The Cornerstone Program of General Education
We pride ourselves on providing high-quality, rigorous education in the Congregation of Holy Cross tradition. Stonehill College's academic program challenges men and women of diverse backgrounds to enter into intellectual, social and moral discovery and to create full, meaningful lives and rewarding careers.
A Well-Rounded Liberal Arts Education
A flexible, student-centered curriculum completed by all Stonehill students, our Cornerstone Program of General Education connects knowledge with intellectual engagement, core communication skills, leadership, social justice and a focus on personal growth and discovery.
By combining the Cornerstone Program with specific programs of study, we equip students with the foundational knowledge, diversity of experience and spirit of curiosity that are hallmarks of a well-rounded liberal arts education.
Our programs in the arts, sciences and business administration emphasize deep understanding and effective practice. While students focus on requirements within their major or minor, they also have the flexibility to explore academic opportunities unique to their own educational plans, including:
- Local internships
- Semester-long domestic internships
- International internships
- Study abroad
- Interdisciplinary concentrations
- Community-based learning
- Directed study
- Independent research
A Foundation for Any Pursuit
Stonehill’s courses and experiential learning opportunities enhance content knowledge and integrate reasoning with expertise in core disciplines. Our faculty members promote ethical reflection, an appreciation for diversity, dexterity in teamwork and creativity in collaboration. Our approach instills demonstrable competency in skills that are crucial to success.
In the pursuit of knowledge, we value integrity and compassion, and this foundation serves graduates well in all post-baccalaureate pursuits.
Completing the Stonehill academic program is an exciting way to experience human and natural diversity, to build critical thinking and leadership abilities and to discover the value of civic engagement. Our curriculum prepares students for graduate studies and careers that both enrich the student and benefit society.
Recognizing that each person is unique, our program allows students the opportunity to choose much of their own academic path, honoring our commitment to free inquiry and social responsibility in the tradition of Catholic college.
Stonehill students develop knowledge, competencies and values, preparing them for a life of learning and responsible citizenship.
Reimagining General Education at Stonehill
In September 2018, the Office of General Education launched the GenEd Reimagining Project, a faculty-led redesign of the Cornerstone Program of General Education. We embarked on this project with the goal of creating an updated, vibrant, and responsive set of core requirements that best meet the needs of our next generation of students. During the reimagining process, our existing Cornerstone Program requirements remain in place for current and entering students.
The General Education Task Force maintains documentation of the GenEd Reimagining Project that is shared with the community through regular updates; at each stage, community members including faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in the process. To access publicly available documentation, including the most current project timeline, please visit our GenEd Task Force website.
The Cornerstone Program offers opportunities for creative teaching: writing courses; writing-intensive first-year seminars; collaboratively taught learning communities; and a variety of core courses that challenge and engage students across the curriculum. The program encourages students to examine critically the self, society, culture and the natural world.