Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Our Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is a flexible online program that provides busy students the opportunity to design a course of study around their academic and professional goals.

Students explore diverse aspects of life, society, and human culture while gaining the knowledge and skills they need to enter the workplace, change careers, or complete academic work that they started elsewhere. Grounded in the Jesuit educational tradition that makes Loyola distinctive, this general studies online degree program provides a solid foundation in critical thinking and values-based decision-making.

Program Requirements

TOTAL: 120 credit hours
MAJOR: 30 Credit hours

  • Information Literacy & Research (3)
  • Professional Writing (3)
  • Discipline I x 3 courses (9)
  • Discipline II 3 courses (9)
  • Discipline Electives x 2 (6)

-30 credit hour Loyola Core courses (10 courses)
-60 credit hours Electives (20 courses)

Overview of Courses

In addition to the Loyola Core curriculum and a range of general electives, students complete 30 hours of major courses from two different disciplines of their choosing. The subjects now offered include:

  • Business
  • Translation & interpreting
  • Criminology & justice
  • English
  • History
  • Mass communications
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology
  • Ministry
  • Computer Science

Courses vary semester to semester.

Spring 2018 Courses:

  • BAB100YA1: BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS
  • CMMNA100YA1: INTRO TO MASS COMM
  • CMMNA265YA1: PHOTOGRAPHY
  • COSCA211YA: INTRO TO PROGRAMMING I
  • CRIMA105YA1: INTRO TO CRIM JUS SYST
  • ECONB100YA1: PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
  • ENGLO210YA1: NARRATIVES: ILLNESS & TRAUMA
  • ENGLT122YA1: CRITICAL READING/WRITING
  • HISTT124YA1: GLOBAL HISTORY II
  • LIBRG210YA1: INFO LITERACY & INTERDIS RES
  • MATHA115YA1: INTRO TO FINITE MATH
  • RELMC380YA1: THEOLOGY OF MINISTRY
  • RELSS228YA1: CHRISTIANITY AND CULTURE
  • RELSS348YA1: CHRISTIAN ORIGINS
  • SOCIX255YA1: RACE, RACISM & PRIVILEGE
  • ACCTB202YZ1: PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCT
  • CLHUO294YZ1: GREEK MYTHOLOGY
  • CMMNA101YZ1: COMMUNICATIONS WRITING
  • CMMNA225YZ1: ELEMENTS IN AP STYLE
  • COSCA270YZ1: INTRO TO RELATIONAL DATABASES
  • CRIMA110YZ1: CRIMINOLOGY-FUNDAMENTALS
  • ENGLN204YZ1: WAL:CYBERPUNK & APOCALYP LIT
  • HISTT122YZ1: GLOBAL HISTORY I
  • LGSTB205YZ1: LEGAL ENVIRON OF BUSINESS
  • PHILR122YZ1: PHIL OF THE HUMAN PERSON
  • PHILW234YZ1: MEDICAL ETHICS
  • PSYCX266YZ1: THE SCIENCE OF GOOD AND EVIL
  • RELSV254YZ1: ISLAMAPHOBIA
  • RELSV222YZ1: RELIGION, SECULARISM AND DISCRIMINATION
  • SCIET129YZ1: INVESTIGATING NATURE

BUSINESS

As a professional, it’s useful to have a holistic understanding of business. This concentration teaches students principles and skills that they can immediately apply in a range of careers. You will learn how to make critical and ethical business decisions, analyze data, effectively weigh risks and rewards, employ best management and marketing practices, and much more.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Management & Organizational Behavior
  • Basic Marketing
  • Business Ethics

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Every industry is impacted by the continually accelerating growth of technology, and students in computer and technology majors are no longer faced with the prospect of only working in narrowly defined technological occupations. This concentration provides an introduction to the world of computer science and prepares students for careers as web designers, information technology consultants, data analysts, system developers, network engineers, software engineers, and game programmers.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Introduction to Programming I & II
  • Information Systems Theory & Practice
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Relational Databases
  • The World Wide Web and Scripts

CRIMINOLOGY & JUSTICE

Our Criminology & Justice program reviews the nature of crime and how society manages and deters criminal activity. You’ll learn from those with expert theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience in the criminal justice system. Courses cover law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the private/corporate criminal justice sector.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Organized Crime
  • Forensic Psychology

ENGLISH

Loyola’s Department of English offers a diverse curriculum in literature, critical theory, film history, creative writing, nonfiction and professional writing, digital media, linguistics, and rhetoric. Courses provide a strong foundation in classical and contemporary works, with writing style and skills emphasized in every course.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Studies in American Cinema
  • Professional Writing
  • Southern Literature

HISTORY

The study of history frees the mind from common prejudices and faulty intellectual assumptions through a broad-based study of the human past. This concentration will familiarize you with the principal forces of change and adaptation that have marked humanity’s cultural, social, political, and economic development.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Global History
  • U.S. History
  • New Orleans History
  • The American Character

MASS COMMUNICATION

From mobile photography to social engagement, this concentration teaches students to master communications in our digital world. Prepare to immerse yourself in the skills and knowledge necessary to get ahead of the competition.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Digital Communication
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Social Media Strategies

PHILOSOPHY

Philosophers ask difficult questions about issues that are central to human existence: What is a meaningful life? How can one distinguish between right and wrong actions? Are there reasons to think that God exists? You’ll learn how to think critically, read carefully, and analyze arguments– in short, the skills to make a living. But, more important, you’ll learn what makes life worth living.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Practical Logic
  • Philosophy of God
  • Law and Morality

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Religions shape every aspect of life, including political and economic policies, human rights, literature, art, and the environment. You will have the opportunity to explore the past, present, and emerging future of these religions. You will examine what people believe, why they believe it, and how their beliefs form private and public lives. You will also have the opportunity to study Christianity with particular emphasis on the Catholic tradition in the spirit of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Christian Origins
  • Women in World Religions
  • Contemporary Theologies
  • Sin: The History of an Idea

SOCIOLOGY

If you’re always wondering “why?” and “how?” about issues like social inequality, race, or crime, put your curiosity to work with a concentration in sociology. Sociology is about you and the world you live in—you’ll study people and their activities, their work, their games, relationships, behaviors, beliefs, organizations, problems, and dreams.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Violence in Society
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Global Sociology
  • Race, Racism, & Privilege

THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY

At Loyola, we believe that ministry is practiced in church settings and beyond, wherever people of faith live and work. Grounded in Christian tradition, guided by the best in contemporary biblical and theological understanding, and inspired by Ignatian spirituality, this concentration encourages students not simply to analyze the world as it is but also to imagine it as it can be, and to lead others in creating a more just and humane society.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Pastoral Theology
  • Theology of Ministry
  • Religious Education in Theory and Practice

TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING

Already bilingual? Want to use your Spanish to help others? This concentration will help you become a skilled translation and interpreting professional, especially in health care and law. Through courses, community engagement projects, and an internship, you will prepare to help the growing number of Spanish-speaking communities both in the Greater New Orleans area and across the United States.

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Introduction to Translation and Interpreting
  • Healthcare Translation & Interpreting
  • Legal Translation & Interpreting