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What we offer

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Our students delve into some of the most complex and challenging issues facing humankind in the 21st Century, examining their area of study from global, multicultural perspectives. Our courses may be taken either as stand-alone electives, or as part of our offered Minors. With just three LOYC courses, a student is granted membership to the College.

The College's academic program offers an integrative, interdisciplinary education in the arts and sciences. The educational philosophy of the college incorporates several objectives:

  • the need to integrate international and global perspectives into higher education;
  • to foster understanding of how the individual and one's society can operate more effectively in a global context of increased inter-cultural interaction;
  • the need to balance discipline-based instruction with interdisciplinary inquiry and cross-disciplinary communication;
    the need to prepare students to excel in further education, professional training, and employment, through the development of communication skills (including speaking as well as advanced writing), interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and the ability to use current information technologies;
  • the need to develop oneself both as a person and for responsible citizenship and leadership in the 21st Century.

Our location

Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability is located on Concordia's Loyola Campus. All of our courses are taught in the same building that houses the College's offices and student space. The College has a student study and lounge areas, a small library and conference room, as well as a few practical amenities like a fridge and microwave, to which all College members have access. The facilities are intended to complement the College's role as a community where students have the opportunity to pursue both their academic and extra-curricular interests in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Philosophy

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Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability (formerly known as Loyola International College) opened in 2002. It was founded by an inter-disciplinary group of professors drawn from science, social science and humanities departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. From the outset the College’s main purpose was to provide a coherent program of interdisciplinary courses on the Loyola campus on a central issue of our time, specifically the challenges and opportunities of diversity. 

Towards this purpose, the College was designed to maintain the traditional Loyola emphasis on the Ignatian themes of

  • understanding problems from multiple perspectives,
  • teaching so as to create the states of openness, balance and freedom from prejudice that facilitate an approach to issues without preconceived ideas, and
  • educating the whole person by developing critical skills in the areas of analysis, oral and written communication, dialogue with others, and civic awareness. 

The College’s courses were designed to complement and supplement existing offerings in all of the University’s faculties, especially the Faculty of Arts and Science.  They were intended to be a “value added” component of the Faculty’s offerings that would bring new students into the Faculty and the University.

Loyola Sustainability Research Centre

As of 2012, the College has served as the administrative home for the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre.  The Centre groups 24 researchers from 10 different departments at Concordia University, and endeavours to integrate the scholarly study of science, policy, and values in the pursuit of environmental and community sustainability. More information about the Centre is available on its website.

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