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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.

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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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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.

Bioinformatics, B.S.

A joint degree by the Biology Department and the Physics and Computer Science Department, this program provides students with a solid foundation in chemistry, biology, computer science, mathematics, and statistics. Students are trained in using computers to analyze, organize, and visualize biological data in ways that increase the understanding of this data and lead to new discoveries. Graduates are well-qualified for many rewarding careers, including those in bioinformatics software development, biomedical research, biotechnology, comparative genomics, genomics, molecular imaging, pharmaceutical research and development, proteomics, and vaccine development.

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Biochemistry, B.S.

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. This program is a great option for pre-medical students as it provides all the medical school prerequisite course work and prepares the students for success in medical studies. 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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Biology with Dual Degree in Biomedical Engineering, B.S.

The Department of Biology supports the Dual Degree Engineering Program in Biomedical Engineering which is detailed below. For more information regarding Dual Degree Engineering Programs, students should consult with the Director of Dual Degree Engineering Programs and see the information about Dual Degree Engineering Programs in this catalog.

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Biology - Pre-medical, 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 Concentration in Management)

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 Concentration in Finance)

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


For more information regarding the Core Curriculum, including a list of courses that satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, click here:  The Core Curriculum.

Division:

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

Business, B.S. (With Concentration in Sales and Marketing)

For more information regarding the Core Curriculum, including a list of courses that satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, click here:  The Core Curriculum.

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.

The Chemistry Program is more flexible; it does not require that the student to minor in a specific area. Rather, students 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 with Dual Degree in Pharmacy, B.S.

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 With Dual Degree in Chemical Engineering, B.S.

The Department of Chemistry supports the Dual Degree Engineering Program in Chemical Engineering which is detailed below. For more information regarding Dual Degree Engineering Programs, students should consult with the Director of Dual Degree Engineering Programs and see the information about Dual Degree Engineering Programs in this catalog.

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

Chemistry Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Students should consult their advisors each semester. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling section in this catalog for more information.

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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 Bachelor of Science in Data Science is designed to meet the growing demand for data scientists and data analysts with deep analytical and technical skills who can analyze massive amounts of data and extract information from complex data sources. The Program’s interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with content knowledge and skills across the broad field of data science, including information technology principles, concepts, practices, system and database software, learning from data, and analytical thinking.

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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.

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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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French Education (Grades K-12), B.A.

French Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Students should consult their advisors each semester. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling section in this catalog for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

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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.

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

Mathematics Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Students should consult their advisors each semester. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling section in this catalog for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

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Medical Laboratory Science, B.S.

Middle School Education (Grades 4-8), B.A.

Music - Jazz Studies Concentration, B.A.

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.


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

Music Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change.  Students should consult their advisors each semester.  Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling section in this catalog for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

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


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Neuroscience, B.S.

All Neuroscience majors will be required to complete a total of 27 hours of courses across the disciplines of the field (Psychology, Biology, Chemistry). There are 12 hours of required courses for all majors, including

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Performance Studies B. A.

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 with Dual Degree in 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 with Dual Degree in Degree Civil Engineering, B.S.

The Department of Physics and Computer Science supports the Dual Degree Engineering Programs in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering that are detailed in the following pages. For more information regarding Dual Degree Engineering Programs, students should consult with the Director of Dual Degree Engineering Programs and see the information about Dual Degree Engineering Programs in this catalog.

All programs require taking the CHEM 1110/1110D-CHEM 1120/1120D sequence, however the CHEM 1010/1010D-CHEM 1020/1020D sequence may be substituted if a scheduling conflict does not permit taking the recommended CHEM 1110/1110D-CHEM 1120/1120D sequence. Note that a student’s chemistry courses must all be in one of the sequences.

Students have the option of pursuing a B.S. degree in physics rather than a B.A. degree. A student who wishes to receive the B.S. degree must satisfy the requirements for the B.A. degree and in addition take three PHYS courses from the following list: PHYS 3010PHYS 3011PHYS 3020PHYS 3040, and PHYS 4050. None of the three courses can be a course that is already required for the B.A. degree or that has already been counted as a physics elective.

Physics with Dual Degree in 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 with Dual Degree in Electrical Engineering, B.S.

The Department of Physics and Computer Science supports the Dual Degree Engineering Programs in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering that are detailed in the following pages. For more information regarding Dual Degree Engineering Programs, students should consult with the Director of Dual Degree Engineering Programs and see the information about Dual Degree Engineering Programs in this catalog.

All programs require taking the CHEM 1110/1110D-CHEM 1120/1120D sequence, however the CHEM 1010/1010D-CHEM 1020/1020D sequence may be substituted if a scheduling conflict does not permit taking the recommended CHEM 1110/1110D-CHEM 1120/1120D sequence. Note that a student’s chemistry courses must all be in one of the sequences.

Students have the option of pursuing a B.S. degree in physics rather than a B.A. degree. A student who wishes to receive the B.S. degree must satisfy the requirements for the B.A. degree and in addition take three PHYS courses from the following list: PHYS 3010PHYS 3011PHYS 3020PHYS 3040, and PHYS 4050. None of the three courses can be a course that is already required for the B.A. degree or that has already been counted as a physics elective.

Physics with Dual Degree in Environmental Engineering, B.S.

The Department of Physics and Computer Science supports the Dual Degree Engineering Programs in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering that are detailed in the following pages. For more information regarding Dual Degree Engineering Programs, students should consult with the Director of Dual Degree Engineering Programs and see the information about Dual Degree Engineering Programs in this catalog.

Physics with Dual Degree in 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 with Dual Degree in Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

The Department of Physics and Computer Science supports the Dual Degree Engineering Programs in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering that are detailed in the following pages. For more information regarding Dual Degree Engineering Programs, students should consult with the Director of Dual Degree Engineering Programs and see the information about Dual Degree Engineering Programs in this catalog.

Physics with Dual Degree in 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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Premedical Psychology, B.S.

Students will take a minimum of 33 credit hours of psychology, from five different categories of offerings within the Psychology Department:

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Psychological Science, B.S.

Students will take a minimum of 36 credit hours of psychology as offered within the Psychology Department, from five different categories of offerings:

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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.

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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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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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Spanish Education (Grades K-12), B.A.

Spanish Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Students should consult their advisors each semester. Education majors should consult the Division of Education and Counseling section in this catalog for requirements to be formally admitted into Xavier’s Teacher Education Program.

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Speech Pathology, B.S.

Statistics and Biostatistics Accelerated, B.S.

Statistics, B.S.

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.

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Accounting Minor

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

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

African American and Diaspora Studies Minor

The Minor in African American and Diaspora Studies consists of eighteen (18) hours. For the minor, students are required to complete twelve (12) hours of specified courses and six (6) hours of courses in a specified concentration. The concentration may be taken from English, history, philosophy, psychology, music, or other disciplinary course offerings centered on African American and Diaspora Studies.

Afro Latin American and Caribbean Studies (ALCS) Minor

In order to fulfill the requirements of the minor, students must take 6 hours of required courses, 6 hours of Languages courses, and 6 hours of interdisciplinary courses.

Women’s Studies Minor

The Women’s Studies Minor is offered under the coordination of the Women’s Studies Coordinator. The interdisciplinary approach of the Women’s Studies Minor is designed to assist the student to develop a comprehensive body of knowledge that critically analyzes the gendering process from a multidisciplinary perspective, illuminated via themes drawn from the humanities, languages, and the social sciences. The Minor consists of eighteen (18) credit hours, six of which are required credits in the courses listed in Group A and twelve are elective credits to be taken from the list shown in Group B.

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. The minor in Art requires a total of eighteen (18) hours [six (6) hours of required courses and twelve (12) hours of additional courses].

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Arts Management Minor

This minor is designed to provide students with the entrepreneurial skills necessary to thrive in a global environment marked by the increasing cultural and economic impact of the visual arts. The program combines social and cultural awareness, nonprofit management and studio art courses to create an innovative program designed to meet the new challenges of the field. The mission of the Arts Management minor is to assist students in the development of management, marketing and financial skills while expanding their understanding of the critical role of art in community-building efforts as well as in social enterprise. Goals include envisioning the arts as an agent for education, social change, and as a tool for building community partnerships. In particular, the community service aspects of working in not-for-profit management will be emphasized in this minor. In the ART 2600 and ART 3200 courses, students will be encouraged to gain practical experience through internships and volunteer opportunities with local and national arts organizations.

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3520 Pine Street

Arts Management Minor

This minor is designed to provide students with the entrepreneurial skills necessary to thrive in a global environment marked by the increasing cultural and economic impact of the visual arts. The program combines social and cultural awareness, nonprofit management and studio art courses to create an innovative program designed to meet the new challenges of the field. The mission of the Arts Management minor is to assist students in the development of management, marketing and financial skills while expanding their understanding of the critical role of art in community-building efforts as well as in social enterprise. Goals include envisioning the arts as an agent for education, social change, and as a tool for building community partnerships. In particular, the community service aspects of working in not-for-profit management will be emphasized in this minor. In the ART 2600 and ART 3200 courses, students will be encouraged to gain practical experience through internships and volunteer opportunities with local and national arts organizations.

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3520 Pine Street

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 Administration Minor


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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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Chinese Minor


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Cognitive Neuroscience Minor

Neuroscience non-majors will also have the option to minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. A minor in Cognitive Neuroscience requires 18 hours of course work. Cognitive Neuroscience minors must complete 9 hours of required courses and 9 hours of qualifying elective courses in Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Computer Science Minor

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.

The minor in Creative Writing consists of eighteen (18) hours. Students completing this minor are required to take:

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Digital Humanities Minor

This is an 18 hour minor in digital humanities which consists of one introductory course (1000 level), two skills courses (2000 level) and three applied courses (3000-4000 level). The minor planning team has defined the vision of the minor as grounded in data science and social justice. It is designed to teach students the skills of the humanities: critical thinking, persuasive communication, and engagement with humanist subject matter. Students will learn technical tools for humanistic inquiry and that technologies are not neutral but are developed out of social and political contexts and assumptions. This minor offers students a unique opportunity to learn the habits of thought offered through humanities with an emphasis on digital tools used frequently in business and industry. CAS will become a leader in preparing students with the emerging skills required to work in 21st century cultural organizations.

Education Minor

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.

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

The minor in entrepreneurship is designed for any major on campus and consists of the following 18 hours of coursework:

Division:

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

Financial Economics Minor


Division:

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

French Minor

Students are required to complete eighteen hours of courses in French, six hours of which must be at the 3000 level or above and should include a course on literature. 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

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History Minor

Students who select a minor in history must earn 18 hours in HIST offerings. Required courses are HIST 2010 and HIST 2020. The additional 12 semester hours must include at least 3 semester hours at the 3000-4000 level.

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International Affairs Minor

The minor in International Affairs prepares students for careers in the international arena. This program of study specifically prepares students for:

  1. Careers in government service, particularly the Foreign Service of the United States, the Department of State, or any of the various federal agencies, which function in the international arena;
  2. Careers in international business in the private sector; and
  3. Careers in the international civil service, serving with intergovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations, as well as with private international nongovernmental organizations.
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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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Performance Studies Minor


Philosophy Minor

The requirements for a minor in philosophy are: logic (PHIL 2040), one course in ethics (PHIL 2045PHIL 2400, or PHIL 2410), and any additional four courses in philosophy. The department recommends that at least one of the additional four courses come from the history of philosophy sequence (PHIL 2011PHIL 2021PHIL 2031).

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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 1141, and PHYS 2530) 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 and PHYS 2010L and PHYS 2020 and PHYS 2020L) and 10 hours of upper-level courses from the following: PHYS 2530PHYS 3040PHYS 3050PHYS 3310LPHYS 3320LPHYS 3510SPHYS 3520SPHYS 3060PHYS 4530 and PHYS 4540 (please note that Physics 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 PSCI 1010. No more than three hours may be taken in independent study courses and internships (PSCI 4903PSCI 4913PSCI 4953PSCI 4963). Non-majors must have PSCI 1020 or PSCI 2040 as a prerequisite for advanced courses, but this requirement may be waived by the department head and instructor as necessary.

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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.

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Pre-Pharmacy Program

The Pre-Pharmacy curriculum offered through the College of Arts and Sciences’ Chemistry Department prepares students for pharmacy school. Students wishing to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree through Xavier’s College of Pharmacy must complete 57 credit hours of the Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy curriculum, as specified, prior to being admitted to the Pharm.D. 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.

Students choosing to follow the Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy curriculum work closely with advisors in the Chemistry Department. The curriculum is designed specifically to conform to prerequisite course requirements for Xavier’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program, but students interested in other Doctor of Pharmacy programs may also follow this curriculum.

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Professional Writing Minor

The Department of English also offers a Professional Writing minor. A grade of “B” or better in ENGL 1000/ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020/ENGL 1023H/ENGL 1025 will be required of students who are completing the program as their academic minor. The minor in Professional Writing consists of Professional Writing courses and courses in English, Creative Writing, and Mass Communication.

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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 head.

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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.

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Public Health Sciences Minor

Students selecting a minor in Public Health Sciences must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of courses offered within the Department of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana.  Students who elect to take upper level courses must meet the prerequisites for those courses, if they are required.  Students interested in establishing a minor in Public Health Sciences must take ALL of the following courses:

Sales and Marketing Minor


Division:

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

Sociology Minor

Students selecting a minor in sociology must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours in sociology, meeting three criteria.

  1. Core courses (six credit hours total): SOCI 1010 - Introduction to Sociology and SOCI 3030 - Sociological Theory, are required.
  2. Electives (nine credit hours total): 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 (e.g., two 1000 level courses with one 3000 level course is acceptable, as is one 1000 level course with two 2000 level courses).
  3. Seminar (three credit hours total): Students minoring in sociology must take at least one 4000 level course of their choice.

No matter which set of nine hours of electives students take, all minors must take SOCI 1010 - Introduction to Sociology and SOCI 3030 - Sociological Theory.

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Spanish Minor

Students are required to complete eighteen hours of courses in Spanish, six hours of which must be at the 3000 level or above and should include a course on literature. 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.

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Speech Pathology Minor

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 2021 or STAT 2015/STAT 2015D. Students may not count both STAT 2010 and STAT 2015/STAT 2015D 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 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

The curriculum consists of 16 credit hours.The plan is for students to take 6 credits in Summer Session I, 6 credits in Summer Session II and the final 4 credits during fall semester. All four courses during summer sessions will be offered online and the fifth course may be offered online or in traditional face-to-face format in the fall semester.

Students earn certification in Entrepreneurship by completing the required courses.  A student can earn a certification in Entrepreneurship (16 credit hours) in a period of six to nine months.

Division:

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

Health Communication Certificate

Exciting New Career Opportunity

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

Are you looking for a program to boost your professional credentials? If so, this program is for you.


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.


Tuition: $276 per credit hour

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