First-Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars

All first-year students take a First-Year Seminar (FYS), usually during the fall semester. Members of Loyola’s innovative teaching community lead these courses: The seminars are kept small in attendance to promote lively interaction in the classroom. They introduce students to college-level thinking and learning, and to Loyola’s Jesuit tradition under the overarching theme “thinking critically, acting justly.” The courses are multidisciplinary and focus on questions of enduring value in the context of a variety of subject matter.

A list of current or upcoming FYS courses can be found on the public Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) system

  • Choose “Schedule of Classes,” then select the appropriate term in the upper-left corner, then scroll through the list of topics and choose “First Year Seminar.”
  • Under the “Days, Times, Location” column, “MWF” means the course meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. “TR” means every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Click “View Syllabus” for a detailed course-description, assignments, and additional information

First-Year Seminars and the Loyola Core

First-Year Seminars are part of the Loyola Core, which is required of all Loyola students. The Loyola Core has been developed to provide students with a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences . The Core prepares students for the demands of a complex world, and develops their understanding of human values and social justice. It is a large part of the “Loyola difference”-- it defines and distinguishes our university and the education we provide.

For additional, detailed information on the Loyola Core, see:

Loyola Core, Academic Affairs Overview

Loyola Core in the Current Bulletin

Loyola Core Course Descriptions