College of Arts & Sciences

In fulfilling its role to provide all Loyola students with a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, the College of Arts & Sciences has as its mission to educate and graduate students who are prepared to lead meaningful lives with and for others; who appreciate and contribute to the understanding of global cultures; who comprehend the interrelated nature of all knowledge; who are able to think critically and make decisions for the common good; and who have a commitment to the Ignatian tradition of a life of justice and service to others. It is the mission of the college to contribute to the expansion of knowledge through the scholarly and creative activities of its faculty and students.

Departments

Biological Sciences | Chemistry and Biochemistry | Criminology & Justice | Languages & Cultures | English | History | Mass Communication | Mathematical Sciences | Philosophy | Physics | Political Science | Psychological Sciences | Religious Studies | Sociology

Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences is dedicated to providing students with an integrated and contemporary education that instills in students a deeper understanding of the process of science and of the fundamentals of biology. The Department strives to provide students with an understanding of the scientific method that will allow them to evaluate newly emerging knowledge and contribute to this body of knowledge. Towards this end, the Department is committed to supporting original faculty research and to involving undergraduates in this research. The Department provides a curriculum that encourages critical thinking and emphasizes effective oral and written communication skills. The Department expects that our graduates will use their training to take leadership roles in societal decisions involving biological issues.

Department of Chemistry

It is our mission to offer excellent instruction in all areas of chemistry to help Loyola undergraduate chemistry majors, other pre-professionals, and non-science majors, learn college-level chemistry by offering a comprehensive curriculum. It is also the mission of the department to prepare Loyola students for further study or careers in chemistry, or related disciplines such as dentistry, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary science. The department also helps non-science majors to become empowered with a basic understanding of chemistry and its applications to societal issues and the physical world.

Department of Criminology & Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice has a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of justice through education, research, and public service. The faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice recognizes its mission as threefold.

First, the department is dedicated to offering its majors a state-of-the-art education in criminal justice by providing them with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the criminal justice system and the society in which it functions. At the same time, as part of College of Social Sciences, Loyola University New Orleans, the faculty is committed to addressing the special needs of adult learners and to preparing students to move into criminal justice careers or post graduate work as liberally educated, intellectually mature, ethically aware, and culturally sensitive men and women. Moreover, the department is dedicated to providing students throughout the university with opportunities to examine critically the broad questions of how justice is administered in American society and globally as well as confront the fundamental issues of criminal justice, which they face as professionals and as involved citizens.

Second, the Department of Criminal Justice is dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship as reflected in grants, awards, and publications. The faculty is committed to research that advances the teaching, assessment, and the knowledge base of the field of criminal justice, and also research that has policy implications and serves the goals of equity and efficiency in the administration of justice.

Finally, the department has a special commitment to providing the expertise of its faculty as a resource to assist criminal justice and social service agencies in the greater metropolitan New Orleans area and the state of Louisiana in the realms of applied research, policy development, training, and planned change to meet the social and technological challenges of the 21st Century. In order to accomplish its mission, the Department of Criminal Justice pledges:

  • To provide a state-of-the-art curriculum and educational environment
  • To foster the talent development of students, faculty, and staff
  • To integrate technology into the curriculum including web enhanced instruction
  • To promote each student's capacity for self-directed, life-long learning
  • To ensure learner-centeredness in order to maximize learning
  • To support faculty scholarly endeavors and research activities
  • To enhance quality through a commitment to continuous improvement
  • To honor the Ignatian tradition of educating the whole person by developing both cognitive and humane skills
  • To reinforce the value of service to the community
  • To develop ongoing partnerships and collaboration with criminal justice agencies
  • To expand placement opportunities of graduates
  • To inspire a sense of pride in being an alumnus or alumna of the Criminal Justice Department at Loyola University New Orleans

Evening Division

Loyola University New Orleans is a Catholic institution that emphasizes the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person. The Loyola Evening Division supports the mission of Loyola University by providing various services for working students.

Loyola University New Orleans offers evening degree programs in Criminal Justice, Humanities, Nursing, and Social Sciences. Our programs reflect the basic philosophy of Jesuit education, combining rigorous and contemporary professional education with a broad foundation in the humanities and social sciences.

Department of Languages & Cultures

The Department of Languages and Cultures recognizes that foreign language education is an indispensable part of the development of the individual in the Jesuit tradition. Thus, the knowledge and appreciation of other languages and literatures, through the study of culture, is at the heart of the program. The department’s mission is to encourage and challenge Loyola students to reach a level of competency in a foreign language that broadens their world view and allows them to clearly and openly exchange ideas and opinions with people of other cultures.

Department of English

Our goal is to provide English majors with a comprehensive program that affords them the opportunity to read and think critically, to write coherently, and to understand the variety of periods, genres, and cultures covered in the two concentrations (literature and writing) in the department.

To meet its goals of educating its undergraduate majors and minors, Loyola's English department offers students the opportunity to participate in small classes taught by professors rather than graduate students. The English program also gives students the chance to work on all areas of production of the internationally distributed New Orleans Review. Further, two other publications, Revisions and The Reader's Response, are entirely student run. The department also has an internship program that affords both literature and writing majors the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience at magazines, businesses, and online services.

Department of History

The History Department seeks to provide a broad-based study of the human past, in accordance with the Loyola University Character and Commitment Statement and the mission of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences. The Department promotes investigation of and reflection on the accumulated knowledge and diverse experience of human societies, which leads to an understanding of and appreciation for the accumulated knowledge of the past, in light of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

School of Mass Communication

We educate students to have a critical understanding and comprehensive body of knowledge of the techniques, theories and social consequences of our complex national and global communications system. In our technologically intense fields in which method and form are major concerns, we educate students to become intellectual, artistic and ethical professional leaders in this rapidly changing information environment.

In the Jesuit tradition, we are committed to understanding and advancing social justice through service to our university, our communities and our disciplines. As scholars, staff, student and alumni, we value the media as social instruments and are committed to the ethical integration and application of communication skills, knowledge and values in the interconnected and diverse world around us.

Purpose

The faculty of the School of Mass Communication clearly recognize the responsibility implied in the Goals Statement: “Loyola is potentially strong in three areas that are in some significant way unique: communications, music and religion. By achieving excellence in these unique areas and sustaining its strong undergraduate departments, Loyola will be a significant force in higher education.”

The school strives for excellence primarily by participating in the university’s pursuit of truth within the context of the Christian faith and the Jesuit tradition. We particularly pursue truth about communications as work to be done and truth about the media as social instruments. In teaching mass communication as work to be done, the faculty teaches a set of courses in the techniques of mass communication, and those courses are designed to bring students to competence in that work. The faculty is concerned not solely with techniques as they are practiced in the field, however, but also with the principles, which underlie those practices – especially the “how” and the controlling “why” – so that graduates will be able to adapt to, even guide, the rapid changes in the field.

The school is intimately involved in the university’s mission to teach the liberal arts. The faculty sees it as essential that communicators be educated in the traditional areas, which forge a more common bond with others in order that they might more effectively communicate with others. In a technology-intense field such as ours, in which method and form are major concerns, the faculty are insistent that our emphasis as part of the university be placed upon content or matter lest we graduate individuals who are adept at the use of equipment but have little or nothing to communicate. It is the faculty’s hope that in studying the arts and sciences, students will come to see how technique depends upon content and will employ their humanistic knowledge in their communications exercises.

The School of Mass Communication, in line with the university’s educational goals, strives to produce a student who is both educated and trained, one who combines critical awareness, ability to make decisions, and technical and organizational competence. A solid basis in the techniques of the field is expected of our students, but we also stress a comprehensive view of the theory, the ethics and the social consequences of our complex national and global communications systems.

Our goal is to produce graduates who are both technically competent and also able to provide vision and leadership in the complex field of communications.

Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematics is committed to: (a) excellence in education, (b) encouragement of student interest in all areas of mathematics, (c) dynamic scholarly activity, and (d) a critical sense of community responsibility, all in the context of being a Catholic, Jesuit institution. The department contributes to the mission of the university and the college by attracting students, by scholarly endeavors, and by providing service courses in all areas of mathematics and computer science. Each member of the Department of Mathematics is expected to conduct her/him self in a manner compatible with the academic and professional functions of the department.

Department of Philosophy

The mission of the Department of Philosophy is twofold: first, to offer programs for philosophy majors and minors including a distinct track for pre-law majors and minors; and, second, to realize the Jesuit commitment to liberal education. Since philosophy is the core of liberal education, and liberal education is the primary Jesuit educational commitment of Loyola University, a primary element of the department’s mission includes the cultivation of critical reflection on the value orientation of the whole person of the student. Thus, the department’s mission is central to that of the university and the college.

Department of Physics

The mission of the Physics Department at Loyola University New Orleans is to offer our students an excellent science education: a challenging curriculum taught in small classes by a dedicated faculty. The faculty is accessible and interested in their students. We promote physics through active involvement in research and through service to the community.

Department of Political Science

In keeping with the Goals of Loyola University, the Department of Political Science prepares its undergraduate majors and all other interested undergraduate students to assume positions of responsible and ethical leadership in a world where the most vital issues facing humankind inevitably find their way into the political process. An essential part of this goal is to communicate to its students the importance of a liberal education, including the discipline and rigor of thought essential to the truly educated mind. The department encourages faculty and student scholarship in political science as well as critical thinking, and political and civic engagement.

Political science as a discipline is at least as old as the work of Aristotle in its central concerns and as recent as the latest journal articles in its methodologies. As a discipline, it must constantly address the enduring questions of governance and liberty in the light of past knowledge and illuminated by the latest research. While it is common to distinguish between “private” and “public” spheres, governments in all ages have regulated the most private relationships, including marriage, parent-child obligations, and the obligations of the marketplace, as well as the arts, systems of belief, place of residence, and freedom of movement. Students of politics, then, must view the world from a wide perspective; they cannot expect to master all fields of knowledge, but they must be aware that many bear on the discipline of political science. Accordingly, students must necessarily be encouraged to explore deeply not only cognate disciplines such as anthropology, history, economics, psychology, and sociology, but those involving the arts, language and literature, philosophy, and the study of religious beliefs.

The Department of Political Science also involves students in practical political activity through experiential learning.

The demands of the discipline are great. Not only must courses and teaching materials be regularly and constantly revised to reflect current events, but also to reflect the breadth of human political activity. To do less is to devalue political science as an important field of liberal studies.

Department of Psychological Sciences

The Department of Psychology performs three functions for students enrolled at Loyola University New Orleans. First, it provides pre-professional training for its majors, whether they plan to directly enter the workforce or to apply for graduate education in psychology or an allied field. Second, it provides instructional support functions for other academic divisions of the university, by offering psychology courses to students whose academic majors are not psychology. Third, it provides part of the liberal arts education for the Loyola student by teaching general courses which emphasize information and skills that are helpful in coping with an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world.

Department of Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies imparts a distinctive character to the liberal arts education of Loyola’s students through teaching and research. Our faculty members create a spirit of free intellectual inquiry, and strive to promote critical thinking about universal values and truth claims. Students who graduate from the Department will understand the importance of the religious dimension of life, appreciate its diversity, and possess the critical skills necessary to live out informed faith commitments.

Department of Sociology

In keeping with Loyola University New Orleans' commitment to academic excellence, the Department of Sociology offers a rigorous, comprehensive sociology curriculum representing the discipline's theoretical orientations, methodological techniques, and its critical and comparative approach to understanding the collective social forces that shape human behavior and the contemporary social world. We also offer our students the opportunity to specialize in one of three concentrations: social stratification and inequality, law and social control, and global sociology. Consistent with the University's commitment to service and justice, we demonstrate a strong commitment to teach students to think critically about social justice principles and their realization in the community through social action.