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The Hill BookStonehill College 2008-2009

Stonehill College 2008-2009FoundersThe Congregation of Holy Cross, a Catholic community of Priests and Brothers, as anindependent, Church-related institution.AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges which accredits schools and colleges inthe six New England states. Membership in the Association indicates that the institution hasbeen carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by the qualifiededucators.Stonehill College supports the efforts of secondary school officials and governing bodies tohave their schools achieve regional accredited status to provide reliable assurance of thequality of the educational preparation of its applicants for admission.American Chemical Society (ACS)Association of University Programs in Health Administration; Full CertificationMembership Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Southeastern Association for Cooperation of Higher Education in Massachusetts (SACHEM) Southern New England Consortium on Race and Ethnicity (SNECORE)

Letter from the PresidentDear Stonehill Students,In welcoming you to Stonehill College, I hope that your time with us will be one of activeparticipation in the academic and social opportunities present in our community.You may have noticed the simple yet powerful message on the banners displayed at the entranceto our beautiful campus – Stonehill College: Many Minds. One Purpose.The Stonehill community is blessed with so many minds – the faculty, administrators, staff,alumni and your fellow students who play such a large part in your Stonehill education.Yet all of us are aligned around one purpose, which is articulated in our mission statement:Stonehill College educates the whole personso that each Stonehill graduatethinks, acts, and leads with couragetoward creating a more just and compassionate world.The academic and interpersonal choices that you make during your time here will help youachieve the aims of our shared educational purpose. To help you plot your course throughStonehill, we present “The Hill Book” as a guide to living and learning at Stonehill. It combinesthe academic catalogue – which helps you select your course of study – with the studenthandbook – which provides guidelines, regulations and policies for each member of ourcommunity.I trust that your experience at Stonehill will be a time of growth and discovery. Your professorsand others will invite you to enter the academic enterprise. In addition, persons and ideas willchallenge – for the better – the way you think and what you believe. Learning will occur notonly in the classroom but also in the residence halls, on athletic fields and in service. I encourageyou to take advantage of all the opportunities presented to you during your time at Stonehill.As an alumnus of the College, I know that they will remain with you for a lifetime.As a member of the Stonehill Community, you have chosen to accept and abide by the highexpectations the College has set for how each member lives, learns, and interacts with oneanother. We expect and encourage you to take ownership of your own academic, intellectualand spiritual development. And we will challenge students to be accountable for their actions asa necessary part of community life and preparation for responsible citizenship in the wider world.Remember, all the members of our community are eager to assist you in every possible way.Do not hesitate to ask for advice or direction. Again, welcome back to Stonehill and know thatyou will be in my thoughts and prayers as we journey together during this academic year.Sincerely in Holy Cross,(Rev.) Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C. ‘78PresidentThe Hill Book 2008-2009

Table of ContentsGeneral InformationCorrespondence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4Campus Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Mission and History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6Academic LifeAcademic InformationAcademic Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9The Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10Pre-Professional Advising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11Academic Partnerships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12International Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13Experiential and Independent Learning Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14Honor Societies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14Academic Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14Programs of Study/CoursesThe Cornerstone Program of General Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16American Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20Biochemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21Biology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23Business Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26Chemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32Cinema Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35Communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35Computer Information Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38Computer Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39Economics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48Environmental Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51Foreign Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53Gender Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55Health Care Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59Honors Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63Interdepartmental Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63International Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64Irish Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64Italian Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64Journalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65Middle Eastern and Asian Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67Military Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67Multidisciplinary Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68The Hill Book 2008-2009

Table of ContentsTable of ContentsNeuroscience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69Philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69Physics and Astronomy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72Political Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77Public Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79Religious Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80Sociology and Criminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84Visual and Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96General InformationAdmissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97Financial Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99Scholarships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106Academic Policies and Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116Campus LifeMission Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122Student Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123Student Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125Community Standards and Student Discipline System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126Substance Awareness Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134College Policies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140Administration, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146Board of Trustees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146Legal Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152The Hill Book 2008-2009

CorrespondencePresident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General College MattersProvost and Vice President for Academic Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Academic MattersDean of Admissions and Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . Admission, Transfer and Non-Degree StudentsDirector of Alumni Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alumni MattersDirector of Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Athletic MattersVice President for Finance and Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business MattersDean of the Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Course OfferingsVice President for Advancement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . College FundraisingDirector of Student Financial Services . Employment on Campus/Scholarship Aid and Loans/Payment of BillsDirector of Career Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Internships and Employment Off-CampusDirector of ROTC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Military ScienceDirector of Media Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Public RelationsVice President for Student Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Student LifeBookstore Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Textbooks, College SuppliesRegistrar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transcripts, Records and Veterans Certification, Summer SessionsMailing AddressStonehill College320 Washington Street Easton, Massachusetts 02357TelephoneArea Code (508) Easton Line: 565-1000 Area Code (617) Boston Line: 696-0400TDD Number: (508) 565-1425Stonehill Home Pagewww.stonehill.eduNoticeStonehill College reserves the right to advance and alter requirements regarding admission,arrangement of courses, curriculum, requirements for graduation and degrees, and otherregulations affecting the student body. Such regulations govern both incoming and matriculatingstudents and will be effective as determined by Stonehill College. For changes to this documentplease refer to www.stonehill.edu and select “A-Z Index” then “Hill Book.”In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, graduation rate statisticsand campus safety policies, procedures, and statistics are available upon request from the officesindicated below.Graduation Rate StatisticsOffice of Planning and Institutional ResearchStonehill CollegeEaston, MA 02357-5620508-565-1378Campus Safety Policies, Procedures, and StatisticsCampus Police DepartmentStonehill College508-565-5555The Hill Book is published for information purposes only and does not constitute a contractbetween the College and any student, or other person, or application for admission. Thepolicies and information that appear in The Hill Book were in effect at the time of itspublication. The College reserves the right at its discretion to make changes, additions ordeletions to any matters covered in The Hill Book. Whenever it does so the College willendeavor to give advance notice, but it reserves the right to make a change effectiveimmediately. The College publishes the official version of its Policies and Procedures on theCollege’s web site.4The Hill Book 2008-2009

Campus ResourcesThere are several campus departments ready to provide support and assistance to Stonehill students. Simply visit the department’s web site for detailedinformation about campus services.Academic AchievementDuffy Academic Center(508) 565-1208Career Services & InternshipsCushing-Martin Hall(508) 565-1325Academic AdvisingDuffy Academic Center(508) 565-1306Communications & Media RelationsDonahue Hall(508) 565-1321AdmissionsDonahue Hall(508) 565-1373Community StandardsMerkert College Center(508) 565-1323AlumniAlumni Hall(508) 565-1343Counseling and Testing CenterChapel Building(508) 565-1331Army ROTC415 Washington Street(508) 230-5014Dining ServicesRoche Commons(508) 565-1888AthleticsMerkert College Center(508) 565-1384Health ServicesChapel Building(508) 565-1307BookstoreBoland Hall(508) 565-1716Help DeskStanger Hall(508) 565-HELPCampus MinistryChapel of Mary(508) 565-1487Information Services/TechnologyStanger Hall(508) 565-1157Campus PoliceStudent Union(508) 565-5555Intercultural AffairsMerkert College Center(508) 565-1363International Programs &Study AbroadCushing-Martin Hall(508) 565-1645InternshipsCushing-Martin Hall(508) 565-1325Kruse CenterCushing-Martin Hall(508) 565-1325MacPhaidin LibraryLibrary(508) 565-1313Residence LifeMerkert College Center(508) 565-1290Student ActivitiesRoche Commons(508) 565-1308Student Financial ServicesDuffy Academic Center(508) 565-1088Student AffairsMerkert College Center(508) 565-1363Mail ServicesRoche Commons(508) 565-1437Student Government Association(SGA)Roche Commons(508) 565-1694Martin InstituteMartin Institute for Law & Society(508) 565-1131The SummitMerkert College Center(508) 565-1838Recreational SportsSports Complex(508) 565-1062Writing CenterDuffy Academic Center(508) 565-1468RegistrarDuffy Academic Center(508) 565-1315WSHL 91.3 FMMerkert College Center(508) 565-1525The Hill Book 2008-20095

Mission and HistoryMission of the CollegeStonehill College, a Catholic institution ofhigher learning founded by the Congregationof Holy Cross, is a community of scholarshipand faith, anchored by a belief in the inherentdignity of each person.Through its curriculum of liberal arts andsciences and pre-professional programs,Stonehill College provides an education of thehighest caliber that fosters critical thinking,free inquiry, and the interchange of ideas.Stonehill College educates the whole personso that each Stonehill graduate thinks, acts,and leads with courage toward creating amore just and compassionate world.Philosophy of the CollegeSince its founding in France in 1837, theCongregation of Holy Cross has been engagedin works of education. By 1842, members ofthe Congregation had established the Universityof Notre Dame in northern Indiana. Otherinstitutions of higher education founded by theCongregation in the United States include theUniversity of Portland in Oregon, St. Edward’sUniversity in Texas, King’s College inPennsylvania, and Holy Cross College in Indiana.To accomplish this vision students undertake aprogram of studies which encouragesscholarship, critical analysis and creativethinking. Faithful to the Holy Cross tradition ineducation, Stonehill is committed to developingthe moral, spiritual, intellectual and socialcompetencies of its students as well as fosteringthe determination to bring these competenciesto bear on matters of social justice.Father Basil Moreau C.S.C., the founder of theCongregation, held as a primary concern thateducation affects the whole person. FatherMoreau spoke and wrote of educating the heartas well as instructing the mind, of developingpeople of values as well as scholars. Typical ofMoreau’s sentiments was the view expressed inan 1849 Circular Letter to members of theCongregation:Through study of the core disciplines of theliberal arts, students engage the wisdom andthe questions that are the foundation of aneducated mind. Mastery of the specializedknowledge required by today’s professionsprovides the tools to lead productive careersand to shape the world beyond the classroom.“We will always place development of thewhole person side by side with the acquisitionof knowledge; the mind will not be cultivated atthe expense of the heart.”The presence of Catholic intellectual andmoral ideals places the College in a longtradition of free inquiry, the engagement withtranscendent theological and philosophicalideals and values, the recognition of theinherent dignity of each person, and the senseof obligation to commit oneself to moral ends.In celebration of this dignity and of the unityof the human family, Stonehill supports adiversity of persons, opinions, and cultural andreligious perspectives. The College affirms thatappreciation of this diversity is integral to theacquisition of personal and intellectual breadth.The faculty, inspired by a passion for teaching,collaborates with the staff to create astudent-centered climate which promotesacademic challenge and rigorous inquiry,physical well-being and emotional growth,personal responsibility, cooperative learningand authentic community. A Stonehilleducation encourages students to develop alifelong desire for self-discovery andcommitment to service that will lead to trulypurposeful and rewarding lives.History of the CollegeStonehill College was founded on June 30,1948. On that day, the Commonwealth ofMassachusetts authorized the Congregation ofHoly Cross to establish an institution of higherlearning on the former estate of Frederick6Lathrop Ames in North Easton. The campus isstrikingly beautiful. At one end sits DonahueHall, the estate’s original Georgian-stylemansion, constructed in 1905. It housesStonehill’s administration as well as a chapelin which mass is celebrated daily. DonahueHall overlooks a panorama of academicbuildings and residence halls in a tranquilsetting of lawns, woods, fields and ponds.In September 1948, Stonehill College enrolledits first students. In 1951, the Collegeexpanded enrollment to welcome womenstudents. In December 1959, Stonehillreceived full accreditation from andmembership in the New England Associationof Colleges and Secondary Schools (NEASC).Until 1972, responsibility of the College wasvested in the Eastern Province of theCongregation of Holy Cross. In that year,responsibility was transferred to an electedand primarily lay Board of Trustees. TheCongregation also transferred equity consistingof 375 acres and buildings for, andaccommodated to, educational purposes.Both the spirit and letter of the transfer calledfor Stonehill College to continue as a Catholicinstitution of higher learning. As a CatholicCollege, Stonehill is committed to the mutuallyenriching discourse between intellectualinquiry and the life of faith.As a College in the Holy Cross tradition,Stonehill seeks to help students develop theirabilities and discover the deepest longings intheir lives. It seeks to cultivate concern forthe dignity of every person and care for thevictims of every prejudice. In fulfillment of itsmotto, Lux et Spes (Latin for “Light andHope,”) the College fosters the competence tosee and the courage to act. (Cf. Constitutionsof the Congregation of Holy Cross, Nos. 14-17).In this tradition, Stonehill is particularlyconcerned to foster a quality of life onThe Hill Book 2008-2009campus that forges strong bonds ofcommunity and a tradition of service thatcontributes to a more just and compassionatesociety. In 1989, a Statement of Principleswas approved by both the College and theCongregation of Holy Cross to ensure thepreservation of Stonehill’s Catholic heritageand to commit the Congregation to an activepresence in both academic and pastoralpositions at the College.Stonehill conducted its first commencementexercises in 1952, and in 2006 the Collegegraduated its 20,000th alumnus. The College’svision for the future is encapsulated in itsstrategic plan, “Attaining the Summit.”Stonehill seeks to provide a quality highereducation that equips alumni for thoughtfulreflection throughout their lives, for usefulcareers, and for citizenship, service andleadership in the Church and in the world.Degrees and AccreditationStonehill College offers a bachelor’s degree inthree major concentrations: the liberal arts andrelated professional disciplines, the sciences,and business administration.Stonehill College is accredited by the NewEngland Association of Schools and Colleges,Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognizedorganization whose affiliated institutionsinclude elementary schools through collegiateinstitutions offering post-graduate instruction.Accreditation of an institution of highereducation by the New England Associationindicates that it meets or exceeds criteria forthe assessment of institutional qualityperiodically applied through a peer groupreview process. An accredited school orcollege is one which has available thenecessary resources to achieve its statedpurposes through appropriate educationalprograms, is substantially doing so, and givesreasonable evidence that it will continue to doso in the foreseeable future. Institutionalintegrity is also addressed throughaccreditation.Accreditation by the New England Associationis not partial but applies to the institution as awhole. As such, it is not a guarantee of thequality of every course or program offered, orthe competence of individual graduates.Rather, it provides reasonable assurance aboutthe quality of opportunities available tostudents who attend the institution.Inquiries regarding the accreditation status bythe New England Association should bedirected to the administrative staff of theinstitution. Individuals also may contact theCommission on Higher Education.New England Association of Schools and Colleges209 Burlington RoadBedford, Massachusetts 01730-1433(781) 271-0022E-mail: [email protected]

Academic Life

ACADEMIC LIFEAcademic LifeThe Stonehill curriculum challenges men andwomen of diverse backgrounds to enter intointellectual, social and moral discovery and tocreate meaningful lives, rewarding careers,and participatory citizenship. The CornerstoneProgram of General Education and MajorPrograms of Study combine to cultivate astudent-centered environment that is nurturedby small classes and enriching student-facultyrelationships.The College prides itself on promoting liberaleducation and on offering a variety of highquality academic programs in the Arts andSciences and in Business Administration.Major and Minor Programs of Study emphasizedepth of knowledge and practice in aparticular discipline. While students mustcomplete requirements within the major orminor, they also have the flexibility to exploreacademic opportunities unique to their owneducational plans. Such opportunities includethe honors program, internships, internationalexperiences, interdisciplinary concentrations,8The Hill Book 2008-2009community-based learning opportunities,directed study, and independent research.Thus, the outcomes of the Academic Programinclude enhanced content knowledge in“core” disciplines; demonstrated competencyin skills crucial to success in all majorprograms; the ability to integrate knowledgeacross disciplines; dexterity in teamwork andcollaboration; the ability to reason well and toapply reasoning skills to ethical questions; anappreciation for diversity of persons andcultures; and expertise in at least oneacademic discipline. This foundation will servegraduates well in any career or postbaccalaureate study they pursue.Completing the Stonehill academic programis an exciting way to develop skills andknowledge, to experience human and naturaldiversity, to build critical and creative thinkingand leadership abilities, and to discover thevalue of civic engagement.

ACADEMIC LIFEAcademic InformationAcademic Calendar 2008-2009Fall SemesterSpring SemesterAugustJanuary18MondayOn-line Registration Begins7Wednesday On-line Registration begins22FridayCourse Waitlists Open 8:30 a.m.9Friday23SaturdayResidence Areas Open for First-Year Students11SundayResidence Areas Open23SaturdayFirst-Year Welcome Mass12MondayClasses Begin24SundayFall Orientation19MondayMartin Luther King Day – No Classes24SundayResidence Areas Open – Upper-class Students21Wednesday Last Day for Late Registration25MondayFall Orientation21Wednesday Last Day for Course Waitlists25MondaySenior Transition Conference23Friday26TuesdayAcademic Department Meetings, Opening Mass ofthe Holy Spirit & Academic Convocation28Wednesday Last Day for Pass/Fail Option27Wednesday Classes begin161MondayLabor Day – No Classes (Monday only classesbegin on September 8)2TuesdayLast Day for Late Registration2TuesdayLast Day for Course Waitlists3Wednesday Last Day for Add/Drop9TuesdayLast Day for Pass/Fail Option13MondayColumbus Day – No Classes14TuesdayAcademic Development Day – No Classes15Wednesday Course Selection Advisement BeginsMondaySat-SunSpring Break16MondayLast Day for Course Withdrawal17TuesdayCourse Selection Advisement BeginsLast Day for Course Withdrawal11TuesdayVeteran’s Day – Classes will be held26-30Wed-SunThanksgiving RecessDecemberTuesdayCourse Selection for Fall 2009 SemesterApril9-13Thu – Mon Easter Weekend – No Classes20Monday22Wednesday Academic Development Day – No ClassesPatriots’ Day – Classes will be held30ThursdayLast Day of ClassesMayMonday9Mid-Semester Deficiency Reports Due27-15Mid-Semester Deficiency Reports DueNovember3Presidents’ Day - Classes will be heldMarchThurs-Thurs Course Selection for Spring 2009 Semes

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