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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.


Dr. Gregory Dobrov: In Memoriam

The Department of Classical Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Loyola community mourn the loss of Associate Professor Dr. Gregory Dobrov. Dr. Dobrov passed away this September after a valiant fight against cancer. His students and his colleagues remember him as a passionate teacher and a brilliant scholar.

Policing in the 21st Century: A Panel Discussion

Policing is at a new crossroads in the United States. The unrest in Ferguson Missouri and ensuing "Black Lives Matter" Movement exposed longstanding rifts in the relationship between local police and the communities they serve. Join the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and The Illinois Academy of Criminology for a colloquium that seeks to shed new light on the obstacles and potentials that face law enforcement in a new era of heightened accountability and expectations as well as federal government scrutiny on policing at the community level.  

President's Medallion: Aspiring doctor wants to make a difference in the world

Outstanding student. Tireless volunteer. Aspiring physician. Samia Khan is all three—and then some. Khan, who is the first in her family to attend college, has been on the Dean’s List every semester at Loyola. When she’s not hitting the books, she volunteers at several organizations and works as a peer tutor for the University’s Achieving College Excellence (ACE) program.  

Join Author Lisa Disch at the 2015 Hartigan Lecture

There’s a perfect political storm in the air. As election season approaches, join professor and author Lisa Disch at the annual Hartigan Lecture to reflect on what has made wealth and political power so inextricably intertwined in U.S politics.

Women in Science and Math Club to Host STEM Faculty Panel

There’s no shortage of distinguished women who teach and conduct research at Loyola, and a group of students is bringing some of them together to share their experiences.Several faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences will speak at the Women in Science and Math panel hosted by WISAM on October 19, discussing the challenges and successes they’ve had as women in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Psychology Professors Receive Funding to Study STEM Learning in Museums

Two Loyola professors recently received funding for a study that could uncover new ways to engage children in science and math fields. The National Science Foundation awarded $739,522 to Dr. Catherine Haden and Dr. Perla Gamez, professors in the Department of Psychology, to support their research project, “Advancing Early STEM Learning Opportunities through Tinkering and Reflection.”

The Present, the Past, and the Material Object: the Svaglic Chair's Inaugural Lecture

Please join the English department on October 14 for Dr. Paul Eggert's Inaugural Lecture in the Damen Student Center MPR North.  

Researcher, teacher, mentor

Biology professor F. Bryan Pickett is all three—and he’s also the recipient of this year’s Ignatius Loyola Award. See how he helps his students succeed in the classroom and in life.  

Loyola remembers a generous and innovative alumnus.

Long time donor and supporter of Loyola and Political Science alumnus Ron Rokosz is remembered for his work.  

Opening up opportunity

In spring 1965, Adrienne Bailey and a group of her Mundelein College classmates marched on Selma, Alabama, in support of civil rights. She knew it was a crucial moment for social change, and she now embraces a career advocating for more just education systems.  

Discovery: Chemistry meets nature

Chemistry Professor Patrick Daubenmire strives to teach students about more than the nuts and bolts of chemistry. He wants them to understand why the subject is valuable and how it affects people's lives—particularly with regard to sustainability.  

Prof. Hille Haker elected President of Societas Ethica

Prof. Hille Haker was elected President of Societas Ethica at its 2015 Annual Convention in Linköping, Sweden  

An ordinary artifact, until its significance was uncovered

Dr. Reinhard Andress, Professor of German and Director of the German Studies Program, in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures of Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences, discovered an important document while researching the German explorer, geographer, scientist, romantic philosopher and author of Kosmos, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859).

Professor Schloesser’s Visions of Amen Explores Cosmic Visions & Historical Notes

The Great War, Roaring Twenties, Ominous 1930s. Stalag VIIIA and Occupied Paris. Nebulae and angels; dinosaurs and birdsong. Synesthesia, hallucinogens, surrealism. Greek meters and Plainchant. Shakespeare and Wordsworth. Peruvian folksong and Russian lament; Hindu talas and Balinese gamelans. History and Apocalypse. Protology and eschatology. Sexual passion and glorified bodies. Modern / Mystic. History Department Professor Stephen Schloesser, S.J., explores all of the above and more in his recent book Visions of Amen: The Early Life and Music of Olivier Messiaen (Eerdmans, 2014).

National Science Foundation awards major grant to Math & Stats faculty

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics recently announced significant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $370,000 for Drs. Emmanuel Barron, Marian Bocea, and Robert Jensen.

Recognizing Outstanding Faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Linda Brazdil on being named a 2015 Fellow by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for her distinguished service to the field of chemistry.

Giving back to the community

Paul Rink, Class of 1967, graduated summa cum laude from Loyola’s College of Arts & Sciences with a history major. Now in retirement, he serves as volunteer legal counsel for the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired.

Mary Ann Hynes wins Damen Award at 2015 Founders' Dinner

Throughout her career, through mentoring and leadership, Mary Ann Hynes (BA '90) has expanded opportunities for women in law and championed diversity in the legal profession. Her achievements inspired Inside Counsel magazine to create the Mary Ann Hynes Award, given annually to female general counsel who advance the status of women in the legal world.  

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

Sociology and anthropology 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."  

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.  

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.

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.  

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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