Liberal Studies

The purpose of a liberal studies program is to prepare students to meet the challenges that they will face after graduation, regardless of what career they choose. It is not concerned with preparing students to be successful in some particular profession, but with preparing them to be successful in life. A liberal studies program prepares students for life by sharpening their awareness of the humanities, arts, and sciences, and understanding the impact of these disciplines on contemporary issues. Liberal studies challenges students with the big questions, including: “What does it mean to be successful in life?” Majoring in liberal studies serves to create a well-rounded graduate, who is distinguishable from their competitors in today’s highly-competitive job markets.

One of the primary goals of the liberal studies program at Holy Cross College is to allow students to organize a study program that is both personally interesting and professionally relevant. Students of the liberal studies program will pursue knowledge in different areas, and will learn to synthesize what they learn into a coherent whole that serves their life goals. Liberal studies at Holy Cross also aims to teach effective communication, intercultural relationships and enhanced self-awareness.

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In addition to the liberal arts courses, at Holy Cross College, liberal studies majors must obtain at least one concentration in another discipline. The purpose of obtaining a concentration is to understand the basic principles and problems of a discipline, in the hope that they will bring the wisdom gained from liberal studies to the discipline in which they will ultimately study or work. This concentration also helps students prepare for graduate work in their field of their choice.

Although Holy Cross College liberal studies graduates are prepared to succeed in a wide range of professions and in a wide range of post-graduate academic programs, liberal studies majors are encouraged to minor or double-major in one of Holy Cross College’s practical programs of study, such as business or communications. Among the electives that students may choose are courses that integrate the liberal and practical arts, the study of how to live a good life and the study of how to earn a living.

David Lutz, Ph.D
Chair, Philosophy Department
Dean of Faculty

I have enjoyed reading, thinking about, and writing philosophy since I was introduced to “the love of wisdom” during my junior year of college. While pursing my Ph.D., I also completed an MBA, in order to understand better the relationship between the liberal and practical arts. Before joining the faculty of Holy Cross College, I taught or worked at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, the Hanover Institute of Philosophical Research in Germany, the Dominican Institute of Philosophy & Theology in Nigeria, Uganda Martyrs University in Uganda, and the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Kenya. While at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, I had the pleasure of starting an MBA program. Of all of my accomplishments, though, I am most proud of my wife, Amelia Anyango, and our two beautiful children, Catherine and Isabella.

My goal as a teacher is to to bridge the gap between philosophical theory and practical management. I challenge my students to think critically and to write excellently about the most important questions of our lives. Students who are intellectually curious and industrious are traditionally successful in my classes.

Liberal studies opens many career doors for those who study it. Holy Cross graduates like Andrew Chabot and Lavarr Barnett have gone on to Notre Dame Law School. Other graduates like Samuel Rubino and Vincent Lynch are now working for U.S. Congressmen/women in Washington, D.C. There is no limit to what a liberal studies major can do, including:

  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Publicist
  • Entry-level Management Personnel
  • Social Services Human Relations Officer
  • Para-Professional Librarian
  • Policy Analyst
  • Minister
  • Public Relations Personnel
  • Urban Planner/City Manager
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Politician
  • Non-profit Organizational Director
  • College Recruiter
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Creative Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Grant Writer
  • Speech Writer
  • Anchorperson
  • Archivist
  • Museum Manager
David Lutz, Ph.D.
Chair, Philosophy Department
Dean of Faculty