Loyola’s online Associate of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies consists of 60 credit hours, which includes:

  • 24 hours of Major courses
  • 36 hours of Loyola Core courses

Major courses will depend upon your area of focus and will vary from semester to semester. To view a helpful breakdown of program requirements, you can download the Humanities degree program course listing (DPCL) or the Social Sciences DPCL.

Major Courses (24 credits)

Major Core Courses (6 credits)

LIBR G210: Information Literacy & Interdisciplinary Research (3 crs.)

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary research process as it applies to acdemic, professional, and everyday contexts. Practical experience in forming research questions, searching for information, and evaluating sources make up the core of the class. Students participate in regular discussions and reflective learning approaches, students will come to understand research as a practice that they can design to fit different needs in different contexts.

ENGL A306: Professional Writing (3 crs.)

Professional Writing fosters the study and practice of writing in professional settings. This class focuses on documents necessary to make decisions and take action on the job, such as letters and e-mail, reports, and performance appraisals. To support these writing tasks, the course provides an introduction to principles of audience analysis, documentation organization, drafting, and revision.

Major Elective Courses – Humanities (18 credits)

Students who choose the Humanities concentration of the AA in Interdisciplinary Studies program will customize their degree by taking elective courses in a wide range of disciplines, including History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Languages and Cultures. The list of available elective options will vary from semester to semester, but course options can include:

  • Comparative Social Movements
  • U.S. Military History
  • Making Moral Decisions
  • Christian Origins
  • Religion, Secularism, and Discrimination
  • Buddhism Across Asia
  • French and Francophone Cinema
  • How Languages Work
  • New Orleans Literature
  • Video Games and Literature

Major Elective Courses – Social Sciences (18 credits)

Students who choose the Social Sciences concentration of the AA in Interdisciplinary Studies program will customize their degree by taking elective courses in a wide range of disciplines, including Criminology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. The list of available elective options will vary from semester to semester, but course options can include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
  • Criminal Law
  • Cybercrime, Technology, and Social Change
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Corruption in American Politics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Models of Human Behavior
  • Social Problems
  • Race, Racism, and Privilege

Loyola Core Courses (36 credits)

The goal of the Loyola Core is to foster students’ competency in five key areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical Reasoning

To help students develop these competencies, the Loyola Core embraces an interdisciplinary approach to learning with an emphasis on balance: the spiritual and intellectual, the moral and ethical, the natural and scientific, the humanistic and artistic.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses should be taken in your first three online sessions at Loyola and include:

  • First-Year Seminar
  • English – Critical Reading & Writing
  • Math Models, Finite Math, or Calculus
  • Science Process – Investigating Nature

Knowledge & Values Courses

Students complete courses in the following categories:

  • Creative Arts & Cultures
  • History I
  • History II
  • Philosophy I: Introduction to the Philosophy of Reasoning
  • Philosophy II: Philosophy of Knowledge & Morality (fulfilled in major for Humanities track)
  • Religious Studies I: Christian Traditions
  • Religious Studies II: World Religions
  • Social Science (fulfilled in major for Social Sciences track)
  • Writing About Literature