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Engaged Learning

Developing and pitching a smartphone app to a panel of successful inventors and investors. Collaborating with leading researchers to discover new drugs to combat tropical diseases. Practicing brushwork while surrounded by some of the world’s most famous works in a Florence art museum. Learning at Holy Cross is designed to promote a radical sense of curiosity, wonder and active engagement in the world, and we go to great lengths to connect coursework with hands-on experiences that do just that.

Connecting classroom knowledge with civic engagement, community-based learning places students in targeted service positions that help them apply the skills they gain on campus toward the benefit of our society.
Many Holy Cross students take advantage of yearlong study abroad opportunities. During their time away, they further their studies while immersing themselves in foreign cultures, languages and customs.
Internships are one of the best ways for students to learn whether a career is truly right for them. They also provide a great résumé boost and set the stage for life after Holy Cross.
Some students looking to engage deeply with academic work not available at Holy Cross may choose to spend a semester at another institution in the United States or Canada.
The Washington Semester is a unique study away program for third- and fourth-year students. During the semester, they work, study and conduct research in Washington, D.C., for full academic credit.
In order to navigate an increasingly interconnected world, we must first understand the multifaceted nature of the role we play as global citizens.
Members of the Holy Cross community remain engaged with current issues and events by attending and participating in lecture series, performances, symposia, visiting scholar presentations and other mind-expanding activities.

From Knowledge to Understanding

To truly understand sophisticated and complicated topics — for example, the challenges facing America’s poor or the political climate of the European Union — we must witness them firsthand. Hands-on, engaged learning constitutes a fundamental component of the Holy Cross curriculum, helping students combine their knowledge with meaningful experiences outside the classroom.

We challenge students to be open to new ideas, commitments and experiences, and to interrogate their own assumptions. On campus, students share ideas and collaborate with faculty members on research that enriches our understanding of the world and our place in it. They also seize opportunities to put their knowledge into action within the community and around the world, using their skills to contribute to the common good. As part of a continual process of growth, we help every student identify activities that are relevant to their academic and career path, and translate those experiences in ways that meaningfully inform their next steps.

Liberal Arts in the World

The College has recently established the Center for Liberal Arts in the World to help students identify and pursue opportunities outside of the classroom, and to better articulate the value of these opportunities as part of their Holy Cross education.