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Summer Courses

Spend your summer learning.

Loyola University New Orleans offers a wide variety of summer courses. Check a Loyola Core requirement off your to-do list or get ahead in your major with exciting offerings from every college. 

Why take summer courses?

  • Many flexible online options
  • Sessions range from 2 – 14 weeks 
  • Courses starting in May, June, and July
  • Topics that meet Loyola Core requirements

Take a free success course.

If you’re already enrolled in a Summer Session course, you can add a free one-credit student success course (SPST-A230 Academic Success). This 7-week online course will help you prepare for academic success and overcome challenges that might impede your path to graduation. Keep in mind that this course is tuition-free but may adjust your fees from part-time to full-time depending on your program of study. This course counts as undergraduate elective credit.

Find the right course for your plan of study.

Curious what types of courses you can take over the summer? Check out some of our most unique offerings below and view the full listing of Summer 2024 courses in the Course Catalog on LORA Self-Service. Law students can also view a schedule and course descriptions on the Law Academic Affairs page.

This course aims to provide examples of racial representation and discrimination in France. It alternates cases of media representation of communities defined by race in chronological order from the late 19th century to the present. The class also intends to provide students with theoretical tools to discuss media content within social and media representation theories.

  • Leopoldo A. Tablante
  • Second 7-Week Session (7/1/2024 – 8/15/2024)
  • Online Asynchronous 

This course examines diversity, physiology, ecology, and conservation of microbes, plants, and animals that live in the marine environment. Emphasis is placed on how marine organisms have adapted to living in their environment and how humans depend upon and affect marine ecosystems.

  • Dr. Frank Jordan
  • Second 7-Week Session (7/1/2024 – 8/15/2024)
  • Asynchronous Online
  • Counts as Natural Science in Context Core

This course lets students build critical thinking skills by reading fairy tales, fairy tale retellings, and magical realism. Reading texts beside feminist theorists like Sian Ngai and Laura Mulvey teaches students how to analyze texts through the framework of different theories. Students will analyze texts of the past and present through an intersectional feminist lens: looking at race, gender, sex, ability, sexuality and their overlap. We'll discuss how women are represented in literature as well as what types of women are often centered in stories. We'll investigate how magic can be used both to solve and illuminate problems. By closely reading specific passages, we will explore the presence of literary elements such as: allusion, symbolism, allegory, metaphor, images, delayed decoding, free indirect discourse, as well as others. Reading a variety of texts-poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and cross- genre-will help students prepare reading strategies. This helps develop students into lifelong readers. Students will also practice writing across genres, which prepares them to be effective communicators.

  • Vanessa C. Saunders 
  • Second 7-Week Session (7/1/2024 – 8/15/2024)
  • Asynchronous Online
  • Counts as Writing about Literature Core

This course surveys research in topics that deal with the science of human behavior that might be classified as good or evil. The main emphasis is on empirical approaches, with reference to the behavioral sciences (social psychology, sociology, history, and political science), genetics and neuroscience, cultural anthropology, and even popular culture. The course examines good and evil as both moral absolutes and as societal constructs.

  • Erin Dupuis 
  • Second 7-Week Session (7/1/2024 – 8/15/2024)
  • Asynchronous Online
  • Counts as Social Science Core

This course serves as an introductory course to philosophy and is a humanistic study of the most fundamental problems of human existence. Among the topics that this course examines are: the nature of philosophical inquiry, the nature of the human person; the relation of the human person to the cosmos; the issue of freedom and determinism; the relation of the human person to the social; the nature of human knowing, and the nature of human responsibility and purpose.

  • Dr. Everett C. Fulmer 
  • Second 7-Week Session (7/1/2024 – 8/15/2024)
  • Asynchronous Online
  • Counts as Philosophy 1 Core 

This course examines narratives that attempt to make sense of the problem of disease. Readings and films focus on physical traumas such as cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, amputation, and paralysis as a way of exploring larger themes such as radical body transformation, the sense of the loss of self, and empathy. Is disease salvific? Is it meaningless? The texts explore an array of emotional and ideological responses to human frailty.

  • Ms. Whitney A. MacKman
  • Second 7-Week Session (7/1/2024 – 8/15/2024)
  • Asynchronous Online
  • Counts as Creative Arts and Cultures Core

Submit a Course for Your Summer Wishlist

Don’t see a particular course you’d like to take over the summer? Fill out our Summer Wishlist form to let us know what you’d like to see! We’ll use your input to inform our planning for future Summer Session terms.