Spencer Caron

My friends and I are not in the Holy Cross band. In fact, none of us are studying music at the College. However, I can speak to the fact that music is a popular interest on campus, both officially and recreationally.

When you attend a basketball game, for instance, you will hear the pep band playing loudly across from the high-energy student’s section. On another occasion, you can attend a concert put on by your friends and students. Many of these students are in fact music majors, minors or double majors. https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/music

If you are not planning on a major in music or being a member of the Holy Cross band, there are many opportunities to explore a musical hobby. Between the frequent “10 spot” concerts held in the student center, the much anticipated battle of the bands and the handful of popular a cappella groups, there are no barriers to students sharing their musical talents with their peers at Holy Cross

My friends and I and many other non music majors on campus are given access to a band room in which we can rehearse.  Holy Cross also offers music and vocal lessons on campus if you are looking to make progress during your time on campus.  https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/music/lessons-and-performance-program.  In short, whether you’re an established musician or someone who has just begun to learn, you will find that music is very much a part of the liberal arts curriculum here at Holy Cross.

Diversity of studies is what one will receive at Holy Cross.  Being a Jesuit liberal arts school necessitates academic diversity. However, Holy Cross understands that not all of her students will have their most pressing questions satisfactorily answered through a traditional single, or even double major.  That is why Holy Cross’ Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) exists.   Beyond sponsoring the exceedingly successful Washington D.C. program, CIS has helped many students fine tune their course of study to ensure that each students can have his or her questions answered fully.

I have recently been working with the CIS and my academic advisor to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics, or PPE for short.  Inspired by the model that is popular at Oxford University, I wished to combine my interests in philosophy, politics and economic theory into a cohesive course of study.  Upon bringing my idea to Professor Cass of the department, he was immediately receptive.  In addition to discussing the logistics of the plan, he advised me to talk to Professor Denise Schaeffer who, unbeknownst to me, is already advising a current Holy Cross student pursuing a PPE major.

Once a student decides he or she wants to pursue a self-designed major, they simply need to meet with an advisor, draft a letter of intent and begin to think strategically about course selection.  Whether it’s, PPE, cognitive science, computer economics or a myriad of other combinations of academic disciplines, Holy Cross will enthusiastically support her student’s academic plans.

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