Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability Across Curriculum

Loyola is working to advance Sustainability Across Curriculum in classes from the Stritch School of Medicine to the Corboy Law School to the Felice Rome Center and everywhere in-between. Our academic and research strengths in Biology, Environmental Science, and Sociology provide a focal area for disciplinary study in sustainability. 

Interdisciplinary study and research through Centers of Excellence, including the Center for Urban Research and Learning and Center for Experiential Learning, provide rich and transformative educational experiences.

University Core Curriculum

The University's Core Curriculum seeks to play a key educational role in every Loyola student's undergraduate experience. Designed to provide both breadth and depth to a student’s program of study, the Core Curriculum introduces students to key concepts and modes of thought in a variety of areas of human intellectual endeavors. Students take 16 courses across ten knowledge areas:

  • College Writing Seminar(3 Credits)- Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Literary Knowledge (6 Credits) - Demonstrate knowledge of, or experience in, literary traditions and expressions
  • Scientific Literacy(6 Credits)provides individuals with fundamental principles, concepts, and knowledge of the sciences, and introduces them to the methodology of scientific inquiry. 
  • Artistic Knowledge and Experience(3 Credits) -Demonstrate knowledge of, or experience in, artistic traditions and expressions.
  • Philosophical Knowledge(6 Credits) - Demonstrate an understanding of philosophical questions and traditions
  • Theological and Religious Studies(6 Credits) - Develop familiarity with the basic content of, and modes of scholarly inquiry into, selected theological and religious systems, including forms of religious ethics, and to develop productive intellectual attitudes.
  • Historical Knowledge(6 Credits) - Encompasses all aspects of the human experience and illuminates how the past causes the present and thus the future.
  • Quantitative Analysis(3 Credits) - Develop an understanding of the nature and history of mathematics, its role in scientific inquiry and technological progress, and its importance in dealing with issues in the public realm.
  • Societal and Cultural Knowledge(6 Credits) - Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships among cultural, economic, political, and social forces, and their impact on human behavior.
  • Ethics - Demonstrate ethical awareness, the ability to do ethical reflection, and the ability to apply ethical principles in decision-making.(Satisfied by completing one course that has been approved for Ethics in either Philosophical Knowledge or Theological and Religious Studies Knowledge Areas.)
  • Engaged Learning - Expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.

Each course promotes at least one of the following skills: communication, critical thinking, ethical awareness and decision-making, information literacy, quantitative and qualitative analysis and research methods, and technological literacy.

Finally, these courses integrate the understanding and promoting of four Values essential to a Loyola education: understanding diversity in the US or the world; understanding and promoting justice; understanding spirituality or faith in action in the world; and promoting engaged learning.

Sustainability Principles

The following principles are intended to broadly guide the framework for integrating environmental sustainability in the campus life and academics of students at Loyola University Chicago:

  • Students are integrated in process, decision-making, action and reflection as part of a transformative education
  • Our Jesuit, Catholic values inform all actions as we seek to represent the social, economic and environmental impacts of our decisions
  • Sustainability is reflected in our culture, communication, and identity
  • Strive for metrics, measurement and continuous improvement
  • Endeavor to be inclusive and collaborative, building collaborative bridges and nourishing connections between departments, units and campuses

Learning Outcomes

The following are some of the learning outcomes we intend to augment through the integration of sustainability principles in the University life of our students:

  • Ability to connect with others
  • Capacity to understand and describe consequences, both individual and collective
  • Commitment to develop strategies knowing they are flawed (incomplete, imperfect or temporary)
  • Ability to demonstrate sustainability expertise specific to their area of study
  • Capacity to integrate and synthesize (participatory fluency)
  • Ability to understand, describe and take part in reflective or contemplative practice

(adapted from Northern Arizona University/G. Chase)

Sustainability in the curriculum recognizes classes that address sustainability competencies including systems thinking, applying context to larger issues, interdisciplinary problem solving, and capacity to analyze or synthesize new knowledge from existing data as well as environmental topics.

Loyola is committed to advancing sustainability across the curriculum.  Listed below are courses that are either sustainability focused or sustainability related.  If you know of other courses that should be listed, please contact us to include them. For current course offerings, see LOCUS.

Sustainability in the Curriculum

As part of the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System process, the Spring 2013 course list was evaluated for courses that are focused on sustainability or incorporate sustainability concepts.  Of the 3,203 courses offered this semester, 466 courses addressed sustainability in some way.  This attachment is a full list of this work.   

Spring 2013 Sustainability Across Curriculum List