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 and their advisors 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 program 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.

History and Societies

Students will develop an understanding of the main features of human cultures throughout history, including language. In the process they will develop an ability to view the world from the perspectives of cultures other than their own. See HST 110 World Civilization I , HST 111 World Civilization II, the wide variety of Foreign Language courses, and courses with the CE (Cultural Elective) designation.

Religious Inquiry

Students will develop an understanding of various religious faiths and theological perspectives. In the process they will encounter Catholicism relative to other faiths, other ways of knowing, and ways of seeking ultimate meaning outside faith traditions. See REL courses and THE courses for examples.

Philosophical Inquiry

Students will develop an understanding of the philosophical perspectives important in the formation of our world. They will learn various approaches to thinking and will understand the importance of these approaches in leading a meaningful life. They will also develop the ability to comprehend, articulate and criticize concepts and arguments in texts and in life situations. See PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy and PHL 210 Moral Philosophy.


Students will explore the disciplinary nature of modern knowledge as well as the necessity for interdisciplinary understanding in today’s globalized world. See ENG 310 Literature and Culture, the numerous courses with an IDS designation, and COR 400 Senior Studies: Transformations.

Artistic and Literary Study

Students will develop an understanding that creative processes and artistic and literary works are tools for seeing, experiencing and making sense of the world. They will also appreciate aesthetic expression as a form of human communication. See ENG 210 Major Authors, and the variety of courses with the VPA (Visual and Performing Arts) designation.


Students will develop an understanding of the perspectives and experiences of individuals and groups in diverse cultures. They will also recognize structures of domination that marginalize and exclude groups and individuals. See any course with the DIV designation. 

Quantitative Reasoning and Scientific Approaches

Students will develop an understanding of various perspectives in the natural sciences. They will also learn to use the tools of mathematics and the scientific method in the critical analysis of information. See any natural science and mathematics course.

Systematic Study of Human Behavior

Students will develop an understanding of the systematic study of human behavior in the social sciences. See any social science course.

Reading and Writing Literacy

Students will learn to read closely and critically, going beyond basic comprehension to actively interpret and build upon the nuances of their reading. They will gather, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information and make sound judgments about its application. They will also learn to write with clarity, precision, and purpose and to communicate the results of research in effective, well-organized expository prose. See WRT 101 Critical Writing, PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy and ENG 210 Major Authors.

Get in Touch

Contact the Core Program

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