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Academics

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.

Library Databases

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ARTstor

ARTstor is a digital library that includes approximately 500,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology.

CatalogPlus

Holy Cross College library catalog, with access to Notre Dame’s library catalog.

Chicago Manual of Style Online

The Chicago Manual of Style Online is the venerable, time-tested guide to style, usage, and grammar in an accessible online format.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a newspaper and website that presents news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty, staff, and administrators.

Credo

Searches in hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 100 videos. Moreover, our other databases can be accessed through Credo when searching your topic. A great place to start your research.

EBSCOhost Article Databases

Our best source for full-text articles from a wide range of disciplines. Databases available include: Academic Search Complete (multidisciplinary), Business Source Complete, Greenfile, ERIC (education), Humanities Full-text, Social Science Full text, our eBooks collection, MEDLINE, and many others. If full-text of an article is not provided by the database, a link to request ILL of the article is provided.

Encyclopedia Britannica

The full-text with pictures of the complete encyclopedia — updated daily.

Nexis Uni

Nexis Uni provides full-text access to general, regional and international news, legal information, biographical information, company news and financial information.

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library is the World’s largest Classical music listening service with over 140,000 tracks of music available. It is continually growing and includes Classical music, historical recordings, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. Also included is extensive background information, such as complete liner notes and biographical information on composers and artists.

Oxford English Dictionary

The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium.

South Bend Tribune

Local news resource.

Wall Street Journal

Online coverage of breaking news and current headlines from the US and around the world. Top stories, photos, videos, detailed analysis and in-depth reporting. Sign in is required and up to four simultaneous users are allowed.

I am off-campus

ARTstor

ARTstor is a digital library that includes approximately 500,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology.

CatalogPlus

Holy Cross College library catalog, with access to Notre Dame’s library catalog.

Chicago Manual of Style Online

The Chicago Manual of Style Online is the venerable, time-tested guide to style, usage, and grammar in an accessible online format.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a newspaper and website that presents news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty, staff, and administrators.

Credo

Searches in hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 100 videos. Moreover, our other databases can be accessed through Credo when searching your topic. A great place to start your research.

EBSCOhost Article Databases

Our best source for full-text articles from a wide range of disciplines. Databases available include: Academic Search Complete (multidisciplinary), Business Source Complete, Greenfile, ERIC (education), Humanities Full-text, Social Science Full text, our eBooks collection, MEDLINE, and many others. If full-text of an article is not provided by the database, a link to request ILL of the article is provided.

Encyclopedia Britannica

The full-text with pictures of the complete encyclopedia — updated daily.

Nexis Uni

Nexis Uni provides full-text access to general, regional and international news, legal information, biographical information, company news and financial information.

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library is the World’s largest Classical music listening service with over 140,000 tracks of music available. It is continually growing and includes Classical music, historical recordings, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. Also included is extensive background information, such as complete liner notes and biographical information on composers and artists.

Oxford English Dictionary

The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium.

South Bend Tribune

Local news resource.

Wall Street Journal

Online coverage of breaking news and current headlines from the US and around the world. Top stories, photos, videos, detailed analysis and in-depth reporting. Sign in is required and up to four simultaneous users are allowed.

English – Communication Track

The value of being able to communicate well in both personal and professional settings should be self-evident to everyone. We need to be able to understand each other, discuss matters of importance rationally and productively, and make known our knowledge, desires, and ideas for the future.

In the deepest sense, effective communication creates community, even communion. Becoming especially skillful in communication requires more learning grammar: it requires internalizing important lessons from English, psychology, marketing, business strategy, law, and philosophy. Gaining facility with new communication technologies and a broader, more critical sense of the contemporary media sphere are important goals for anyone wanting to work in a professional communication setting.

These goals should be important not only to aspiring professionals in business, but to anyone who wishes to work on behalf of the Church and its households.

Program FocusMajor and Minor RequirementsWriting CenterFacultyDepartment Contact
The English – Communication major track at Holy Cross College assimilates a discipline of both verbal and non-verbal communication with all manner of day-to-day communications. This track seeks to improve the language repertoire of students to not only write, but speak more effectively. The skills taught in this track are cross-discipline as everyone should know how to communicate effectively. In any career path, communicating with your colleagues or your team is vital, and this program enables you to prepare for any communication you have whether in a deeply personal context or in a professional setting.

English Major, Communication Track Requirements

The Minor in Communication comprises six courses designed to improve the student’s ability to think about and practice verbal and nonverbal forms of communication in a professional setting.
Four courses are required in

  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Business Communication
  • Writing for the Public Sphere

An additional course is required in either

  • Theology (The New Evangelization)

or

  • Business Ethics.

The sixth and final requirement is either a course on

  • Nonverbal Communication

or

  • Writing Theory and Practice.

All courses will stress the applicability of principles and case studies to the practice of communication in professional settings.

Communication Minor Requirements

The Writing Center is located in the center of the faculty offices. Consultants assist writers with pre-writing, writing, and revision of essays, term papers, college/job applications, and personal creative writing. Clients are served by appointment as well as on a drop-in basis.

Click here for more about the Learning Centers.

Anthony Monta, Ph.D.

Christopher Scheirer

Br. George Klawitter, C.S.C.

Tyler Gardner, M.A.

Daniel Murphy, Ph.D.

Chad Deitchley

David Hoffman
Anthony Monta, Ph.D.
Department Chair
574-239-8385
amonta@hcc-nd.edu

 

Study Abroad

Some of the most transformative experiences happen in places we’ve never imagined ourselves. This is why Holy Cross College offers a semester abroad. Our partnership with four of Europe’s leading Catholic universities offers you the chance to gain a clearer sense of self while absorbing the world through full cultural immersion. You may be studying in Europe, but Holy Cross College is with you every step of the way, promising new perspectives and independence while making lasting connections with friends and mentors. Your tuition, meals and accommodations during your journey remain as they would here at home, so you’ll be ready to focus on what matters most: the discovery of your place in the world.

Please contact Professor Dianne Barlas (574-239-8337) to apply for any of the college’s Study Abroad programs.

Rome, Italy

 

 

 

 

John Cabot University
Where the Eternal City is your classroom.

Maynooth, Ireland

National University of Ireland, Maynooth
A hundred thousand welcomes to the Emerald Isle.

Krakow, Poland

 

 

 

 

The John Paul II Experience
Become a builder of a “civilization of love and truth.”

Twickenham, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Mary’s University
A student centered education in one of London’s most iconic boroughs.

Biology

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.

Program FocusMajor and Minor RequirementsBiology-Health ProfessionFacultyDepartment Contact
biology.labAt 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).

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Br. Lawrence Unfried, C.S.C., M.S.
Associate Professor of Biology

Mary Merrill, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Rodney Robichaud, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Biology

Aris Alexandrou, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Biology

Zhutian Zhang, M.S.
Professor of Chemistry

Br. Lawrence Unfried, C.S.C.
Associate Professor of Biology
lunfried@hcc-nd.edu
(574) 239-8412

Academic Conferences and Presentations

Holy Cross College hosts annual conferences, presentations, and seminars for high school students, college students and academic professionals.

Upcoming Conferences and Presentations

Saints & Scholars Theology Institute, July 2019

Past Conferences and Presentations

May 26 – June 8, 2018

Practical Lessons in Success Speaker Series, Spring 2018
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 spring 2018 speakers are scheduled for March 28 and April 18. 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.

Saints & Scholars Theology Institute, July 2018
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 2018 Saints & Scholars dates are July 15–20 or July 22-27, 2018.

For more information on the institute and registration options, please visit Saints & Scholars.

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, archives@brothersofholycross.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.

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.

For more information the institute or conference, please visit the Michiana Gerontology Institute.

IB Student Conference, October 21, 2016
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.

To learn more about this year’s IB Student Conference, visit IB Conference Comes to Campus.

For more information the HIBS or IB programs, please visit Hoosier Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools.

Arrival and Departure Information

If you are attending the Saints & Scholars program only, check-in time is on Monday, July 20th from 8-8:45 AM.

Saints & Scholars Tuesday-Friday begins with Morning Prayer each day in the Saint Joseph Chapel at 9 AM. Every day ends with Vespers (Evening Prayer) in the Chapel, which concludes no later than 4:30 PM. Participants must depart campus at the end of Saints & Scholars no later than 6 PM on Friday, July 24th.

For all coordination of arrival or departure logistics, please contact Andrew Ouellette at aouellette@hcc-nd.edu or (574) 239-8305.

CSC School/Parish Program

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 $300 – and that includes everything. If you wish to participate also in Notre Dame Vision, the $300 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 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 aouellette@hcc-nd.edu.

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FWSB Diocese Program

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 $300 – and that includes everything. If you wish to participate also in Notre Dame Vision, the $300 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 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 aouellette@hcc-nd.edu.

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Saints & Scholars

Pray with Saints, Learn with Scholars, Heal the World!

The Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute is a one-week, pre-college program that provides an exciting opportunity for high school students to live on a college campus, have seminar discussions guided by great faculty, and share community-building experiences with other 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!

Program Costs – recently reduced!

A program fee of $400 $100 covers classroom materials and lunch for each day.  Limited financial assistance may be available upon inquiry.

Registration

Saints & Scholars: July 20-24, 2020

 

About Us

Michael Griffin, Director

Dr. Michael Griffin, Founder
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!

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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

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.

André Polaniecki, Professor of Theology and Sport Track
I am the Interim 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.

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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.