Programs of Study

Undergradaute students at Loyola University New Orleans participate in either the Loyola Core or the Common Curriculum, depending on when they began their major program of study. 

The mission and goals of each program remain the same, and serve as the foundation for the arts & sciences based, liberal education all undergraduates complete at Loyola University. Major differences involve the structure of the program, and how that program interacts with each student's undergraduate major. 

The Loyola Core 

Students beginning their undergraduate programs at Loyola University Fall 2016 and later will participate in the Loyola Core. Students are encouraged to consult their faculty advisors about specific requirements for individual programs.

Foundation Courses - 12 credit hours

Foundation courses should be taken in your first year at Loyola. 

  • First-Year Seminar 
  • English - Critical Reading & Writing
  • Math Models, Finite Math, or Calculus
  • Science Process - Investigating Nature 

Knowledge & Values Courses - 30 credit hours

Students complete courses in the following 9 categories

Major Substitution: One of the courses in the Loyola Core will be satisfied in each undergraduate's major. This is usually the introductory course for each major. The result is the total hours to complete the Loyola Core are reduced to between 39 and 41 credit hours (depending on lab requirements associated with Math and Science courses). 


The Common Curriculum

General requirements for students beginning their studies at Loyola between Fall 2013 and Spring 2016 are outlined below. Many majors and programs have articulated exceptions and substitutions to these requirements, so students are encouraged to consult their faculty advisors about specific requirements for individual programs. 

Common Curriculum courses are organized into introductory and advanced courses as well as foreign language and general requirements.   

Introductory Common Curriculum - 21 credit hours

Students complete courses in the 7 following categories:

Advanced Common Curriculum - 24 credit hours

Students complete courses in the following 8 categories:

Foreign Language Requirement – 6 credit hours

Students must complete 2 semesters of a foreign language. The specific courses required are based on a student’s score on a language placement test. Students who are continuing a language they have previously studied are encouraged to take their placement test and language courses early in their academic career. Students who place into language at the 201 level or higher are eligible to exempt this requirement, with any remaining credit hours made available for general electives. Students are also welcome to begin study of a new language. 

Requirements Across the Curriculum (RAC)

Students must also complete coursework in three areas designated as “Requirements Across the Curriculum.” These requirements can be fulfilled by courses offered in the Advanced Common Curriculum, in the major, or as general electives.  The three RACs are: 

Students entering Loyola prior to Fall 2013 should consult the University Bulletin Archive for previous Common Curriculum requirements.