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Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability (LCDS - formerly known as Loyola International College or LIC) is an interdisciplinary college at Concordia University, and home of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre. 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.

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.



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