Loyola International College, Concordias newest academic unit,
is putting the focus on international and global perspectives in a world
of increased intercultural interaction.
The College, whose classes started this term on the west-end campus, will
give students the opportunity to balance their discipline-based education
with interdisciplinary study that addresses challenging issues at the
start of the 21st century.
The new College brings together the pockets of international perspectives
all over the university, researchers with concerns about culture and development,
international relations, aesthetics across cultures, variations in philosophy
and religion around the world, and globalization, explained Psychology
Professor William Bukowski, who with Associate History Professor Rosemarie
Schade is co-principal of the College.
In the spirit of its namesake St. Ignatius Loyola, the Loyola International
College aims to cultivate good citizens and community leaders who are
critically engaged in the contemporary world. Loyola was a 16th-century
religious leader who founded the Society of Jesus, a religious order of
The Jesuits established numerous schools and universities throughout the
world, including one of Concordias founding institutions, Loyola
College, in 1896. Of course, while Loyolas global work in education
was religiously motivated, the Loyola International College is unquestionably
secular, and these days, women are welcome to apply, too.
Courses on the modern world
Two programs of study are offered. The Loyola International College Program,
for students accepted in the Faculty of Arts and Science, is a 24-credit
program consisting of eight new multidisciplinary courses: The Twentieth
Century; The Contemporary World; Global Diversity; Scientific Inquiry;
Biodiversity on Earth; Self, Culture and Development; Culture and Communication;
and an integrative seminar. Students will complete the courses over three
years, in conjunction with their departmental major, specialization or
The 15-credit Loyola Foundation Year Program is designed for students
enrolled in an extended credit program; typically, these will be students
from outside Quebec. Two courses were designed specifically for this program,
The Idea of Modernity, and What is the Environment? Both are being offered
Foundation Year students will also complete at least three courses from
a set of eight, drawn from the departments of History, Political Science,
Theological Studies, Religion, Sociology and Anthropology, and Chemistry
Beyond its emphasis on the modern world, the Foundation Year Program will
provide students with solid skills in reading, writing, critical thinking
and information technology. Students will be expected to fulfill these
credits during their first year of study.
Revitalization of west-end campus
The Loyola International College is an important component of the universitys
commitment to revitalize the Loyola Campus, a plan initiated in 1998 following
the merging or discontinuation of some programs and the relocation of
some departments to the downtown campus.
With plans for a state-of-the-art science complex at Loyola (now well
under construction), there were concerns that the west-end campus would
become primarily focused on the natural sciences.
The Loyola International College was conceived over several years by a
committee of Arts and Science faculty members who wanted to ensure the
ongoing presence of the social sciences and humanities at Loyola. The
committee included John Drysdale (Sociology and Anthropology), William
Byers (Mathematics and Statistics), Andrew Wayne (Philosophy), Pamela
Bright (Theology), David Howes (Sociology and Anthropology) and Bukowski
and Schade. With high admission standards and small class sizes, the College
will reestablish the Loyola tradition of a liberal education in an idyllic
academic setting, modernized for our age.
Understanding the whole world was important to St. Ignatius Loyola,
said Professor Schade, who will teach a course on different understandings
of some of the critical issues that have shaped the 20th-century world.
In providing a broad-based, interdisciplinary education, we are
training a new generation of well- educated and forward-thinking citizens
who will help build bridges among people from different cultural backgrounds.
For more information about Loyola International College call 848-2126
or email LoyolaIC@vax2.concordia.ca. Visit the Colleges Web site
series begins this month
During the winter term, Loyola International College will present
a series of presentations. The speakers in this series and the titles
of their talks are listed below. All will take place at 4 p.m. on the
Loyola campus (exact location listed below).
January 23 Peter Leuprecht, Dean, McGill Faculty of Law,
on Working on Human Rights Cases in Cambodia (AD 308)
February 6 Frank Chalk, Department of History, Concordia
University, on The Crime of Genocide: Meaning, Prevention, and Punishment
February 27 Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study,
Princeton, on The Argument About Humanitarian Intervention
March 13 Allen Abel, journalist and author, on Explorations
and Misadventures on Six Continents (AD 308)
March 27 Pamela Bright, Department of Theology, Concordia
University, on The Ancient Church and the Modern World (AD