First-Year Courses

All students will complete a First-Year Questionnaire that will give us information about their academic interests and their academic background. In addition, you are asked to identify six courses that you would like to enroll in during your first year at the College. You will need to mark one of the courses as your first choice and another one as your second choice. The College will pre-enroll you in either your first choice or your second choice course in July. Before completing the Questionnaire and Course Preference Form, you should review the courses offered for first-year students.

The subject list below links to the course descriptions of the various courses available to you in fall. We strongly encourage you to discuss your first-year course interests during your Academic Advising meeting. If you have additional questions, you can also contact your Class Dean, Francisco Gago-Jover, at 508-793-2532 or

In either case, you can begin filling out the online First-Year Questionnaire and Course Preference Form on June 16 and you should complete it no later than 6 p.m. (EDT) on July 2. You can access the First-Year Questionnaire and Course Preference Form using the following navigation: First, from the Holy Cross homepage, select ‘Current Students’, which is located in the horizontal gray bar just below the top of the page. Second, click the ‘STAR - Student Academic Records’ link, which is located under the list of ‘Frequently Used’ links toward the top of the page. Third, enter your network User ID (username) and network passphrase to log in to STAR. [If you have not logged in to STAR in over a month, you may be asked to first log in using your Gsuite (Gmail) address and password as part of 2-factor authentication.] Finally, once in STAR on the for Students page, click on Student Center and choose 1st Year Preferences from the ‘go to...’ drop-down menu toward the top left of the page.

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Africana Studies International Studies
Anthropology Italian
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Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Music
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Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society Peace and Conflict Studies
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French Studies in World Literature
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