Non-Credit Courses

In the rich tradition of Jesuit education, learning is a lifelong endeavor and part of constant self-realization.  Loyola's non-credit courses are designed for adults who embrace learning as both a serious pursuit and a pleasure. 

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About Our Non-Credit Courses

  • All Non-Credit Courses will be held on Loyola University New Orleans' Uptown campus unless otherwise stated.
  • Required textbooks and supplies listed for each course are not included in the tuition price unless otherwise stated.
  • Students who wish to park on campus must pay for a parking permit.
  • Students must sign and submit a waiver form before participating in any field trips.
  • Registration is not yet open for Spring 2019 non-credit courses. Please subscribe to our email newsletter or follow us on social media to receive updates when registration opens.


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Coming Spring 2019:

Introduction to Nonprofit Fundraising and Grantwriting

Develop highly practical skills and confidence to successfully raise funds for your organizations and causes. This beginner- to intermediate-level course is designed for nonprofit professionals and volunteers, including board members, who are interested in learning best practices for fundraising. Course topics include individual donor development, grantwriting, and relationship-building with donors and funders. Instructor: Nora Ellertsen

Total contact hours: ten (10)   

Tuition: $349

Section 1: 5 sessions, SPRING 2018 DATES TBD

Notary Public Preparatory

This course helps prepare you to take Louisiana’s state notary exam. Topics include the Louisiana court system and the notary public’s role within that system. Class discussions will focus on mortgages, conveyances, leases, contracts, legal descriptions, successions, wills, trusts, and community property regime. Please note that successful preparation for the exam will require extensive reading outside of the classroom. Instructor: Wendy Hilker

Prerequisite: It is highly recommended that students take the Notary Exam Pre-Assessment before taking this class. The pre-assessment is mandatory before taking the exam through the Secretary of State. Complete information about the pre-assessment, the exam, and related requirements can be found on the Secretary of State website at

Required textbook: The Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice exam study guide, available from the Secretary of State office at

Total contact hours: forty-eight (48)         

Section 1: New Orleans; 16 sessions, SPRING 2018 DATES TBD

Section 2: Mandeville; 16 sessions, SPRING 2018 DATES TBD


Professional Tour Guiding 1: Introduction

Whether you are preparing to take the New Orleans Tour Guide Permit exam or just want to learn more about your city, this course has something for you. Gain skills in the tourism industry and knowledge about the City of New Orleans. Students participate in eleven (11) classroom sessions and two (2) field trips that are guided walking tours of the city.

Classroom sessions consist of instructor lectures, guest speakers, and student presentations. Previous guest speakers have included representatives from the Tour Guides Association of Greater New Orleans, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours, Gray Line Tours, New Orleans Tours, City Sightseeing New Orleans, and New Orleans Music Tours. Students also have the option to take the Tour Guide Permit exam on the last night of class. Instructor: Frank Perez

Required textbook: none

Total contact hours: thirty-seven (37) plus exam night      

Permit information: The Tour Guide Permit is granted through the New Orleans Taxicab & For Hire Bureau, not Loyola University New Orleans. Further information about the permitting process can be found at:

Section 1: 14  classroom and field trip sessions + 1 exam session, SPRING 2019 DATES TBD

Professional Tour Guiding 2: Research and Storytelling

Learn techniques and resources to enhance your research and storytelling skills and build better tours. Class sessions will consist of lectures, workshops, and guest speaker presentations from research facilities such as The Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana Research Collection, New Orleans Public Library, Louisiana State Museum, and Amistad Research Center. You will choose at least one subject to investigate and give weekly reports in class as you hone your storytelling technique. The last class meeting is a field trip with guided walking tour. Instructor: Frank Perez

Prerequisite: Professional Tour Guiding 1 or similar course at another institution or instructor permission

Total contact hours: sixteen (16)         

Tuition: $195

Section 1: 8 sessions, SPRING 2019 DATES TBD


Professional Tour Guiding 3: History of the French Quarter

This class focuses on the history of the French Quarter as both the original city of New Orleans and its shifting role as the city’s flagship neighborhood. While the French, Spanish, and early American periods are covered, the emphasis of the course is on 20th century history. Topics include, but are not limited to: architecture, historical preservation, colorful characters, the rise of tourism, literature and arts, drinking culture, crime and vice, and LGBT+ history. The last class meeting is a tour of the French Quarter. Instructor: Frank Perez

Total contact hours: twenty-one (21)         

Section 1: 7 sessions, SPRING 2019 DATES TBD


Professional Tour Guiding 4: Haunted History of New Orleans

New Orleans is known for many things: great music, cuisine, and culture not found anywhere else in the United States. The Crescent City is famous for its darker side as well. Join a paranormal expert as she takes you through the turbulent haunted history of New Orleans. It is a history lesson like no other! The third class meeting will be a guided walking tour of the most haunted sites in the French Quarter. Instructor: Kalila Smith

Required textbook: New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, & Vampires by Kalila Smith, included in tuition.

Total contact hours: twelve (12)         

Section 1: 4 sessions, SPRING 2019 DATES TBD

Professional Tour Guiding 5: Folklore, Legends, and Culture of South Louisiana

Learn about the various folklore, legends, and customs of South Louisiana, including New Orleans, in a designed for tourism professionals and anyone who wants to explore the heritage. Topics will include the food and lore of the Cajuns and Creoles as well as other cultures that have influenced the region such as the various native tribes and African-Caribbean. This course consists of four class meetings and two field trips. Instructor: Kalila Smith

Total contact hours: eighteen (18)  

Section 1: 6 sessions; SPRING 2019 DATES TBD

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