Study Abroad and the Core
Core courses you don’t find abroad and must take on campus in Baltimore:
- WR100 Effective Writing
- HS101 History of Modern Civilization
- EN101 Understanding Literature
- PL201 Philosophical Anthropology I (offered in very few programs abroad)
- Fine Arts core
- First Modern Language (101 for core requirement only)
- First Theology core (available in few programs abroad such as Leuven, Belgium; must be completed before taking your second theology core)
- Honors Ethics
Courses You Might Take Abroad
Courses you will all find abroad:
- Free electives;
- Non-departmental electives; and
- WR355 Travel Writing (Loyola programs and exchanges only)
Core courses you might be able to take abroad depending on which program you will attend:
- First or Second Social Science: EC102, EC103, PY101, PY200 level provided you have taken PY101 (offered on very few programs abroad)
- Can’t take abroad: PS101, 102; SC101, 102, 103, 104
- Second English (more restricted for non-Loyola programs and affiliations): "The major goals of the second English course are to introduce students to some of the great authors of literature, to read these authors in literary and historical context, and to learn to write a documented research paper."
- Second History
- Second Theology (more restricted than the others. TH201 must be completed first, before taking this course)
- Second Philosophy (Important reminder, if not found abroad: this course is only offered at Loyola in the spring semester)
- Ethics (Business Ethics offered in very few programs abroad)
- Second Modern Language (103, 104) (See new departmental policy)
- Math or Science (offered in very few programs abroad)
- Honors Theology, History, Philosophy and Literature are offered in some programs (See office of international programs and honors program)
General business courses you might be able to take abroad depending on which program you will attend:
If not offered abroad, you may have to attend summer school and/or take a 6th course to complete the prerequisites for Business Policy.
- IB282 International Business
- MG201 Organizational Behavior
- MK240 Principles of Marketing
- OM330 Operations Management
Advising Business Students
MG402-Business Policy is the capstone course for all business majors. It is usually taken during the spring of senior year. It has 6 prerequisites. They are the following:
- FI320 Financial Management
- IB282 International Business
- LW305-Legal Environment of Business
- MG201-Organizational Behavior
- MK240-Principles of Marketing
- OM330-Operations Management
If students do not complete all six before spring of senior year, they will not graduate. Therefore, students going abroad as well as the ones coming back from abroad will have to complete the above requirements before MG402 is taken. This may mean taking a sixth course and/or summer school.
General business courses that business students usually don’t find abroad and have to take on campus in Baltimore before or after they study abroad:
- EC102 Microeconomic Principles
- EC103 Macroeconomic Principles
- CS111 Introduction to Computers
- MA 151 Applied Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
- AC201 Financial Accounting
- AC202 Managerial Accounting
- EC220 Business Statistics (available in New Zealand and Australia)
- FI320 Financial Management (available to non-Finance majors only in some programs abroad – challenging course)
- LW305 Legal Environment of Business
- MG402 Business Policy
Business majors may also take some major elective courses depending on which program they will attend. See the Office of International Programs and your major advisor to discuss options.
Advice for Some Specific Majors
Consult with departmental chairs and major advisors.
Depending on which program you will attend, you are usually able to take, but not always, your major electives plus one or two other major courses. See the Office of International Programs, your major advisor, or department chair for more detail.
You may take up to two English courses per semester while abroad (see department chair).
Finance courses you have to take on campus and courses you won’t find abroad:
- FI320: You should take this course before your junior year, in the spring of your sophomore year or in the summer before going abroad, so you will be able to complete FI380 and FI381 before your senior year. (Only non-Finance majors might be able to take FI320 abroad)
- FI380 and FI381: You should take these two courses at Loyola before your senior year. They both have FI 320 as a prerequisite.
Finance courses you might be able to take abroad depending on which program you will attend:
- You might be able to take one or two finance major electives abroad depending on which program you will attend.
- Only non-finance majors might be able to take FI320 abroad but this course is often challenging and recommended only to very strong students.
You may not take the last course for your major/minor abroad. You must take this last course at Loyola Baltimore.
- Up to two courses per semester while abroad (see department chair)
Psychology courses you have to take on campus and courses you won’t find abroad (see departmental website on study abroad and department chair for more details):
- ST110, ST210, or ST265
- BL105 (with lab)
- PY291 with lab (must take during your sophomore year)
- PY292 with lab (must take during your sophomore year)
Psychology courses you might be able to take abroad depending on which program you will attend:
- Social science core (Psychology 101 or 200 level only for your core) with or without having taken PY101. However: you will be required to take PY101 if you want to take more PY courses at Loyola.
- PY elective
- Several PY 300 or 400 level courses depending on which program you will attend
- Two PY courses, per semester while abroad.
Other General Rules
You may not complete more than half of your major abroad.
You may no complete more that half your minor abroad. Courses taken at non-Loyola programs (only) do not count towards the Loyola residency requirement
Honors Program Abroad
The Loyola catalogue describes the Honors Program. Only four of the courses mentioned in the description may be taken by honors students abroad. These four courses are the upper-division offerings in the departments of English, Theology, Philosophy, and History.
Honors students may fulfill these requirements in the following ways:
- English: Any course that transfers to Loyola as at least three credits at the 300 level or higher.
- Theology: Any course that transfers to Loyola as at least three credits in a course numbered 320 or higher (excluding ethics).
- Philosophy: Any course that transfers to Loyola as at least three credits in a course numbered 321 or higher (excluding Ethics and Logic).
- History: Any course that transfers to Loyola as at least three credits at the 400 level.
Note that some study abroad programs offer courses that would transfer at the 300 level, but that carry only two credits. Students must submit an additional paper in order to raise these courses to three credits.
In rare cases where it is impossible for a student to schedule needed courses that will transfer at the appropriate level, courses in English, Theology, and Philosophy that normally would transfer to Loyola as three credits at the 200 level, and courses in History that would transfer to Loyola as three credits at the 300 level may be raised to Honors level. In such cases, the student writes an additional paper of at least 10 pages. This paper may be read by the instructor for the course or by a Loyola faculty member, depending on the study abroad program. It is the responsibility of the Honors student to initiate contact with the faculty member who is to evaluate the paper, in order to get instructions on the scope and nature of the Honors assignment.
Note: In order to raise a two credit course of this type to Honors level, the student would need to write two additional papers: one to raise the credit value and one for Honors credit. It is not recommended that students attempt to fulfill Honors requirements with such courses.
It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that courses scheduled abroad for Honors credit will transfer to Loyola at the appropriate level.