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Experience Learning ...The Holy Cross Core Experience Learning ...The Holy Cross Core

Experience Learning ...The Holy Cross Core

Core Competencies, Experiences, and Proven Learning Outcomes

The Holy Cross Experience prepares you to become a knowledgeable, compassionate, and confident leader in your chosen field. You'll develop what the Brothers of Holy Cross call "the competence to see and the courage to act!"

Our four-year program is unique in US higher education. Each student at Holy Cross, regardless of major, will share a core of exceptional academic experiences and individual accomplishments while earning their BA degree. In fact, the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) showed that Holy Cross students rate their four-year experience higher than almost any other college or university that participated in the survey (over 600 institutions in the US and Canada).  

Our four-part experiential learning program includes--service learning, international travel, a professional internship, classroom experiences, and a Capstone presentation. [Click to learn more about the five key experiences]

This one-of-a-kind core has been developed out of a long tradition of practical, liberal arts education and is focused on producing strong graduates who possess five core competencies that employers and graduate schools look for in their candidates. Our graduates are:

• Critical and Creative Thinkers
• Effective Communicators-Both Written and Oral
• Socially Skilled-Works in a Team, Leads, Negotiates, and Manages
• Technologically Savvy and Computer Literate
• Able to Reason Quantitatively

No matter what you do or where you go in life, these core competencies will support and magnify your success. You'll develop these competencies through structured assignments, classroom participation, and you'll be tested by experience in the real world.

To see the Holy Cross Core requirements, please choose the appropriate link below:



From the first semester of freshman year to the final semester of senior year, students at Holy Cross form a community of learners that participate in the same core curriculum and key experiences and together practice cooperation, communication and leadership to accomplish their goals.