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 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. 

The Common Curriculum: 2013 - 2016 

The Common Curriculum has been at the heart of Loyola education for decades. It has recently undergone a significant revision following several years of campus-wide dialogue.  From these dialogues, a new Common Curriculum emerged that best leverages Loyola’s strengths to provide all our students an outstanding contemporary Jesuit education. Students entering Loyola in or after Fall 2013 will participate in the revised Common Curriculum

Common Curriculum Goals

The goal of the Common Curriculum is to foster students’ competency in five key areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical Reasoning

To help students develop these competencies, the Common Curriculum embraces an interdisciplinary approach to learning with an emphasis on the spiritual and intellectual, the moral and ethical, the natural and social scientific, the humanistic, and the artistic. These elements are central to the education of the whole person and integral to sustaining a learning community whose goal is understanding and serving the greater New Orleans community and the world.

In the tradition of Jesuit education, Loyola encourages students to be “contemplatives in action” who reflect on their knowledge and experience to become selfless in the service of others. This includes more than simply a collection of courses. It is an integration of critical components which, taken together, empower students to think critically, creatively, and reflectively in order to act justly. 

Loyola’s holistic curriculum, which is deeply grounded in Jesuit values and the liberal arts and sciences, is designed to form students of competence, conscience, and compassion who will graduate with a full understanding of disciplinary knowledge, the ability to think critically, a sense of self- awareness, and a commitment to a life of learning and service.