College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Overview

DEAN: Jo Ann Moran Cruz, Ph.D.
ASSOCIATE DEAN: Judith Hunt, Ph.D.
OFFICE: 202 Bobet Hall

The College of Humanities and Natural Sciences serves as the anchor for all undergraduate study at Loyola. The liberal arts and sciences are key to the cultural and intellectual formation of the individual.

The College of Humanities and Natural Sciences seeks to educate and graduate students who understand and appreciate the accumulated knowledge of the humanities and sciences, human culture and the Judeo-Christian tradition; who understand the interrelated nature of all knowledge; who are able to think critically, evaluate alternatives, and make ethical and moral decisions; and who have a commitment to the Ignatian tradition of a life of justice and service to others. Additionally, it is the mission of the college to contribute to the expansion of knowledge through the scholarly and creative activities of the faculty.

The College of Humanities and Natural Sciences seeks to assist the university toward its strategic goal of national prominence by enhancing the quality of the college's faculty, the strength of its curricula, the effectiveness of its support services, and the excellence of its graduates.

Bachelor Degrees

The College offers the following degrees within each department:

  • Biological Sciences: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (with a concentration in Biochemistry or Forensic Chemistry)
  • English: Bachelor of Arts in English (with a concentration in Literature, Writing or Film/Digital Media)
  • Environmental Studies: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies or Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.
  • History: Bachelor of Arts in History or Bachelor of Arts in History (with a concentration in Pre-Law History)
  • Languages and Cultures: Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures (with a concentration in French, Latin American Studies or Spanish)
  • Mathematical Sciences: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (with a concentration in Computational Mathematics)
  • Philosophy: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy or Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (with a concentration in Pre-Law Philosophy)
  • Physics: Bachelor of Science in Physics, Bachelor of Science in Physics (with a concentration in Liberal Arts Physics, *Pre-Engineering Physics or Pre-Health Physics),
  • Psychological Sciences: Bachelor of Science in Psychology or Bachelor of Science in Pyschology Pre-Health
  • Religious Studies: Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (with a concentration in Christianity or World Religions)

Students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree through programs not regularly available in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences may consult the Associate Dean about the possibility of a contract degree. 

*Through a special arrangement with the School of Engineering of Tulane University, Loyola students may participate in a program which leads to a B.S. degree from Loyola and an engineering degree from Tulane upon successful completion of both segments of the program. Interested students must consult the Associate Dean.

College Requirements For Degree

The requirements for the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science are the following:     

  1. Successful completion of an approved degree program within the college.
  2. At least a 2.0 Loyola cumulative average, major average, and minor average if minor is pursued.
  3. Completion of the Common Curriculum requirements, including the pre-modern requirements.
  4. Completion of the foreign language requirement.
  5. Completion of at least one course that meets the college’s Cultural/Environmental/Gender/Ethnic studies requirement.
  6. Completion of all course requirements specified by major department.
  7. Completion of at least 30 hours in the major. (Some departments require more).
  8. Certification for graduation by the student’s department.
  9. Completion of a comprehensive examination in the major for those departments requiring a comprehensive examination. Such departments will establish and publish in advance the nature of the comprehensive examination and the standard for acceptable performance.
  10. Residency requirements: a minimum of 30 hours at Loyola University; a minimum of 15 hours in the major and 9 hours in the minor (if pursued); a minimum of 12 hours in the Common Curriculum, and 3 hours from any other area of a major's DPCL.

General Studies

Director: Judith L. Hunt, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Many students enter college undecided about the field of study they would like to pursue. For students unsure of their educational and/or career goals, Loyola University offers the General Studies Program. While in this program, students work toward the completion of the Common Curriculum requirements while exploring major courses offered in a variety of disciplines at Loyola.

During their first semester, General Studies freshmen are assigned a General Studies advisor who will continue as their advisor until a major is declared. General Studies advisors are knowledgeable about all the degree programs in the college, and help guide students in determining a major that best suits their interests. Courses taken in this exploration process generally fulfill requirements for the major, adjunct, or general electives once the student selects a particular degree program.

Students may remain in the General Studies Program for a maximum of 55 hours. Since the college does not grant a degree in General Studies, students must officially declare a major by the end of their sophomore year.

Curriculum Design

The curriculum is meant to achieve two goals: to give the student a solid and well-rounded preparation in the major and to enable the student to grapple with current convictions, beliefs, and commitments in an atmosphere of study and reflection. The curriculum matches the goals of Catholic and of Jesuit liberalizing education, both of which function best in an open society, a pluralistic culture, and an ecumenical age. The curriculum is divided into three parts:

Part One–Major

Major: that series of courses which leads to a bachelor’s degree in a subject area. The major generally requires between 30 and 40 credit hours of study and is described under each departmental heading.

Part Two–Adjunct Courses

Adjunct Courses: that series of courses in areas allied to the major which leads to a well-rounded person. Thus, mathematics is necessary to a physicist and chemistry to the biologist. Some of these courses are specifically named under degree programs; others are selected in consultation with the student’s adviser or chairperson.

Part Three–Common Curriculum

Common Curriculum: The Common Curriculum complements the major and adjunct courses by providing a broad humanistic dimension to every undergraduate’s program. The program is comprised of introductory and advanced courses. Find out more »

Curriculum Design for Professional Studies' Students

The curriculum is divided into four basic components, and although all students have the same basic core requirements, each degree program has specific requirements in the major and adjunct areas.

Major courses–are those courses in particular disciplines, which lead to a bachelor’s degree.

Adjunct courses–are those required courses in areas supportive of the major.

Core Curriculum for Professional Studies' Students

Core Courses: Ensure the degree-seeking student a well-rounded education. All degree-seeking students have the following core course requirements (42 hours total):

Writing ENGL T122 3
Philosophy PHIL T122 3
Religious Studies RELS T122 3
Literature LIT C260 or ENGL T125 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences:    
Social Sciences HIST T122 or T124 3
Two social science electives from two different disciplines 6
Mathematics MATH A115 or higher 3
Natural Science Science Elective 3
Arts/Humanities Fine Arts Elective 3
Literature Elective   3
Philosophy Elective   3
Religious Studies elective   3
Liberal Arts elective   3

Electives are those courses chosen from among all offerings, which the student may schedule for enrichment or professional development. 

Humanities and Natural Sciences Limitations On Credit Toward Degrees:

Transfer work:

  1. Remedial work taken at Loyola or at other institutions will not apply to Humanities and Natural Sciences degree programs.
  2. The dean’s office will determine the applicability of the student’s transfer credit as accepted by the Office of Admissions to the Humanities and Natural Sciences degree programs.


  1. Students may not go back and do freshman-level work in a subject in which they have already successfully completed a more advanced course.
  2. No more than 20 hours may be taken in any one semester without the authorization of the dean. No more than six hours may be taken in any one summer term without authorization of the dean.
  3. Humanities and Natural Sciences students must obtain prior written permission of their adviser and/or department chair and the dean in order to take courses at another university (summer school, study abroad, etc.) Permission will not be given to students on academic probation.
  4. Intensive Weekend courses are not open to Humanities and Natural Sciences degree-seeking students.
  5. Courses in physical education will not apply to the degree programs in Humanities and Natural Sciences.

Double Majors

Qualified students who have completed two full semesters of their freshman year and have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 may pursue two majors within the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences. Such students must successfully complete the Common Curriculum requirements of the first major as well as the major and named adjunct requirements for both declared degree programs of study as set forth in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Students must successfully complete the comprehensive examination requirements for both majors if the departments require a comprehensive examination. Students who complete the requirements for two majors will receive only one degree from Loyola. However, the transcript will indicate which bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) was awarded as well as the two majors which were completed. Students interested in pursuing a double major should consult with the Associate Dean.

Early Law Admissions

Students who enter law school generally do so after having completed a bachelor’s degree. However, the Loyola College of Law may accept students after they have completed three years of exceptional undergraduate work and have earned an appropriate score on the LSAT. Students in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences who wish to attempt early admission into the Loyola School of Law after three years must have completed all but the last 30 hours on the undergraduate level, including all Common Curriculum, major, named adjunct, and foreign language requirements. The first 30 hours earned in law school will be applied as general elective credits for completion of the undergraduate degree. 

A student of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences who completes the hour requirement in three years as outlined above is not guaranteed acceptance into the Loyola College of Law, for the College of Law has final authority on all admissions decisions. Interested students should consult the Loyola College of Law Office of Admissions for information concerning admissions standards.