The Moreau Honors Program

Stonehill’s Honors Program is named for and inspired by the educational principles of Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Blessed Fr. Moreau wrote that “the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart,” and the Moreau Honors Program emphasizes service learning, community involvement and team building while leading students into lasting habits of reflection and a life of the mind.

Be Inspired to Reach Higher

When you participate in the Moreau Honors Program, you join an active and close-knit community of students who work with the most gifted and innovative 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 learn 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 take some control over their learning as they develop new skills and uncover new interests.

The honors program has given me the opportunity and the skills to become a leader both within the program and in the broader Stonehill community.
Emily Dumont '14

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. Some recent examples of courses include:

  • "Chuck Berry's America"
  • "Science and Belief"
  • "Masters of the Renaissance"

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.

Rigorous Standards

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. We seek to form exceptional students; therefore, we promote significant engagement outside the classroom, as demonstrated through involvement and leadership in extracurricular 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 selection of our most experienced faculty.

Requirements

To graduate as a Moreau Honors Scholar, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits in Honors courses in addition to the Honors First Year Seminar and the Honors Senior Seminar. Honors Scholars must earn at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA and must maintain a 3.40 Honors GPA.

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, including enhanced funding for international travel

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.”
  • Funding to help defray costs for the Medical School Application Preparation EXtreme (APEX) program at the University of South Carolina during the beginning of June. (APEX is a five day enrichment program that strives to broaden the knowledge and outlook of pre-medical students.)
  • Funding for travel to present at the Humanities Education and Research Association in Washington, DC, on safe spaces in classrooms for students of color and women in higher education.

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