The Core at LMU

Loyola Marymount University is distinguished by its Core Curriculum, which provides all LMU students with a shared foundation of knowledge, skills, and values essential to the Mission of the University to encourage learning, to educate the whole person, to serve faith and to promote justice.



Summary of the Requirements of the University Core Curriculum:

Foundations   
First Year Seminar (Fall)  1 Course 
Rhetorical Arts (Spring)  1 Course 
Quantitative Reasoning  1 Course  
Theological Inquiry        1 Course  
Philosophical Inquiry  1 Course  
Studies in American Diversity  1 Course  
   
Explorations    
Creative Experience   1 Course   
Historical Analysis and Perspectives   1 Course   
Nature of Science, Technology, and Mathematics 1 Course   
Understanding Human Behavior   1 Course   
   
Integrations   
Faith and Reason  1 Course    
Ethics and Justice  1 Course    
Interdisciplinary Connections  1 Course*    
Total:  13 Courses*    
   
Flagged Courses   
Writing  2 Flags 
Oral Skills  1 Flag 
Information Literacy  1 Flag 
Quantitative  1 Flag 
Engaged Learning  1 Flag 

NOTE: The Core develops over the student's four years.




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Philosophy and Goals of the Core Curriculum:

The University Core reflects the values of its founding and partnering communities--The Society of Jesus (Jesuit), Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (Marymount), and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange (CSJ). Rooted in the traditional Jesuit emphasis on classics, philosophy, theology, the liberal arts, and faith that does justice, the Core also reflects the Marymount commitment to faith, culture, and the arts. Moreover, the CSJ work for unity and reconciliation pervades the Core’s emphasis on integration.
The Core encourages students to value learning, and to carry that love of learning into their future lives. Valuing learning has two key components: a distinctively Catholic, humanistic vision of intellectual inquiry as well as the cultivation of particular skills. Both are necessary for students to be thoughtful, critical, and engaged citizens of the world.

The Core values and educates the whole person. The LMU University Core therefore emphasizes the formation of students as whole persons, integrated in thinking, feeling, and action. As such, the Core includes intellectual, creative/artistic, and moral development.

The Core invites students to analyze their relationship with themselves, others, the world, and God. The Core serves faith by bringing students to a critical and appreciative understanding of religious traditions, and to see the search for God as intrinsic to the human condition.

The Core recognizes LMU’s special role in creating men and women who will be discerning and active members of diverse communities, local and global. The Core includes the study of ethical theories and moral development, in which students come to recognize the value of acting rightly and using knowledge mindfully in the promotion of justice.

The Core moves from Foundations, to Explorations, to Integrations, carefully educating mindful women and men for others. Foundations courses introduce students to the intellectual life of LMU; guide them to confront important issues about values, faith, justice, race, gender, sexuality and culture; and emphasize fundamental communication and reasoning skills. Explorations courses build on the skills and knowledge gained in the Foundations courses, refining them through the different disciplinary methods and perspectives of the humanities, arts, natural sciences and social sciences. Integrations courses challenge students to take the skills and knowledge from the Foundations and Explorations courses, as well as their majors, and apply them to interdisciplinary consideration of thematic questions. In addition, Flagged courses in writing, oral skills, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, and engaged learning build on and reinforce the skills and critical thinking that students obtain in the Foundations courses.

The University Core Curriculum provides a common foundation for every undergraduate student at LMU. The power to develop additional core requirements will reside with Major and Minor programs rather than Colleges and Schools.

Through the LMU Core, students will…

  • develop fundamental skills in writing, speaking, and quantitative and analytical reasoning
  • examine God, self, society, and the world using a variety of methods and perspectives.
  • become creative and critical thinkers.
  • become women and men for others.

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Core Learning Outcomes:

Through the LMU Core, students will know…

  • ideas concerning the origins and nature of existence – e.g., various accounts of human existence; the existence of God.
  • the dominant arguments concerning what is just.
  • the prevalent methodologies and traditions for approaching human knowledge.
  • theories and models of the physical world.
  •  the formative influences, dynamics, social impacts, and ethical consequences of scientific and technological development.
  • the historical processes that have produced the modern world.
  • the intertwined development of western and other world cultures, ideas, institutions, and religions.
  • the diversity of human experiences, identities, and interpretations of social life within societies.
  • the critical role that power, race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, and sexuality play in determining social relations.
  • the modes of creative expression used to explore and shape culture.

Through the LMU Core, students will be able to…

  • engage fundamental questions of faith and justice analytically, critically and creatively.
  •  identify, reflect upon, integrate, and apply different arguments to form independent judgments.
  • collect, interpret, evaluate and use evidence to make arguments and produce knowledge.
  • apply knowledge and tools from various disciplines in order to identify and address intellectual, ethical and practical problems of relevance to the contemporary world.
  • communicate ideas and arguments through clear writing and speech.
  •  use quantitative reasoning skills to make informed, analytical decisions.
  • identify information needs, locate and access information and critically evaluate sources.
  • collaborate intellectually and creatively with diverse people.
  • engage in the creative process and think critically about that process, its products and its cultural traditions.
  • use imagination and informed intuition to ask questions and solve problems.

Through the LMU Core, students will value…

  • spiritually and intellectually informed service to a local and global community.
  • the experiences, cultures and traditions of diverse peoples of the world.
  • the role of continuing intellectual and creative experience and growth in leading a full life.
  • just and ethical behavior in pursuit of a more just world.
  • contemplation of questions of ultimate reality.

Note: Courses in a student’s major may also satisfy Core requirements, if approved by the University Core Curriculum Committee; so the total number of courses required outside of a student's major will typically be fewer than 13. Flagged courses will typically be courses that also satisfy other Core or major requirements so they do not add to the total course requirements for most students.

*Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Engineering Physics program are required to take only two Integrations courses: Faith and Reason and Ethics and Justice. For these students, there are a total of 12 required courses. 

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