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Loyola Lifelong Learner

Loyola Lifelong Learner

If you enjoy the pursuit of knowledge or want to learn a new skill, join us at Loyola University New Orleans as a Loyola Lifelong Learner. Auditing allows you the opportunity to attend an undergraduate course at Loyola. Listen to lectures given by our distinguished faculty and get more involved with our campus.

Lifelong Learners ages 18+, who are not registered students, but wish to listen in on regularly scheduled lectures, are eligible to audit courses during the fall and spring semesters.

If you are interested in learning more about the available courses or want to register to audit a course, please call Admissions at 504-865-3240 or email

Please note: Eligible courses are subject to availability and professor permission. No academic credit will be received. Loyola Lifelong Learner registration will begin once degree-seeking students have registered by the academic calendar deadline and seats are available.


Tuition is $400 for each approved class to be audited. 

Tuition is to be remitted, in full, upon registration.

A maximum of 3 classes can be audited per semester.

Refund Policy

The student must request to drop a course 1 week after the start of the course in order to receive a full refund.*

* Partial refunds are not available if you miss the deadline to drop the course.


Classroom Culture

Community auditors are guests in the class. It is important to allow degree-seeking students learning these subjects for the first time, to answer faculty questions and drive class discussions. You should check in with the professor about how you might contribute your knowledge and life experiences to the discussion without dominating it.

** Participating courses are subject to availability. Certain courses like labs and music ensembles may not appropriate for Loyola Lifelong Learners.


Sample courses include the following:

Introduction to Psychology: 

This course is a survey of the major fields of psychology.

Introduction to Forensic Science:

This course will serve as a summary of the field of forensic science. The student will be given information in the form of lectures and case studies. It will cover the basic principles associated with forensic science, as well as touch on many of the specialized disciplines of this field. It will illustrate the path evidence takes from its collection at the crime scene, through analysis in the crime laboratory, and into the courtroom. This course will focus on how forensic science plays a key role in all aspects of criminal investigation and prosecution.

Documentary and Oral History:

This class uses the methodology of oral history to explore an aspect of the history of New Orleans through interviews. Students use A/V equipment to preserve their interviews and they use the information they gather to write term papers and produce documentaries.  The focus of this course varies each semester.

Sociology of Disaster

This course offers a critical introduction to the field of disaster research, with a particular emphasis on the differential risks and socio-environmental impacts associated with various natural and technological disasters today. Traumatic responses to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis are examined, as well as oil spills, rig blowouts, levee failures, toxic contamination, nuclear plant accidents, and other catastrophes of the modern age. Special attention is paid to recent events such as The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Hurricane Katrina, and the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf.

Medieval Art

This course is a survey of medieval art and visual culture, primarily in the West and in Islamic lands, ca. AD 300-1400. Major media considered include architecture, sculpture, manuscript illumination, wall and panel painting, and luxury arts, with an emphasis on the production and use of objects and structures in cultural context.

Italian Renaissance Art

This course presents the major works and principal painters, sculptors, and architects, ca. 1300-1600, in the main centers of art production on the Italian peninsula: Rome, Florence, Siena, and Venice.  Broadly chronological, the course takes a thematic approach to individual topics, including artists’ social status, esteem for classical antiquity, humanism, evolving patterns of patronage, the internationalization of art, studio practice and artistic techniques. Concern for context underlies investigations of form, content, and function.