Common Curriculum

The Common Curriculum at Loyola University equips 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 Common Curriculum is the cornerstone of the nearly 500-year-old distinctive Jesuit tradition of connecting educational excellence with social justice. The mission of the Common Curriculum is to educate the whole person, a central tenet of the Ignatian vision of education. 

The Loyola Core - Coming Fall 2016

In Fall 2016, Loyola University New Orleans will streamline the general education structure for undergraduate degrees to create The Loyola Core. The Loyola Core will serve 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 described on this website. Informational updates to this website will take place over the next several weeks, explaining these upcoming changes. These updates will be of interest to prospective students who will be starting their Loyola undergraduate program Fall 2016 and later.