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Liberal Arts


B.A. in Liberal Arts Curriculum Guide (PDF)

A.A. in Liberal Arts Curriculum Guide (PDF)

English And Liberal Arts: Explore What It Means To Be Human

Since 1916, the University of Holy Cross has been a leader in the highest tradition of Catholic liberal arts education.  As the classic canon of knowledge for centuries since, the liberal arts have evolved to become a study of humanity that never loses its relevance.  As a Marianite university committed to teaching hearts as well as minds, liberal arts is incorporated into every degree program.  For students who want to specialize in these studies, the English and Liberal Arts departments offer rich opportunities that serve as a firm foundation for academics and for life.

 Close-Knit Academic Community

UHC English majors learn in a collegial atmosphere of small classes and supportive relationships with experienced, inspiring faculty.  In addition to survey courses in British and American literature, the English program offers interdisciplinary courses such as Women in Literature, Creative Writing, Shakespeare, African-American Literature, and Modern Poetry.  A Special Topics course is offered on such topics as the Bible as Literature and Literary Criticism. Seniors complete a professional internship or write a thesis focused on a researched topic. 

Well-Rounded Academic Program

For the bachelor's degree, English majors are required to take at least nine credit hours of Fine Arts electives, 12 hours of History, and six hours of a Foreign Language.  Their 15 hours of general electives allow students to pursue other complementary academic, such as certification to teach English at the secondary level. 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities in English

The English Department publishes a literary and art magazine called Calliope, featuring the works of UHC students.  The Literary Club, open to all students with an interest in literature, sponsors activities such as lectures by writers and poetry readings.  Alpha Xi Nu, the UHC chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is open to English majors and other students who have taken two literature courses and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Earn A Degree In Liberal Arts

Students may earn associate's or bachelor's degree specifically in Liberal Arts.  This broader program gives students latitude in creating an interdisciplinary curriculum that fits their interests and allows them to combine areas of concentration.  For example, for the bachelor's degree, students choose two concentrations from the following disciplines:  Art, Biology, Business, English, Philosophy, History, and Theology.  


The curriculum of the Liberal Arts degree program is structured to offer a broad range of courses designed to provide the student with a choice of concentrations in two subject areas of interest. The program gives the student latitude in creating a curriculum to meet his/her needs and interests. It affords the opportunity to combine areas of concentration mutually enhancing to each other, thereby providing a more effective and comprehensive education.


The broad purpose of the program in Liberal Arts is to provide a firm foundation upon which to gain understanding and appreciation of mankind's accomplishments in the arts, sciences, and humanities. This purpose is described by the following outcomes:

The successful student will gain knowledge and appreciation of the artistic, political, historical, social, economic, and broad cultural experiences of peoples from prehistoric times to the modern era. The student is afforded the opportunity to pursue areas of special interest in various disciplines across the combined curricula of the University, humanities, business, psychology, sociology, natural and social sciences, and mathematics.

For a more detailed description of the Liberal Arts degree program, please see page 108 of the 2012-2013 University Catalog.

Meet An UHC English Graduate

“The professors of UHC's English program have taught me to write effectively and to understand the underlying messages in literature―skills that will help me succeed in my career and in my life.” 
Heather Reed, BA, English '12, Pelican Publishing intern

What Our Students Say

“What I love best about English at UHC is the flexibility it gives me. What you do can do with an English major is a vast range of things. It gives you knowledge of how to live your life.”
Courtney Howe,  Class of '15
Graduate, Archbishop Chapelle High School

“I like that the college is small.  Smaller classes are ideal for learning.  Also, the English department faculty have been great mentors to me.”
Jenna DeVillier, Class of '15

Do You Have Questions or Need More Information?

Contact the Department Chair, Dr. Claudia  Champagne at 504-398-2105
Contact Enrollment Services at 504-398-2175



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