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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). Click here to learn more about Holy Cross's NSSE survey results.
Our four-part experiential learning program includes--service learning, international travel, a professional internship, and a Capstone presentation. [Click to learn more about the four 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:
- The Holy Cross Core (for entering freshmen or students with fewer than 24 transferable credits.)
- Transfer Core (for students who enter Holy Cross with 24 or more transferable credits.)
My International Experience trip to Ghana gave me a new outlook and a new direction to take my life. It gave me a broader sense of what I am capable of. It helped me see the vastness of God's creation. I felt His power and saw His hand at work everywhere I went."
T.R. class of ‘10
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.