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Course Descriptions

Listed below are the course descriptions for College of Arts and Sciences, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, and School of Social Work.

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

This course emphasizes the development and reporting of accounting information for use by investors, creditors, and others. The student is required to develop skills in the preparation and use of accounting information, must demonstrate an understanding of the accounting process, and be able to evaluate the impact of estimates, alternative accounting principles, and the limitations of the accounting model on accounting information. Topics include preparation and use of financial statements, the accounting process, and the measurement and reporting of income, assets, liabilities and owners' equity.

ANTH 102  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  
(Satisfies Core Societal and Cultural Knowledge: Tier 2)

Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.

This course addresses how multiple factors (beliefs, rituals, social structure, economic structure, political structure) integrate to define culture in the broad sense and how and why they vary among individual cultures (societies). Students will be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to investigate the importance of culture and its variation.

BIOL 111 General Biology Lab I
Co-requisite: BIOL 101

This course complements the lecture material through observation, experimentation, and when appropriate, dissection of representative organisms. Observations will include physical and chemical phenomena as well as the anatomy and physiology of selected organisms. The organisms to be studied will be selected from the kingdoms monera, protista, fungi, plantae, and animalia.

BIOL 395/ENVS 398 Special Topics in Biology: Topics in Winter Ecology

Our goal for Winter Ecology is to teach you about ecosystems in winter by immersing you in the winter environment.  These are the course objectives:

Winter Ecology is an intensive course that requires quick processing and learning of material. Students will be expected to work full time on the course. Students will not have time to take another J-term course or to work during that time.  Students will also also be expected to live at LUREC.

Class sessions (Mondays - Saturdays) will include lectures and discussions in the morning, often led by guest lecturers, field work in the afternoons, and evenings reflecting on the environment with a series of videos, journaling, and community bonfires to close the day.  You will choose individual projects to work on with partners – a particular site to observe and measure during the two-week period, and a small research project to work on during the second week.  Your grades will be based on projects, journaling, reporting on a primary research article, and class participation.  (There will be no tests.) You will earn three credits during the two week period.  Some class activities may be scheduled at night.  Some assignments will be due the week after J term.

For more information go to: http://www.luc.edu/januaryterm/campusinformation/lurec/

CHEM 111 Chemistry Lab A
Pre or co-requisite: CHEM 101

This laboratory course is designed to illustrate fundamental models and theories in chemistry with an emphasis on significant digits, calculations, and analysis and discussion questions. Students will be able to use equipment properly and demonstrate correct laboratory technique.

CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry Lab A
Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 223. Pre-req: CHEM 112

A laboratory course for non-chemistry majors designed to reinforce lecture topics from CHEM 223 and to expose students to the safe handling of organic chemicals. Students will acquire basic laboratory techniques and practices for working with organic chemicals.

COMM 101 Public Speaking & Critical Thinking

This introductory course is designed to supply students with the skills of public address, a fundamental understanding of critical thinking practices, foundational tenets of communication theory, a grasp of the relationship between context and communication, and a sense of the social responsibility that comes with the capacity for communication.  Students gain skills in public speaking and an understanding of critical thinking.

COMM 205 Reporting & Writing Across Platforms
Prerequisite: UCWR 110

This course fulfills a writing intensive class requirements.  It is also a requirement for Journalism majors and minors. 

This course will introduce you to the basic elements of media reporting and writing, with a focus on developing news judgment, finding and verifying information, learning effective interviewing skills, meeting deadlines, and learning how to write clearly and concisely. Students will understand more deeply about the work that goes into each way of delivering the news.  You will also learn more about media issues, reporting, and writing for different platforms (print, broadcast, and internet). In addition, we will emphasize ethical issues in news gathering and reporting.

COMP 125 Visual Information Processing
 (Satisfies Core Quantitative Knowledge)

This course, intended primarily for non-majors, provides an introduction to computer programming using a language well-suited to beginning programmers and practical applications, e.g., Visual Basic.Net. Understanding of computer mechanisms for representing and analyzing numerical and logical information and the power of programmability; practical ability to implement useful computing tools.

COMP 150 Introduction to Computing
(Satisfies Core Quantitative Knowledge)

This course is intended as a broad introduction to computing. It introduces fundamental concepts of computing and also introduces the student to actively using a programming language to get useful things done. The student will not only learn what is going inside the box, but will gain an introduction to how to modify what is going on to get new things done. In addition to understanding how a machine can store and process information, students will learn the basic ideas that computer professionals use every day. Since the training uses Javascript, the key interactive language of the web, students will be able to develop simple but useful tools that can be shared with the internet easily.


ENGL 283 Women in Literature: Contemporary Memoir (Writing Intensive)
(Satisfies Core Literary Knowledge: Tier 2)

Crosslisted with Women's Studies, English 283 is designed to meet the "Literary Knowledge and Experience" requirements of the Loyola Core. 

Memoir, as a literary genre, has garnered much critical attention in the last decade, both positive and negative.  But what exactly is memoir?  What characteristics does it have that are different than fiction, or straight non-fiction and autobiography?  If an author is writing from memory, and oftentimes memory is hazy, or at the least subjective, what is the 'truth' in memoir? Is there any material or issue that is still considered taboo when women write about their lives?  These are some of the questions we will address during the semester while reading a selection of creative non-fiction memoirs by a wide range of contemporary female writers. Students will investigate the concept of secrets and silence that pervade many of the texts we focus on in this course. Examining literature written by 20th century women authors, this course is designed to help students gain knowledge of women's lives and writings; to show them the difference gender makes to the writing, reading, and interpretation of literature; to train them in the analysis of literature; and to teach them how to describe, analyze, and formulate arguments about literary texts. See ENGL 283 Women in Literature Representative Syllabus.

ENGL 290 Human Values in Literature (Writing Intensive)
(Satisfies Core Literary Knowledge: Tier 2)

Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

This variable topics course focuses on a perennial psychological or philosophical problem facing the individual as exemplified in literary works, e.g., the passage from innocence to experience, the problem of death, and the idea of liberty. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the ability of literature to express the deepest and most abiding concerns of human beings, and how literary works come to be.

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BIOL 395/ENVS 398  Special Topics in Biology: Natural History of Belize
Please review the course information on the Study Abroad website.

FINC 332 Business Finance
Prerequisites: Junior standing, ACCT 201, ECON 201, and ISOM 241

Principles underlying the financial management of a business; time value of money, securities valuation, capital budgeting, cost of capital, sources of funds, capital structure policy, cash management, and dividend policy. Please see a FINC 332 Business Finance Representative Syllabusus for additional information.

HIST 102 Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions Since the 17 Century
(Satisfies Core Historical Knowledge: Foundational Course)

This course traces the development and of western civilization and its global impact from the seventeenth century to the present. Students will gain an understanding of history as a discipline, develop critical thinking skills based on historical knowledge about the key people, places, and events that shaped the modern world, and hone their communication skills.

HIST 203 American Pluralism
(Satisfies Core Historical Knowledge: Tier 2)

Requirement: HIST 101 or HIST 102 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in History.

This course is an introduction to history as a discipline, and an analysis of the origins, development and structure of the United States as a pluralistic and multiracial society from 1609 to the present. Students will be able to demonstrate historical knowledge, draw links between the American experience and national identities, and to develop critical thinking and communication skills.

(Satisfies Core Philosophical Knowledge: Tier 2)

Political theorists are concerned with the way things ought to be. Their task is to identify the best policy option in any given case. In this introductory course we will survey the political ideas of a number of important modern thinkers. Their views are scattered across the political spectrum, from left to right. Our task will be to grasp the contribution each makes to the history of political thought and to critically assess their ideas. Please see the PLSC 100 Political Theory syllabus for information.

PLSC 102 International Relations in an Age of Globalization
(Satisfies Core Societal and Cultural Knowledge: Foundational Course)

This course is designed to introduce students to the major concepts and approaches in the study of international relations.  It seeks to treat the subject in an analytical and theoretical manner.  We will discuss different approaches used in study of the field, as well as the assumptions and consequences involved in the use of such approaches.  The course will rely on examples from different areas of the world and from different moments in history.  Although this is not a course on current events, in our discussions, we will also use examples of events that are still unfolding.  It is very important therefore to keep abreast of such international events from the media.  Some media sources can be accessed online (see, e.g., http://www.luc.edu/politicalscience/resources.shtml). 

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SOCL 101 Society in a Global Age
(Satisfies Core Societal and Cultural Knowledge: Foundational Course)

This course fulfills the following requirements: Social & Cultural Knowledge Core Tier I; prepares students to take a Social & Cultural Knowledge Tier II course; counts as the first course in the sociology major. 

This is a foundational course in the social sciences which explores the effect of globalization on everyday life in the United States and elsewhere, using the basic perspectives and methodologies of sociology. The main purpose of this course section is to introduce students to sociological explanations of the world around us. This course will be divided into the following units. which capture the many of the concepts central to sociological understanding of a globalizing world: “Greed” – Social Stratification; “Violence” – Social Control, Deviance, and Ideology, and “Sex” – Gender Inequality and Socialization.  Students will cover these topics in a variety of ways, and discuss how all of these issues both extend beyond national borders as well as vary in different national contexts.  In so doing, I aim to show you the ways that sociologists think, and help you situate your own experience within ongoing processes of global change.  

Social Welfare Policies & Services I

Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100, or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Human Services, or the School of Nursing.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Analysis of institutional structures of welfare as they relate to social problems. Selected major values and interests in American society are used to analyze the social welfare institution. Students will be able to describe and analyze current social welfare policies and social services within a historical, societal, and political context.

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THEO 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
(Satisfies Core Theological and Religious Studies Knowledge: Foundational Course)

This course surveys major topics in Christian theology using Alister McGrath's Theology: The Basics (3d ed.; Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) as a guide. Preliminary considerations will include defining "theology," surveying major periods in the history of Christian theology, and identifying major sources of theology (e.g., the Bible). Focus then shifts to a survey of topics following McGrath's outline of chapters, loosely based on the Apostles' Creed: Faith, God, Creation, Jesus, Salvation, Spirit, Trinity, Church, Sacraments, and Heaven. In connection with each topic, students will read relevant excerpts from the Bible and supplemental readings available through Sakai. Students will also consider these topics in connection with two works of literature: Augustine's Confessions and C.S. Lewis's Great Divorce. Consideration will also be given to contemporary debates regarding religion and science, in particular the question of human origins. In addition to lectures, this course will require significant student participation, including--but not limited to--discussions and student presentations.

THEO 297  Introduction to Buddhism 
(Satisfies Core Theological and Religious Studies Knowledge: Tier 2)

This course aims to introduce major doctrines, practices, and historical developments of Buddhism. Acknowledging this highly diverse tradition, any course claiming to offer an introduction to "Buddhism" might be also seen as an introduction to "Buddhisms." Roughly equal time will be devoted to major developments of Buddhism, normally referred to as Theravāda, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna looking at the past and present of these three traditions. We will be covering cultures as diverse as India, China, Thailand, Japan, and the United States. This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to the tradition by using resources from anthropology, sociology, history, political science, theology and philosophy. We will discuss Buddhist ideas such as, but not limited to cosmology, personhood, gender, ethics, the environment, and varieties of meditation and ritual practices. 

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THTR 100 Introduction to the Theatre Experience 
(Satisfies Core Artistic Knowledge and Experience)

This course is an introductory study of the theatrical art form and its contemporary production practice. Students engage in a series of workshops and participatory creative projects. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify the variety of collaborating arts and artists that combine to create of a work of theatre; to analyze a play script for live performance; to evaluate theatrical production; and to creatively apply knowledge of theatrical process through expressive and creative endeavors.


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