The Loyola Core

In Fall 2016, Loyola University New Orleans will streamline the general education structure for undergraduate degrees to create The Loyola Core. Structurally, the Loyola Core will build upon the successes of the previous Common Curriculum. The mission and goals of both programs remain the same.

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.

Loyola Core Competencies

The goal of the Loyola Core 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 Loyola Core 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. These core competencies will be familiar to existing students, as they are the same for the Common Curriculum program. 

The Common Curriculum: 2013 - 2016 

The Common Curriculum has been at the heart of Loyola education for decades, and the curricular design best leverages Loyola’s strengths to provide all our students an outstanding contemporary Jesuit education. Students who began their program at Loyola between Fall 2013 and Spring 2016 participate in the revised Common Curriculum.