Loyola University Chicago

Arrupe College

A.A. Social and Behavioral Sciences

To complete the Associate of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences 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 Criminal Justice pre-major, 6 hours - ACCRJ 201The Criminal Justice System and ACCRJ 204 Corrections, plus 9 hours of electives
  • For Political Science pre-major, 6 hours - ACPOL 200  Introduction to Political Thought and ACPOL 202  International Relations, plus 9 hours of electives
  • For Psychology pre-major, 9 hours - ACPSY 201  General Psychology, ACPSY 275  Social Psychology, and ACPSY 280  Abnormal Psychology, plus 6 hours of electives


When they graduate with an Associates of Arts Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Arrupe College, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Written and Oral Communication
    Communicate effectively, using written, oral, and visual modes appropriate to their audience and purpose.
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    Understand, analyze, and evaluate numerical data and use it to draw or evaluate conclusions.
  • Critical Thinking
    Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate diverse information, ideas, and perspectives in a contextually appropriate manner. Demonstrate an awareness of their own thinking and decision-making processes, and their importance in academic and non-academic settings.
  • Cura Personalis
    Cultivate and demonstrate habits and mindsets that support their flourishing as whole persons living in a community with others.
  • Social Justice and Ethical Reasoning
    Students will reflect on social, political, and historical contexts and norms that lead to injustice.  They will articulate responses that respect and promote the welfare of all beings in global and intersectional communities.  Students will recognize, articulate, and apply ethical reasoning, showing awareness of the intersectional and historical nature of the relationships being studied.  Intersectionality addresses multiple contexts, such as gender, sexuality, race, class, culture, politics, and intellectual perspectives.
  • For Criminal Justice pre-majors, competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in introductory and corrections courses.
  • For Political Science pre-majors, competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in introductory and international relations courses.
  • For Psychology pre-majors, competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in general, social, and abnormal psychology courses.