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University Core Curriculum

Every Loyola Undergraduate, regardless of college or school, will complete the University Core Curriculum. The Core Curriculum consists of 15 courses (45 credit hours) distributed over 10 Core Knowledge areas. Students will complete coursework in:

  • Artistic Knowledge and Experience (1 course)
  • Historical Knowledge (2 courses)
  • Literary Knowledge and Experience (2 courses)
  • Quantitative Analysis (1 courses)
  • Scientific Literacy (2 courses)
  • Societal and Cultural Knowledge (2 courses)
  • Philosophical Knowledge (2 courses)
  • Theological and Religious Studies Knowledge (2 courses)
  • Ethics (1 course from the Philosophical or Theological area)
  • College Writing Seminar (1 course)

Each course that has been approved for the University Core Curriculum will reinforce one or more of the following skills: critical thinking; ethical awareness; oral, visual, and written communications; information literacy; quantitative or qualitative analysis and methods; and technological literacy.

Students' majors and minor can fulfill one or more areas of the Core Knowledge component. See www.luc.edu/core for specifics.

In addition to the Core Knowledge Areas, students must complete one course in each of 4 Values Across the Curriculum. Students will complete coursework in:

  • Promoting Civic Engagement and Leadership
  • Understanding Diversity in the United States or the World
  • Understanding and Promoting Justice
  • Understanding Spirituality or Faith in Action in the World

Students may complete the Values areas with an approved core courses (which complete both a Core area and a Values Across the Curriculum areas), an approved course from their major or minor; or an approved elective course.

For more information on the University Core Curriculum and to see the list of approved core courses by Core Knowledge Areas and Values Across the Curriculum go to www.luc.edu/core.

University Core Curriculum Grade Requirements

Student must have a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA. They must also have a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA in their Core Curriculum.

Most departments require a minimum 2.00 GPA in their major(s) and minor(s). Students must check with their department(s) for policy on the minimum GPA in the major and/or minor.

General Electives

Students must complete at least 120 credit hours to graduate from Loyola. By definition, electives are courses not used toward completing the major, minor, or Core requirements, and which students take to complete the graduation requirement of 120 credits. We encourage students, when choosing electives, to think of the knowledge, values, and skills you hope to gain in exploring a particular academic interest or in anticipation of a career after graduation. For undeclared students, elective courses present an excellent opportunity to develop academic interests leading toward a major or minor. General electives also present an opportunity to broaden your liberal arts education, add to your skill set, or simply try a new subject for the joy of it.

Student must have a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA. They must also have a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA in their Core Curriculum.

Most departments require a minimum 2.00 GPA in their major(s) and minor(s). Students must check with their department(s) for policy on the minimum GPA in the major and/or minor.

Academic Probation

As per University policy, a student whose cumulative GPA drops below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation.  If the student raises their GPA back to 2.0 or above after the semester following probation, they will be returned to academic good standing.  If the student earns a GPA in classes taken the semester following probation of at least 2.33, but whose cumulative GPA is still below 2.0, they will be placed on continued probation.  If, during the semester following probation, the student’s cumulative GPA remain below 2.0 and they did not attain a GPA of 2.33 or above in classes taken that semester, they will be dismissed from the University for Poor Academic Performance.

Courses within the curriculum for an IES major for which a student earn a grade of “D+” or lower will not count toward completion of the degree, but will contribute to a student’s GPA.  Students who receive a “D+” or lower grade must consult with the IES Academic Program Director to decide whether to repeat the course or replace it with another. Earned hours for a repeated course will not count toward graduation requirements, but will be used in calculation of GPA.  A student receiving a grade of D+ or lower in two courses within their major may be dropped from the program, if deemed appropriate by the IES Director.