Loyola University Chicago

University Core

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Welcome to Loyola's Core and University Curriculum Requirements website. This site is designed to help you understand your Core and University requirements as an essential part of your Loyola education.  

The University Core courses allow students a wonderful introduction to multiple disciplines and diverse course offerings within the humanities, natural sciences, and mathematics. Core classes reflect the mission and values of the University, and allow our undergraduate students to have a shared intellectual experience that focuses on the education of the whole person—mind, heart, and spirit.

True to the values of Jesuit education, Core courses feed students’ intellectual curiosity, invite them to act in the service of others, make connections across scholarly disciplines and, ultimately, to learn more about themselves. To these ends, in 2012 the University Core was revised to align with the University Strategic Plan 2020 and more keenly evince the University Core’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice.

By definition, a “core” is the central component of a larger unit – the Loyola University Chicago Core curriculum is foundational to our Jesuit identity to “expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith.” I encourage you to explore our website for more information about the Core Curriculum and learn about the ways that the University Core prepares our students to “go forth and set the world on fire.”

Dana Garbarski, PhD
Director, University Core Curriculum