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    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

    Le Moyne's Core Curriculum is central to the College's Catholic and Jesuit mission of cultivating whole persons, students who are liberally educated, passionately curious, and actively engaged in the promotion of peace and justice in their personal and professional lives. We send forth graduates who 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 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. The Core’s sequence of courses begins with first-year seminars. Faculty seminar leaders initiate students into the community of learning by modeling scholarly responses to questions of meaning generated by an ever-changing world. Through a cohesive set of courses, Le Moyne students then acquire both the skills and the disciplinary foundations to support a lifetime of inquiry. In the final phases of the Core Curriculum students return to the enduring questions raised in the first year, now prepared to undertake more independent and interdisciplinary study. Most simply, the Core helps students understand the world and their responsibilities within it.

    Through the Core sequence, students not only attain the knowledge and skills associated with scholarly understandings of multiple academic disciplines; they also develop the confidence to engage in intellectual inquiry as members of a global community. Their liberal education empowers them 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 see the Le Moyne College catalog.

    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.

    Click here to learn more about Le Moyne's study abroad opportunities.

    Transfer Students

    Like all matriculated students, transfer students must complete Le Moyne's Core Curriculum. The intent of the Core Curriculum 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.

    Click here to learn more about transferring credit to Le Moyne.

    Distinctive Elements in Le Moyne’s Core Curriculum

    Le Moyne’s 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. Students use these skills throughout their academic curriculum.

    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 (COR 100) and a senior Transformations capstone (COR 400). 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 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 seminars:

    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 capstones:

    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


    Students will explore meaningful questions, both practical and transcendent, through study in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.


    Students will synthesize knowledge drawn from different fields of study (the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences).


    Students will comprehensively evaluate issues, ideas, events, and works before making informed conclusions.


    Students will produce coherent arguments in writing.


    Students will prepare and present in a variety of contexts, as speaker and listener.


    Students will analyze numerical or graphical information.


    Using technologies integral to information access, students will identify, locate, evaluate, and responsibly use information that is relevant to a given problem.


    Students will make reasoned ethical decisions by assessing their own moral values, recognizing different ethical perspectives, and thoughtfully analyzing ethical and moral dilemmas.


    Students will make reasoned ethical decisions by assessing their own moral values, recognizing different ethical perspectives, and thoughtfully analyzing ethical and moral dilemmas.

    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