College 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!”
Regardless of your major, all Holy Cross students share a core of exceptional academic experiences and individual accomplishments while earning their BA degree. From the first semester of freshman year to the final semester of senior year, you and your fellow classmates form a community of learners who participate in the same core curriculum and key experiences and together practice cooperation, communication and leadership to accomplish your goals.
Our experiential learning program includes–service learning, international travel, a professional internship, classroom experiences, and a Capstone Presentation.
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
• Developed in Human and Spiritual Growth
• Technologically Savvy and Computer Literate
• Able to Reason Quantitatively
No matter what you do or where you go in life, these college competencies will support and magnify your success. You’ll develop these competencies through structured assignments and classroom participation, and you’ll be tested by experience in the real world.
For students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we are pleased to offer a special discount. The cost for Saints & Scholars is only $275 – and that includes everything. If you wish to participate also in Notre Dame Vision, the $275 will be your deposit and Notre Dame will follow up for the remainder (and our registration page will indicate how you might be able to qualify for extra aid from Notre Dame, too).
For all of you not from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, remember that your regular cost is also already discounted, and we do have additional financial aid available. If you are in need of additional financial aid, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biology is the scientific study of living organisms. The disciplines range from studying the structure of biomolecules to the interaction of species with their environment.
The biology major at Holy Cross is designed to be flexible in meeting the needs and interests of students. The degree prepares students well for further education in master’s, doctoral, and professional programs. Students are introduced to the discipline in the two-semester introductory course, Principles of Biology. Beyond that students are encouraged to select across the breadth of the discipline from ecological aspects to molecular/cellular aspects. Supporting the biology courses are course in general chemistry, calculus and physics. All students are encouraged to seek an undergraduate research experience to supplement their coursework.
At Holy Cross College, biology majors will experience biology within a Catholic educational environment. Coursework exposes students to core training in the sciences and mathematics, while integrating the curriculum within a liberal arts context. Courses are taught from an evolutionary perspective, which explains the unity and the diversity of life.
Depending upon the students’ interests and goals, they may be advised to take supporting courses. For instance, biology majors interested in medical school will be advised to take the supporting courses: CHEM 212 (Organic Chemistry II), BIOL 256 (Anatomy and Physiology II), BIOL 308 (Molecular Biology), BIOL/CHEM 420 (Biochemistry) in addition to PHYS 152 (Physics II). Biology majors interested in areas of general biology will be advised to take BIOL 211 (Botany), BIOL 315 (Ecology) and BIOL 461 (Molecular Biotechnology Techniques). Non-science majors could easily obtain a minor in biology to complement their educational background and credentials.
Students will have the opportunity to diversify their biology education by being part of the tri-campus community of Holy Cross College, Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame. Students at Holy Cross are able to enroll in courses at the Notre Dame through the ND Co-Exchange Program as well as Saint Mary’s College via the Northern Indiana Consortium for Education (N.I.C.E.). Through these programs, students can experience the rich academic environment of the Notre Dame tri-campus community while attaining a personalized education at Holy Cross College.
If the student’s goal is to obtain admission to professional school after completion of the bachelor’s degree, the advisor will work with the student to optimize the program of study so that both the bachelor’s degree is completed as well as the needed coursework for admission to the student’s program(s) of interest. Four year plans will consider what courses should be prioritized before national standardized admissions exams are taken after the junior year. Depending on career goals, exams may include the MCAT, DAT, GRE, LSAT, or others.
All pre-medical and pre-dental students need pre-calculus algebra and trigonometry knowledge. Some medical schools (5 of the 142 MD schools) and dental schools (3 of the 66 dental schools) require Calculus I, but most do not. Almost all optometry schools (18 of the 21 OD schools) do require calculus, and pharmacy schools do too. Typically, only biochemistry, chemistry, energy science, math, and physics majors will need more than one semester of calculus. Statistics and Probability (Math 210) is recommended for students planning on taking the MCAT. Students interested in working in a bioscience, forensic science laboratory or attending graduate school in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, or Chemistry should consider taking Bioinformatics (BIOL 235) and Molecular Biotechnology Techniques (BIOL 461).
Br. Lawrence Unfried, C.S.C., M.S.
Associate Professor of Biology
Martin Sulkanen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
My Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University led me to a post-doctoral fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a career in astrophysics with companies and organizations such as NASA Marshall Flight Center, Michigan Research and Development Center, and Leidos, Inc. Because of my lifelong fascination with the profound consequences of the basic principles of physics on our universe, I have studied binary star systems, galactic radio jets, and worked on NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory Project Science Team.
As a professor of physics and mathematics, I encourage my students to develop an intuitive understanding for physics to guide the understanding of further mathematical analysis: “don’t get lost in the equations!” My students have gone on to a variety of careers in places such as at Yale University, the International Space Station and the the US Patent & Trademark Office.
Yuhui Lu, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
The study of chemistry is necessary for students who want to pursue a career in natural science, medical science, and engineering. It also helps liberal art students to improve their reasoning skills, understand scientific methodology, and gain deeper insight between human-nature relationships. I challenge all my students, regardless of background, to engage in logic, diligence, and self-discipline.
I have earned Ph.D.s in both chemistry and electrical engineering. I use this combination of disciplines to research nanoelectronics and single molecular devices with colleagues at the University of Notre Dame. I have also been a principal investigator of grants with the National Science Foundation, and undergraduate research supervisor. I am currently pursuing a variety of research opportunities for Holy Cross students.
Elvira Baumgartner, M.S.
Mary Merrill, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Rodney Robichaud, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Biology
Aris Alexandrou, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Biology
Holy Cross College hosts annual conferences, presentations, and seminars for high school students, college students and academic professionals.
Upcoming Conferences and Presentations
Practical Lessons in Success Speaker Series, Fall 2016
Practical Lessons in Success is a Holy Cross College business seminar series where successful business entrepreneurs share their secrets to students, faculty, and the local community. The program provides a real world business prospective that amplifies the academic experience, yet contain valuable insights for any business executive in today’s highly competitive business environment.
The fall 2017 speakers are David Parrish, September 21; Maritza Robles, October 26; and Tom McGovern, November 16. All programs are Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium on the Holy Cross College campus. Seminars are free, open to the public, and are followed by a reception on campus.
36th Annual Holy Cross History Conference, June 1-4, 2017
The conference will be held at Holy Cross College. All interested presenters are requested to submit a 1-2 page outline or summary of their paper to Brother Larry Stewart, email@example.com, for evaluation by the conference planning committee.
The submission deadline for presentations is December 1, 2016.
For more information on registering for the conference and directions on submitting a paper, please visit Labor & Leisure Conference.
Labor & Leisure Conference, July 10-11, 2017
Holy Cross College and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Stalowa Wola Campus, Poland will convene an academic conference on July 10-11, 2017 with the theme “Labor & Leisure.”
The submission deadline for papers is March 10, 2017.
For more information on registering for the conference and directions on submitting a paper, please visit Labor & Leisure Conference.
Saints & Scholars Theology Institute, July 2017
The Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute is an week-long theology institute for high school students. It is an intellectual and spiritual journey that balances study, reflection, recreation, and prayer. Attendees will experience a course of study led by distinguished Holy Cross professors. Through small groups, lively discussions, and direct community engagement, students will have the opportunity to think deeply about how their faith relates to big questions facing our world, as well as a chance to share community-building experiences with 80 other students from around the country.
The 2017 Saints & Scholars dates are July 16-21 and July 23-28.
For more information on the institute and registration options, please visit Saints & Scholars.
Past Conferences and Presentations
Symposium on The Politics of Penance, September 23, 2016
To celebrate the publication of The Politics of Penance, a book by Dr. Michael Griffin, chair of the theology department, three professors from Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame will discuss their reactions to the book and how it fits into their academic specialties. Dr. David Lutz will tackle the philosophy of the book, Dr. Alesha Seroczynski will respond from a criminal justice perspective, and Shawn Storer, M.Div., will discuss the concepts of war and penance.
To learn more about Dr. Griffin’s book, please visit the publisher, Wipf and Stock.
MGI Conference, October 20, 2016
The purpose of the Michiana Gerontology Institute of Holy Cross College is to provide intergenerational outreach and education to improve the lives of elderly through service and awareness. Through expansion and growth, the institute will continue to facilitate the involvement, integration and coordination of organizations and individuals to service older adults in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan. The MGI conference is an opportunity for organizations and individuals who provide services for older adults in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan to meet for greater coordination and integration.
The 2016 MGI conference is October 20 at the The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in South Bend, IN.
Sponsored by Holy Cross College and the Hoosier Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools (HIBS), the IB Student Conference is the major event for all IB World Schools in Indiana. The conference aims to provide a forum for all students involved in the Diploma Years Program, Career-related Program, Middle Years Program, and Primary Years Program. The conference especially attracts IB juniors and seniors from Indiana high schools who present talks and share their insight about various IB related topics that are shared with others, and to learn about issues relevant to all students.
The keynote speaker this year is Brianna Smrke, IB Diploma graduate from Michael Powers-St. Joseph High School in Toronto, Ontario, who will give a talk entitled “The Elephant and the Rider: Using Insights from Psychology to Pave Your Path to Success”
The 2016 IB Student Conference is October 21 at Holy Cross College.
Holy Cross College
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Holy Cross College and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Stalowa Wola Campus, Poland convened an academic conference on July 10-11, 2017 with the theme “Labor and Leisure.”
The keynote speaker was Carolyn Woo, former president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, a position she held for the last four years. Prior to that, she served as Dean of Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Her teaching, research, and administrative leadership have been recognized through numerous honors and awards.
If you are attending the Saints & Scholars program only, check-in time is between 12 and 5 p.m. on the Sunday of your session week. If you are attending Notre Dame Vision the week before Saints & Scholars, you will be picked up at Notre Dame after Notre Dame Vision has completed and shuttled across the street to Holy Cross College.
The Saints & Scholars Institute officially begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday with dinner (for participants only), followed by orientation activities and Sunday Mass at 9 p.m. At the close of the Saints & Scholars Institute, check-out time is between 1 and 5 p.m. on the Friday of your week (lunch Friday is the last meal for participants). If families are bringing their child and would like to join us for a simple lunch on arrival Sunday or departure Friday, or to have a campus tour during arrival or departure, please just contact Andrew Polaniecki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find all of the information on how to arrive by plane, train, bus or car by clicking HERE.
Please note that if you are in a group of 3 or more arriving to the South Bend Airport via plane, bus or train, we can coordinate a shuttle to bring you to campus. If you arrive by Coach USA to the main gate of the Notre Dame campus, they can direct you to our campus—a ten minute walk—or we can coordinate a shuttle. For the shuttle, simply contact us when you have your travel plans set.
Parents, some important information about Coach USA tickets: If you are planning to have your child travel alone from O’Hare or Midway airports to South Bend, please note the following:
Purchase your tickets online, in advance: Because of Illinois law, a minor cannot purchase a ticket for Coach USA at the airport. Instead, parents must purchase Coach USA tickets for minors in advance, using the Coach USA webpage. Students under the age of 17 and traveling on their own will need to purchase an adult, round trip ticket. Here are the links:
For students from high schools or parishes operated by the Congregation of Holy Cross, we are pleased to offer a special discount. The cost for Saints & Scholars is only $275 – and that includes everything. If you wish to participate also in Notre Dame Vision, the $275 will be your deposit and Notre Dame will follow up for the remainder (and our registration page will indicate how you might be able to qualify for extra aid from Notre Dame, too). And if you register during March, we will guarantee you are assigned to your first choice of track!
For all of you not from a CSC school or parish, remember that your regular cost is also already discounted, and we do have additional financial aid available. If you are in need of additional financial aid, contact us at email@example.com.
For students from the local Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, we are pleased to offer a special discount. The cost for Saints & Scholars is only $275 – and that includes everything. If you wish to participate also in Notre Dame Vision, the $275 will be your deposit and Notre Dame will follow up for the remainder (and our registration page will indicate how you might be able to qualify for extra aid from Notre Dame, too). And if you register during March, we will guarantee you are assigned to your first choice of track!
For all of you not from the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend, remember that your regular cost is also already discounted, and we do have additional financial aid available. If you are in need of additional financial aid, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many credits do I need to remain a full-time student
Students are required to be enrolled in at least 12 credits to remain full-time.
What happens if I drop to a part-time student?
If a student is enrolled in less than 12 credits, he or she is considered a part-time student. This will affect a student’s status in housing, financial aid, health insurance, car insurance, and possibly delay graduation.
How many credits can I take in a semester?
It is recommended that students take around 15 – 16 credits per semester in order to graduate in four years. Students can take up to 19 credits per semester without being charged additional tuition and fees. If a student wishes to take more than 19 credits, he or she will need to receive permission the Vice President for Academics.
Do I have to take a writing placement test?
Placement into composition courses is based on your standardized test scores. If a student receives an English ACT score of 18 or a SAT Verbal score of 450, that student will be placed into ENGL 101 (Composition I).
What is the deadline to add a class?
Students may add classes through the Tuesday of the second week of school without restrictions. New students should meet with a first-year advisor to discuss their options.
What is the deadline to withdraw from a class?
Students can withdraw from any class without a grade being posted on their transcript during the first week of school. After Week 1, student have until the end of Week 10 to withdraw from any class and receive a W (withdraw). To withdraw, students should first meet with their professor(s) and their advisor to discuss their academic progress and to complete a withdraw form.
What does it mean if I am on academic probation?
Students are placed on probation if they are admitted on probation or receive less than a 2.0 semester grade point average. To be placed in good academic standing, a student must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
Can I be dismissed for poor grades?
Students can be dismissed for poor academic progress. Below is the dismissal policy:
A first or second-year student is eligible for dismissal if he or she has a semester GPA below 2.0 for two consecutive terms or a cumulative GPA below 2.0.
A junior or senior is eligible for dismissal if he or she has a one semester GPA average below 2.0 or a cumulative GPA below 2.0.
A student with at least 60 credits at the beginning of the term is classified as a junior.
A student with at least 90 credits at the beginning of the term is classified as a senior.
During the first-year, students and their advisor will discuss majors and career options that will best serve a student’s academic and career goals. During the second semester, a declaration form can be filled out with the first-year advisor to officially declare major(s) and minor(s).
How do I set up my course schedule as a new student?
Because new students are not familiar with all the policies and procedures for advising and registration, they will meet with a first-year academic advisor to set up their initial class schedule.
When does registration begin for the next semester?
Students should meet with their academic advisor the week after fall or spring break to discuss their academic plan and to register for the next semester.
What is a PIN?
Once an academic advisor and his or her advisee agree on an academic plan for the following semester, the advisor will provide the student with a PIN (personal identification number) so the student can go online and register for classes.
What is a prerequisite?
A prerequisite is a course that students are required to have completed before enrolling into a particular class.
What is the deadline to register for continuing students?
The deadline to register for spring and summer courses is November 30. The deadline to register for fall classes is April 30.
How much is the late registration fee?
The late registration fee is $250.
Can I take a class at the University of Notre Dame?
Students are allowed to take one course per semester at the University of Notre Dame if they are a sophomore, enrolled in at least 12 credits at Holy Cross College, and have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and receive permission from the Holy Cross College Registrar.
Can I take a class at Saint Mary’s College?
A full-time student at Holy Cross College may take one course per semester at Saint Mary College. A student must fill out a N.I.C.E. (Northern Indiana Consortium for Education) form when they meet with their academic advisor. In addition, students can also take a course at other participating N.I.C.E. institutions that include Bethel College, Goshen College, Indiana University at South Bend, Ivy Tech State College, and Purdue College of Technology at South Bend.
What is the Gateway program?
Gateway is a collaborative program between Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame. Students are selected by Notre Dame and attend Holy Cross College during their first year. If students in Gateway maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and do not receive a grade lower than a B in any of their courses, then they are guaranteed admission to Notre Dame as sophomores. Additional information about Gateway can be found here.
Who is the advisor for Gateway?
The academic advisor for Gateway is Mr. Brian Howard.
Pray with Saints, Learn with Scholars, Heal the World! The Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute is an exciting opportunity to come to a college campus, have seminar discussions guided by great faculty, and share community-building experiences with high school students from around the country. Our goal is to support the spiritual and intellectual growth of the next generation of leaders—you! If you want to become a scholar who knows the wisdom of Christian tradition and a saint who has the courage to put that wisdom into action, join us!
The One Week Saints & Scholars Experience: July 15 – 20 OR July 22 – 27
The Two Week Notre Dame Vision + Saints & Scholars Experience: July 9 – 20 OR July 16 – 27
Dr. Michael Griffin, Director
I have taught theology at Holy Cross for 12 years. My areas of focus include moral theology, the history of penance, the ethics of war and peace, and the Catholic social tradition. I also co-edited a book on health care, medicine and social justice, entitled In the Company of the Poor. This is a great time in history to launch the Institute: our world needs young people who are ready to dive into the vocation of being Saints and Scholars. My wife Catherine and I have two young sons, Benedict and Basil, both of whom intend to generate a lot of attention from this summer’s participants!
Andrew J. Polaniecki, Director of Formation
I am in my seventh year of serving as the Director of Campus Ministry at Holy Cross College. I have helped to plan and lead numerous pilgrimages to the St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal and in past years, I led an immersion experience with college students to Ghana, West Africa. At Holy Cross, I ensure that all Campus Ministry programming emphasizes human formation and I have a deep love for teaching about the Saints. In addition to my Campus Ministry duties, I am an adjunct instructor in both the theology department and the first year of studies program. My wife, André, and I, and our four children (soon to be five), live in South Bend, where we are parishioners of St. Joseph Parish.
Dr. Dianne Barlas, Professor of Theology and Human Rights Track
I joined the theology department at Holy Cross College 10 years ago after serving as a pastoral associate at Christ the King Parish in South Bend, IN. I am also the director of the Center for Global Perspectives, working with the global communities of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Uganda, India and Peru. My theological interests in the Church’s mission and ministries are well suited to bringing the insights of Catholic Social Teaching to the critical dialogues surrounding human rights and human dignity. The Saints and Scholars Institute will provide an exciting environment to engage the energy and zeal of young Catholics as they see theology-in-action at the margins.
Dr. Louis Albarran, Professor of Theology and Media Track
I joined the theology department at Holy Cross College five years ago after teaching theology for four years in a Young Catholic Scholars program for a Newman Center. My areas of research and teaching focus on the intersection between faith and popular culture/music/movies, and faith and popular religion (the use of religious statues/medals/art in ordinary settings). I can’t wait to help our summer scholars learn to see how Jesus (the Logos) is hidden in many forms of media – even secular/non-religious media – and to help them learn about the benefits, as well as the unsuspected traps, for using media in evangelization and the new evangelization. When I’m not in the classroom, I can be found in the streets of South Bend playing old time American music with my daughters on guitars, banjos, and violins. I can’t wait for my son to join us!
Maria Surat, Professor of Theology and Medicine Track
I have been fascinated by the intersections of theology and medicine since I began studying as an undergraduate at Notre Dame. I just earned a Master of Theology from Duke University, where my research focused on Christian engagement with modern biomedicine. I also have a particular interest in the Church’s response to persons, especially soldiers, who experience combat-related trauma, grief, or anguish. My pastoral experience includes time spent in health care and hospice settings, as well as working with the South Bend Catholic Worker community and the Catholic Peace Fellowship. I am eager to accompany our Saints and Scholars in exploring how the Holy Spirit invites each of us to share in Christ’s healing ministry.
Dr. David Lutz, Professor of Theology and Business Track
began teaching at Holy Cross College six years ago, after teaching for ten years in Africa. Before that, I studied moral philosophy and business administration at the University of Notre Dame. All too often, the study of how to live a good life is separated from the study of how to earn a living. But, since both are extremely important to all of us, I enjoy helping people understand how they can be integrated. I’m looking forward to talking with summer scholars about how to live a virtuous life in the world of business. My wife Amelia, who is an accountant, and I have two daughters, Catherine and Isabella, who keep us extremely busy.
André Polaniecki, Professor of Theology and Sports Track
I am the Assistant Director of Athletics at Holy Cross College and teach two courses within the Sports Management minor (Contemporary Issues in Sport and Foundations of Sport and Exercise). Before joining Holy Cross, I spent six years teaching and coaching in New Orleans, also earning a Masters of Religious Education from Loyola University. I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of the Cumberlands. In college, at the University of Notre Dame, I was a four-year member of the Irish track and field team and the 2000 and 2001 Spring Opener javelin champion. My husband Andrew and I have five children and are very active in South Bend’s Catholic community.
Dr. Martin Sulkanen, Professor of Theology and Science Track
I joined the Holy Cross faculty in 2015 after working in the private sector and as an astrophysicist at NASA with the Marshall Space Flight Center. I was on the team for their Chandra Observatory, an X-Ray version of the Hubble Space Telescope and one of the 4 “Great Observatories” of NASA. I am looking forward to Saints & Scholars because, like all things here at Holy Cross, we get to work closely with students in a small environment. This summer, we will be gathered together around the seminar table, as well as in community activities, engaging the great questions of God and the cosmos.In particular, I look forward to taking a closer look at some of the popular (and problematic) misconceptions about the relationship of science and religion.
Shawn and Stephanie Storer, Professors of Theology and Sustainability Track
We live with our children on a family homestead with a big name: The Blessed Jägerstätter Farm in the City and Saints Benedict & Scholastica Agronomic Homeschool in South Bend. We met and were married while teaching theology, music, science and mathematics at Red Cloud Indian School, a Jesuit high school on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where we lived for several years. Shawn is director of the Catholic Peace Fellowship, an organization he has been involved with since 2001, and is the ecumenical and interreligious officer for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Stephanie is a catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at Saint Matthew’s where she also coordinates a community educational garden for the parish and neighborhood. She holds civil and environmental engineering degrees from Villanova and Notre Dame. Together we direct a Co-operative Grocery Store, called Common Goods, and a program at our parish on living the vision of Laudato Si’. We try to live by the words of Peter Maurin, “The future will be different if we make the present different” and look forward to accompanying those whom God is calling to become Saints & Scholars.