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.
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.
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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.
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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.