Common Curriculum & the Loyola Core

Loyola University New Orleans equips undergraduate students to understand the world as it is and how we can work to make it better, to focus on the values that shape our lives, to free ourselves from prejudice and unexamined views, and to acquire knowledge and skills that inspire us to act and reflect critically on our actions as we seek the creation of a more just world.

The cornerstone of the nearly 500-year-old distinctive Jesuit tradition is connecting educational excellence with social justice. The mission of both the Common Curriculum and the Loyola Core is to educate the whole person, a central tenet of the Ignatian vision of education. The main difference between the two is when a student began their undergraduate program. 

The Loyola Core

In Fall 2016, Loyola University New Orleans will streamline the general education structure for undergraduate degrees to create The Loyola Core. The Loyola Core serves as the foundation of Loyola’s holistic curriculum, which is deeply grounded in Jesuit values and the liberal arts and sciences, is designed to form “students as scholars” who upon graduation have understanding of epistemological theories as well as disciplinary content knowledge, critical thinking, self awareness, and a commitment to lifelong learning and lifelong service. The curricular emphasis on ethics, interdisciplinary connections, inclusive excellence, international education and global preparedness, and commitment to faculty/student collaborative scholarship and community engaged learning and service are clear hallmarks of Loyola’s distinctive, transformational educational experience.

Structurally, the Loyola Core will build upon the successes of the previous Common Curriculum.

The Common Curriculum 

For students who began their undergraduate academic program at Loyola between Fall 2013 and Spring 2016, the Common Curriculum serves as the foundation of a Loyola education. While the mission and purpose remain, the structure of the Common Curriculum is more dependent on each student's major program.