College of Social Sciences

The College of Social Sciences values both theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of essential human interactions within the context of creation. We are a community of diverse scholars and students that fosters and promotes excellence in teaching, rigorous scholarship, influential community service, and other core Jesuit values. The College prepares students for meaningful, productive lives, grounded in critical thinking and compassionate action.

Departments, Divisions and Schools

Counseling | Criminal Justice | Evening Division | Political Science | Sociology | Mass Communication | Nursing


Loyola's Counseling Program offers eligible counseling graduate students a carefully designed curriculum that will prepare them personally, academically and professionally to become skilled mental health counselors. One of the program's core beliefs is that effective professional counselor preparation requires a continuous blend of three types of learning: academic learning, experiential learning and learning about self. Thus this program, consistent with the Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person, is designed to help students gain knowledge, understanding, and skills in a planned sequence that builds toward more advanced concepts and more sophisticated clinical interventions, all the while emphasizing ethical, social and cultural concerns.

Department of Criminal 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 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 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.

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.


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.

School of Nursing

BSN Program

The primary mission of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Program of Loyola University is to prepare nurse generalists who possess professional competencies to provide and coordinate client care in a variety of settings. The curriculum is designed to achieve this end. Through upper division nursing studies, the curriculum offers the opportunity for high quality professional nursing education within the multidisciplinary context of a Jesuit university education.


The goals of the BSN Program derive from the Program Mission and from beliefs of College of Social Sciences faculty about the non-traditional, adult learner. Program goals also reflect the philosophy and tradition of Jesuit education. The BSN Program seeks to:

  • Provide students with a broad base of liberal studies in the Jesuit tradition in order to enhance understanding of self, others, and the world in which we live.
  • Provide students with foundational studies and experiences that ensure an appropriate level of competence in effective communication.
  • Provide students with a working knowledge of concepts essential to contemporary professional nursing practice.
  • Provide a flexible educational program that facilitates attainment of personal and professional career goals, and meets the health care needs of the community.
  • Provide an undergraduate education that fosters continued professional growth and forms the foundation for graduate education.

Upon completion of Loyola University’s BSN Program, graduates will:

  • Employ critical thinking and decision-making skills in professional nursing practice.
  • Recognize the influence of beliefs, values, and economic status on provision of health care and client health behaviors.
  • Demonstrate skills in the art of communication with individuals and groups, and competency in the use of communication tools.
  • Understand the theoretical basis of nursing interventions and use nursing research findings to improve client care.
  • Design and implement nursing interventions that promote the health of individuals and aggregates.
  • Function as a nurse generalist in primary, secondary, or tertiary health care settings.
  • Demonstrate continuing professional development.
MSN Program

The mission of the MSN program is to prepare nurses to function in advanced roles in a variety of health care settings. The MSN program seeks to develop critical thinking and ethical-decision making skills as primary skills needed by all nurses in advanced roles. The curriculum is designed to educate nurses to provide effective and cost-efficient nursing care, and to provide leadership in improving and extending health care to specific populations.

  • Provide graduate nursing education in the Jesuit tradition.
  • Create opportunities for the development of expertise in an advanced role.
  • Foster development of advanced interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Prepare nurses capable of improving health care and initiating change in health care delivery.
  • Foster professional identity as a nurse with an advanced role.

Upon completion of Loyola University’s MSN Program, graduates will:

  • Evaluate the influence of beliefs, values, and economic status on the provision of health care and client health behaviors.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the implementation of an advanced role.
  • Function in collaborative advanced roles as members of interdisciplinary teams in a variety of health care settings.
  • Demonstrate mastery in the use of contemporary communication tools and techniques.
  • Contribute to the development of the discipline of nursing through the application of nursing and related theory and research to practice.
  • Critically analyze current health care policies and practices.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for legal and ethical standards of advanced practice.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for advanced nursing practice.