2013 - 2014
Undergraduate Catalogue

Loyola College of Arts and Sciences


Dean: James J. Miracky, S.J., Associate Professor of English

Office: Humanities Center, Room 218

Telephone: 410-617-2563

Website: www.loyola.edu/academics/collegeofartsandsciences

Associate Dean of Operations: Suzanne E. Keilson, Assistant Professor of Engineering

Office: Humanities Center, Room 220

Telephone: 410-617-2608

Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences: Robert B. Pond, Jr., Associate Professor of Engineering

Office: Donnelly Science Center, Room 166

Telephone: 410-617-5563

HISTORY

The Loyola education, in keeping with the University’s Jesuit tradition, has its foundation in the liberal arts. Courses in the arts and sciences remain the heart of Loyola’s core curriculum, and all students benefit from their participation in these fundamental learning experiences. Loyola College, formerly known as the College of Arts and Sciences, became a separate administrative unit when the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management was formed at the beginning of the 1980-81 academic year. It was renamed in 2009 when Loyola changed its designation to Loyola University Maryland.

MISSION

Loyola's mission is to provide undergraduates with a broad, value-centered education that stresses critical thinking, the art of communication, and a personal and professional integrity that is based on its Jewish and Christian tradition and is open to other cultural experiences through the study of the humanities, as well as the social and natural sciences.

Loyola College offers its undergraduates the foundation upon which their specialized education is built. This foundation is Loyola's core curriculum, the major focus of a student's education during the first two years. Students have the option to formally declare a major as early as the end of their second semester but may remain undeclared until the end of the third semester.

In addition to its undergraduate program, Loyola College offers specialized graduate programs. A graduate catalogue can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admission, The Graduate Center - Timonium Campus, 2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093, 410-617-5020; www.loyola.edu/graduate.

LEARNING AIMS

Intellectual Excellence

  • Appreciation of and passion for intellectual endeavor and the life of the mind
  • Appreciation of and grounding in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Excellence in a discipline, including understanding of the relationship between one's discipline and other disciplines; understanding the interconnectedness of all knowledge
  • Habits of intellectual curiosity, honesty, humility, and persistence

Critical Understanding: Thinking, Reading, and Analyzing

  • The ability to evaluate a claim based on documentation, plausibility, and logical coherence
  • The ability to analyze and solve problems using appropriate tools
  • The ability to make sound judgments in complex and changing environments
  • Freedom from narrow, solipsistic, or parochial thinking
  • The ability to use mathematical concepts and procedures competently, and to evaluate claims made in numeric terms
  • The ability to find and assess data about a given topic using general repositories of information, both printed and electronic
  • The ability to use information technology in research and problem solving, with an appreciation of its advantages and limitations

Eloquentia Perfecta

  • The ability to use speech and writing effectively, logically, gracefully, persuasively, and responsibly
  • Critical understanding of and competence in a broad range of communications media
  • Competence in a language other than one's own

Aesthetics

  • An appreciation of beauty, both natural and man-made
  • A cultivated response to the arts, and the ability to express oneself about aesthetic experience

Leadership

  • An understanding of one’s strengths and capabilities as a leader and the responsibility one has to use leadership strengths for the common good
  • A willingness to act as an agent for positive change, informed by a sense of responsibility to the larger community

Faith and Mission

  • An understanding of the mission of the Catholic university as an institution dedicated to exploring the intersection of faith and reason, and experience and competence in exploring that intersection
  • An understanding of the mission of the Society of Jesus and of the religious Sisters of Mercy, especially of what it means to teach, learn, lead, and serve "for the greater glory of God"
  • A habit of thoughtful, prayerful, and responsible discernment of the voice of God in daily life; a mature faith
  • Habits of reflection in solitude and in community
  • A commitment to put faith into action

Promotion of Justice

  • An appreciation of the great moral issues of our time: the sanctity of human life, poverty, racism, genocide, war and peace, religious tolerance and intolerance, the defense of human rights, and the environmental impact of human activity
  • Commitment to promote justice for all, based on a respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life
  • Commitment to and solidarity with persons who are materially poor or otherwise disadvantaged

Diversity

  • Recognition of the inherent value and dignity of each person, and therefore an awareness of, sensitivity toward, and respect for the differences of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age, and disabilities
  • Awareness of the structural sources, consequences, and responsibilities of privilege
  • Awareness of the global context of citizenship and an informed sensitivity to the experiences of peoples outside of the United States
  • Awareness of the multiplicity of perspectives that bear on the human experience, and the importance of historical, global and cultural context in determining the way we see the world

Wellness

  • Attentiveness to development of the whole person--mind, body, and spirit
  • Ability to balance and integrate care for self and care for others
  • Understanding the importance of productive and responsible use of leisure time
  • Freedom from addictive behaviors

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