From their very first days on campus, all first-year students experience an intensive introduction to liberal arts education at Holy Cross through a unique program called Montserrat.
The program works by connecting three parts of college life — learning, living, and doing — that may sometimes be seen as separate activities. Each student is enrolled in a small, yearlong seminar that explores a specific topic while developing critical thinking, writing, and communication skills. The seminars are grouped into six thematic, interdisciplinary clusters (Contemporary Challenges, Core Human Questions, Divine, Global Society, Natural World, and Self). All the students in each cluster live together in the same residence hall to facilitate the discussion of ideas from multiple perspectives in informal settings outside of class. Each semester, a number of stimulating activities and events bring the seminars in each cluster together.
All of these experiences foster a sense of belonging to a lively intellectual community; encourage passionate and reflective engagement with a broad range of themes and issues; and fuel an enduring quest for intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth.