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    Loyola Marymount University
   
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


Administration

Dean: Robbin D. Crabtree

Associate Deans: Jennifer Eich, Richard Fox, Michael Horan

Assistant Deans: Shannon Pascual, Emily Schlam

Mission of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA)

BCLA is the oldest and largest school at LMU and the liberal arts is at the heart of the LMU undergraduate education for all our students. We have 22 degree programs and 28 minors that will help you sharpen your intellectual capacity, gain deep content knowledge, and practice the marketable skills–such as critical thinking, writing, diversity awareness, and teamwork–that are highly valued by employers. In fact, the overwhelming majority of employers prefer to hire people who demonstrate the outcomes from a liberal arts education. Liberal arts graduates have similar peak earnings as business and pre-professional majors, and are more likely to pursue graduate degrees.

In the Liberal Arts you will:

  • Think about the ideas, traditions, and institutions that influence our culture and society
  • Engage in exciting community-based and experiential learning opportunities
  • Prepare to work in the widest range of professions and become career-ready 
  • Build your capacity for citizenship and engagement with the world
  • Be able to personalize your studies by combining majors and minors.

The liberal arts will stimulate your curiosity, broaden your horizons, deepen your self-awareness, enhance your moral principles and ethical reasoning, and develop habits for lifelong learning.

BCLA Student Learning Outcomes

By virtue of their liberal arts courses, LMU students should understand:

  • The various ways in which knowledge is established and integrated
  • The broad outlines of human history and the interconnectedness of the world
  • The philosophical and theological dimensions of our intellectual traditions.

By virtue of their liberal arts courses, LMU students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate written and oral competencies
  • Synthesize and apply knowledge to solve problems, personal and social
  • Interact cross-culturally and pursue justice, locally and globally.

By virtue of their liberal arts courses, LMU students should value:

  • The life of the mind, enhanced self-awareness and social awareness
  • Critical reflection that leads to thoughtful action
  • Diversity, responsibility, justice, and globally sound human practice.

Similarly, BCLA students attain the learning outcomes of their majors and minors, found in the following program descriptions.

Organization of the College

The College offers undergraduate majors and/or minors in the following fields of learning:

African American Studies AFAM
Asian Pacific American Studies APAM
Asian and Pacific Studies ASPA
Catholic Studies CATH
Chicano/a Studies CHST
Chinese CHIN
Classics and Archaeology CLAR
Economics ECON
English ENGL
Environmental Studies EVST
Ethics ETHC
European Studies EURO
French FREN
German GRMN
History HIST
Humanities HMNT
Individualized Studies ISLA
International Relations INRL
Italian ITAL
Irish Studies IRST
Jewish Studies JWST
Journalism JRNL
Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) LBST
Modern Greek Studies MDGK
Modern Languages MDLL
Peace Studies PCST
Philosophy PHIL
Political Science POLS
Psychology PSYC
Sociology SOCL
Spanish SPAN
Theological Studies THST
Urban Studies URBN
Women’s and Gender Studies WGST

Master’s level graduate programs are offered in the following fields:

1. Bioethics
BIOE
  M.A. in Bioethics  
  Graduate Certificate in Bioethics  
    General Concentration in Bioethics  
    or  
    Concentration in Catholic Bioethics  
2. English
ENGL
  With emphasis in:  
    Literature,  
    Creative Writing,  
    or  
    Rhetoric and Composition  
3. Philosophy
PHIL
4. Theological Studies
THST
  M.A. in Theology  
    Concentration in Comparative Theology option  
  M.A. in Pastoral Theology  
    Concentration in Pastoral Leadership option  
    or  
    Concentration in Spiritual Direction option  
5. Yoga Studies
YGST
  M.A. in Yoga Studies  

Application of General University Requirements

The University requirements for admission, graduation, and all general rules and regulations of the University as set forth in this Bulletin are applicable to and binding upon all students enrolled in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

Degree Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

The degree program has three components: core, major, and electives. The core curriculum, which is taken throughout the four-year program, provides educational breadth and embodies Loyola Marymount’s educational mission and vision. The major provides a field of concentration that develops a depth of understanding in the humanities or social sciences. Finally, up to one-third of the program is made up of electives. This provides the opportunity for exploring fields of study complementary to the major or for developing expertise in a second major or minor.

All BCLA students should be aware of the following policies:

124 semester hours are required for graduation with the following distribution: a) at least 45 semester hours of upper division, and b) a maximum of 32 upper division semester hours or no more than two upper division courses beyond the major requirements in any one department will be accepted toward graduation requirements.

Enrollment by degree-seeking students at another institution at the same time they are enrolled at LMU is not permitted. Courses taken concurrently elsewhere will not be accepted toward degree requirements in BCLA. See Financial Aid policies for additional restrictions.

The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts accepts a maximum of two semester hours of physical education only upon entrance for a new transfer student. Other physical education hours do not count toward degree requirements.

A maximum of 10 semester hours of Aerospace Studies credit will be accepted.

Students should consult the Dean’s Office for specific policies applicable to the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

Students Interested in Teaching in California Public Schools

Students wishing to teach grades K-5 in California public schools are required to obtain a Multiple Subjects Subject Matter Teaching Credential and demonstrate “subject matter competence” to teach the many subjects commonly taught in elementary school. Subject matter competence must be demonstrated by passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). To prepare for this examination, students complete the requirements of the Liberal Studies Bachelor’s of Arts degree in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. Students interested in the Liberal Studies degree program should consult a Liberal Studies advisor.

Students wishing to teach in grades 6-12 in California public schools are required to obtain a Single Subject Credential and demonstrate “subject matter competence” to teach a particular subject (e.g., English, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Mathematics, or Science). Subject matter competence can be demonstrated by either passing a national exam or by successfully completing an approved subject matter preparation program in English. Students interested in teaching English at the 6-12 grades levels should consult the English Subject Matter advisor in the English Department. The Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering offers an approved single subject preparation program in mathematics. Students interested in teaching mathematics should consult an advisor in the Mathematics Department. Subject matter preparation programs in science and French are pending, whereas Spanish and the social sciences have been approved.

A Multiple Subjects Subject Matter or Single Subject Matter teaching credential can be earned concurrently with a Bachelor’s degree. Except for Liberal Studies majors, students may declare a minor in Education and begin taking Education courses after completion of 30 semester hours (first semester Sophomore standing). In order to maximize the full potential of taking Education courses with the undergraduate program, students are strongly encouraged to declare the Education minor early in their career. Credential programs are also available in Special Education (K-12) and Bilingual Education (Spanish, K-12). For more information on Education programs, see the School of Education section in this Bulletin.

Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs

For information on these programs, see the Secondary Teacher Preparation  section in this Bulletin.

African American Studies

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Bachelors

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Asian and Asian American Studies

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Bachelors

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Bioethics

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Catholic Studies

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Chicana/o Studies

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Bachelors

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Classics and Archaeology

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Bachelors

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Economics

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Bachelors

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English

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Environmental Studies

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Minor

Ethics

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Minor

European Studies

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Bachelors

Geography

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History

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Humanities

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Irish Studies

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Jewish Studies

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Liberal Arts

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Liberal Studies

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Modern Greek Studies

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Modern Languages and Literatures

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Peace Studies

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Philosophy

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Political Science

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Psychology

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Sociology

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Theological Studies

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Urban Studies

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Bachelors

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Women's and Gender Studies

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Bachelors

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Yoga Studies

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Masters