Requirements Across the Curriculum (RAC) are a feature of the Common Curriculum that 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, or the premodern era. Even though they are not requirements for students in the Loyola Core, the courses developed in these areas are still availalbe for students.
Courses throughout the Advanced Common Curriculum (ACC) and in the majors can be eligible to satisfy each RAC and are noted as such on LORA. Some courses can satisfy two RACs. This allows students multiple opportunities to complete their RACs within their normal course of study while maintaining students’ ability to take classes they find interesting.
Catholic Traditions courses express the Catholic dimension of Loyola University New Orleans’ essential mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution. Through critical evaluation and assessment, these courses engage Loyola’s historic traditions and faith in dialog with the modern world. Courses will have a strong element of instruction dedicated to understanding the nature of Catholic thought, culture, and achievement, providing students with a Catholic and religious literacy and a strong integrative element that seeks to place Catholicism in both its historical and contemporary context.
Diversity courses enhance awareness of alternative world views and ways of life for identifiable underrepresented populations. A key part of the 500-year tradition of Jesuit vision and education – and an essential element of Loyola’s fundamental and institutional commitments – is to present students with the opportunity to increase their appreciation for and understanding of cultures and societies other than their own.
Premodern courses explore the lengthy duration of human existence, and remind us that the modern era in which we live corresponds only to a small fraction of the human past. Study of the premodern era, defined as the period before 1650 C.E., is a fundamental aspect of a well-rounded education and presents learners with a foundational context from which to view the present. Students will see premodern topics as reflections of fundamentally distinct understandings of selves, communities, and institutions.
When registering for courses, students can add RAC participation to the “Course Section Search” criteria in LORA. Students are encouraged to talk to their faculty advisors or consult the University Bulletin for more information about which courses are eligible to satisfy RACs.