The Honors core curriculum replaces Loyola's core curriculum (what some universities term "general education requirements"), but like the regular core, it consists of courses in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and sciences. Honors students are required to take just one additional course beyond those required of other Loyola students.
At the heart of the program is a four-course interdisciplinary sequence known as the Human Drama, which takes students from the ancient to the modern world in their first and sophomore years. In each course, students read important works and discuss the great events, ideas, and beliefs of each period. Honors students take these courses instead of introductory courses in English, History, Philosophy, and Theology. The first two courses in the Human Drama sequence (HN 201 and 202) are integrated into Messina, Loyola's universal first-year living learning program.
Honors classes are small and combine lectures with discussion and student presentations. Courses in all disciplines emphasize effective speaking and writing. Students generally find their work in Honors classes especially interesting and stimulating. The format and size of seminars allow for greater student participation, individual attention, flexibility, and independence than is possible in more traditional lecture courses.