academics

Requirements

Holy Cross offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree. The successful completion of 32 semester courses in eight semesters of full-time study is required for graduation.

To qualify for a degree from the College, at least one half of a student's courses, including the two full semesters of the fourth year, must be completed at Holy Cross. Participation in special Holy Cross programs, such as the Washington Semester, Semester Away and Study Abroad, qualifies.

Each student's curriculum consists of common requirements, a major, and freely elected courses. In designing their curriculum, students are limited to a total of three programs combining majors, minors, and concentrations, two of which can be majors.

Common Requirements

Common requirements include one course each in Arts,LiteratureStudies in ReligionPhilosophical Studies,Historical Studies, and Cross-Cultural Studies; and two courses each in Language StudiesSocial Science, andNatural and Mathematical Sciences. No more than two courses from a single academic department may be counted toward fulfillment of the common requirements, except that students may take a third common requirement course in the same department where the Language Studies requirement is fulfilled.