Moreau Honors Program courses are limited to 20 students, ensuring that each is taught in a seminar style that invites discussion. Faculty encourage honors students to become engaged in the course material through a variety of teaching styles that invite student involvement at all levels.
Honors students ordinarily will complete a minimum of 15 honors credits plus the First-Year and Senior Honors Seminars:
- Minimum of 1 honors core courses in the fall of the first year (chosen from honors sections of cornerstone courses in history, literature, philosophy or religious studies).
- The Moreau Honors First-Year Seminar (HON100), which honors students take in their second semester.
- Four (4) additional honors courses. One of those courses can be non-honors for Honors Program credit.
- Honors Senior Seminar (HON400), to be taken the spring.
- Note that:
- Honors classes cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.
- Honors Calculus I and II will not be recognized as a Moreau Honors course for the class 2018, 2019 and all future classes.
- Honors students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA to graduate with an honors designation.
- The honors grade point average (GPA) is determined prior to graduation, using only the four highest honors grades.
The Moreau Honors First-Year Seminar (HON100)
Given Stonehill’s purpose to educate the whole person so that each of our graduates thinks, acts, and leads with courage toward creating a more just and compassionate world,” this seminar is designed to begin a four year process of personal and professional development. In a series of seminar sessions during the spring semester, honors scholars engage in individual reflection and group discussion centered on what it means to be a whole person and wholly-developed member of the College community. Topics of discussion include:
- What strengths and skills do you bring to the College community?
- Where do your core values and interests lie?
- In what ways do you need to be challenged to grow?
Students will interact with faculty and staff who introduce them to some of the most important aspects of the academic life:
- How to discover and engage with a mentor.
- How to deal with the stress of a full schedule.
- How to compose a compelling resume.
- How to begin the search for a rewarding career.
Scholars will also be challenged to begin planning for the ways that they will make a positive impact on the College, reflecting on what mark they wish to leave on the College before they graduate. Possible projects include leading HOPE trips, organizing faculty lectures, inviting speakers to the College, planning events to support charities, and raising awareness about environmental and other issues. In this way, the first-year seminar lays the foundation for honors students’ subsequent three years as contributing members of the Moreau Honors Program.
The Moreau Honors Senior Seminar (HON400)
In their final semester, the honors scholars gather for a series of discussions to reflect individually and as a group on their four years in the Moreau Honors Program and Stonehill College. In the seminar, they return to many of the questions and issues they reflected upon in the Honors First-Year Seminar, reflecting on how far they have come, what they have done and why. The meetings culminate in the production of a portfolio documenting their achievements at the College, in the places they may have traveled, and among the wider communities in which they have served.