Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Le Moyne's Core Curriculum is central to our Catholic and Jesuit mission of graduating students who are educated in the liberal arts and sciences, passionately curious, and actively engaged in the promotion of peace and justice in their personal and professional lives. Le Moyne graduates are committed to building and serving the world in dynamic, principled and generous ways. Inspired by the signature Jesuit quest to seek God in all things, the Core fosters an understanding of knowledge as a means to service and leadership in an interdependent world.

Through the Core sequence, students develop knowledge and skills across multiple disciplines and the confidence to engage in intellectual inquiry as members of a global community. Their liberal education empowers students to explore diverse ways of knowing, to appreciate cultural and artistic expression, to understand the moral, ethical, and political frameworks essential to making fair and just decisions, and to pursue new intellectual experiences as integral to the life-long process of self transformation.

Courses and Requirements

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Study Abroad

Because Le Moyne's Core is global in nature, students are encouraged to study abroad when possible. The Core Director works with students to facilitate such direct immersion in other cultures.

Students wishing to satisfy a Core curriculum requirement while abroad should consult with their academic advisor and the Core Director well in advance of their intended semester abroad.

Transfer Students

Like all matriculated students, transfer students must complete Le Moyne's Core curriculum. The intent of the Core curriculum for transfer students is to ensure the integrity of a Le Moyne education while acknowledging the importance of flexibility when transferring credits from other institutions. Transfer students should speak with personnel in Le Moyne's Office of Admissions and the Office of the Registrar to determine maximum credit for college work already completed.

Distinctive Elements in Le Moyne’s Core Curriculum

Le Moyne’s new Core curriculum is designed to ensure that all Le Moyne students receive a thorough education in the liberal arts. Its interdisciplinary approach, global emphasis, and inclusion of mathematics and science reflect international trends in liberal arts education. While it follows exciting developments in higher education in some ways, Le Moyne’s Core curriculum is distinctive in other ways.

A Thorough Writing Sequence

Le Moyne’s Core curriculum ensures that students have ample opportunity to develop their academic and career-relevant writing skills. In the first year, students develop and practice the critical writing skills that are necessary for success in college. Next, they refine and enhance their skills through a three-course, writing-instructional sequence in Philosophy, History, and English. Students use these skills throughout their academic curriculum.

From the Basic to the Complex

Given the complex issues facing the world today, interdisciplinary learning is essential and Le Moyne’s Core curriculum provides it. In the first two years, students establish solid foundational knowledge in History, Philosophy, English, Religious Studies, and Natural and Social Sciences. In the junior year, students build on that foundation through interdisciplinary courses that explore how different ways of knowing affect intellectual inquiry. The senior year capstone course challenges students to consider contemporary issues from various disciplinary perspectives.

The Core’s Bookends

Le Moyne’s Core curriculum includes both a first-year Transitions seminar and a senior Transformations capstone. These two courses bookend the Le Moyne experience by introducing students to college in an exciting, intellectually provocative seminar and by preparing them for life after college in a capstone course that synthesizes their learning. These companion experiences represent one of the ways that Le Moyne strives to fulfill the Jesuit mission to educate the whole person.

Transition to Transformation

COR 100 First Year Seminars: Transitions

The first-year seminar introduces students to academic life at the college level, while also highlighting the value of a Jesuit liberal-arts education. Each seminar course is organized around a different "big idea" that is central to the faculty scholarly interests. By beginning their academic career with outstanding teacher-scholars, students are invited into the realm of intellectual inquiry.

Many Transitions seminars include field trips that deepen learning and build relationships. In addition to local excursions, several classes travel to New York City to visit museums and monuments related to their semester’s study. These “outside the classroom” experiences are an integral part of the Transitions course design.

Recent COR 100 Courses:

  • JOBS    Dr. Irene Liu, Dept. of Philosophy
  • Sports in America    Dr. Matthew Loveland, Dept. of Sociology
  • Word/Play    Dr. Erin Mullally, Dept. of English
  • Blues Came Down This Morning    Mr. Michael Streissguth, Dept. of Communication
  • Homelands     Dr. Holly Rine, Dept. of History
  • Corsets & Cloaks     Ms. Lindsey Sikes, Dept. of VPA

COR 400 Senior Studies: Transformations

Transformations presupposes that it is not enough simply to know; nor is it enough simply to do. The senior capstone course challenges students to address multi-faceted and dynamic issues from diverse perspectives. Each course mirrors the complexity of today's world; students utilize all of the skills they have developed throughout the Core curriculum to engage the course topics. Through the rigorous interdisciplinary framework, students hone the collaborative problem-solving skills that are essential to their life after college. 

Recent COR 400 Courses:

  • Knowledge, Power & the Obscure      Dr. Brent Young, Dept. of Philosophy
  • Science and Religion in the Modern World    Rev. George Coyne, S.J., McDevitt Professor of Physics
  • The Future of Being Human    Dr. Jennifer Glancy, McDevitt-Core Professor
  • Science, Technology & Good Society    Dr. Matthew Loveland, Dept. of Political Science

Learning Goals of the Core Curriculum

Through the Core Curriculum, students develop a historical understanding of and appreciation for the main features of human cultures, especially their literary, religious, philosophical, scientific, social and aesthetic elements. By taking a cohesive set of courses, Le Moyne students acquire both the skills and the disciplinary and interdisciplinary foundations to support a lifetime of inquiry. Most simply, the Core helps students understand the world and their responsibilities within it.

Culture and Society

Students will explore meaningful questions, both practical and transcendent, through study in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Students will synthesize knowledge drawn from different fields of study (the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences).

Critical Thinking

Students will comprehensively evaluate issues, ideas, events, and works before making informed conclusions.

Written Communication

Students will produce coherent arguments in writing.

Oral Communication

Students will prepare and present in a variety of contexts, as speaker and listener.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students will analyze numerical or graphical information.

Information Literacy

Using technologies integral to information access, students will identify, locate, evaluate, and responsibly use information that is relevant to a given problem.

Ethical Integrity

Students will make reasoned ethical decisions by assessing their own moral values, recognizing different ethical perspectives, and thoughtfully analyzing ethical and moral dilemmas.

Men and Women for Others

Students will investigate complex challenges involving cultural and social diversity, and the individual’s role in developing just solutions.

Get in Touch

Contact the Core Program

Dr. Theresa L. Beaty, Director
(315) 445-4349