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Loyola University New Orleans Introduces New Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Loyola press release - June 27, 2017

Part-time, flexible bachelor’s degree program offers online, evening, on-campus and hybrid courses to help busy adults complete their university degrees

Starting this fall, Loyola University New Orleans will offer a new bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies aimed at adult learners pursuing their higher education part-time. The program offers a mix of online, evening, on-campus, and hybrid courses in a flexible curriculum to meet the needs of busy adults.

“As the United States continues building the knowledge economy, more and more new jobs are requiring a bachelor’s degree, and Loyola University New Orleans wants to help,” said interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs David B. Borofsky, Ed.D. “Loyola is excited about this new program and pleased to help adult students in the New Orleans area achieve their dreams of new careers, job advancement, or personal fulfillment.”

Loyola’s new bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies is a flexible part-time degree program that allows busy adults to design a course of study that matches their unique personal and professional goals. Participants can gain the knowledge skills to enter the workplace or change careers, complete academic work they started elsewhere, continue personal growth and development, or simply explore diverse aspects of life, society, and human culture. Grounded in the Jesuit educational tradition that makes Loyola distinctive, the part-time bachelor’s degree program provides a solid foundation in critical thinking and values-based decision-making alongside study in professional fields.

With reduced tuition of only $975 per 3-credit course, Loyola’s new bachelor of arts degree is one of the most affordable educational options in the region for adults studying part-time. And with a mix of online, hybrid, and on-campus courses, Loyola’s bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies is easily accessible, allowing busy adults and professionals to complete their degrees, alongside schedule and obligations.

In addition to the Loyola Core curriculum, students will take courses in two disciplines as well as a broad range of electives. The disciplines now offered include: Business, Criminology and Justice, English, History, Mass Communication, Music Industry Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Translation and Interpreting, Theology and Ministry, and Psychology. Additional disciplines will be added in the future.

The new bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies degree program grants the flexibility, industry focus, and in-depth knowledge required compete in today’s dynamic job market. The bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies will qualify graduates for a range of career opportunities in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. All students in the program will also receive full access to Loyola’s Career Development Center, where career counselors can assist with exploring career options.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent American Community Survey, 23 percent or 72,381 adults in the greater New Orleans area consisting of New Orleans, Metairie, and Kenner have attained some college credit, but not a university degree. Data also shows that a total of 28.5 percent of adults ages 25 to 64, or 89,689 people from the metropolitan area have attained a workplace certificate, some college credit, or an associate’s degree, but not a bachelor’s degree. A 2017 study by the Lumina Foundation entitled “A Stronger Nation” shows that 28.9 percent of Louisianans aged 25 to 64 have achieved some higher learning or college credit but have not attained a bachelor’s degree.

Learn more and apply now here.