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

Counseling

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.

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.

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.

Goals

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.
Objectives

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.

Goals
  • 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.
Objectives

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.