Jun 15, 2024  
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Academic Life & the Curriculum

Academic Life

The Stonehill curriculum challenges men and women of diverse backgrounds to enter into intellectual, social and moral discovery and to create meaningful lives, rewarding careers, and participatory citizenship. The Cornerstone Program of General Education and Major Programs of Study combine to cultivate a student-centered environment that is nurtured by small classes and enriching student-faculty relationships.

The College prides itself on promoting liberal education and on offering a variety of high quality academic programs in the Arts and Sciences and in Business Administration. Major and Minor Programs of Study emphasize depth of knowledge and practice in a particular discipline. While students must complete requirements within the major or minor, they also have the flexibility to explore academic opportunities unique to their own educational plans. Such opportunities include the honors program, internships, international experiences, interdisciplinary concentrations, community-based learning opportunities, directed study, and independent research.

Thus, the outcomes of the Academic Program include enhanced content knowledge in “core” disciplines; demonstrated competency in skills crucial to success in all major programs; the ability to integrate knowledge across disciplines; dexterity in teamwork and collaboration; the ability to reason well and to apply reasoning skills to ethical questions; an appreciation for diversity of persons and cultures; and expertise in at least one academic discipline. This foundation will serve graduates well in any career or post-baccalaureate study they pursue.

Completing the Stonehill academic program is an exciting way to develop skills and knowledge, to experience human and natural diversity, to build critical and creative thinking and leadership abilities, and to discover the value of civic engagement.

The Curriculum

The academic program introduces the student to the various disciplines of a liberal education and prepares the student for graduate studies or a professional position in a fashion that both enriches the student and benefits society. Recognizing that each person is unique in ability, inquisitiveness, interest, and aspiration, the program provides the student with the opportunity to select electives in addition to courses required for the Cornerstone Program and for the major.

Stonehill students design their own education by selecting courses from the Stonehill curriculum. The parts of the curriculum include: the Cornerstone Program of General Education, the Major, the Minor and/or Interdisciplinary Minor (optional), and Electives.

The Cornerstone Program of General Education

The Cornerstone Program of General Education provides students with foundational knowledge, diversity of experience, and cultivates a spirit of curiosity and intellectual rigor that are the hallmarks of a well-rounded liberal arts education. The goal of the Cornerstone Program is to lead students to examine critically the self, society, culture, and the natural world. The program honors Stonehill’s commitment to free inquiry and social responsibility, in the tradition of Catholic higher education. Through the development of the knowledge, competencies, and values that are central to the Cornerstone Program, every Stonehill student will be prepared for a life of learning and responsible citizenship.

(More information about the learning goals and courses of the Cornerstone Program are provided in The Cornerstone Program section.)

The Major

The Major constitutes the second broad area in the student’s curriculum. College education should both facilitate intellectual growth and equip students to take their place as responsible members of society. Students are to prepare themselves for some field of graduate or professional study, or for a more immediate career in such areas as teaching, government, business, industry, or social service.

Accordingly, students select an area of major concentration in view of postgraduate or career plans. The goal of the Major is for students to acquire skills and investigate intellectual questions, methods, and issues in considerable breadth and increasing depth in a specific field or area of study. Degree candidates must declare, and be accepted in, a major field of study prior to enrollment in their last 45 credits.

Students may enroll in two Majors, subject to the approval from the Office of Academic Services, in consultation with the respective Department Chairpersons or Program Directors.  In some cases, students may need to enroll in more than 120 credits in order to satisfy the requirements of both Majors.

Students who satisfactorily complete two Majors will receive one degree from the College, with this exception: If a student satisfactorily completes the requirements for two Majors, whether before or after the student’s official graduation, a second degree will be awarded if the second Major is in a different degree program (B.A., B.S., or B.S.B.A.) from the first Major. The student will be given the option of selecting which degree will be granted at Commencement.

Disciplinary Minor (Optional)

Students may choose to complete a Disciplinary Minor. This Minor may be closely related to a student’s Major, selected as an alternative field of specialization, or chosen simply for personal enrichment. Generally, a Disciplinary Minor is no more than six courses and ensures that a student purses an area of study in some breadth and depth beyond the introductory level and outside of the Major. Students may obtain only one Disciplinary Minor; however, as an exception, students may choose to complete both a Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Minor (see below).

Interdisciplinary Minor (Optional)

Interdisciplinary Minors give students the opportunity to explore, in some depth, a well-defined question or topic beyond the major. The Interdisciplinary Minor provides students with maximum flexibility to propose a course of study, comprised of classes and other academic experiences, as a path to conduct an interdisciplinary inquiry that may or may not be related to the Major or Disciplinary Minor. Students submit a proposal for an Interdisciplinary Minor that will include no less than four and no more than five academic units. Given the depth of study required, it is expected that no student would undertake more than one Interdisciplinary Minor during his or her academic career at Stonehill. For more information, contact Prof. Peter Ubertaccio, The Director of the Martin Institute.


The Elective component constitutes the last part of the Stonehill curriculum. Here the student exercises considerable discretion in designing a program of study. Elective courses may be used to deepen knowledge of familiar areas or to explore new areas of educational inquiry.

Moreau Honors Program

The Moreau Honors Program at Stonehill College challenges and enlivens students through an enhanced experience of the curriculum through specially designated honors courses taught by the most gifted professors at the college. Honors courses are designed to stimulate independent thought by combining rigorous academic standards, classroom discussion, and experiences of group and independent learning. The program also includes co-curricular components that encourage service and leadership. Through an enhanced learning experience in smaller classes, the program aims to lead students into lasting habits of reflection and a life of the mind. The program also emphasizes student leadership and peer mentoring, especially through the Honors Advisory Council, made up of honors student representatives who, with the Director, guide the Moreau Honors Program.

The Program is named for and inspired by the educational principles of Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, which sponsors Stonehill. Moreau wrote that “the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart” (Circular Letter No. 36). For this reason, the program places emphasis on service learning, involvement at Stonehill and beyond, and community building among Honors students.

  • Participation in the Moreau Honors Program is designed to achieve the following additional and extended outcomes:
  • Increased intellectual growth and independent thinking;
  • Development of effective leadership qualities;
  • Recognition of a sense of place within a community of scholars;
  • Ability to conduct independent research in the context of scholarship in the discipline; and
  • Exploration and setting of goals beyond Stonehill College.

Honors Program Curriculum

Courses in the Moreau Honors Program are limited to 20 students, insuring that each is taught in a seminar style that invites vigorous participation. Faculty encourage Honors students to become engaged in course material through ongoing dialogue and presentations, and thus to become active rather than passive learners.

First-year students accepted to the College as Moreau Honors students will complete a minimum of five Honors courses (of at least three credits each) plus the HON 100 Honors Leadership Seminar and HON 400 Honors Thesis Seminar:

  • In the first semester, they will take at least two Honors courses (either two Honors Cornerstone core humanities courses or one Honors Cornerstone core humanities course and another Honors course).
  • In the second semester, they will take the HON 100 - Honors Leadership Seminar  and are required to take initiatives to effect positive changes in the community. These projects include doing volunteer work, inviting speakers to the College, organizing series of faculty lectures, helping to coordinate visits by noteworthy guests, planning entertainment and cultural events, and bringing about changes in College policies on environmental issues.
  • Before graduating, they will need to take three additional Honors courses that satisfy either Cornerstone Program or major/minor requirements, or serve as general electives. Honors language courses count for no more than one honors requirement. One and only one of those courses can be a non-Honors course for Honors Program credit. Contact the Honors Program Director for more information.
  • In the senior year, the students will take  , composed of (1) an honors capstone experience developed by the seniors in consultation with the program director that articulates and assesses the outcomes of their four years at Stonehill, and (2) a number of workshops with other Moreau Honors Scholars in the spring of the senior year.

Students accepted into the Moreau Honors program starting their sophomore year have to take three Honors courses (one and only one of those courses can be a non-honors course taken for Honors Program credit), plus the HON 400 - Honors Thesis Seminar.

Honors Program Resources

  • The opportunity to apply for Honors Leadership Grants of up to $500, normally during the junior or senior year, to fund leadership or expanded academic opportunities (e.g. independent and/or thesis research conducted under the mentorship of a faculty memeber, presentations at professional conferences, academic or leadership extensions related to international study);
  • Priority course registration;
  • Small, seminar-style Honors courses;
  • Special transcript notations;
  • Recognition at graduation;
  • Academic advising from Honors faculty and the Honors Program Director; and
  • Letters of verification that describe the Honors Program and list Honors coursework completed by the student.

For more information about the Moreau Honors Program, contact Prof. George Piggford, C.S.C., the Director.

Pre-Professional Advising


Pre-Health Professions Advising: The Pre-Health Professions Program provides guidance to those students who intend on pursuing a career as an allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) physician, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist, chiropractor, or veterinarian.


Stonehill does not offer a major in any one of the pre-health disciplines. Students planning on a career in any of the health professions most commonly choose to major in one of the sciences (Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, or Neuroscience); however, choosing to major in a non-science discipline is certainly a viable option. Regardless of the major you choose, what is important is that you take the courses that are prerequisites for the professional schools to which you intend to apply as well as those that will sufficiently prepare you to take the appropriate standardized entrance examination (MCAT, DAT, or OAT).

Andrew Leahy, Assistant Director of the Office of Career Services, is the principal Pre-Health Professions Advisor. He will work closely with you to ensure that you are well-informed about and prepared for the application process for professional school. Developing a strong working relationship with Andrew will ensure that you develop an appropriate four-year academic plan that not only includes the necessary prerequisite courses but also valuable clinical (e.g., shadowing, internship, work, and volunteer) and research experiences.

Craig Almeida, Dean of Academic Achievement, will work with pre-health professions school applicants during the application process to both arrange interviews with Stonehill’s Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee and to coordinate the writing and submission of composite Committee Letters of Evaluations.

Pre-Allied Health Professions Advising: Some examples of allied health professionals include nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, physical therapist, nuclear medicine technologist, pharmacist, pharmaceutical scientist, medical technologist, cytotechnologist, exercise physiologist, public health specialist, biotechnologist, etc. Students who are interested in pursuing these or related careers should consult Sheila Barry, Assistant Professor of Biology and the Pre-Allied Health Professions Advisor. She can discuss with you the affiliation agreements that Stonehill College has with certain graduate programs, and what can be done to accomplish your goals. Students are not obligated to attend our affiliated schools and are welcome to apply to the programs of their choice. Professor Barry will assist in the selection of appropriate pre-requisite courses and recommend others that are beneficial to applicants.


Pre-Law Advising: A formal advising program for students interested in law school is coordinated by the Pre-Law Advisor, Professor Peter Ubertaccio. There is no required academic program for pre-law students.

Pre-Theology Advising: Advising is available for students who are interested in preparing for lay leadership positions in a parish or ecclesial community, or who are interested in preparing for a career in academic theology in secondary or higher education.
Paul DaPonte, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, will advise students in the graduate school application process.

Teacher Licensure Advising: Stonehill College Education Department is a MA State and NASDTEC approved program leading to MA teaching licensure.  The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement facilitates movement of educators’ credentials between most other states.  Specific requirements differ for each state therefore students are encouraged to consult with the Education Department to facilitate this process. 

Honor Societies

ALPHA KAPPA DELTA. The International Sociology Honor Society, campus chapter. Recognizes academic excellence in the study of Sociological theories and research methodologies, as well as the application of this knowledge to understanding social problems and social justice. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Margaret Boyd.

ALPHA PSI OMEGA. Campus chapter, ZETA SIGMA, of the National Honor Society in Theatre Arts. Recognizes outstanding achievement by students in educational theatre. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Patricia H. Sankus.

DELTA MU DELTA. Campus chapter, GAMMA GAMMA, of the National Business Honor Society. Recognizes academic achievement in the field of Business Administration. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Jim Lee.

EDWIN H. SUTHERLAND CRIMINOLOGY HONOR SOCIETY. Fosters a community of young scholars dedicated to enhancing their understanding of the causes, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. The Society also strives to link the social justice and service mission of the College to help its members become more well-rounded and effective academicians and practitioners in the many fields of criminology and criminal justice. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Pamela Kelley.

KAPPA DELTA PI. Campus chapter, ALPHA GAMMA BETA, of the National Honor Society in Education. Recognizes students who have shown evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Faculty Advisor - Prof. Stephen Pinzari.

KAPPA MU EPSILON, MASSACHUSETTS BETA. Campus Chapter of the National Mathematics Honor Society.  Recognizes academic achievement in mathematics.  Faculty Advisor - Prof. Timothy Woodcock.

LAMBDA EPSILON SIGMA. Stonehill Honor Society that recognizes academic accomplishments and fosters scholarly activities. Members selected from all major areas of concentration on the basis of academic accomplishment. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Michael E. Tirrell.

LAMBDA PI ETA. Campus chapter, ALPHA OMEGA, of the National Communication Association Honor Society. Recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Anne F. Mattina.

OMICRON DELTA EPSILON. Campus chapter, PHI, of the International Honor Society in Economics. Recognizes academic achievement in Economics. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Mark Kazarosian.

PHI ALPHA THETA. Campus chapter, NU RHO, of the International Honor Society in History. Recognizes academic achievement in History. Promotes the study of History and encourages research. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Karen Teoh

PHI LAMBDA UPSILON. Honorary chemical society founded in 1899. This was the first honor society dedicated to a single scientific discipline. The aims and purposes of the society are the promotion of high scholarship and original investigations in all branches of pure and applied chemistry. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Louis Liotta.

PI SIGMA ALPHA. The Honor Society for recognition of the study of politics was founded in 1920 and has over 460 chapters nationwide. Candidates must achieve distinguished grades in the study of politics. The Society encourages students to undertake the study of politics and government in all areas of the discipline. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Peter N. Ubertaccio.

PSI CHI. Campus chapter of Psychology’s National Honor Society. Recognizes and encourages scholarship for students pursuing a major or minor in Psychology. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Michael E. Tirrell.

SIGMA DELTA PI. Campus chapter, LAMBDA RHO, of the National Honor Society in Spanish. Honors those who seek and attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and the literature and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. Faculty advisor – Prof. Juan Carlos Martin.

SIGMA IOTA RHO. Campus chapter of the National Honor Society in International Relations. Recognizes academic achievement in the study and practice of International Relations. Faculty advisor – Prof. Peter Ubertaccio.

SIGMA TAU DELTA. International English Honor Society. The Society’s key purpose is to confer distinction upon students engaged in the study of English and English literature at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies levels. Membership in the Honor Society, which recognizes high scholastic achievement, is by invitation. At present, Sigma Tau Delta has more than 750 active chapters in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. Faculty Advisor - Prof. Helga L. Duncan.

SIGMA ZETA. Campus chapter, ALPHA RHO, of the National Honor Society for faculty members and students in the sciences and Mathematics. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Gregory Maniero.

THETA ALPHA KAPPA. Campus chapter ALPHA GAMMA ETA, of the National Honor Society for Religious Studies/Theology. The Society promotes excellence in research, learning, teaching and publication in addition to fostering the exchange of ideas among scholars of religion and theology and those of other disciplines. Faculty Advisor – Prof. Peter H. Beisheim.

UPSILON PHI DELTA. Campus Chapter of the National Honor Society for the profession of healthcare management. Recognizes students who achieve distinction in healthcare administration, achieve academic excellence, and make outstanding contributions to the profession, and who uphold the highest ethical standards of the profession. Faculty Advisor – Rev. Thomas Gariepy, C.S.C.