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.
|First Year Seminar
|Honors First Year Seminar
|Honors Literary Analysis
|Honors Theological 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)
|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)
|Faith and Reason
|General LMU Faith and Reason
|Ethics and Justice
|Honors Beyond Good and Evil
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.