The Loyola Seminar courses are intended to provide Loyola University Chicago’s new students with an academic experience that exposes them to active and collaborative learning in a supportive environment. The one-semester, one credit-hour course meets weekly for 50 minutes with additional activities outside scheduled class time to assist in community development and the integration of curricular and co-curricular learning.
Seminars are offered on topics that complement the learning that takes place in the Values Across the Curriculum areas of the Core Curriculum, as well as the scholarly interests of the instructor. Importantly, students do not need any background knowledge in the topic area and are encouraged to explore new areas of interest.
- Provide experience with an Ignatian approach to learning, which values experience, critical reflection and action
- Allow students to develop an understanding of key values of a Loyola education, including diversity, justice, faith in action, and leadership and civic engagement
- Provide a forum for raising and addressing issues associated with the transition to college
- Enhance first-year student engagement with Loyola University Chicago
- Aid in student retention