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 ongoing dialogue and presentations.
Honors students will complete a minimum of 5 honors courses plus the Honors Leadership Seminar and a Senior Honors Experience:
- Minimum of 2 honors core courses in the fall of the first year (chosen from honors sections of Critical Encounters history, literature, philosophy or religious studies courses).
- Three (3) additional honors courses. One (1) and only one of those courses can be non-honors for Honors Program credit. Non-Honors Course Conversion Form.
- Senior Honors Experience, composed of a Senior Capstone in the major. In addition, HON400 to be taken the spring.
*Education students: Your honors capstone has to be in your liberal arts/science major. You cannot do your Honors Capstone in your education major. Stonehill Capstone Form(.pdf)
- The Moreau Honors Leadership Seminar (HON100), which honors students take in their second semester.
- Honors classes cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.
- Honors students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a 3.4 in honors courses to graduate with an honors designation.
- The honors grade point average (GPA) is determined prior to graduation, using only the four highest honors grades prior to the Capstone, dropping the lowest grade (of the fifth course). The Senior Capstone (the Senior Honors Experience) is counted as the final course to determine the overall GPA.
The Moreau Honors Leadership Seminar (HON100)
Given Stonehill's purpose to educate "the whole person so that each Stonehill graduate thinks, acts, and leads with courage toward creating a more just and compassionate world," this requirement is designed to assist in the development of leadership skills and to encourage Honors Scholars to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and ethical life of the college.
Honors students participate in the Honors Leadership Seminar through a series of four dinners (one in the fall and three in the spring) with administrators, faculty, and visiting scholars. Students are also required to take initiatives to effect positive changes in the community with an awareness of the global impact of their actions. Past projects have included volunteer work, HOPE trips, inviting speakers to the college, organizing faculty lectures, planning events to support charities, and raising awareness about environmental and other issues.