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Core Curriculum

Le Moyne graduates are committed to building and serving the world in dynamic, principled and generous ways.

At the Core of a Le Moyne Education

At the Core of a Le Moyne Education

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

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Core Curriculum, please click here.

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 Le Moyne's office of admissions which will help them to gain 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.

1. A Thorough and Comprehensive 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. In addition, students develop and practice discipline-specific skills in a writing-intensive course within their academic majors.

2. 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 foundation 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. In the senior year, trans-disciplinary capstone courses consider contemporary issues and challenge students to address them from various disciplinary perspectives.

3. 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: Transitions

The first-year seminars introduce students to academic life at the college level. They are organized around a "big idea" and designed to invite students into collegiate learning. The Transitions seminars give first-year students immediate access to our very best teachers engaging their most compelling materials and newest research.

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    Dr. Michael Streissguth, Dept. of Communication
  • Global Slavery: Past and Present    Dr. Bruce Erickson, Dept. of History
  • TTYL: Digital Literacies in the 21st Century    Dr. Cathy Leogrande, Dept. of Education

COR 400: Transformations

The senior capstone courses focus on synthesizing the knowledge and self-understanding developed at Le Moyne and applying it to the world beyond college. They emphasize contemporary social, scientific, artistic, and technological ways of understanding and being in the world. Given the complexity of today’s world, Transformations courses always include interdisciplinary perspectives and are often team-taught. They mirror the common experience in many endeavors today where collaboration between experts in various fields is the rule rather than the exception.

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

The McDevitt Center sponsors some Transformations courses. These courses are taught by professors associated with the prestigious McDevitt Center, and often integrate public lectures.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Students will explore the disciplinary nature of modern knowledge as well as the necessity for interdisciplinary understanding in today’s globalized world.


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.


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.



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.



Students will develop an understanding of the systematic study of human behavior in the social sciences.



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.

Get in Touch

Contact the Core Director:

Dr. Theresa L. Beaty


(315) 445-4349


Contact the Core Program:

Science Center 237
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4349