George Piggford, C.S.C., Program Director
Honors students will complete a minimum of five Honors courses plus a Senior Honors Experience:
- Two Honors core courses in the fall of the first year.
- Three additional Honors courses to be taken in General Education (natural scientific inquiry, social scientific inquiry, statistical reasoning, moral reasoning), major/minor, or as general electives. Honors language courses count for no more than one elective. Honors students may also fulfill one three credit requirement by taking a non-honors course for honors credit, with permission of the program director and the instructor.
- Students who enter the Honors Program in their sophomore year are required to take only three Honors courses prior to their Senior Honors Experience, which is composed of a senior thesis (Senior Capstone) or other substantive intellectual work. With permission from the program director and the instructor, these students may fulfill one three-credit requirement by taking a non-Honors course for Honors credit.
Additionally, Honors students will participate in a Leadership Seminar in the spring of the first year 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.
The Honors grade-point average (GPA) is determined prior to graduation, using only four Honors courses, dropping the lowest grade (of the fifth course). However, the Senior Capstone (the Senior Honors Experience) will be counted as a fifth course for the Honors GPA.
In order to graduate as a Stonehill Scholar a student must have a 3.5 GPA and a 3.4 in Honors courses