We are proud to offer Loras College alumni the opportunity to complete their Loras College degree online in a specially designed Liberal Studies program. The program provides a curriculum with a strong liberal arts focus integrated with the mission of Loras College. Students can achieve a Liberal Studies degree by choosing four courses to complete—and can take up to two years to do it.

          • 7-week courses are conveniently offered entirely online
          • Students have two years to complete their chosen courses
          • Online orientation

The following schedule of courses is offered online through Fall 2013 for students pursuing their Liberal Studies degree:

     Science Fiction Cyborg Communities: starting February 4, 2013
  South African double-amputee Oscar Pistorius competed in this year’s London Olympic Games, but not without controversy. Was Pistorius disabled? Or was he enhanced? How much “adaptation” does it take before we get to a state that is “beyond human”? Science fiction, particularly those works dealing with cyborgs, allows us to explore these questions. Using Asimov’s “I, Robot” short story, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s depiction of Data, Bladerunner, The Matrix, and Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game”, we will consider the role of the body in an age in which we communicate via computers and alternate identities. A number of our class meetings will be held in an online world called Second Life. You will have the opportunity to create an avatar—an alternate identity that could be male or female or neither, or might not even be recognizably human—and integrate that avatar into a simulated world. Your reflections on this experience and our readings will help you examine the ethics and construction of identity when identity is no longer so dependent on one’s location or physical shape.

     Money and Morals: starting April 1, 2013
  What is right, and what is wrong? What are my values? How do my values impact my decisions? This class will examine these questions by examining three distinct topics where money and morals/ethics are intertwined. We will begin by studying the principles of Catholic social teaching, Kantian ethics, and ethics of care. Furthermore, we will apply these theories to personal spending habits, investing and corporate behavior

     World Cinema: Summer 2013
  An international survey focusing on films of cultural, historic and artistic significance. The course utilizes film history and film theory to introduce students to the diversity of motion pictures as an art form and as a transmitter of culture.

     Ethical Considerations in Criminal Justice: Fall 2013
  This course is an examination of ethical considerations within the context of decision-making by criminal justice practitioners and policies of the American criminal justice system. As such, the course will examine morality, ethics and human behavior from the perspective of various ethical philosophies and their application to a system of social control agencies. In addition, specific ethical dilemmas and controversies associated with the administration of justice in law enforcement, the judiciary and corrections, as major components of the criminal justice system will be addressed.

     Interpersonal Communication: Fall 2013
  This course embraces three themes central to the "Identity and Community" category. The themes include: 1) person-to-person interaction with friends, family members, romantic partners, and co-workers; 2) how the roles of community, culture and gender influence person- to-person interactions and; 3) how technology and media influence person-to-person interactions.