola or at other institutions will not apply to Social Sciences degree programs.

  2. The dean’s office will determine the applicability of the student’s transfer credit as accepted by the Office of Admissions to the Social Sciences degree programs.


  1. Students may not go back and complete freshman-level work in a subject in which they have already successfully completed a more advanced course.
  2. No more than 20 hours (12 hours for professional studies students) may be taken in any one semester without the authorization of the dean.
  3. No more than six hours may be taken in any one summer term without authorization of the dean.
  4. Social Sciences students must obtain prior written permission of their adviser and/or department chair and the dean in order to take courses at another university (summer school, study abroad, etc.). Permission will not be given to students on academic probation.
  5. Courses in physical education will not apply to the degree programs in Social Sciences.


Qualified students who have completed two full semesters of their freshman year and have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 may pursue two majors. Such students must successfully complete the Common Curriculum requirements of the first major as well as the major and named adjunct requirements for both declared degree programs of study as set forth in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Students must successfully complete the comprehensive or exit examination requirements for both majors if the departments require a comprehensive or exit examination. Students who complete the requirements for two majors will receive only one degree from Loyola. The transcript, however, will indicate which bachelor’s degree was awarded as well as the two majors that were completed. Students interested in pursuing a double major should consult with the associate dean.