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.


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 Educational Courses
Foundational courses prepare students for active learning and reflective thinking by providing the skills and common knowledge necessary to a liberal arts education at Loras College. Although initiated in these courses, the methodology of active learning and the development of writing and communication skills continues at all levels of the general education program. The writing, communication, and mathematical modeling courses are tiered by aptitude and ability.

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

Mission Courses
The Democracy and Global Diversity and Catholic Tradition courses are writing-intensive courses where students will be asked to further develop their research and research-based writing skill; presentation skills and critical thinking ability.

  • Democracy and Global Diversity (MD) (3 credits)
  • Catholic Tradition (MC) (3 credits)


For more information on these courses see the Undergraduate Bulletin


Advanced General Ed Courses
The advanced level of the general education curriculum is intended a) to acquaint students with the key modes of scholarly inquiry and discourse, b) to provide them with the opportunity to make connections, and to understand the interdependence between and among different areas of knowledge, c) to allow them to experience learning as a shared enterprise, and d) to offer them opportunities to make ethical decision about the critical issues facing the human community, thus ensuring levels of learning and competence in the five areas listed below that justify calling Loras graduates generally and liberally educated.

Students will take at least one course in each of the following thematic categories. For an individual student, no more than two of the advanced category courses may be drawn from any one discipline. No more than two of these requirements may be completed through transfer credit.

Students should be aware that Advanced General Education courses do not count towards major electives.

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

For more information on these courses see the Undergraduate Bulletin


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
The Center for Experiential Learning dramatically expands the dimensions of a Loras education by working with students to integrate their knowledge, experience, skills and capacities. Through structured learning experiences in other countries, cities, communities and working environments, students are encouraged to design and pursue their learning objectives outside the traditional classroom. The CEL works with students to reflect critically on their experiences and to communicate what they have learned from their experiences through portfolio.

  • Academic Internships
  • Education Abroad
  • Community-based Learning
  • Student Employment
  • Career Exploration and Planning

For more information see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

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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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