Overview of the Core

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

  • Foundations courses are 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.