Academic Requirements

I. Courses

II. Honors Capstone Project and Presentation

  • All Honors students now take the course HN300: Honors Capstone. This course should be taken in the junior year. It meets once a week for 75 minutes in a seminar style format. The capstone project is interdisciplinary and is co-taught by professors in different academic fields. By the end of the course a research paper will be completed.  
  • Honors students are required to present at Sacred Heart's Academic Festival at the end of the spring semester in either their junior or senior year. Students may present their paper from HN300 or from their major's capstone. The presentation can be done as a poster or talk.  

III. Maintenance of a Minimum Cumulative GPA

Honors students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.400 in order to remain active in the Honors Program. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.400 but is at least 2.800, then the student is placed on probation for one semester. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.800 are subject to permanent dismissal from the Honors Program without a probationary period.

Toussaint Hall LobbyIV. Honors Residential Life

With the exception of commuters, all incoming freshmen are required to share living quarters with other Honors freshmen in the Honors Living and Learning Community (Honors LLC) in Toussaint Hall. Toussaint Hall boasts newly-renovated Honors study and lounge spaces, state-of-the-art media equipment for use in co-curricular and social activities, better facilities and rooms, and a quieter environment than those found in other freshmen dorms. Living in Toussaint Hall is a distinctive privilege reserved for only the very best freshmen at Sacred Heart!

As sophomores, Honors students are given the option of living in the Honors LLC with honors roommates of their choice in a campus residence for upperclassmen (TBD). Again, these residential facilities will be designed to improve the living and learning experience for our Honors students.

V. Participation in Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Events

The Honors Program sponsors many activities throughout the academic year that foster connections between honors courses, productive interactions among Honors students and with Honors faculty, and the integration of living and learning environments. At local and regional venues such as New Haven, Fairfield, New York City and Boston, students can attend cultural events such as operas, concerts and theater productions, or visit museums, art galleries, and historical sites. In the newly-renovated multimedia lounges in Roncalli, students can participate in faculty-led discussions of mainstream films, lectures, presentations, dinners, and social events. Because our Honors students are very gifted and diverse in their interests, and have free access to these unique privileges, we expect that they will avail themselves of these wonderful opportunities to enhance and complement their education.