The Loyola Core and the Common Curriculum are similar in many ways, but there are important differences in curricular structure. 

The Loyola Core

For students entering Loyola University New Orleans Fall 2016 or later, the Loyola Core is divided into two sections: 

Foundations Courses: students should take these courses in their first year. 

  • First-Year Seminar (FYS) 
  • Critical Reading & Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Investigating Nature 

Knowledge & Values Courses: students can begin taking Knowledge & Values courses at any time, including their first semester. Some courses are sequenced, where one course has to be taken before another. 


The Common Curriculum

For students who began their undergraduate program in previous years, Common Curriculum courses can be found in several sections:  

  • First Year Seminars (FYS) are interdisciplinary courses that focus on questions of enduring value through the lens of "thinking critically, acting justly." The seminar introduces first-year students to college-level thinking and learning, helps develop writing and speaking skills, and promotes critical problem solving and experiential learning.  All students enroll in a First-Year Seminar during their first year.  
  • Introductory Common Curriculum (ICC) courses constitute the foundation of liberal education. Six courses in a variety of disciplines introduce and reinforce college-level skills and knowledge that form the foundation of life-long learning.   
  • Advanced Common Curriculum (ACC) courses enable students to begin to synthesize and apply their skills and knowledge within a wide selection of courses that explore disciplinary and interdisciplinary topics. 
  • Requirements Across the Curriculum (RAC)  enhance the breadth of each student’s education by making sure every student has the opportunity to explore courses that examine the Catholic tradition, issues of diversity, and the premodern era.