Core Curriculum

  • The University Core Curriculum

    The University Core Curriculum (hereafter referred to as “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.

    Mission

    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 educates and values 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 to others, to the world, and to 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 women and men who will be discerning and active members of diverse communities—local and global. The Core includes the study of ethical theories and moral development, through which students come to recognize the value of acting rightly and using knowledge mindfully in the promotion of justice.

    Core Learning Outcomes

    The University Core Curriculum provides a common foundation for every undergraduate student at LMU. Through the Core, LMU 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.
  • Overview

    The LMU Core moves from Foundations, to Explorations, to Integrations, developing over a student’s four years at the university.

    • Foundations coursesare designed to introduce students to the intellectual life of LMU, guiding them to confront important issues about their values and society.
    • Explorations courses encourage students to engage in different disciplinary methods and perspectives of the humanities, arts, natural sciences, and social sciences.
    • Integrations courses challenge students to take learned skills and knowledge from the Foundation and Exploration courses, together with their majors, and apply them to interdisciplinary consideration of thematic questions.
    • Flagged courses in writing, oral skills, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, and engaged learning build on and reinforce the skills and critical thinking students obtain in the Foundations courses.
  • Policies

    CORE POLICIES

    • A single course may satisfy only one Core requirement (aside from flags).
    • Students may satisfy major requirements with Core courses when the courses are approved for both the major and Core.
    • Students must take the First Year Seminar and Rhetorical Arts courses in their first year. These courses are prerequisites for Integrations courses.
    • Although the order in which Core courses are completed is flexible, students are strongly encouraged to take the remaining Foundations courses in Years 1 and 2, Explorations courses in Years 2 and 3, and Integrations courses in Years 3 and 4 (students must have completed 60 units to enroll in Integrations-level courses).
    • Foundations courses carry no flags. Explorations and Integrations courses (at the 200-level and higher) can carry up to two flags.
    • Entering students must complete all six flags. Students who entered prior to Fall 2013 should meet with their assigned college advisors to determine a plan for completing flag requirements.

    Graduation requirements include the completion of the six flags.

    Electives

    There are two types of elective courses: 1) those that students take within their major or minor programs; and (2) those students take that fulfill neither Core nor major/minor requirements, but count toward semester hours needed for degree completion.

    Students may select the second kind of electives from a variety of courses across diverse academic disciplines. Courses in the Core (with the exception of the First Year Seminar and Rhetorical Arts) may also be taken as an elective if a student has already fulfilled a particular Core area.

    • For example: A History major takes ART 150: Introduction to Studio Arts to fulfill the Creative Experience Core requirement. The student also takes THEA 110: Beginning Acting. This course would count as a general elective (3 units) towards the 120 units required for degree completion.

    Students should select electives in close consultation with their college advisors.

  • AP Scores

    No more than two Explorations courses may be met by AP exams. Since AP credits can be applied to major, minor and core courses, it is highly recommended that students discuss their options either with their associate deans or with their school/college academic coordinators.

    AP courses do not fulfill flag requirements.

  • Finding Core courses

  • Flag Requirements

    Flagged courses must be taken in residence at LMU.

    • There will be no substitutions for flags.
    • Transfer courses do not fulfill flag requirements.
    • AP courses do not fulfill flag requirements.

    Entering first-year students must complete the 6 flag requirement.

    Students transferring to LMU with:

    • 60 or more units must complete 3 out of 6 flags with at least one writing flag.
    • 50-59 units must complete 4 out of 6 flags with at least one writing flag.
    • 40-49 units must complete 5 out of 6 flags with at least one writing flag.
    • Less than 40 units must complete all 6 flags.
  • Transfers: 0-29 units

    The Core Curriculum at Loyola Marymount University requires 12-13 courses, including 6 flagged requirements. Some courses in the Core may also satisfy requirements in the student’s major or minor. 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. All flagged courses will be at the 200-level or higher.

    FOUNDATIONS

    For students who transfer fewer than 30 units, the First Year Seminar must be taken in the first semester at LMU. All other courses in Foundations are required, but may be transferred from another institution (pending approval).

    First Year Seminar

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Rhetorical Arts

    REQUIRED – Students may transfer a comparable course (one that combines oral skills with writing) or two courses (one that emphasizes oral communication and one that emphasizes writing).

    Quantitative/Mathematical Reasoning

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Theological Inquiry

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Philosophical Inquiry

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Studies in American Diversity

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    EXPLORATIONS

    For students who transfer fewer than 30 units, all courses in Explorations are required, but may be transferred from another institution (pending approval).

    Creative Experience

    REQUIRED – Students may transfer a comparable course (one that combines creative and critical skills) or two courses in the Arts (one that emphasizes the creative and one that emphasizes the critical).

    Historical Analysis and Perspectives

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Nature of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Understanding Human Behavior

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    INTEGRATIONS

    For students who transfer fewer than 30 units, all courses in Integrations are required, and must be taken in residence at LMU.

    Ethics and Justice

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Faith and Reason

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Interdisciplinary Connections*

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    *Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Engineering Physics are exempt from Interdisciplinary Connections in the Integrations area of the Core.

    FLAG REQUIREMENTS

    Students who transfer fewer than 30 units must meet all 6 Flag Requirements. Flagged courses must be taken in residence at LMU.

    Writing (2 Flagged Courses)

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Oral Skills (1 Flagged Course)

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Information Literacy (1 Flagged Course)

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Quantitative Reasoning (1 Flagged Course)

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Engaged Learning (1 Flagged Course)

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    UCCC POLICY ON AP COURSES

    No more than two Explorations courses may be met by AP exams. Since AP credits can be applied to major, minor and core courses, it is highly recommended that students discuss their options either with their associate deans or with their school/college academic coordinators.

  • Transfers: 30-54 units

    The Core Curriculum at Loyola Marymount University requires 12-13 courses, including 6 flagged requirements. Some courses in the Core may also satisfy requirements in the student’s major or minor. 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. All flagged courses will be at the 200-level or higher.

    FOUNDATIONS

    For students who transfer 30-54 units, the First Year Seminar is waived. All other courses in Foundations are required, but may be transferred from another institution (pending approval).

    First Year Seminar

    MAY BE WAIVED

    Rhetorical Arts

    REQUIRED – Students may transfer a comparable course (one that combines oral skills with writing) or two courses (one that emphasizes oral communication and one that emphasizes writing).

    Quantitative Reasoning/Mathematical Reasoning

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Theological Inquiry

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Philosophical Inquiry

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Studies in American Diversity

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    EXPLORATIONS

    For students who transfer 30-54 units, all courses in Explorations are required, but may be transferred from another institution (pending approval).

    Creative Experience

    REQUIRED – Students may transfer a comparable course (one that combines creative and critical skills) or two courses in the Arts (one that emphasizes the creative and one that emphasizes the critical).

    Historical Analysis and Perspectives

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Nature of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Understanding Human Behavior

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    INTEGRATIONS

    For students who transfer 30-54 units, all courses in Integrations are required, and must be taken in residence at LMU.

    Ethics and Justice

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Faith and Reason

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Interdisciplinary Connections*

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    *Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Engineering Physics are exempt from Interdisciplinary Connections in the Integrations area of the Core.

    FLAG REQUIREMENTS

    Students who transfer 30-54 units must meet all 6 Flag Requirements. Flagged courses must be taken in residence at LMU.

    Writing (2 Flagged Courses)

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Oral Skills (1 Flagged Course)

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Information Literacy (1 Flagged Course)

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Quantitative Reasoning (1 Flagged Course)

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Engaged Learning (1 Flagged Course)

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    UCCC POLICY ON AP COURSES

    No more than two Explorations courses may be met by AP exams. Since AP credits can be applied to major, minor and core courses, it is highly recommended that students discuss their options either with their associate deans or with their school/college academic coordinators.

  • Transfers: 55 or more

    The Core Curriculum at Loyola Marymount University requires 12-13 courses, including 6 flagged requirements. Some courses in the Core may also satisfy requirements in the student’s major or minor. 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. All flagged courses will be at the 200-level or higher.

    FOUNDATIONS

    For students who transfer 55 or more units, the First Year Seminar, Rhetorical Arts, Theological Inquiry, and Philosophical Inquiry may be waived. Other courses in Foundations, including Quantitative/Mathematical Reasoning and Studies in American Diversity are required, but may be transferred from another institution (pending approval).

    First Year Seminar

    MAY BE WAIVED

    Rhetorical Arts

    MAY BE WAIVED

    Quantitative/Mathematical Reasoning

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Theological Inquiry

    MAY BE WAIVED

    Philosophical Inquiry

    MAY BE WAIVED

    Studies in American Diversity

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    EXPLORATIONS

    For students who transfer 55 or more units, all courses in Explorations are required, but may be transferred from another institution (pending approval).

    Creative Experience

    REQUIRED – Students may transfer a comparable course (one that combines creative and critical skills) or two courses in the Arts (one that emphasizes the creative and one that emphasizes the critical).

    Historical Analysis and Perspectives

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Nature of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    Understanding Human Behavior

    REQUIRED – May be transferred

    INTEGRATIONS

    For students who transfer 55 or more units, all courses in Integrations are required, and must be taken in residence at LMU.

    Ethics and Justice

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Faith and Reason

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    Interdisciplinary Connections*

    REQUIRED – Must be taken at LMU

    *Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Engineering Physics are exempt from Interdisciplinary Connections in the Integrations area of the Core.

    FLAG REQUIREMENTS

    Students who transfer 55 or more units must meet 3 Flag Requirements, including 1 Writing Flag. Flagged courses must be completed in residence at LMU and may be taken in the following areas:

    Writing

    REQUIRED – Students who transfer in 60 units must take at least 1 writing flag at LMU.

    Oral Skills

    May be taken at LMU as 1 of 3 required flags.

    Information Literacy

    May be taken at LMU as 1 of 3 required flags.

    Quantitative Reasoning

    May be taken at LMU as 1 of 3 required flags.

    Engaged Learning

    May be taken at LMU as 1 of 3 required flags.

    UCCC POLICY ON AP COURSES

    No more than two Explorations courses may be met by AP exams. Since AP credits can be applied to major, minor and core courses, it is highly recommended that students discuss their options either with their associate deans or with their school/college academic coordinators.

  • The Honors Program

    Through small seminar-style classes with LMU's best professors, student-created and student-led publications and programs, Honors housing, special events and speakers, and independent research opportunities, every student in the University Honors Program is encouraged to become a first rate scholar and citizen of the greater intellectual conversation. Honors students must take the Core courses designated “Honors.” All other Core courses may be satisfied through the university-wide Core course offerings.

    FOUNDATIONS

    Honors Introduction to Honors (1 hr)

    Honors First Year Seminar (1 course)

    Quantitative/Mathematical Reasoning (satisfied through the requirements of the Honors Core)

    Honors Theological Inquiry (1 course)

    Honors Philosophical Inquiry (1 course)

    Studies in American Diversity (1 course)

    EXPLORATIONS

    Creative Experience (1 course)

    Honors Historical Analysis and Perspectives (1 course)

    Nature of Science, Technology, and Math (1 course)

    Honors Literary Analysis (1 course)

    Understanding Human Behavior (1 course)

    Honors Research and Exhibition (1 hr)

    INTEGRATIONS

    Faith and Reason (1 course)

    Honors Ethics and Justice (1 course)

    Honors Post-Bac Success Seminar (1 hour)

    Honors Thesis

    Honors Portfolio and Assessment (0 hours)

    All Honors students must achieve proficiency (the equivalent of three semesters of LMU study) in a second language. International students who speak English as a second language are exempt from this requirement. The requirement may also be satisfied by achieving AP Foreign Language credit or receiving 203 or higher on the Foreign Language placement exam.