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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


ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR: Melissa Landry, Office: 211 Stallings Hall

The roots of the Office of Professional Studies, Loyola’s city college, date back to 1919 when extension courses were established for those who were unable to attend classes on a full-time basis. For over 80 years, Loyola has maintained its commitment to serve the educational needs of working adults. Loyola University New Orleans provides a variety of degree programs which reflect the basic philosophy of Jesuit education combining rigorous, contemporary professional education with a broad foundation in the humanities and social sciences. Recognizing the diverse and varied experience of adult students, faculty work closely with each student to develop a critical stance and humanistic interpretation of that experience. Using various educational formats (lecture, seminar, discussion, etc.), the faculty assists adult students toward better understandings of themselves, their heritage, and the contemporary world.

Undergraduate programs for Professional Studies students require a broad foundation in the liberal arts. This foundation is integrated into the student’s major and allows for the development of a critical position from which the student may judge current events.

The individual majors provide the adult student with the information, skills, and knowledge necessary to begin or to advance in a variety of professional areas. Evening and weekend courses are offered on site in Baton Rouge (for BSN Nursing students) as well as on Loyola’s main campus in New Orleans. The Office of Professional Studies' largest baccalaureate programs are in nursing and criminal justice.


(Through the College of Social Sciences and the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences)

  • Bachelor of Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies (with a major in humanities or social sciences)
  • Bachelor of Science–Nursing


Most students attend school on a part-time basis and carry six to nine credit hours. A student may not carry more than 12 credit hours unless he or she obtains permission from the Associate Dean for Professional Studies and Online Programs.


Classes are offered in a variety of formats and time frames. Most classes meet once a week, either in an eight-week format or for an entire semester. Loyola also offers video-based, Internet-assisted, and online courses.


All degree-seeking students are required to demonstrate competency at the ENGL T122 level. Students placed in ENGL A100 (Expository Writing), upon successful completion of this course, will be required to complete ENGL T122.

Transfer students who have completed a course equivalent to ENGL T122 with a grade of C (2.0) or better are not required to take the English Placement Test, as their transfer course will be used to meet the ENGLT122 requirement. Students are required to complete the composition requirement by their third semester of enrollment. It is recommended that the course be scheduled as early as possible in students’ careers at the university.


Any student whose written or spoken English in any course is unsatisfactory may be reported by the instructor to the dean. The dean may assign supplementary work, without academic credit, varying in amount with the needs of the student. If the work prescribed is equivalent to a course, the regular tuition fee is charged. The granting of a degree may be delayed for failure to make up such deficiency in English to the satisfaction of the dean of the respective college.


A piece of written work submitted for credit, i.e., a grade higher than F, must be free of gross mechanical errors to be considered even for the grade of D. A paper free of gross mechanical errors still is not necessarily acceptable. Mechanical perfection does not indicate that the student has done better than average work. It still falls to the student to demonstrate intellectual originality, good style, and an ability to research a subject if a paper is to be considered worthy of a passing grade.


Some courses offered at Loyola have specific prerequisites, where introductory or survey courses exist. Those courses are required to be completed before any of the higher numbered courses may be scheduled. Students must receive permission from the instructor before enrolling for courses for which they do not have the necessary prerequisites. Otherwise, the instructor may require that they withdraw from the class.

Students not enrolled in degree programs may register for courses without regard to the prerequisites subject to the approval of the instructor.


In addition to the general requirements for graduation, as detailed in this bulletin, specific requirements for each degree program are set forth in the following pages. A 2.0 or higher grade point average is required for graduation. Unless special permission is granted by the dean to pursue work elsewhere, the last 30 credit hours must be completed at Loyola; the final 24 hours must be successfully completed in in the student’s respective college. Additionally, a student must earn a 2.0 in his or her major. A minimum of 50 percent of the courses in the major must be successfully completed at Loyola University. Students may pursue two majors concurrently at Loyola. Students pursuing a double major must complete the respective college’s core requirements as well as the major and adjunct requirements for both programs of study as set forth in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Students who complete the requirements for two majors will receive only one degree from Loyola. The transcript will indicate which bachelor’s degree was awarded as well as the two majors that were completed.

Students may pursue a minor, provided that the minor is not a discipline included in the major. For example, a criminal justice major may not minor in sociology, as required sociology courses make up a portion of the major. If the minor is not completed by graduation, the minor will not be indicated on the transcript. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required in the minor.

Students interested in pursuing a double major or a minor should consult with their academic adviser and the Office of Professional Studies.


Each degree-seeking student is assigned an academic adviser who will assist the student in schedule planning. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisers regularly during each term.


Problems between students and faculty members should be resolved quickly and amicably. If a student believes he or she has been aggrieved by the performance or actions of a faculty member, the student should first consult the faculty member regarding the complaint. If this consultation proves unsatisfactory, the student should then pursue a conference with the director or coordinator of the program/department in which the course is offered. If the student believes that the problem has not been resolved, he or she should consult the dean by submitting a written complaint specifying the particular performance or action precipitating the complaint, along with a narrative of remedial steps taken.

If the dean determines that the matter requires consideration, the dean will provide a copy of the student’s complaint to the faculty member involved and will request from the faculty member a written response to the complaint, as well as steps taken to resolve the complaint. The dean will review the student’s complaint and the faculty member’s response and render a final decision regarding how the complaint will be resolved.

NOTE: In the case of a disputed final grade, refer to the appropriate university bulletin under Grade Appeals.


The curriculum is divided into four basic components, and although all students have the same basic core requirements, each degree program has specific requirements in the major and adjunct areas.

Major courses–are those courses in particular disciplines, which lead to a bachelor’s degree.

Adjunct courses–are those required courses in areas supportive of the major.

Core Curriculum (Professional Studies Students)

Core courses–are those courses, which, in the liberal arts tradition, ensure the degree-seeking student a well-rounded education. 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, or MATH T122 (or approved math elective) 3
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

Free electives are those courses chosen from among all offerings, which the student may schedule for enrichment or professional development.