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Diplomas with a strong return

98.4% of all 2018 graduates were employed or continuing their education one year after graduation. You’ll be well equipped to succeed after graduation and throughout a lifetime. In addition, Loras has been named a Regional Best Value College according to U.S. News and World Report.

Lessons that last well beyond graduation

Earning your degree and landing the job are just the first steps in a lifelong journey. We’ll help prepare you for what lies ahead—so you have the tools you need to live up to a greater mission of service and ethical leadership.

Passions are meant to be pursued

With over 40 majors to explore, you’re sure to find a program that’s right for you – and your future.

  • Business Majors
    • Accounting

      Gain the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for the Certified Public Accountant exam and go on to a promising career as an accountant. Many students complete the 150-hour requirement for the CPA exam and can choose to pursue a career as a bookkeeper, accountant, loan administrator, tax specialist, or auditor.

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    • Business Administration

      Gain a broader perspective on how business is integrated into other sectors of society and develop the skills needed across industries through in-depth simulations, case analysis, and mediation workshops. Students can go on to hold positions as an operations manager, market researcher, sales manager, insurance underwriter, and purchasing manager.

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    • Business Analytics

      This interdisciplinary major develops in-demand and applicable skills for all areas of business, such as data mining and methods of discovery. Explore the role of ethics and the social value associated with big data collection and usage. Data scientists and analytics professionals can find careers in all areas of business, including supply chain management, medical research, financial modeling, accounting, actuarial analytics, business operations, environmental studies, and sports analytics.

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    • Finance

      Enhance your knowledge of and skills in finance and the financial services industry and develop the skills needed for the field in this comprehensive program. Understand market efficiency and learn to evaluate company performance and develop effective strategy. Apply the theoretical classroom learning in the workforce following graduation, and become an accountant, financial advisor, auditor, loan officer, banker, or budget analyst.

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    • Management Information Systems

      Prepare for a successful career in one of the fastest growing industries today. Master IT and computer science fundamentals, programming, networking, and databases and go on to pursue a career in technology as a programmer, analyst, developer, network administrator, online services manager, internet marketing analyst, or systems engineer.

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    • Marketing

      Gain an integrated global perspective with hands-on learning in this flexible major packed with active and experiential learning. Delve deep and develop an understanding of consumer behavior, advertising, internet marketing, sales management, and retail administration. Following graduation, pursue professional opportunities as a marketing analyst, business development representative, sales representative, account executive, or social media specialist.

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    • Sport Management

      Develop the professional dispositions, ethical decision-making, and written and oral communication skills needed to succeed in the sport management industry. This nationally recognized program connects students with sports business professionals across the nation through conferences and course-related trips to metropolitan areas. Sport management students go on to pursue careers as sports team sales representatives, community relations specialists, event managers, and park district recreational program directors.

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  • Communication Majors
    • Creative Writing

      Through rigorous critical reading, students develop strong analytical skills to pair with extensive writing in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as in specialized areas such as media, political, proposal, and screenwriting. Gain experience and exposure with the campus newspaper and literary journal, national conferences, and writing contests. Following graduation, pursue a career in editing, screenwriting, journalism, teaching, digital media, consulting, advertising, or law.

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    • English Literature

      Develop a rich and rigorous understanding of literature and a strong cultural awareness, as well as skills in active discussion and debate, analysis, and developing arguments based on textual evidence. Gain experience and exposure with the campus newspaper, literary journal, national conferences, and writing contests. Following graduation, pursue a career in publishing, editing, journalism, advertising, public relations, media studies, research, consulting, teaching, academia, or law.

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    • History

      Through a broad and comprehensive historical curriculum, develop skills in analyzing and synthesizing information, and developing persuasive, evidence-based arguments. Dive deep into courses spanning ancient, medieval, and modern history across the Americas, Europe, and non-Western regions. Following graduation, pursue a career in library sciences, business management, public relations, teaching, or academia.

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    • Media Studies

      Become a creative storyteller through film, documentary, newscast, commercial, live sports broadcast, or animation in this media studies program offering the quality, breadth, and depth of the media field. Graduates go on to careers as digital video producers, film directors, advertising managers, copywriters, broadcast journalists, sportscasters, web designers, and editors.

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    • Music

      Grow as musicians through choral and instrumental ensembles, private lessons, general education offerings, and music liturgies. Choose to earn a B.A. in music or a B.A. in music education. Music majors go on to careers in music therapy, liturgical music ministry, and arts administration, while music education majors go on to careers as elementary or secondary music teachers or secondary-level choir or band directors.

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    • Public Relations

      Gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between organizations and the public audience while mastering effective communication across mediums through a public relations degree. Many students gain hands-on experience through leadership roles on campus with Loras College Television, the Lorian newspaper, and other campus organizations. Public relations students go on to secure employment as social media managers, event planners, promotion specialists, communication strategists, media relations directors, and community outreach coordinators.

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    • Spanish

      Prepare for a globalized workplace through the exploration of Spanish language and culture. Develop your linguistic skills through active and applied learning both inside and outside of the classroom, including immersive study abroad opportunities. Spanish majors go on to hold an array of positions as teachers, social workers, professors, law enforcement officers, investment analysts, and more.

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  • Social and Human Services Majors
    • Criminal Justice

      This interdisciplinary major draws upon the perspectives of criminal justice, social work, sociology, psychology, and political science. Apply your knowledge to assess the consequences of alternative courses of action and make decisions based upon appropriate, legal, social, and ethical considerations. Criminal justice graduates can pursue careers in law enforcement, corrections, law, and security, among other fields.

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    • Elementary Education

      Work directly with partner educators in their classrooms to develop the skills and best practices that today’s teachers need. Gain extensive hands-on experience prior to student teaching and prepare for a rewarding career as a teacher. Prepare for elementary education, secondary education, or special education.

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    • International Studies

      Develop an in-depth understanding of major themes in international relations, current global issues, recent world history, and modern cultures and societies in this interdisciplinary program. Gain a competitive edge in a globalizing world and develop your analytical skills in this career-flexible major. Graduates pursue positions in foreign affairs, international business, tourism, public policy, and the public relations industries.

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    • Philosophy

      Discover and explain the ultimate origin, purpose, and meaning of everything, especially human existence, through the study of philosophy. Students in this major develop unparalleled ethical decision-making skills, and the rigorous curriculum prepares them to succeed across fields — philosophy students consistently rank in the top percentiles on exams such as the GRE and LSAT. Following graduation, pursue a career in academia, law, management, or theology.

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    • Politics

      Delve deep into issues including immigration, war and peace, the environment, campaign finance, foreign relations, human rights, and nationalism through a politics major. Examine the moral principles and ethical dilemmas within these matters while gaining a global perspective. After graduation, go on to a career as an urban planner, lobbyist, government administrator, policy analyst, business executive, nonprofit director, or journalist.

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    • Psychology

      Apply psychological theories and concepts as you analyze research and hone your critical thinking skills. Gain a solid foundation in the traditional areas of psychological study and engage in experiential learning through internships and in research labs. Psychology students go on to pursue careers in human services, human resources, business, research, marketing, counseling, and health sciences.

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    • Religious Studies

      Expand your worldview by examining religious history, culture, Christian theology, scripture, and moral reasoning throughout the modern world. Students benefit from hands-on, experiential learning through service trips both domestically and internationally as well as study abroad opportunities. Religious Studies students find employment as directors of religious education, youth ministers, social workers, campus ministers, and educators.

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    • Social Work

      Improve the functioning and life satisfaction of people through individual and social advocacy. Social work students gain the skills needed to improve communities and larger environments in which people perform their jobs and function. Our CSWE-accredited program prepares students to develop the diversity of skills needed to be strong advocates for others. Social work students pursue careers as mental health workers, human rights advocates, community organizers, refugee resettlement workers, child abuse investigators, and various types of social workers.

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    • Sociology

      Learn how institutions, organizations, and issues of race, gender, and class shape individual life experiences through the study of sociology. Analyze the behavior patterns of social, political, religious, educational, and business organizations to identify the causes of societal problems. Sociology majors can pursue careers in many areas, including consumer research, urban planning, community development, advocacy, and marketing.

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  • STEM MajorsSTEM Majors
    • Athletic Training

      Help athletes and active individuals to aid in preventing, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating injuries. Work with a diverse group of people in the field or clinic in this allied healthcare profession. Students can choose the 3+2 dual degree option, offering both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology as well as a master’s degree in Athletic Training.

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    • Biochemistry

      Engage in research employing DNA cloning – a critical component of modern biochemistry – and molecular biology investigations within our Medical Associates Recombinant DNA Laboratory. After graduating, pursue a career in chemistry, education, forensic science, engineering, government, or various health professions.

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    • Biology/Biological Research

      Choose to major either in Biology or Biological Research. Utilize advanced technology such as the DNA sequencer in our Medical Associates Recombinant DNA Laboratory for hands-on learning and experience. Students can go on to graduate studies or pursue careers in research and development, museum education, pharmaceutical sales, and conservation.

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    • Chemistry

      Develop a strong foundation in chemical principles and apply your learning within the lab. Pursue a wide range of options after graduation, such as a career in the chemical industry, government, education, engineering, forensic science, or law; or enter interdisciplinary fields such as medicine, dentistry, and other health professions.

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    • Computer Science

      Prepare for a successful career in one of the fastest growing industries today. Master IT and computer science fundamentals, programming, networking, and databases. Pursue an in-demand career in IT, infrastructure management, software development, and systems upgrades.

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    • Engineering

      Develop strong technical and design skills needed for a successful career in engineering. Learn to analyze and control dynamic systems, electrical circuits, and computer programming in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering courses. Become a well-rounded graduate with this interdisciplinary degree based in the liberal arts. With ABET accreditation, you can be sure your engineering education is of the highest quality standards – only a few engineering programs in Iowa have earned this elite status. Following graduation, pursue a career as a process engineer, systems engineer, manufacturing engineer, work designer, design engineer, quality engineer, manufacturing engineer, or in robotics.

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    • Kinesiology

      Understand the theory and practice of physical activity in a range of specialty areas, including strength and conditioning, motor development, rehabilitation, exercise physiology, and biomechanics. Prepare for exams to become a NSCA-certified personal trainer or certified strength and conditioning specialist. Students have the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a master’s degree in Athletic Training in a 3+2 structure, graduating with both degrees in five years.

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    • Mathematics

      Prepare to argue rigorously, think abstractly, and problem-solve creatively through the study of mathematics. This career-flexible program can lead to an array of professional paths or prepare you with a strong foundation for graduate studies. Students go on to pursue positions in teaching, business, economics, accounting, programming, meteorology, and other fields.

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    • Neuroscience

      Examine and analyze the relationships between neurobiology and psychology at the cellular, synaptic, network, behavioral, and societal levels. Explore neuroanatomy through dissections, interactions with community-based programs, and conducting modern analytical techniques. Graduates go on to pursue careers at neurological foundations and pharmaceutical companies and hold titles such as research scientist or laboratory technician.

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    • Pre-Health Professions

      Loras College is home to a number of pre-professional tracks to help you prepare for successful admission to the professional school of your choice. Receive personalized guidance from our pre-health science advisor, in order to be best prepared for careers in chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, and veterinary medicine.

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  • Master's Programs
    • Athletic Training (MAT)

      Prepare to provide quality healthcare to an active population as an athletic trainer. Gain the foundational knowledge and hands-on experience needed through didactic and clinical training in our program that’s fully accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). You’ll graduate ready to implement evidence-based medicine as an athletic trainer, working with an array of patients.

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    • Counseling

      Designed to flexibly fit into the lives of working professionals, the highly regarded Loras College counseling program boasts almost 40 years of experience in training and preparing individuals to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Classes are held at night and graduates go on to work for a wide range of mental health service organizations.

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    • General Psychology

      Tailored to meet the needs of working professionals, the Loras General Psychology program is designed to enhance the professional competencies and involvement of people who desire more knowledge about the psychological aspects of human function. Students have opportunities to study general psychology topics with academic faculty and experienced mental clinicians.

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    • School Counseling

      Be an advocate for students through a rewarding career in school counseling. Efficiently designed to be completed within two years, the program fits into the lives of working professionals with classes meeting once per week. All faculty are practicing professionals who bring real-world experience to their teaching.

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  • Certificates, Postbaccalaureate, and Licensure Coursework
    • Mental Health Counselor Pathway to Licensure

      Thinking about changing careers to become a licensed mental health counselor? If you have previously completed a graduate degree in psychology (or a related field) within the past ten years and are interested in pursuing licensure as a mental health counselor, this special non-degree graduate program is for you.

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    • Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program

      Prepare for a career in medicine or health sciences in this 12-month program, which covers all the classes commonly required for entrance to medicine, optometry, dentistry, podiatry, physical therapy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine schools.

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    • School Counseling Pathway to Licensure

      Thinking about changing your career focus and becoming a licensed school counselor? If you have previously completed a graduate degree in psychology (or a related field) within the past ten years and are interested in pursuing licensure as a school counselor, this special non-degree graduate program is for you.

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    • Secondary Education Teacher Licensure

      Did you complete your bachelor’s degree in something other than Education and now want to become a high school or middle school teacher? We can help you achieve your goal! Loras can provide the required coursework and field experiences to prepare individuals wanting to teach English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, or Spanish through our Secondary Education Teacher Licensure program.

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    • Other Non-Degree Graduate Coursework

      Looking to build your skills – or try something new – without making a full commitment? Qualified individuals may take up to 9 graduate credits as a non-degree (“special”) student for professional development, continuing education credits, or just personal enrichment. No formal admission process required!

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Life at Loras

Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. With more than 60 co-curricular clubs and organizations, you’ll find many ways to be engaged and grow as a leader at Loras.

Personalized Education

Small classes mean you’ll work closely with fulltime faculty all dedicated to your individual success. Seasoned professors bring their industry experience into the classroom to prepare you to thrive in the workforce after graduation.

Financial Aid for All

At Loras College, 100% of our undergraduate students receive scholarships or grants. We are committed to providing an accessible, affordable degree for everyone.

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