Summer Passport

Summer Passport is the four-week residential component of the program held before fall semester classes begin. 

July 30 -  August 25, 2023

During Summer Passport invited students have the opportunity to:

  • Earn one unit of academic credit for completing one course designed and taught by Holy Cross faculty.
  • Participate in skill-building workshops (time management, study skills, effective reading strategies, exam preparation).
  • Form a supportive community on campus through classmates, Pathfinders, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Become familiar with the community off campus through field trips and tours.
  • Participate in campus experiential learning workshops and opportunities.

At the end of the summer portion students will start the fall semester by participating in Fall Gateways.

Summer Passport Courses

The courses offered for the Passport Class of 2027:

Putting the Science in Science Fiction (1 section)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, science fiction writers began their work of inspiring the path of scientific invention and progress. With recent scientific advances, the distinction between science fiction and reality has blurred. In this introductory course, students will learn basic scientific concepts that will fuel class discussions and analyses on what is currently scientifically possible, and what remains in the realm of fiction. No prior background in chemistry is required or expected. Lectures will boldly go where no one has gone before
Satisfies Common Area Requirement: Natural Sciences

The Elements of Writing Argument (3 sections)
This course is an introduction to academic writing with an emphasis on writing from sources.  The course will focus on the writing process, organization, style, revision, editing, documentation, and use of the library. Students will have the opportunity to read and discuss selections from professional and student writers, to express and develop their ideas clearly in reflective, expository, and persuasive papers, and to develop their own writing styles and voices.  The course will center on reading, thinking, and writing critically.  In this class we will explore writing in a variety of contexts to understand how the particular language that is writing acts to shape, define, and often change the world around us.
Satisfies Common Area Requirement: Free Elective

Students will be informed of their Passport course placement upon arrival on campus Sunday, July 31. Placement is determined by Holy Cross faculty and Passport administrators after reviewing a number of factors including, but not limited to: Passport Writing Diagnostic, potential major(s), and high school transcript.

Students in classroom
Sample Schedule

Wondering what happens at Summer Passport? Review last year's schedule.