Loyola University Chicago

Arrupe College

A.A. Arts and Humanities

To complete the Associate of Arts and Humanities degree, a total of 61 semester hours must be completed, distributed as follows:

  • 37 hours of general education core requirements;
  • 9 hours of Arrupe College mission-related core requirements; and
  • 15 hours of electives, of which 6-9 hours are in one of three declared pre-major areas (Political Science, Psychology, or Criminal Justice). 

Except for the lab-based interdisciplinary science course, all courses are for 3 semester hours of course credit. The specific courses or course options required to fulfill these requirements are as follows:

Core Courses: 37 hours

  • ACWRI 105 Writing and Composition I
  • ACWRI 110 Writing and Composition II
  • ACCOM 101 Oral Communication and Presentation
  • ACPHI 130 Philosophy and Persons
  • ACFNA 105 Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
  • ACENG 110 Interpreting Literature
  • ACISC 101 Interdisciplinary Science:  Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues
  • ACISC 102 Interdisciplinary Science:  Environmental Processes, Challenges, and Methods  (4 hours, includes a laboratory component)
  • ACSTA 101 Statistics
  • ACHIS 101 Western Civilization to the 17th Century
  • ACPOL 101 American Government and Citizenship
  • Social Science Course, one of the following:  ACPOL 202 International Relations, ACPSY 201 General Psychology, or ACHIS 201 US History to 1865

Arrupe Mission-related Core: 9 hours

  • ACTHE 101 Introduction to Christian Theology or ACTHE 107 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • ACPHI 281 Ethics
  • Philosophy Course, one of the following:  ACPHI 201 Ancient and Medieval Thought or ACPHI 205The Person and Society

Pre-major Concentration and Electives: 15 hours

  • For English pre-major, 6 hours - ACENG 275 American Literature since 1865 and ACENG 274  Introduction to the Plays of Shakespeare, plus 9 hours of electives
  • For History pre-major, 9 hours - ACHIS 102  Western Civilization from the 17th Century, ACHIS 201  US History to 1865, ACHIS 202  US History since 1865, plus 6 hours of electives
  • For Communication pre-major, 6 hours - ACCOM 201  Intro to Communication and ACCOM 205  Communication and New Media, plus 9 hours of electives

Outcomes for the Associate of Arts Degree in Arts and Humanities: 

  • For English pre-majors, competency and depth in interpreting the themes and content presented in American and British literature courses.
  • For History pre-majors, competency and depth in interpreting the themes and content presented in Western Civilization and US History courses.
  • For Communication pre-majors, competency and depth in interpreting the themes and content in introductory and media courses.