Loyola University Chicago

University Core

About the Core

The Loyola's Core Curriculum plays a key educational role in every Loyola student's undergraduate experience. Designed to provide both breadth and depth to a student’s program of study, the Core Curriculum introduces students to key concepts and modes of thought in a variety of areas of human intellectual endeavors.

Core Knowledge Areas
The University Core introduces students to ten central Knowledge Areas of university learning, with a consistent focus on learning outcomes for those Areas. Core coursework develops students' understanding through knowledge and experience in the Knowledge Areas of Artistic, Historical, Literary, Quantitative Analysis, Scientific Literacy, Societal and Cultural, Philosophical, Theological and Religious Studies, Ethics plus written communication. Each course promotes at least one of the following skills, crucial to facing the challenges of contemporary society: communication, critical thinking, ethical awareness and decision-making, information literacy, quantitative and qualitative analysis and research methods, and technological literacy.

Values Areas and the Core:  Diversity, Justice, Spirituality and Faith, Engaged Learning
In addition to knowledge and skills development, Core courses integrate and promote four Values essential to a Loyola education: understanding diversity in the US or the world; understanding and promoting justice; understanding spirituality or faith in action in the world; and promoting engaged learning.  Many courses in the Core were specifically designed to highlight the value of diversity.  You may see the complete list of diversity courses here or visit this page for more information regarding current revisions to increase diversity in the Core curriculum.  

To complete the University Core Curriculum, students will take 16 courses across ten Knowledge Areas. Two courses are required in six of these areas (Historical Knowledge, Literary Knowledge and Experience, Scientific Literacy, Societal and Cultural Knowledge, Philosophical Knowledge and Theological and Religious Studies Knowledge) Students will begin their studies in these six areas with a foundational (or Tier I) course that will introduce them to critical ideas and methods of analyses in that area.  After completing the foundational course, students will have an array of options to further their studies by taking one of a variety of Tier II classes to pursue their particular interests in more depth.  The other four areas (College Writing Seminar, Artistic Knowledge and Experience, Quantitative Literacy and Ethics) require one course each. Some Core Knowledge Area requirements can be satisfied by virtue of completing a major or minor program of study, given the extensive work a student must do in a particular knowledge area while pursuing such a program of study.  These Core waivers can be found here.

What's next? Head to the Core Curriculum Guide to find out more about the specific Core requirements and learn about courses being offered.