CORE PROGRAM

What is the Core Program?

The FLA’s Core Program comprises a set of required courses for degree students. These courses include a reading skills course, a sequence of composition courses, a public speaking course, and a course in critical thinking. Before the beginning of classes in both the spring and autumn semesters, all incoming freshmen take a placement test to determine where in the sequence of Core courses they will begin. Students are expected to complete Core requirements during their first and second years of study. The Core program serves several purposes within the FLA curriculum. Besides developing the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed at college level, the Core curriculum helps students grasp the expansive and interdisciplinary nature of a liberal arts education and, through a close engagement with a wide range of texts and topics, prepares them for choosing a major field of study. The learning goals and objectives of the Core Program emphasize the development of clear, effective, and critical communication in both speaking and writing, as well as the habits of mind that foster integrative thinking and the ability to transfer knowledge and skills from one setting to another. The small size of classes in the Core Program allows for close interaction between instructor and students as well as among the students themselves. In discussion groups, in peer reading and writing activities, and in other activities, students are encouraged to raise critical questions and to reflect on their interpretations and ideas. Such critical examination in the context of academically rigorous courses prepares students for successful futures and lifelong learning.


English Placement Test and Course Assignments:

Incoming students will be given an English placement test and, on the basis of the results, assigned to English Composition 1, English Composition 2, or given a waiver for the course. graduation, students.  Any student who does not demonstrate the English skills necessary to take English Composition 1 will take Basic Skills courses in writing and/or reading comprehension (2 credits each). These courses will count towards graduation as SE Electives.



Core Curriculum  

The following courses are compulsory for all students enrolled in the FLA and must be taken during the first and second year.

  • ENG111 English Composition 1 4cr
  • ENG112 English Composition 2 4cr
  • ENG115 Public Speaking 4cr
  • THP101 Thinking Processes 4cr

 

Teaching Faculty


  • Richard Gardner, Religion
  • Caroline Hirasawa, Art History
  • Shion Kono, Literature 
  • Noriko Murai, Art History
  • Mathew Thompson, Literature  

Core Faculty

The Core Faculty consists of three professors of English, as well as several other professors from the Facultyʼs Comparative Culture area.

Course Lists

To see course descriptions, please click the link below,
which will take you the Syllabus Inquiry page on Loyola.
Courses NoTitle2017 Semester Offered
ENG110ACADEMIC ENGLISH SKILLSAutumn
ENG110ACADEMIC ENGLISH SKILLSSpring
ENG110ACADEMIC ENGLISH SKILLSSpring
ENG110ACADEMIC ENGLISH SKILLSAutumn
ENG111ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1Spring
ENG111ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1Spring
ENG111ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1Autumn
ENG111ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1Spring
ENG111ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1Autumn
ENG111ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1Autumn
ENG111ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1Spring
ENG111ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1Autumn
ENG111ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1Autumn
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Autumn
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Autumn
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Autumn
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Autumn
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Autumn
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Spring
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Spring
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Spring
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Spring
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Spring
ENG112ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2Spring
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGAutumn
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGAutumn
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGAutumn
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGAutumn
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGAutumn
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGAutumn
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGSpring
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGSpring
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGSpring
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGSpring
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGSpring
ENG115PUBLIC SPEAKINGSpring
THP101THINKING PROCESSESSpring
THP101THINKING PROCESSESSpring
THP101THINKING PROCESSESNot Offered
THP101THINKING PROCESSES Spring
THP101THINKING PROCESSESSpring
THP101THINKING PROCESSESSpring
THP101THINKING PROCESSESAutumn
THP101THINKING PRCESSESAutumn
THP101THINKING PROCESSESAutumn
THP101THINKING PROCESSESAutumn