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With a venerable history of over 140 years, the College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the Jesuit tradition of a transformative education in the vast disciplines of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. We invite you to visit our academic departments and interdisciplinary programs, which serve as home to 57 academic majors and over 60 minors.


Professors Receive Grant to Combat Youth Exposure to Violence

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently awarded Psychology Professor Maryse Richards and her research team a million dollar grant to fund a study that could change the lives of Chicago area youth.


Watch this year's Commencement addresses

See this keynote and student addresses from the College of Arts and Sciences Commencement ceremonies.  

Commencement 2015

Trafficking survivor on mission to help others

You never know how strong you are until you’re pushed to the brink. Until you get to that point where you realize, “This is it. I could die.” Loyola senior Shamere McKenzie, 31, has been to that point—and beyond.  

Graduate Profile: Colleen McCaffrey

Anthropology and Sociology major Colleen McCaffrey reflects on her Loyola experience: "At Loyola, I've always been encouraged to constantly seek out new challenges and to always push the boundaries of what I think I know."  

Combining History and Philosophy, Dr. Thomas Carson’s New Book Discusses Abraham Lincoln’s Virtues

Dr. Carson discusses his upcoming book, Lincoln's Ethics, in which he assesses Lincoln's moral character, his many morally fraught decisions regarding slavery, and the rights of African-Americans, as well as his actions and policies as Commander in Chief during the Civil War. Lincoln's Ethics will be published May 2015 by Cambridge University Press and is available for advance purchase on Amazon.com.  

College of Arts and Sciences Names Dean

Thomas Regan, S.J., has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Father Regan has been serving as the interim dean of the University’s largest college since June.  

Biology Students Showcase Research During Weekend of Excellence

The 2015 Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium will take place this Saturday as part of this year’s Weekend of Excellence. The event allows students of all disciplines to showcase research or engagement projects they’ve conducted. Milica Radanovic and Benjamin Foote-Huth are just two of the many biology students who will present their research this weekend. Here, they spoke more about their projects and what they gained from the experience.  

Professors Receive Funding to Run Math Teachers' Circle

Loyola Professors Marian Bocea and Peter Tingley have been awarded $2,000 from the American Institute to continue running the first math teachers’ circle in Chicago.

Weekend of Excellence: Zac Davis

Not many people can say they shook hands with the Pope. Even fewer can say they gave him a high five. But Zac Davis did exactly that while studying in Rome as part of Loyola’s Ricci Scholars program. Closer to home, he’s worked as an Orientation leader and a peer advisor, and he’s been involved on a project about the original library collection of St. Ignatius College, the precursor of Loyola University Chicago.  

Loyola Psychology Expert to Present New Book

Loyola University Chicago’s James Garbarino, PhD, will give two lectures inspired by his latest book, Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My 20 Years As a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases, which was released this month.  

Loyola Weekend 2015 Is Almost Here!

Admitted College of Arts and Sciences students, It’s still not too late to RSVP for Loyola Weekend. The two day experience allows admitted students and their families to explore the university while interacting with students, faculty, and alumni.  

Loyola Professor Appointed to Commission to Address Crime in Illinois

Criminal Justice Professor David Olson will soon join state officials, nonprofit leaders, and law enforcement to tackle crime in Illinois. Earlier this month, Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Olson and 19 others to the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. The commission will work to develop solutions to the state’s crime problems, which include sentencing structure, prison overcrowding, and high recidivism rates.  

Theatre and the world around us

Loyola graduate Jackie Taylor describes how her liberal education helped her establish her career and her focus on social issues.  

Students Piece Loyola History Together, One Book at a Time

1,800 books and over 600 years of history – that’s what two Loyola seniors are nearly finished putting back together. Evan Thompson and Zac Davis are interns for the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, which began three years ago and sought to reassemble the original 1878 St. Ignatius College Library catalogue. The two are now within a few hundred books of completion, and they’ve made important discoveries about the history and significance of the Loyola and Jesuit communities.  

May Weber Ethnographic Art Collection Finds a Home at Loyola

A university acquisition that was years in the making is now giving students a chance to study non western folk art – and unravel the mind of a collector.  

Psychology Professor and Students Research Bilingual Education

Perla Gamez and her students could be shaping the future of bilingual education. The assistant psychology professor and several graduate and undergraduate students are working on research that seeks to improve the way classroom instruction is approached for English language learners.  

New freshman science research project prepares students for careers

Loyola students studying science or math will get a chance to start their research earlier than ever. The University’s new First-Year Research Experience allows undergraduate students pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) degrees a chance to perform exciting research with faculty members as first-year students.  

Loyola piques high schoolers’ interest in chemistry

In 1968, the American Chemical Society (ACS) developed Project SEED, a program geared toward economically disadvantaged, high-achieving high school students by providing them with an opportunity to work directly with professional chemists and university professors for a summer.  

Professor Jim Calcagno creates new online course for TED

Professor Jim Calcagno has developed one of the first online courses available as part of TED’s new Ted Studies series. Dr. Calcagno’s 2013 Evolutionary Anthropology article “What Makes Us Human” served as the inspiration for the course, which features a set of curated talks on evolution from experts such as Jane Goodall.  

Think Critically

The Department of Psychology is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching, service to students, the university, and the wider public. Review one of our research projects, which highlights our connection to Chicago’s communities.  

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