Be the first to LEAP into our new first-year program for entering freshmen.
This program connects academic learning with life in the larger world through course-related events and activities.
Freshmen sign up for one three-credit introductory core course designated as LEAP and connected to other LEAP courses through a common theme. An accompanying one-hour LEAP lab will help further prepare students for academic success in areas of Jesuit mission and identity and personal growth.
With this group of fellow freshmen, faculty and peer mentors, students will experience a sense of community as you learn together and engage with the world outside the classroom.
Five LEAP Themes
“Justonsibility”: Where Justice and Responsibility Intersect
What moves us from perception to action, from taking care of ourselves to accepting responsibility for others? These courses will examine places in the real world where responsibility for self merges with responsibility for social justice – the marketplace, the environment, the community.
Courses in theme: ART 102, ECO 102, ENG 121, ENG 190
Right now, you might be wearing a shirt made in Indonesia, have a cell phone from China, and drive a car from Japan. You might walk through the airport in Shanghai and pick up McDonalds or walk through your local grocery and buy sushi. All of these occurrences are evidence of globalization – the network of worldwide cultural and economic forces that structures our lives.
Courses in theme: ENG 121
The Art of Living
“Will you still love me, will you still need me, when I’m 64?” sang The Beatles. How will your life turn out? Did you take the right road? Come on a journey with literature and philosophy to learn about the meaning of happiness, the choices life brings, the value of friendship, and the meaning of love as you explore “the art of living.”
Courses in theme: ENG 121, PHL 101
Technology & Culture
Technology is changing at warped speed. Can the progress of human culture, values and self understanding ever hope to keep up? These courses will explore how culture dictates technological advance, and how technology shapes our lives, work, art and thought.
Courses in theme: PHL 101, ENG 190, CIS 115
Hero or Zero: You Make a Difference
Heroes are made, not born. Pivotal persons in history have made a difference because of the choices they made. These courses will focus on individuals (heroes, leaders, celebrities) to help you reflect on the role of the hero in defining or developing human culture. Engagement with heroes will challenge you to commit to “making a difference.”
Courses in theme: PSY 101, THL 101, CMM 150
Dr. Tim Carmody, Professor of Theology
Dr. Margaret Davis, Professor of English