Core Curriculum


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.

Dr. Lara R. DeRuisseau
Director of the Core
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Science Center Addition, Room 208

Email: deruislr@lemoyne.edu

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. Small Classes Up Front

In their first years at Le Moyne, students take small, seminar-style Core classes with talented and dedicated professors. These early Core courses focus on development of skills, discovery of intellectual passions, and creation of academic community. By providing careful, personal attention, these classes genuinely educate the whole person.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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Bookends of Le Moyne's Core Curriculum

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.

The McDevitt Center sponsors an ongoing set of Transformations courses organized in relationship to public lectures arranged by the McDevitt-Core Professor. These courses involve students in the activities of Le Moyne’s prestigious McDevitt Center while also providing them with a distinguished COR 400 experience. The first McDevitt-Core Professor, Dr. Jennifer Glancy, is preparing a lecture series and course entitled, Transfiguration and Other Metamorphoses: The Future of Being Human.

Examples of COR 400 Courses
  • Globalization & Place: The Particularity of the Universal    (Anthropology, Economics,Philosophy)
  • The End of the Book?    (Computer Science & English)
  • Art & Climate Change    (Art & Biology)

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The Core Curriculum for the Class of 2017 & after

The new core requirements described above apply only for students in the Class of 2017 and after. The specific requirements are available through the student’s degree audit (or program evaluation) on Webadvisor and described in the appropriate College catalog (www.lemoyne.edu/catalog). Please contact your academic advisor or the Registrar’s office (www.lemoyne.edu/Registrar) if you have questions about your core requirements.


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.

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The Core Curriculum for the Class of 2016 & before

The information below this point applies for students in the Class of 2016 and before.

Core Requirements

Core requirements are available through the student’s degree audit (or program evaluation) on Webadvisor and described in the appropriate College catalog (www.lemoyne.edu/catalog). Please contact your academic advisor or the Registrar’s office (www.lemoyne.edu/Registrar) if you have questions about your core requirements.

Transfer Students and the Core

Like all matriculated students, transfer students must complete the common core curriculum at Le Moyne. They may use transfer credit to fulfill a core requirement when the transfer course is equivalent to the core course. In addition, transfer students may use up to two humanities courses that are not deemed equivalent to core courses to substitute for up to two core courses in two different humanities departments. Students who apply transfer credits to core requirements must, however, nonetheless complete at least one core course at Le Moyne in each of the humanities: English, history, philosophy, and religious studies. This is commonly called the residency requirement. Students who have transferred to the college and who are approaching their senior year should keep this requirement in mind as they choose their final courses.

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More Le Moyne Resources

For information about major requirements and course descriptions, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

For information about the Integral Honors program, please visit the Honors Program webpage.

For information about study abroad and internship opportunities, please visit the Career Advising and Development webpage.

For information about student research opportunities at Le Moyne and the annual Student Scholars Day, please visit the Student Research webpage.

For more information about academic advising and new student orientation, please visit the Office for Academic Advising and Support webpage.

For more information about academic calendars and registration procedures, please visit the Office of the Registrar webpage.

For information about the College of Arts and Sciences, please visit the Arts and Sciences webpage.

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