The Core Curriculum is the foundation of Loyola's liberal arts education. Core courses are aimed at increasing students' understanding of themselves and the world while they explore diverse subjects and cultivate new interests. Courses provide a strong base of knowledge, skills, and values that will help students achieve academic, professional, and personal success throughout their lives.
Exceptionally well-qualified students may apply to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program.
Other special academic opportunities include pre-professional programs for law and health professions; 27 five-year (bachelor's/master's) degree programs; 19 interdisciplinary programs; a six-year, early admission to Loyola's School of Law; early assurance to Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine; and the Loyola/Midwestern University Dual-Acceptance Pharmacy Program.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Loyola students may choose from more than 80 majors and 70 minors. Undergraduate degrees offered include the Bachelor of Arts (BA), BA Classics, Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degrees.
Learn more at LUC.edu/majors.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate majors in African Studies and the African Diaspora, anthropology, art history, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biophysics, chemistry, classical civilization, communications networks and security, computer science, criminal justice and criminology, dance, economics, engineering science, English, forensic science, French, Greek (ancient), history, human services, information technology, international studies, Italian, Latin, mathematics, mathematics and computer science, music, philosophy, physics, physics and computer science, physics and engineering, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, sociology and anthropology, software engineering, Spanish, statistics, studio art, theater, theology, theoretical physics and applied mathematics, visual communication, and women's studies and gender studies (as a second major only).
The Institute of Environmental Sustainability offers majors in Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, and Environmental Studies.
The Quinlan School of Business offers majors in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, information systems, international business, management, marketing, operations management, and sport management.
The School of Communication offers majors in advertising and public relations, communication studies, film and digital media, and journalism.
The School of Education offers majors in bilingual/bicultural education, early childhood/special education, elementary education, middle grade education, secondary education and foreign language, and special education.
The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management, a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, an RN to BSN, and an Accelerated BSN program, which is available to students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree.
The School of Social Work offers an undergraduate major in social work and a combined bachelor's and master's degree in social work, which can be completed in five years.
Standing tall alongside the shore of Lake Michigan eight miles north of downtown Chicago, Loyola University “provides the best of both worlds: an integrated campus and a taste of the city life.” The undergraduate campus is located next to Lake Michigan, and the surrounding area is “gorgeous.” The academic programs are “rigorous and fascinating,” and the school offers “significant financial assistance and plenty of scholarships.” The school’s location “allows Loyola to attract top-notch faculty while giving students of all disciplines the opportunity to find something that interests them.” Built on strong Jesuit values, Loyola cares deeply about social justice (“set the world on fire” is a common credo) and “developing intellectual and socially responsible students.” “My school is about preparing students for careers and being aware of problems around us,” says a student.
“The majority of the professors [are] excellent.” The professors “find a good balance in their teaching methods that allow students to engage the material and engage other students in the classroom.” “They are the kind of teachers that one remembers for a long time,” says a student. “Many bring in business professionals to relate our classroom material to the real world,” and “the work is challenging, but not overbearing.” “I’ve had several professors who I would go out of my way to take again,” says a student. “The academics make everyone work hard, regardless of natural ability, but it pays off every time.”
The “well-known academic integrity of the school” provides a great reputation in Chicago, and the “connections and opportunities” the school provides to students seeking jobs and internships are numerous. Since the curriculum is centered on being well-rounded, “students can build an education that will serve them well in the future.” “Loyola challenges its students to be the best they can be, no matter what their major or background is.”