A Flexible
Liberal Arts Curriculum

Providing you with the skills demanded by employers and graduate schools, as well as the preparation in interdisciplinary research and knowledge necessary to be a lifelong learner.

THE GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM: A DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH

Students will take general education courses throughout their four years, allowing students to develop interdisciplinary problem-solving skills as they continue to deepen their knowledge in their major field of study. This curricular approach strengthens students’ critical thinking skills.

FOUNDATIONAL GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

General Educational Courses
18-19 CREDITS
Skills for Advanced Study and Research:

  • Modes of Inquiry (3 credits)
  • College Writing (3 credits)
  • Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • Mathematical Modeling (3 – 4 credits)

Knowledge Based on Our Mission:

  • Democracy and Global Diversity (3 credits)
  • Catholic Voices in the Human Tradition (3 credits) OR Catholicism, Christianity and Religious Traditions (3 credits)
ADVANCED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

Advanced General Ed Courses
15-16 CREDITS
Broad Liberal Arts Knowledge:

Students will take one course in each of these categories, with two courses taken as a
cluster

  • Humanity in the Physical Universe (3-4 credits)
  • Foundations for Values and Decisions (3 credits)
  • Identity and Community (3 credits)
  • The Aesthetic Dimension of Human Experience (3 credits)
  • Cultural Traditions Across Generations (3 credits)
INTERDISCIPLINARY CONNECTIONS

Interdisciplinary Connections

  • A Loras Thematic Cluster
    Students will take two advanced general education courses concurrently as an interdisciplinary cluster. The cluster engages students and faculty in a synthesis of perspectives from different disciplines united around a common theme.
  • The Loras Dispositions
    In their senior year, students will create a web-based portfolio to demonstrate their growth in the four dispositions of a Loras graduate: to be active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers and responsible contributors to society.
JANUARY TERM

January Term

  • JTerm courses are designed to be an intense in-depth three week learning experience. All courses have an emphasis on experiential learning,  which is an approach that connects classroom study with learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. These may include participation in simulations, on-site or field studies, research with a faculty member, trips away from campus, performance or studio art and many other hands-on learning assignments. Students will successfully complete at least two January Term courses as part of the graduation requirements. January Term courses may be electives, major courses or general education courses.

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EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Experiential Learning

  • The same flexibility which allows students to make meaningful choices with elective credit also allows students to choose to participate in experiential learning off campus through: academic internships, study abroad, service learning or pre-professional career opportunities.

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UNDERGRADUATE BULLETIN (pdf)

Loras College has a long tradition of offering broad-based liberal arts education along with preparation for professions and careers. Both are needed for an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. The liberal arts tradition thrives at Loras in the general education curriculum which is part of every student’s studies at the College.

The General Education curriculum at Loras introduces and develops the elements associated with the liberal arts across the four years of the full-time baccalaureate program. It is designed to introduce and develop important intellectual skills, including understanding multiple approaches to learning and the broad spectrum of knowledge and information that is part of the contemporary world.

The majors curricula at the College reinforce and complement the breadth of study in the general education curriculum.

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