Loyola University Maryland

Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Class Deans

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Welcome to the office of the dean of undergraduate studies. We are committed to helping students make the most out of their undergraduate years at Loyola—whether that means helping you through a difficult circumstance that is affecting your academics or preparing to take the next exciting step in the journey of discovery and achievement that can distinguish your academic experience.

In undergraduate studies, we believe that students are the most important architects in planning for an undergraduate career and academic success. Students need to be agents empowered to discern their own paths, accepting the responsibility for success and failure, being resolute in the pursuit of interests, passions and goals, and making sense of their lives and choices as they proceed toward graduation. Part of that responsibility begins with advocating for one’s self and seizing opportunities for exploration and growth. This, too, requires seeking out support resources on campus when necessary. 

The office of undergraduate studies coordinates the work of several such academic opportunities and supports:

  • The dean of undergraduate studies, Professor Douglas B. Harris, oversees the office of undergraduate studies and is co-director of Messina, Loyola’s first-year seminar program designed to help students acclimate to college quickly, connect and integrate their learning across multiple disciplines and courses, and to connect that learning to out-of-class experiences and life in the residence halls.
  • Beginning with the Class of 2019, each undergraduate class has a class dean, a faculty member who serves as the lead academic resource for students in their class from orientation through graduation. Dr. Natka Bianchini, associate professor of fine arts, theatre, is dean of the Class of 2019 and Dr. Arthur Sutherland, associate professor of theology, is Dean of the Class of 2020. Students in the Classes of 2017 and 2018 should consider Dean Harris to be their class dean.
  • The Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC) promotes the academic progress of undergraduate students by supporting the declaration of major (and minor) processes, course registration and withdrawal, and graduation clearance. AASC is a resource for students seeking clarity about degree requirements or university policies and assists faculty serving as core and major advisors. Part-time and transfer students, students with learning disabilities, and students who are academically at risk can find key support in AASC as well.
  • The Study provides comprehensive learning assistance that enables students to become successful independent learners. Offering free peer tutoring in most undergraduate courses as well as study skills and academic success workshops, The Study is an important resource for any student seeking additional academic assistance whether because they are struggling or simply because they are eager to take the next step toward even greater achievement.

We invite you to make the most of these resources and the many other academic resources that Loyola offers to help you succeed, excel, and make the most out of your undergraduate experience.

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