How do Core courses relate to courses in a major or minor? What are elective courses?
A Core course is a course that fulfills the Core Curriculum, which is a shared group of course requirements that ALL students at LMU must complete. Your major and minor will also have specific required courses. While many of the Core courses you take will fall outside your major and/or minor, it is possible that some courses in any given major or minor program will also satisfy certain Core requirements. Please see your advisor for more information on this. If you take a course in your major or minor that has a Core attribute or flag, you are not required to take another course in the Core area. An elective course does not fulfill your major or Core requirements; however, all students take electives to graduate.
What is the difference between a Core flag and a Core attribute?
A course that carries a reinforces the skills and critical thinking that students have obtained in their Foundations courses. Students must take six flagged courses—one in Oral Skills, Information Literacy, Quantitative Literacy, and Engaged learning, and two in Writing. Any course, not just a course with a Core attribute, at the 2000-level or higher may carry a flag.
What is the difference between First Year Seminar and Rhetorical Arts?
First Year Seminar is a seminar-style course that is co-taught by a full-time disciplinary Faculty member and a Writing Instructor. Aimed at improving students’ written and oral communication skills, the FYS invites students to engage critically and reflectively with scholarly discourse in a variety of formats. The topic for each FYS section is chosen and developed by the disciplinary Faculty member, who works closely with the Writing Instructor to develop writing assignments and to provide guidance to students in presenting, developing, and revising their ideas.
Rhetorical Arts furthers the development of essential skills in written and oral communication and information literacy, and provides opportunities for active engagement with essential components of the Jesuit and Marymount educational traditions. This course teaches an integrated set of skills, competencies, and knowledge that enables students to engage in public debate with persuasive force and stylistic excellence. Typically students choose a research topic at the beginning of the semester and complete a series of speeches and writing assignments on their chosen topic.
Can I take First Year Seminar and Rhetorical Arts in the same semester?
No, Rhetorical Arts and First Year Seminar should be taken in different semesters in the first year.
See Core Policies.
Can I get an override to enter a full section of the First-Year Seminar (FFYS 1000) or Rhetorical Arts (RHET 1000)?
These courses have a cap of 19 students per section. Overrides can only be granted in situations where a student has an unavoidable scheduling complication that can only be fixed in this way. If there is an open seat in another section of FFYS 1000 or RHET 1000, you should register for the section with an open seat rather than request an override. Overrides will not be granted because of student interest in a particular section or desire to take FYS with a specific faculty member. If you would like to request an override for other reasons, please contact the Core Director.
Can I have a Core requirement waived?
Once you have started at LMU, it is expected that you will complete all the core courses required of you. Though many students transfer in Core credits from other institutions or through AP courses, further waivers of Core requirements for continuing LMU students can only be given in very specific circumstances. Please contact the Core Director if you have a question about this.