All students take courses that cover the central subject areas of a liberal arts education. These courses, called the core curriculum, develop the student's basic understanding of what it means to be a good citizen.
The core curriculum addresses the 8 student competencies that have been developed. These competencies identify core values that LCC expects its graduates to leave with.
- critical thinking
- conflict transformation
- multicultural perspective
- effective communication
- Christian worldview
- servant leadership
- multidisciplinary knowledge
- community building
In the first years, the central ideas of Western civilization are discussed, focusing on the contributions that Christian thought has made throughout history. Basic skills in the areas of writing, mathematics, computers and business are also emphasized, providing students with a foundation for success in any area of their life.
In advanced years, core courses encourage the student to integrate concepts learned in their major field. Studies of ethics and metaphysics teach students to develop their critical thinking abilities, and help them to apply their studies to every area of their life.