Honors Core

The foundation of your LMU education takes place in what is called the “core curriculum”—a set of courses that introduce you to a breadth of topics, develop your communication and critical thinking skills, and connect themes from different disciplines to answer life’s big questions. Honors students take a different set of core courses from the general LMU core in Honors-dedicated sections. Honors core courses are structured as seminars taught by LMU’s most dedicated and innovative faculty; they emphasize deep understanding of the material through active student engagement, and are taken exclusively with other Honors students. Our classes are generally capped at 15 students, giving you a chance to investigate course topics more fully and connect with faculty and fellow students more meaningfully.

Below are tables comparing the general LMU Core to the Honors Core. The Honors Core is the same "size" (in terms of units) as the regular LMU Core, so membership in Honors will not prevent you from pursuing second majors or minors. The PDF files below offer detail customized for each College showing what your core curriculum will look like as an Honors student.


LMU Core Honors Core
First Year Seminar Honors First Year Seminar
Rhetorical Arts Honors Literary Analysis
Quantitative Reasoning Waived
Theological Inquiry Honors Theological Inquiry
Philosophical Inquiry Honors Philosophical Inquiry
Studies in American Diversity General LMU Studies in American Diversity
  Introduction to Honors Colloquium (1 unit)
  Research and Exhibition Colloquium (1 unit)


LMU Core Honors Core
Creative Experience General LMU Creative Experience*
Historical Analysis and Perspectives Honors Historical Analysis and Perspectives
Nature of Science, Technology, and Math Honors Nature of Science, Technology and Math**
Understanding Human Behavior General LMU Understanding Human Behavior*
  The Edge of What We Know (1 unit)

* Waived for students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering; ** Fulfilled by the major for students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering


LMU Core Honors Core
Faith and Reason  General LMU Faith and Reason 
Interdisciplinary Connections  Waived 
Ethics and Justice  Honors Beyond Good and Evil 
  Honors Thesis*** 

*** Can be fulfilled by thesis requirements within a major

Note that Honors students do not need to meet the Flag requirements of the general LMU core.

See the following PDF files for more information about Honors Core requirements:

For information about current course offerings, please visit Course Descriptions.