The New Core Curriculum
Information for Students


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.

Fixed Course Requirements

Critical Writing (WRT 101) and the First-Year Seminar: Transitions (COR 100) should be taken in the fall of the freshman year. All students should consult with their advisors about language of study and take relevant placement examinations prior to beginning their first semester at Le Moyne. The timing of other Core requirements should be discussed with the student's academic advisor.

Flexibility in Core Requirements

The typical program of study will not be appropriate for all students in all majors. Because of the intensive introductory requirements within some majors, some students will be advised to delay their history or EAC courses or other elements of study. Other students will be able to fulfill elements of core study by use of study already completed elsewhere. Furthermore, advisors and students should note that there is special flexibility in the following areas: 

  • Students may fulfill their Natural Science, Social Science, and Math requirements at any point in their studies, though they should exercise caution because courses taken in these contexts may be prerequisites for their Majors or Minors.
  • Students may fulfill the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) requirement at any point in their studies, though it is best to take these courses after having completed courses in Natural Science, Social Science, and Math.
  • Students may fulfill their Religious Studies and Theology requirements in either order. Theology courses will be offered at various levels; Religious Studies courses will require junior standing. 
  • Students may take ENG 210 at any point after having completed WRT 101.

Typical FRESHMAN CORE (24 credits)

WRT 101 Critical Writing (3 cr., WI; see Note 1)
COR 100 First Year Seminar: Transitions (3 credits)
PHL 110 Intro. to Philosophy (3 cr., WI; see Note 1)
HST 110 World Civilization I (3 cr.)
HST 111 World Civilizations II (3 cr.)
EAC  Encountering Another Culture (6 cr.; see Notes 2-6)
Natural Science (3 cr.; see Note 7)


Typical SOPHOMORE CORE (15 credits)

MTH Mathematics (3 cr.; see Note 8)
ENG 210 Major Authors (3 cr., WI; see Note 1)
THE Theology (3 cr.)
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy (3 cr.)
Social Science (3 cr.; see Note 9)


Typical JUNIOR CORE (6 credits)

ENG 310

Literature and Culture (3 cr.)


Interdisciplinary Studies (3 cr., see Note 10)


Typical SENIOR CORE (6 credits)


Religious Studies (3 cr.)

COR 400

Transformations (3 cr.; see Note 11)




Note 1: Writing in the Core Curriculum


Note 2: Encountering Another Culture


Note 3: Encountering Another Culture


Note 4: Encountering Another Culture


Note 5: Encountering Another Culture


Note 6: Encountering Another Culture


Note 7: Natural Science, Social Science, & Mathematics in the Core


Note 8: Natural Science, Social Science, & Mathematics in the Core


Note 9: Natural Science, Social Science, & Mathematics in the Core


Note 10: Other Core Requirements


Note 11: Other Core Requirements