The Inspiration to Reach Higher
Participation in the Moreau Honors Program means joining an active and close-knit community of students who work with the most gifted and demanding professors at the College, exploring a curriculum that is as exhilarating as it is challenging.
The program is designed to stimulate independent thought and help you improve critical thinking, oral communication and writing skills while also experiencing real-world service and research. It also gives students the kind of autonomy needed to develop leadership qualities.
Curriculum that Puts You at the Center
Your experience in the Moreau Honors Program will involve active learning through ongoing dialogue and presentations, as well as unique and invigorating classwork. Recent honors courses include:
- The Importance of Being Lazy: Idlers, Loafers and Slackers in Literature
- Planets, Moons and the Search for Alien Life
- Images and Power in Popular Culture
In your second semester you will undertake leadership initiatives to effect positive changes in the community. These include doing volunteer work, inviting speakers to the College, organizing faculty lectures, coordinating visits by noteworthy guests, planning entertainment and cultural events and bringing about changes in College policies in a variety of areas.
Participation in the Moreau Honors Program uniquely prepares students for fulfilling lives and rewarding jobs. But we are very discerning. The program generally admits students who are in the top 5% of their high school classes. Equally important is their engagement outside the classroom, as demonstrated through involvement and leadership in extra- and co-curricular activities, commitment to becoming leaders on campus (and elsewhere) and commitment to participating in and improving the intellectual community at Stonehill College.
Moreau Honors Scholars are handpicked by our Office of Admission, the Moreau Honors Program director and select faculty members.
To graduate as a Moreau Honors Scholar, you must successfully complete six courses for Honors credit in addition to the Honors Leadership Seminar and the Honors Thesis Seminar. Honors Scholars must earn at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA and must maintain a 3.40 Honors GPA.
The status of Honors Scholar signals uncommon character and academic accomplishment and enhances other achievements featured on your resumé.
Access to Enhanced Learning Opportunities
Honors Scholars are encouraged to contribute to the intellectual, cultural and ethical life of the College. In exchange, they enjoy many benefits, including:
- Priority registration for all courses
- Seminar-style Honors courses capped at 20 students
- Advising by the Honors Program director and distinguished faculty
- Participation in Honors-specific extracurricular activities and events
- Opportunities for Honors experiences abroad
Grant Funds to Supplement Your Honors Work
All Honors Scholars are encouraged to apply for Moreau Honors Leadership Grants, awarded to support student leadership, research and conference presentations. Recent examples include:
- Funding to attend the 2012 Eastern Economic Association Conference in Boston, where the recipient presented a thesis paper, “The Effect of Offense on Attendance in Major League Baseball.”
- Funding for travel to Sardinia, Italy, to help a farmer develop his “agriturismo” through the group Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
- Funding for field equipment for a thesis project titled “Comparative foraging behavior of two generalist tyrant flycatcher (Tyrannidae) species in Belize.”