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Accounting, B.S.

A Program Focused Upon the Profession

Accounting is no longer just a numbers game: it is rapidly becoming a service profession based on knowledge. The next generation of accountants will be strategic thinkers and planners who must not only understand financial data, but must also be able to recognize and understand the impact such data have on all aspects of an organization. As the economy grows, the number of business establishments can be expected to increase, too, and there will be a need for accountants and auditors to set up their financial, technological and internal control systems; provide tax preparation and planning assistance; and offer management consulting and other business advisory services.

Because passing the CPA exam is the hallmark of the profession, the Accounting program at Xavier concentrates on preparing its graduates to do just that. Curriculum content, faculty emphasis and assistance, interactive group learning efforts and an accounting-oriented student organization combine to produce students well prepared to take and pass the exam.

The Accounting program at Xavier University of Louisiana offers the opportunity to receive an education that will prepare you for a career in top management decision making, active involvement in corporate finance and the potential for a six figure income with executive status in a respected profession. There are opportunities as business consultants and exciting interaction with local community leaders. With an accounting degree there are many opportunities for entrepreneurial business ownership. Past graduates have been hired by companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, the Internal Revenue Service, Coca Cola, Ryan and Company, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as by several area and regional businesses and non-profit organizations.

Division:

https://www.xula.edu/division?id=business

Art, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) program combines art with another chosen discipline to broaden career opportunities. This program requires 54 semester hours in art courses, of which twelve (12) hours are electives. In addition to the 54 semester hours in art, a minor of eighteen (18) semester hours in an area other than art is required. 

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3520 Pine Street

Art Education, B.A.

Art Education offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in two programs: a full Art major degree in preparation for graduate school and an Education degree leading to certification to teach Art Education Grades K-12. Art Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

Art Education, B.A.

Art Education offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in two programs: a full Art major degree in preparation for graduate school and an Education degree leading to certification to teach Art Education Grades K-12. Art Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

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3520 Pine Street

Biochemistry, B.S. (Biology and Math Double Concentration)

The Biochemistry program prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in an exciting area of science of the chemistry that controls biological processes and molecular medicine. Students declaring a major in Biochemistry should work with their advisors to choose a minor that will best prepare them for the career or graduate/professional school of their choice.

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Biochemistry, B.S. (Biology Minor)

The Biochemistry program prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in an exciting area of science of the chemistry that controls biological processes and molecular medicine. Students declaring a major in Biochemistry should work with their advisors to choose a minor that will best prepare them for the career or graduate/professional school of their choice.

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Biochemistry, B.S. (Math Minor)

The Biochemistry program prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in an exciting area of science of the chemistry that controls biological processes and molecular medicine. Students declaring a major in Biochemistry should work with their advisors to choose a minor that will best prepare them for the career or graduate/professional school of their choice.

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Bioinformatics, B.S.

The Bioinformatics program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills relevant to the broad field of Bioinformatics, including understanding complex biological systems and their quantitative data; processing, storing, analyzing, and modeling of many types of biological data; and effectively communicating research findings.

The major will provide students with the scientific foundation for learning, discovery, engagement, and innovation. These opportunities will support a well-rounded understanding of the principles and theories of the computing and biological sciences so that students are willing and able to have leadership roles in their careers or as they enter graduate school. 

The program's interdisciplinary curriculum will provide students with content knowledge across the field. Graduates of the program will acquire the qualifications needed to pursue careers in industry, government, and academia as bioinformatics professionals, or pursue further studies towards obtaining advanced degrees or other STEM related degrees.

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Biology - Dual Degree in Biomedical Engineering, B.S.

The Dual Degree Program in Engineering at Xavier University of Louisiana:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree with a major at Xavier University of Louisiana
  • B.S. degree with an engineering major at a Partner Engineering School


The Xavier University Dual Degree Engineering Program is designed to give a solid academic background in the sciences and mathematics that are essential to persons who are interested in becoming engineers.

The main objective of the Dual Degree Engineering Program is to provide all students admitted to the program with the counseling, academic and other support services that will maximize their opportunity for completion of the first three years of the program.

At Xavier, students take three years of basic science, mathematics, engineering, and liberal arts courses. When the three-year program is completed successfully, students transfer to an Engineering School of their choice to complete training in a specialized area of engineering. It is expected that students will, with normal course loads, be able to complete their undergraduate training in two years at the Engineering School.


Participating Schools

Xavier currently has agreements with the following Engineering Schools: Georgia Institute of TechnologyLouisiana State UniversityNorth Carolina A&T State UniversityNotre-Dame UniversitySouthern University at Baton RougeTulane UniversityUniversity of Detroit MercyUniversity of New Orleans, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Many more agreements are in working. These agreements do not, however, preclude students from choosing and attending other Engineering Schools. Students in the Dual Degree Program should submit the application for a degree from Xavier at least one semester prior to their graduation from the Engineering school.

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Biology - Premedical, B.S.

The Biology Department is committed to preparing its graduates for entering the exciting field of biological research and toward matriculation into graduate and professional schools. Most of the courses a student takes in a health professional school are in Biology including physiology, anatomy, histology, microbiology, genetics, and immunology just to list a few. Strong preparation in these areas will help one become not only a successful applicant, but also a successful graduate in the health professions. Biology graduates have successfully completed programs at professional schools such as Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, LSU, Meharry, Stanford, Tulane, UCLA, Yale and others. The science of biotechnology is expanding very rapidly, thus creating numerous jobs for biologists in industry. To enter into research and applied biology, a solid preparation for graduate school is essential. 

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Biology, B.A.

This program is designed for students interested in combining their biology study with other disciplines such as pre-law, marketing, history, technical writing, etc. The degree will not prepare students for graduate programs in biology or for medical or dental schools. Students who later may wish to pursue graduate programs in biology or attend professional school will be required to take additional courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. 

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Biology, B.S.

The Biology Department is committed to preparing its graduates for entering the exciting field of biological research and toward matriculation into graduate and professional schools. Most of the courses a student takes in a health professional school are in Biology including physiology, anatomy, histology, microbiology, genetics, and immunology just to list a few. Strong preparation in these areas will help one become not only a successful applicant, but also a successful graduate in the health professions. Biology graduates have successfully completed programs at professional schools such as Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, LSU, Meharry, Stanford, Tulane, UCLA, Yale and others. The science of biotechnology is expanding very rapidly, thus creating numerous jobs for biologists in industry. To enter into research and applied biology, a solid preparation for graduate school is essential. 

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Biology Education (Grades 6-12) (Certification - Biology), B.S.

Biology Education offers a Bachelor of science degree in two programs: a full biology major degree in preparation for graduate school and an Education degree leading to certification to teach biology grades 6-12. Biology Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

Business, B.S. with Business Management Concentration

Because managers are the people who decide how to use many of a society's most valuable resources – its skilled employees, raw materials, computers and information systems, and financial assets – they directly impact the well-being of people, organizations, and nations. Our management majors are well-prepared for Careers in a wide variety of business organizations, both domestic and international.

Division:

https://www.xula.edu/division?id=business

Business, B.S. with Finance Concentration

Finance is concerned with the methods used to generate monetary resources to purchase sufficient physical capital and inventory that can sustain company sales. Often referred to as "The Heart of Business," students of Finance learn the mechanics of cash flow management and capital budgeting. Xavier's program in Finance is aimed at preparing students to take the Certified Financial Analyst Examination and/or to qualify for admissions to the master of Finance program at Tulane University.

The Finance program has been recently revamped to prepare students for the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. The CFA designation is the most respected and valued credential in the global finance community

Division:

https://www.xula.edu/division?id=business

Business, B.S. with Sales and Marketing Concentration

The Sales and Marketing Concentration offers business majors an opportunity to receive education that will prepare you for a career in Sales, Customer Relationship Management or Marketing. The Sales and Marketing program develops the fundamental skills to ensure students are performance ready and can contribute early in their careers. These skills include territory management, consultative selling, CRM/SFA, sales leadership/management, distribution, and complex selling. 

Division:

https://www.xula.edu/division?id=business

Chemistry (A.C.S. Certified), B.S.

Approved by the American Chemical Society, with its required minor in Mathematics, students are prepared for graduate studies in Chemistry and for careers as professional chemists.

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Chemistry, B.S.

A more flexible program; it does not require the student to minor in a specific area. Rather, students must choose their own minor which must include at least 18 semester hours. The student also must follow the requirements of the University and the Department in which he/she wishes to minor. This program also allows for more free electives than other Chemistry programs. This program is designed to allow a student the option to design a program to fit career and life goals that combine Chemistry with other subjects. It is especially relevant for students with nontraditional goals and those transferring from another major who have already accumulated significant hours in another field. It is important for students following the Chemistry Program to plan their course of study in close consultation with their academic advisors.

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Chemistry (Pre-Pharmacy), B.S.

Designed to prepare students for success in pharmacy school. Students wishing to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree through Xavier's College of Pharmacy must complete 61 credit hours of the Chemistry (Pre-Pharmacy) curriculum, as specified, prior to being admitted to the PharmD Program. Students interested in pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at another institution are also advised to follow the Chemistry (Pre-Pharmacy) curriculum while at Xavier. For those students following this course of study who may opt not to pursue an advanced degree in Pharmacy, the four-year curriculum provides preparation for other careers or advanced study requiring significant background in Chemistry. Students choosing to complete the full four-year program should work closely with their academic advisor in choosing elective courses.

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Chemistry (Pre-Professional), B.S.

Prepares students for success in medical, dental, and related health professional schools. The courses in the major and its required Biology minor have been selected to give the graduates of this program the greatest chance of success in their chosen professional field.

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Chemistry Dual Degree Program in Chemical Engineering, B.S.

Allows students to earn both a B.S. in Chemistry from Xavier and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from an engineering school in five years. Students follow a modified Chemistry program for three years at Xavier, and then transfer to an engineering school to complete the last two years.

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Chemistry Education (Grades 6-12) (Certification - Chemistry), B.S.

Chemistry Education offers a Bachelor of science degree in two programs: a full biology major degree in preparation for graduate school and an Education degree leading to certification to teach Chemistry grades 6-12. Chemistry Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

Chemistry Education (Grades 6-12) (Certification - Chemistry), B.S.

The Department offers this program jointly with the Division of Education and Counseling. The objective of this program is to provide students with the proper combination of Chemistry and Education courses to prepare them to teach Chemistry at the 6-12 grade levels.

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Communication Studies, B.A.

Communication Studies is a broad academic area that studies and applies communication in many different contexts, including relationships, culture, and performance. In Communication Studies, classes are connected to New Orleans and beyond; students attend national conferences and performance festivals; and students and faculty collaborate on research projects. In addition, the department sponsors provocative campus events. In essence, Communication Studies considers the diverse ways that people make their worlds through communication by doing that work alongside students. In doing so, Communication Studies trains students to apply their communication skills
to a chosen profession and/or graduate school.

Communication skills are at the top of every employers “must have” list when hiring new graduates, so all department majors develop a strategy for applying their communication skills to the career of their choice. The interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication is also great preparation for graduate school in a wide range of disciplines, from the Humanities to the Social Sciences.

Because students are educated in a broad range of areas, including Applied Communication, Communication and Culture, and Performance Studies, a degree in Communication Studies prepares graduates for a wide array of career choices.

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Computer Information Systems, B.S.

The Computer Information Systems major studies the business and the science of computing. The business of computer information systems includes accounting, business administration, economics, sales, marketing, and software engineering. The science of computer information systems includes database, digital logic design, operating systems, and of course programming.

Computer Science, B.S.

The Computer Science major studies the art and the science of computing. The art of computer science includes web design, graphics, multimedia, software engineering, and many other creative courses. The science of computing includes the theory of computing, database, artificial intelligence, robotics,digital logic design, algorithms, operating systems, architecture, and of course programming. The Computer Science Department is committed to preparing students for either a career in a computing field or for graduate study.

Computer Science with Dual Degree in Computer Engineering, B.S.

The Computer Science major studies the art and the science of computing. The art of computer science includes web design, graphics, multimedia, software engineering, and many other creative courses. The science of computing includes the theory of computing, database, artificial intelligence, robotics,digital logic design, algorithms, operating systems, architecture, and of course programming. The Computer Science Department is committed to preparing students for either a career in a computing field or for graduate study.

Xavier's Dual-Degree Engineering Program that has a Computer Engineering concentration. This 3+2 program requires students to complete the core Computer Science and Engineering courses then transfer to an engineering school to complete their engineering degree requirements. Upon completion of the degree requirements, students will earn a B.S. in Computer Science from Xavier and a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from their engineering school.

Data Science, B.S.

The Data Science program will allow students to gain understanding and skills relevant to the broad field of Data Science, including information technology principles, concepts, practices, system and database software, learning from data, and analytical thinking. 

Drawing most heavily on the offerings of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the program's interdisciplinary curriculum will provide students with content knowledge across the field, allowing them to acquire the qualifications to work as scientists, and the knowledge and understanding to pursue further graduate training in data science or other scientific fields.

Data Science graduates will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of computer science, mathematics, statistics, and data science.

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Elementary Education (Grades 1-5), B.A.

The requirements of the Education programs consist of courses in general education, knowledge of the learner and the learning environment, methodology in teaching, and student teaching. Monitored and sequenced field experiences provide opportunities for the candidate to apply the theoretical framework in various classroom settings.

The program in Elementary Education (grades 1-5) prepares teacher candidates to understand and meet the needs of the elementary students. Courses such as methods of teaching elementary school, classroom management, and child psychology are designed to prepare teacher candidates to be competent professionals who possess the professional and technical knowledge and skills to assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate an elementary curriculum that promotes student learning.

English, B.A.

English majors learn to reason effectively and to communicate well, both orally and in writing. Under the English curriculum students are well prepared to pursue careers in education, law, government service, technical writing, journalism, public relations, business, and the corporate world. The graduating English major may enter a masters or Ph.D. program in English, Comparative Literature, African American Studies, Women's Studies, Cultural Studies, Diaspora Studies, creative writing, technical writing, linguistics, or in any of the humanities. Many of Xavier's English graduates have entered law or graduate school programs.

Majors are required to pass a senior comprehensive examination and must attend all departmental (English Club) meetings.

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English/English Education (Grades 6-12), B.A.

English/English Education offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in two programs: a full English major degree in preparation for graduate school in English and the humanities and an Education degree leading to certification to teach English Education grades 6-12. English/English Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

English/English Education (Grades 6-12), B.A.

English/English Education offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in two programs: a full English major degree in preparation for graduate school in English and the humanities and an Education degree leading to certification to teach English Education grades 6-12. English/English Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

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Foreign Language Education (Grades K-12) (French or Spanish Education), B.A.

Foreign Language Education in French or Spanish offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in two programs: a full Spanish or French degree in preparation for graduate school in foreign language and an education degree leading to certification to teach French or Spanish grades K12. French or Spanish Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

Foreign Language Education (Grades K-12) (French or Spanish Education), B.A.

Foreign Language Education in French or Spanish offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in two programs: a full Spanish or French degree in preparation for graduate school in foreign language and an education degree leading to certification to teach French or Spanish grades K12. French or Spanish Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

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French, B.A.

The Department of Languages offers majors and minors in French and Spanish, with additional study available in American Sign Language, Mandarin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and Latin . Ordinarily, the major requires 30 semester credit hours in the target language beyond 1010-1020; students who wish to begin a language major at the elementary level receive assistance from their advisors and other members of the department faculty in order to facilitate course planning leading to satisfactory completion of all necessary coursework in a timely fashion. Language majors and minors and other interested students have access to summer, semester, and year-abroad international study through the Center for Intercultural and International Programs (CIIP). All students are urged to take advantage of this opportunity. Most upper-level students and double majors in the department earn part of their required credits through immersion study in a country where their language of choice is spoken. These students return to Xavier with advanced-level language skills, as determined by the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) examination developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Eighteen hours of major courses and nine hours of minor courses must be completed at Xavier unless the student obtains permission from the department head and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students interested in majoring or minoring in a language and studying abroad must have a language advisor and must consult with that advisor prior to entering the program of study or registering for international coursework. All students should take at least one literature course either before or during foreign study. Majors are required to complete at least four literature courses, to attend all departmental meetings, and to pass a comprehensive examination in the target language. This comprehensive examination contains literary topics on European, Latin American, and African texts, as appropriate to language and course selection.

Concentration in Languages - Students desiring a double concentration in languages must complete 12 hours in each of two languages (24 hours total) or in a language and another discipline. Recommended courses for a 12-hour concentration in languages include the following: 1090, 2010-2020, and one 3000 or 4000 level course, or 12 hours of all upper level courses, depending on the student’s level of performance.

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History, B.A.

The program in history equips students with a broad historical background and intellectual skills needed in a wide variety of professions, including those in government service, law, business, museum and archival careers, college teaching and professional research.

An undergraduate focus in history - either minor or major - prepares students to take on a wide variety of pursuits. In addition to graduate school in history, the major also provides a solid foundation for law school, museum and historic preservation studies, and education programs. History majors make excellent educators, politicians, foreign service officers, editors and journalists, just to name a few of the fields history majors can enter.

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Mass Communication - Multimedia Concentration, B.A.

The mass communication major offers students a wide liberal arts background and a core of communications courses that prepare students for either graduate school or positions in the media industry. Mass Communication majors follow a curriculum designed to allow students to concentrate in one of two areas of mass communication: multimedia, public relations, or strategic communication.

In addition to satisfying the goals of the core curriculum, the mass communication program is designed to:

  • prepare students for position in the media and media-based industries;
  • prepare students to ultimately move into management and leadership positions in the media;
  • prepare students to pursue advanced degrees in communications fields, and to qualify for entry into certain professional schools;
  • develop students who have the flexibility and adaptability to compete in a changing job market; and,
  • develop students who demonstrate responsible, ethical attitudes toward the role of media and toward media professions.

Students primarily interested in broadcasting may prepare video projects in the department's television studio for cablecast over XTV and become members of X Radio. Those who wish to pursue careers in print media can earn valuable experience on the Xavier Herald, the only student newspaper from a Historically Black College that is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame. Students also have the opportunity to complete internships at media outlets such as a radio or television station, newspaper, magazine, or an advertising or public relations agency. Students are expected to compile a portfolio for use in their job search following graduation.

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Mass Communication - Strategic Communication/Public Relations Concentration, B.A.

The mass communication major offers students a wide liberal arts background and a core of communications courses that prepare students for either graduate school or positions in the media industry. Mass Communication majors follow a curriculum designed to allow students to concentrate in one of two areas of mass communication: multimedia, public relations, or strategic communication.

In addition to satisfying the goals of the core curriculum, the mass communication program is designed to:

  • prepare students for position in the media and media-based industries;
  • prepare students to ultimately move into management and leadership positions in the media;
  • prepare students to pursue advanced degrees in communications fields, and to qualify for entry into certain professional schools;
  • develop students who have the flexibility and adaptability to compete in a changing job market; and,
  • develop students who demonstrate responsible, ethical attitudes toward the role of media and toward media professions.

Students primarily interested in broadcasting may prepare video projects in the department's television studio for cablecast over XTV and become members of X Radio. Those who wish to pursue careers in print media can earn valuable experience on the Xavier Herald, the only student newspaper from a Historically Black College that is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame. Students also have the opportunity to complete internships at media outlets such as a radio or television station, newspaper, magazine, or an advertising or public relations agency. Students are expected to compile a portfolio for use in their job search following graduation.

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Mathematics, B.S.

The Mathematics major has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of career options and to encourage students to pursue a second area of interest by means of a double major, a double minor, or a combination of concentrations. A major in Mathematics coupled with a strong minor in accounting, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, physics, psychology, sociology, or statistics uniquely fits one for a number of career choices as well as for graduate school. A Mathematics major takes 42 semester hours of mathematics, three hours of statistics and three hours of computer science.

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Mathematics Education (Grades 6-12), B.S.

Mathematics Education offers a Bachelor of science degree in two programs: a full Mathematics major degree in preparation for graduate school and an education degree leading to certification to teach Mathematics grades 6-12. Mathematics Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

Mathematics Education (Grades 6-12), B.S.

The Mathematics Education degree fulfills all the requirements for a state teaching certificate in addition to providing the student with a strong background in mathematics. Students who choose this major are well prepared either to enter the teaching field immediately upon graduation or to go to graduate school. The Mathematics Education major takes thirty-one semester hours of mathematics, thirty-three semester hours of education, three semester hours of statistics and three hours of  computer science.

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Middle School Education Math and Science Focus Areas (Grades 4-8), B.A.

The program in Middle School Education (grades 4-8) prepares teacher candidates to understand and meet the needs of the young adolescent. Courses such as adolescent psychology and middle school teaching strategies are designed to prepare these teacher candidates to become competent professionals who can guide and facilitate classroom interactions to meet the learning needs of this diverse population of students. This program's content focus is Math & Science.

Music - Jazz Studies, B.M.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Concentration in Jazz Studies is designed for students who have an interest in the performance, theoretical, and historical aspects involved with the study of Jazz. The concentration is based on theoretical concepts, aural applications, and historical information used in Traditional New Orleans Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Fusion and 21st Century Jazz forms and compositions.


The concentration will prepare students for performance, composition, and pedagogical application in the Jazz idiom. They will be introduced to devices used in early, main-stream and contemporary Jazz Improvisation, along with composition and arranging for the small chamber group to large Jazz ensembles.

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Music Education Instrumental or Vocal Supervision, B.M.

Music education in instrumental or vocal supervision offers a bachelor arts degree in two programs: A full instrumental or vocal supervision in preparation for graduate school in music and an education degree leading to certification to teach instrumental music or vocal supervision grades K-12. Music education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana department of education and are subject to change. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

Music Education Instrumental or Vocal Supervision, B.M.

A major in Music Education is offered in a program designed to prepare teachers of school music and leads to a Bachelor of Music degree. Observation and teaching experiences are required and are made possible with the assistance of cooperating teachers in local public and private schools. Official admission to the Teacher Education Program is granted according to the procedures outlined by the Division of Education and Counseling (See Education and Counseling Section).

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Music Liberal Arts, B.A.

In the course of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts Degree, there is a broad coverage of the discipline of music that is designed to foster cross-disciplinary thinking and creativity. Emphasis is placed on the literature and theory of music, the ability to perform well in a major applied medium, and a strong intellectual grasp of the art of music and its relationship to other disciplines.

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Music Performance - Piano, B.M.

The Bachelor of Music degree is available to those students who demonstrate the musicianship and technical proficiency necessary for a concentration in vocal or instrumental performance. Students will be officially admitted into this Music Performance degree program only after they have successfully passed an audition for the music faculty, normally at the end of the sophomore year.

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Music Performance Instrumental (Major Applied), B.M.

The Bachelor of Music degree is available to those students who demonstrate the musicianship and technical proficiency necessary for a concentration in vocal or instrumental performance. Students will be officially admitted into this Music Performance degree program only after they have successfully passed an audition for the music faculty, normally at the end of the sophomore year.

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Music Performance Voice (Major Applied), B.M.

The Bachelor of Music degree is available to those students who demonstrate the musicianship and technical proficiency necessary for a concentration in vocal or instrumental performance. Students will be officially admitted into this Music Performance degree program only after they have successfully passed an audition for the music faculty, normally at the end of the sophomore year.

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Neuroscience, B.S.

Drawing most heavily on Psychology, the Neuroscience program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides students with content knowledge that spans developmental, molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, cognitive, and computational neuroscience. This program prepares students for entry-level employment in a wide variety of fields, or for graduate study in neuroscience or health-related professions. Neuroscience majors complete 27 hours of major coursework with a grade of C or better, a double concentration in Biology (12 hours) and Chemistry (12 hours), and a research project.

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Philosophy, B.A.

The Philosophy Program is designed for students who plan to take an active leadership role in shaping a more just and humane society. Completing the philosophy major will (1) provide the student with knowledge of the philosophical themes and thinkers that have been influential in shaping contemporary culture, (2) increase the student's ability to think, speak, read, and write critically and effectively, and (3) increase the student's ability to approach value questions in a rational manner. These abilities will prepare the student for success in any career that requires rational thought and expression, such as teaching, law, business, management, journalism, and public service. 

In order to accommodate a number of different career options, the curriculum has been designed to encourage students to pursue a second area of interest by means of a double major, a double concentration, a double minor, or a combination of related courses.

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Physics, B.A.

Physics is the study of the physical world. If you wonder about the nature of the world, if you like solving problems, then you should seriously consider majoring in physics. A physics degree will help you maximize your career options. From oceanography to meteorology, from biophysics to management, the physics student will learn skills transferable to various professions.

Coursework is directed to give students a strong foundation in the fundamentals of physics with a three-pronged series of general physics. Establishment of the fundamentals in this series leads to success in upper level courses, which concentrate on specific areas of physics. Physics graduates continue on to successfully pursue Masters and Doctorates in the various fields of Physics.

Physics, B.S.

Physics is the study of the physical world. If you wonder about the nature of the world, if you like solving problems, then you should seriously consider majoring in physics. A physics degree will help you maximize your career options. From oceanography to meteorology, from biophysics to management, the physics student will learn skills transferable to various professions.

Coursework is directed to give students a strong foundation in the fundamentals of physics with a three-pronged series of general physics. Establishment of the fundamentals in this series leads to success in upper level courses, which concentrate on specific areas of physics. Physics graduates continue on to successfully pursue Masters and Doctorates in the various fields of Physics.

Physics Dual Degree Civil Engineering, B.A.

The Xavier University Dual Degree Engineering Program is designed to give a solid academic background in the sciences and mathematics that are essential to persons who are interested in becoming engineers.

The main objective of the Dual Degree Engineering Program is to provide all students admitted to the program with the counseling, academic and other support services that will maximize their opportunity for completion of the first three years of the program.

At Xavier, students take three years of basic science, mathematics, engineering, and liberal arts courses. When the three-year program is completed successfully, students transfer to an Engineering School of their choice to complete training in a specialized area of engineering. It is expected that students will, with normal course loads, be able to complete their undergraduate training in two years at the Engineering School.

Physics Dual Degree Electrical Engineering, B.A.

The Xavier University Dual Degree Engineering Program is designed to give a solid academic background in the sciences and mathematics that are essential to persons who are interested in becoming engineers.

The main objective of the Dual Degree Engineering Program is to provide all students admitted to the program with the counseling, academic and other support services that will maximize their opportunity for completion of the first three years of the program.

At Xavier, students take three years of basic science, mathematics, engineering, and liberal arts courses. When the three-year program is completed successfully, students transfer to an Engineering School of their choice to complete training in a specialized area of engineering. It is expected that students will, with normal course loads, be able to complete their undergraduate training in two years at the Engineering School.

Physics Dual Degree Environmental Engineering, B.A.

The Xavier University Dual Degree Engineering Program is designed to give a solid academic background in the sciences and mathematics that are essential to persons who are interested in becoming engineers.

The main objective of the Dual Degree Engineering Program is to provide all students admitted to the program with the counseling, academic and other support services that will maximize their opportunity for completion of the first three years of the program.

At Xavier, students take three years of basic science, mathematics, engineering, and liberal arts courses. When the three-year program is completed successfully, students transfer to an Engineering School of their choice to complete training in a specialized area of engineering. It is expected that students will, with normal course loads, be able to complete their undergraduate training in two years at the Engineering School.

Physics Dual Degree Mechanical Engineering, B.A.

The Xavier University Dual Degree Engineering Program is designed to give a solid academic background in the sciences and mathematics that are essential to persons who are interested in becoming engineers.

The main objective of the Dual Degree Engineering Program is to provide all students admitted to the program with the counseling, academic and other support services that will maximize their opportunity for completion of the first three years of the program.

At Xavier, students take three years of basic science, mathematics, engineering, and liberal arts courses. When the three-year program is completed successfully, students transfer to an Engineering School of their choice to complete training in a specialized area of engineering. It is expected that students will, with normal course loads, be able to complete their undergraduate training in two years at the Engineering School.

Political Science, B.A.

The Political Science program is designed for students who aspire to active leadership roles in promoting a more just and humane global society. Completing the political science major will: 1) increase student competence in the understanding of the principles of government and political thought; 2) develop student awareness and understanding of global political and economic issues; 3) enhance student skills in statistical research and quantitative analysis; 4) maximize student abilities to read critically, speak effectively, write clearly and think analytically; and, 5) facilitate student abilities to apply moral and ethical analysis to political issues.

The Political Science program is designed to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities in the local, national, and global political arena. The educational outcomes and career orientations students can expect to pursue are: 

  1. graduate study in political science, public administration, political economy, international and public affairs, urban planning, or other social science sub-fields
  2. professional study in law, mass communication, social work, management, or other public service
  3. employment with government or non-profit organizations
  4. foreign service
  5. partisan political activity;
  6. classroom teaching and educational administration; and 
  7. grassroots organization within the African American community.
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Political Science Accelerated “Pre-Law”, B.A.

Over half of Xavier’s Political Science majors seek careers in the legal profession. These careers include corporate, government, private firm or individual practices and range in legal specialties from business, criminal, and civil law to environmental, family, juvenile and communications law.

In addition to the requirements of all Political Science majors, Pre-Law students can select from a variety of law-related courses including: Law, Politics and Society; Judicial Process, Mock Trial and Debate; International Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Legal Internship.

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Political Science Accelerated “Public Affairs”, B.A.

For advanced students, the Accelerated Public Affairs Curriculum allows a student to complete the core curriculum, a minor, and all but 12 hours in the major during three years and count the first year of graduate school as the electives and remaining hours in the major. This saves a year of tuition at Xavier. Many schools of public affairs and public administration, including the University of New Orleans will accept accelerated public affairs students if the grade average exceeds 3.0 and the GRE score suffices--often with financial incentive packages.

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Premedical Psychology, B.S.

The discipline of psychology, in conjunction with the Pre-Medical program at Xavier University, offers its students an alternative route to careers via medical school or the health professions: The Psychology Pre-Medical Program. This program is recommended for those students who want to major in psychology but then attend medical school, perhaps in pursuit of a psychiatric degree, or who are interested in graduate programs in Biological Psychology or Neuroscience. The program is similar to the general psychology curriculum but more heavily emphasizes the natural sciences. It also requires three (3) fewer hours of psychology than does the general program.

Click here for more information on our Premedical Office.

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Psychological Science, B.S.

Program description coming soon.

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Public Health Sciences, B.S.

The mission of the undergraduate major in Public Health Sciences is to utilize a strong foundation in liberal arts and public health to educate students on how to critically think and implement multidisciplinary public health strategies to promote health and well-being on a population basis. Completing the public health sciences major will: (1) expose students to the historical and societal associations between determinants of health and health outcomes utilizing analytical thinking and critical assessment; (2) provide students with a variety of professional development and academically challenging experiences that prepare students to enter the public health workforce or graduate/professional schools; (3) assist students with demonstrating creativity, inquisitiveness, and evidenced-based rigor in the application of public health problem-solving skills; and 4) assist students with developing skills and abilities to design, implement, and evaluate health intervention to address a variety of health issues.

The public health sciences undergraduate degree program is built upon Xavier’s strong emphasis in the liberal arts. The liberal arts courses help to establish an interdisciplinary perspective based on a variety of disciplinary contributions in the arts and sciences - all of which are critical to students’ preparation in public health. These courses include history, ethics and philosophy, English literature, psychology, sociology, political science/public policy, economics, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics/statistics, languages, communication, and fine arts. These recommended courses align nicely with the required core courses every Xavier University student must take.

Social Studies Education (Grades 6-12), B.A.

Program description coming soon.

Social Studies Education (Grades 6-12), B.A.

Program description coming soon.

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Sociology - Crime & Social Justice Concentration, B.A.

Students interested in criminology and the criminal justice system may elect a Concentration in Crime and Social Justice. This interdisciplinary concentration allows students to apply sociological tools to the study of crime, and to infuse this development of knowledge with an appreciation of how society's definition and reaction to crime support or hinder social justice. Unlike programs with a technical focus, a flexible, liberal arts curriculum allows students to develop analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills while learning more about the sub-field of criminology and the criminal justice system.

In particular, students will: 

  • consider how definitions of crime, awareness of crime, and reactions to crime are rooted in larger economic, political, and social contexts
  • develop a critical perspective on the criminal justice system's role as a system of social control
  • discover how social identities affect the system
  • research policies for prevention, intervention, and reform that promote a more socially just system
  • analyze how crime intersects with other social institutions. 

This concentration is a useful foundation for students interested in pursuing a wide range of occupations graduate degrees such as: 

  • law
  • criminal justice (law enforcement, corrections, probation or parole systems)
  • social work
  • government and non-profit agencies
  • counseling and rehabilitation services
  • family services
  • education
  • juvenile justice
  • community development and empowerment
  • program evaluation and planning
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Sociology - Health, Medicine & Society Concentration, B.A.

Students majoring in sociology may elect a Concentration in Health, Medicine and Society. The goals of this unique concentration are to assist students in learning that health and disease do not depend solely on biological mechanisms; to promote the wellbeing of the social body by teaching the role of behavioral theory, research, and clinical practice in the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being; to provide students with knowledge of cutting edge debates in the field; to assist students in understanding the sociological, ethical, and psychological mechanisms affecting human health and illness behavior; and to prepare students for careers in the health professions and/or entrance to graduate school.

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Sociology, B.A.

Whether entering the job market or graduate school, the sociology major offers skills that are increasingly necessary in a global, rapidly changing world. Xavier’s sociology major offers broad training in social scientific research, an understanding of how various institutions and groups work, strong critical thinking and writing skills, and an understanding of our rapidly changing, diverse and global world. This foundation offers graduates enormous flexibility in the job market and/or entry into a wide array of graduate or professional programs.

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Sociology, Public Service Accelerated, B.A.

Students interested in working in the non-profit sector, government, health care, education, or human resources may participate in a joint, five-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. Students earn 102 credit hours at Xavier and then pursue graduate study during their senior year. Upon successful completion of 18 hours of graduate coursework, the student earns a B.A. degree from Xavier. Students are responsible for admission to and financing of the graduate program. Students not accepted may continue in the B.A. Program in Sociology. Students should communicate their interest to the Department Head by fall of their sophomore year and should maintain close communication with their academic advisor. Participation is contingent on acceptance to the program by the University of New Orleans in the fall semester of the student’s junior year. Students must take the GRE before applying and must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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Spanish, B.A.

The Department of Languages offers majors and minors in French and Spanish, with additional study available in American Sign Language, Mandarin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and Latin . Ordinarily, the major requires 30 semester credit hours in the target language beyond 1010-1020; students who wish to begin a language major at the elementary level receive assistance from their advisors and other members of the department faculty in order to facilitate course planning leading to satisfactory completion of all necessary coursework in a timely fashion. Language majors and minors and other interested students have access to summer, semester, and year-abroad international study through the Center for Intercultural and International Programs (CIIP). All students are urged to take advantage of this opportunity. Most upper-level students and double majors in the department earn part of their required credits through immersion study in a country where their language of choice is spoken. These students return to Xavier with advanced-level language skills, as determined by the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) examination developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Eighteen hours of major courses and nine hours of minor courses must be completed at Xavier unless the student obtains permission from the department head and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students interested in majoring or minoring in a language and studying abroad musthave a language advisor and must consult with that advisor prior to entering the program of study or registering for international coursework. All students should take at least one literature course either before or during foreign study. Majors are required to complete at least four literature courses, to attend all departmental meetings, and to pass a comprehensive examination in the target language. This comprehensive examination contains literary topics on European, Latin American, and African texts, as appropriate to language and course selection.

Concentration in Languages - Students desiring a double concentration in languages must complete 12 hours in each of two languages (24 hours total) or in a language and another discipline. Recommended courses for a 12-hour concentration in languages include the following: 1090, 2010-2020, and one 3000 or 4000 level course, or 12 hours of all upper level courses, depending on the student’s level of performance.

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Speech Pathology, B.S.

Xavier University’s Speech Pathology Program is a four-year undergraduate program that provides students a thorough pre-professional foundation in theoretical and foundational knowledge of human communication and disorders. The Program provides a didactic learning environment characterized by academic education and clinical experiences. Students complete coursework related to the acquisition of speech, language, and hearing and on the nature, prevention, evaluation, and treatment of communication disorders. Scenario-based learning is embedded into classroom instruction using projects/ observations, computer-based simulations and research. Learning activities challenge students to use analytical and critical thinking skills to solve problems related to individuals with communication disorders. Students who attain competency with these pre-clinical skills will be allowed to participate in clinical experiences in Xavier’s Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and are prepared for graduate study in speech pathology or audiology. Students should be aware that a Master’s degree and certification/licensure are required to practice as a speech-language pathologist and a Doctorate degree and certification/licensure are required to practice as an audiologist. Service to the community and undergraduate research are two important components of each student’s academic experience in the Department.

Students who want to obtain a Provisional Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA- Provisional) License in the state of Louisiana must obtain at least 100 clinical hours and must plan their program of study with the Speech Pathology Department Head during the junior year.

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Statistics, B.S.

The Statistics degree is offered in cooperation with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans (LSUHSC). The Statistics program offers Xavier students the opportunity to obtain both a B.S. degree from Xavier in Statistics and an M.S. degree in Biostatistics from LSUHSC in only five years. This program contains 34 semester hours of mathematics and statistics along with a computer programming course. Twenty-four (24) of the statistics credits are taken at LSUHSC and are credited toward both the B.S. degree at Xavier and the M.S. degree from LSUHSC.

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Theology, B.A.

The Theology Program promotes a more just and humane society within the context of faith and theological reflection. It enables students to understand the discourse of the human experience of God by means of an historical critical approach.

A Major in Theology challenges students to the universal call to actively engage in the transformation of society. Thus, students are prepared to assume positions of leadership in academia and/or professional life. In keeping with the call to transform society, the theology program prepares students for a variety of academic, professional and service opportunities.

Department:

Accounting Minor

The minor in accounting consists of the following 18 hours of coursework:

Accounting Electives* 9

*The six hours of Accounting electives must be courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Division:

https://www.xula.edu/division?id=business

Art Minor

In addition to the two major programs, the Art Department also offers a minor in Art for those students majoring in another discipline. In the minor, eighteen (18) hours must be completed.

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Biochemistry, B.S. (Biology Minor)

The Biochemistry program prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in an exciting area of science of the chemistry that controls biological processes and molecular medicine. Students declaring a major in Biochemistry should work with their advisors to choose a minor that will best prepare them for the career or graduate/professional school of their choice.

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Biochemistry, B.S. (Math Minor)

The Biochemistry program prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in an exciting area of science of the chemistry that controls biological processes and molecular medicine. Students declaring a major in Biochemistry should work with their advisors to choose a minor that will best prepare them for the career or graduate/professional school of their choice.

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Bioethics Minor

The Bioethics minor will give students the opportunity to study the ethical dimensions inherent in medical and scientific research, the delivery and practice of health care, and the creation of national and global health policy. This interdisciplinary program includes a wide variety of perspectives: topics in biology and public health, social and cultural issues, and dilemmas in philosophical and theological ethics. The study of Bioethics will challenge students to continually reflect on the meaning of a just and humane society.

Department:

Bioethics Minor

The Bioethics minor will give students the opportunity to study the ethical dimensions inherent in medical and scientific research, the delivery and practice of health care, and the creation of national and global health policy. This interdisciplinary program includes a wide variety of perspectives: topics in biology and public health, social and cultural issues, and dilemmas in philosophical and theological ethics. The study of Bioethics will challenge students to continually reflect on the meaning of a just and humane society.

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Biology Minor

Students in other majors who wish to minor in Biology must take BIOL 1230/BIOL 1230LBIOL 1240/BIOL 1240L, and at least ten additional hours of Biology numbered 1210 and above.

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Business, B.S. with Finance Concentration

Finance is concerned with the methods used to generate monetary resources to purchase sufficient physical capital and inventory that can sustain company sales. Often referred to as "The Heart of Business," students of Finance learn the mechanics of cash flow management and capital budgeting. Xavier's program in Finance is aimed at preparing students to take the Certified Financial Analyst Examination and/or to qualify for admissions to the master of Finance program at Tulane University.

The Finance program has been recently revamped to prepare students for the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. The CFA designation is the most respected and valued credential in the global finance community

Division:

https://www.xula.edu/division?id=business

Business, B.S. with Sales and Marketing Concentration

The Sales and Marketing Concentration offers business majors an opportunity to receive education that will prepare you for a career in Sales, Customer Relationship Management or Marketing. The Sales and Marketing program develops the fundamental skills to ensure students are performance ready and can contribute early in their careers. These skills include territory management, consultative selling, CRM/SFA, sales leadership/management, distribution, and complex selling. 

Division:

https://www.xula.edu/division?id=business

Business Administration Minor

The minor in business administration consists of the following 18 hours of coursework:

or

 

Business Electives* 6

*Business Electives must be selected from 3000- or 4000-level business courses with proper prerequisites or from  ACCT 2010ACCT 2020, or ACCT 2050.

Division:

https://www.xula.edu/division?id=business

Chemistry Minor

Students in other majors who wish to minor in Chemistry must complete General Chemistry ( CHEM 1010/CHEM 1010D/CHEM 1011L and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1020D/CHEM 1021L or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1110D/CHEM 1111L and CHEM 1120/CHEM 1120D/CHEM 1121L ), Organic Chemistry (CHEM 2210/CHEM 2210D/CHEM 2230L and CHEM 2220/CHEM 2220D/CHEM 2240L), and at least two additional semester hours of Chemistry courses at the 3000 level or higher. At least 9 hours of chemistry credits must be earned at Xavier.

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Cognitive Neuroscience Minor

Neuroscience non-majors may minor in Cognitive Neuroscience by completing 9 hours of required courses (PSYC 1010, NSCI/PSYC 3050, NSCI/PSYC 4050), and 9 hours of approved electives.

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Communication Studies Minor

Communication Studies is a broad academic area that studies and applies communication in many different contexts, including relationships, culture, and performance. In Communication Studies, classes are connected to New Orleans and beyond; students attend national conferences and performance festivals; and students and faculty collaborate on research projects. In addition, the department sponsors provocative campus events. In essence, Communication Studies considers the diverse ways that people make their worlds through communication by doing that work alongside students. In doing so, Communication Studies trains students to apply their communication skills
to a chosen profession and/or graduate school.

Communication skills are at the top of every employers “must have” list when hiring new graduates, so all department majors develop a strategy for applying their communication skills to the career of their choice. The interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication is also great preparation for graduate school in a wide range of disciplines, from the Humanities to the Social Sciences.

The minor consists of eighteen hours of course work in Communication Studies including: CMST 1000; any six hours in CMST at the 1000-/2000-level; CMST 3030; and any six hours in CMST at the 3000-/4000-level. Any CMST course that is used to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum requirement for Oral Communication is included in the required eighteen hours of CMST course work.

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Computer Science Minor

The Computer Science minor studies the art and the science of computing. The art of computer science includes web design, graphics, multimedia, software engineering, and many other creative courses. The science of computing includes the theory of computing, database, artificial intelligence, robotics,digital logic design, algorithms, operating systems, architecture, and of course programming. The Computer Science Department is committed to preparing students for either a career in a computing field or for graduate study.

Creative Writing Minor

The Creative Writing program is committed to developing creative written expression. Through writing-intensive seminars and workshops, Creative Writing minors: (1) develop their creative thinking and writing ability; (2) gain a greater sensitivity to language; (3) learn to offer and respond to constructive criticism; (4) learn to read literature in terms of craft and method; (5) create a portfolio of artistic work; and (6) become familiar with contemporary authors.

These skills will serve students whether they pursue graduate school or careers immediately after graduation. Depending upon the student’s major, the graduating Creative Writing minor’s options may include pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing or a Doctorate in English, either of which would qualify him or her for a career in college teaching. Other career directions may include education, writing literature, magazine writing, publishing, journalism, languages, communications, business, and technical and scientific writing.

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Education Minorhttp://catalog.xula.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=9&poid=1345&returnto=273

The Education Minor Program is designed for students majoring in other disciplines who may have an interest in education.

Students in the Education Minor Program are also strongly advised to take all sections of the Praxis tests. Education minors should also read all of the state requirements for teacher certification.

Minors in education are offered in four areas: Elementary, Secondary, Health, and Physical Education. A student should choose to minor in one of the four areas and complete the 18 hours of course work listed for that specific discipline area.

English Minor

Minor in English Students electing English as a minor must earn 18 hours of English beyond English 1000/1010-1020. ENGL 2010 (2011H) and 2020 are required and count toward the 18 hours of the minor.

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Entrepreneurship Minor

Entrepreneurship drives the US economy. This program will provide you with the knowledge and necessary skills to operate a successful small business.

Division:

https://www.xula.edu/division?id=business

History Minor

The program in history equips students with a broad historical background and intellectual skills needed in a wide variety of professions, including those in government service, law, business, museum and archival careers, college teaching and professional research.

An undergraduate focus in history - either minor or major - prepares students to take on a wide variety of pursuits. In addition to graduate school in history, the major also provides a solid foundation for law school, museum and historic preservation studies, and education programs. History majors make excellent educators, politicians, foreign service officers, editors and journalists, just to name a few of the fields history majors can enter.

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International Affairs Minor

The department has internationalized its curriculum. It offers a minor in International Affairs, which prepares students for:

  • Government careers as foreign service officers with the Department of State or officers in federal agencies handling international matters.
  • Careers in international business with private sector firms.
  • Careers in the international civil service, serving with inter-governmental organizations such as the United Nations, nongovernmental organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, Amnesty International and Green Peace, and private international organizations, such as embassies and consulates.
  • Also offered is a variety of international and comparative politics courses, including International Political Economy; International Law; Politics of Developing Nations, African Politics and American Foreign Policy.
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Mass Communication Minor

This minor in Mass Communication consists of 18 hours of coursework including:

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Mathematics Minor

The minor in mathematics consists of eighteen (18) semester hours of mathematics of which at least eight must be at the 2000-level or above. The calculus sequence (MATH 1070-MATH 2070-MATH 2080) is strongly recommended as part of the minor program. Students planning to minor in mathematics should be advised by the mathematics department head or someone he or she designates as well as by their primary academic advisor.

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Music Minor

A minor in music consists of no less than 18 hours in the music discipline. Fourteen of these hours are central to the minor and are therefore prescribed. 

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Philosophy Minor

The Philosophy Program is designed for students who plan to take an active leadership role in shaping a more just and humane society. Completing the philosophy major will (1) provide the student with knowledge of the philosophical themes and thinkers that have been influential in shaping contemporary culture, (2) increase the student's ability to think, speak, read, and write critically and effectively, and (3) increase the student's ability to approach value questions in a rational manner. These abilities will prepare the student for success in any career that requires rational thought and expression, such as teaching, law, business, management, journalism, and public service. 

In order to accommodate a number of different career options, the curriculum has been designed to encourage students to pursue a second area of interest by means of a double major, a double concentration, a double minor, or a combination of related courses.

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Physics Minor

A minor in Physics consists of 18 hours of designated physics courses. There are two possibilities:

  1. Students can complete the introductory calculus-based physics sequence (PHYS 1121PHYS 2111, and PHYS 2121) and six hours of any combination of upper-level physics courses (upper level courses include PHYS 2630 as well as any 3000 and above courses); or
  2. Students can complete the introductory non-calculus based sequence (PHYS 2010/PHYS 2010L and PHYS 2020 PHYS 2020L) and 10 hours of upper-level courses from the following: PHYS 3030 - OpticsPHYS 3040 - Thermodynamics), PHYS 3050 - Modern PhysicsPHYS 3310LPHYS 3320L, 3310 3510 or 3520 (Seminar), and PHYS 3060 - Medical Physics and PHYS 4530/PHYS 4540 (please note that PHYS 4530 requires the permission of the instructor). Other upper-level courses may be possible with permission of the department head and the instructor and the proper prerequisites.

Political Science Minor

Minors must complete 18 hours of political science, including Political Science 1010. No more than three hours may be taken in independent study courses and internships (PSCI 4903, 4913, 4953, 4963). Non- majors must have PSCI 1020 or 2040 as a prerequisite for advanced courses, but this requirement may be waived by the department chairperson.

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Pre-Law Minor

The minor in pre-law consists of specialized courses within the Political Science program of study. This minor is available to non-Political Science majors who are considering entrance into the legal profession, including law school, criminal justice programs, public service, and political office.

The Minor in pre-law requires 18 hours in the following courses: PSCI 2120, Judicial Process; PSCI 2100, Law, Politics and Society; PSCI 3133, Mock Trial and Debate; PSCI 2060, International Law and Politics; PSCI 3100, Constitutional Law; PSCI 3110, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and PSCI 4963, Legal Internship.

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Pre-Pharmacy Minor

Professional Writing Minor

XULA's professional writing program was designed to develop the skills of the good writer who wants to be a great writer, yet does not want to study literature or create it.

The PRWT program was designed with care. Two courses utilize the workshop method of teaching, which encourages participants to learn through critique (their own and the instructor's) and discussion. One course focuses on the intricacies of grammar, and another instructs students in the what's and how to's of technical writing. With the basics out of the way, the student then takes two more courses of his or her choosing, thereby sculpting the curriculum according to individual interests or needs.

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Psychology Minor

Students selecting a minor in psychology must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of courses offered within the Psychology Department at Xavier. PSYC 1010 (Introductory Psychology) is required. Minors may bypass most prerequisites for upper-level courses with permission from the department chair.

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Public Administration Minor

The Public Administration minor consists of specialized Public Administration courses within the Political Science program of study. Such a minor can be used to complement majors in fields such as Business, Sociology, Education, History, Communications, Psychology, and allied health fields. Thus it offers majors in the liberal arts and humanities an opportunity to enhance their employability.

The Public Administration minor consists of 18 hours in courses pertaining to public administration, of which PADM 2050, 3370, 3500 or 3510, 4530, and 4953 are required. In addition, no more than three hours may be taken in independent study courses (such as PADM 4903 or 4913).

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Public Health Sciences Minor

Students interested in completing a minor in public health sciences must complete 18 credit hours in the following courses:

Establishing a minor in public health sciences may be of interest to students interested in a career in the health professions. Therefore, students majoring in premedicine, biology, chemistry, psychology, business, and sociology may find a minor in Public Health Sciences of interest.

Sociology Minor

Students minoring in sociology must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours in sociology, meeting the following criteria:

  • SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3) (May be applied to Essential Core)
  • SOCI 3030 Sociological Theory (3)
  • 9 credit hours of Sociology Electives. Students may choose any combination of sociology courses to complete this component of the minor with the one following exception: students may NOT take two 1000 level courses with one 2000 level course to complete this component of the minor. Any other combination is acceptable (9)
  • Any 4000 level course (3)
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Spanish Minor

The Department of Languages offers majors and minors in French and Spanish, with additional study available in American Sign Language, Mandarin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and Latin . Ordinarily, the major requires 30 semester credit hours in the target language beyond 1010-1020; students who wish to begin a language major at the elementary level receive assistance from their advisors and other members of the department faculty in order to facilitate course planning leading to satisfactory completion of all necessary coursework in a timely fashion. Language majors and minors and other interested students have access to summer, semester, and year-abroad international study through the Center for Intercultural and International Programs (CIIP). All students are urged to take advantage of this opportunity. Most upper-level students and double majors in the department earn part of their required credits through immersion study in a country where their language of choice is spoken. These students return to Xavier with advanced-level language skills, as determined by the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) examination developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Eighteen hours of major courses and nine hours of minor courses must be completed at Xavier unless the student obtains permission from the department head and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students interested in majoring or minoring in a language and studying abroad musthave a language advisor and must consult with that advisor prior to entering the program of study or registering for international coursework. All students should take at least one literature course either before or during foreign study. Majors are required to complete at least four literature courses, to attend all departmental meetings, and to pass a comprehensive examination in the target language. This comprehensive examination contains literary topics on European, Latin American, and African texts, as appropriate to language and course selection.

Concentration in Languages - Students desiring a double concentration in languages must complete 12 hours in each of two languages (24 hours total) or in a language and another discipline. Recommended courses for a 12-hour concentration in languages include the following: 1090, 2010-2020, and one 3000 or 4000 level course, or 12 hours of all upper level courses, depending on the student’s level of performance.

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Speech Pathology Minor

Minor in Speech Pathology/Audiology -- This program consists of 19 Semester Hours in Speech Pathology/Audiology of which the following are required:

  • SPTH 1320 Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • SPTH 2310 Phonetics
  • SPTH/BIOL 2340 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism

Nine hours must be taken from any of the other courses offered in speech pathology/audiology with the exception of the clinical practicum courses. Students minoring in Speech Pathology are not eligible for the practicum courses.

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Statistics Minor

The minor in statistics consists of eighteen (18) semester hours of statistics courses and must include one of the following sequences: STAT 2010-STAT 2020 or STAT 3010-STAT 2020. Students may not count both STAT 2010 and STAT 3010 as part of the minor in statistics. Students planning to minor in statistics should be advised by the mathematics department head or someone he or she designates as well as by their primary academic advisor.

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Theology Minor

The Theology Program promotes a more just and humane society within the context of faith and theological reflection. It enables students to understand the discourse of the human experience of God by means of an historical critical approach.

The Minor in Theology consists of 18 hours of Theology courses. The requirements for the minor are: THEO 1120, one of THEO 1100/THEO 1170, and any four (4) upper level Theology courses. Students who wish to take electives in Theology after the Core requirement has been fulfilled may register for courses on any level.

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Entrepreneurship Certificate

Curriculum

START YOUR BUSINESS THE RIGHT WAY!

Entrepreneurship drives the US economy. This program will provide you with the knowledge and necessary skills to operate a successful small business.

Required courses:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Organization and Operation of Small Business
  • Financial management for Entrepreneurs

Financial Aid Available

Contact Info:

Center for Continuing Studies and Distance Education

504-520-7669 ccsde@xula.edu

Division:

https://www.xula.edu/division?id=business

Health Communication Certificate

A career in health communication will prepare students to help others understand more about medical treatment, healthy lifestyle choices, disease prevention, and more. The primary focus of the certificate health communication is spreading information to the public that can have an overall impact on the health and well-being of the population. 

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals Certificate

The Spanish for Health Professionals Certificate Program is a language intensive 15 credit hour series of five courses will provide students with the language skills, experience, and cultural competence needed to aid those in the health care professions in successfully communicating with the Spanish speaking population in the United States. The program will offer two tracks: an international track in Costa Rica in which students gain international clinical experience and a local track in in New Orleans.

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