Beyond the Classroom
Study + Experience = Success
What Is a Learning Community?
Learning Communities (LCs) are two classes, enrolling a common cohort of students, that are linked during an academic term around an interdisciplinary theme.
Instructors work collaboratively to plan theme-related events and activities outside of the classroom, providing an engaging and interactive context for teaching and learning.
With some exceptions, students are encouraged to enroll in an LC in their sophomore year. A hallmark of Stonehill’s Cornerstone Program since the fall of 2002, LCs emphasize critical thinking and problem solving, and many incorporate short-term travel, experiential learning, or community-based learning.
The following is a selection of past Learning Community offerings:
- 20th Century American Catholicism: Social and Ecclesial Developments
- A European Superstate? Political and Commercial Integration in the EU
- Art and Civic Culture in Urban Neighborhoods
- Business and Communication in China: Changes and Challenges
- Collision Courses: Art + Religion
- Culture and Commerce of the Southern Mediterranean
- Dangerous Curves: The Art of the Guitar
- Exploring the Cape through Art and Science
- Freud and the Modern World
- From Russia with Love (and Laughter, and Madness, and Beauty, and Revolution, and Suffering)
- Indigenous Peoples in the Americas: Music, Culture, and Governance
- The Making of Musical Minds: Research in the Psychology of Music
- Mathematical Experiments in Computer Science
- Neuroscience: Mind, Body, Community
- Organic Chemistry of the Cell
- Pagans and Christians: Roots of Christian Worship
- The Paradox of Sovereignty: Native Nations, Public Policy, and the Politics of Power
- Quantum Waves
- Swamp Walks and Roadside Shrines: The Religion and Science of Place
- Uncovering Judaism and Nazism in Europe
SURE: Our Undergraduate Research Program
Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform significant, publishable full-time research in collaboration with an experienced faculty researcher. All SURE scholars and faculty mentors receive a stipend for an 8- or 10-week full-time summer session. This year’s scholars and their faculty mentors are the sixteenth group to work under the program. More than 350 students have conducted research since SURE’s launch in 1996.
|Selected SURE Projects Summer 2012|
| BIOLOGY: Mapping the Manganese Peroxidase gene of Armillaria gallica.
Conducting research on cloning and characterizing a complete manganese peroxidase gene from the honey mushroom A. gallica.
Faculty Advisor: Magdalena James-Pederson, Assistant Professor of Biology
|CHEMISTRY: Artificial Photosynthesis
Studying how energy transfers during photosynthesis and to enhance the efficiency of the photosynthetic light harvesting complexes.
Faculty Advisor: Cheryl Schnitzer, Associate Professor of Chemistry
|COMMUNICATION: From the Theatre to the Management Stage: How Can Narrative Discourse in Theatre Inform Management Theory?
Studying the intersection of dramatic literature and organizational behavior.
Faculty Advisor: Brian Glibkowski, Assistant Professor of Business
|EDUCATION: Investigating the Impact of Community Based Learning (CBL) STEM Education Courses on Preservice-Teacher Preparation for Diverse Classrooms.
Collecting and analyzing new data that will allow closer examination of the impacts of this Community Based Learning course on teacher preparation. This project is a continuation of past SURE projects.
Faculty Advisor: Eunmi Yang, Assistant Professor of Education
International Programs: Study Abroad & Internships
Stonehill is in the top 10% of colleges nationwide in educational enrichment experiences such as internships, study abroad, and co-curricular programs, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
Study or Intern Abroad
The Office of International Programs will assist you in planning a semester abroad during your junior year. You will explore new cultures, become self-reliant, and return to Stonehill transformed.
Recent international internship placements include Grant Thornton, UK, in London; Ecole Maternelle in Paris; and Hespen & Suarez law firm in Madrid. We offer programs in:
- Costa Rica
- Great Britain*
- New Zealand
- South Africa
Domestic Internship Placements
Among other programs, Stonehill’s Office of Career Services places student interns in hundreds of companies in and around Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Learn more about our internship programs.
Selected placements include:
- Arnold Worldwide
- Attorney General’s Office
- Carnegie Hall
- Children’s Hospital
- Dawe Elementary School
- Design New England
- Fox 25
- Environment America
- Glamour Magazine
- Hasbro, Inc.
- Hill Holliday
- Merrill Lynch
- Museum of Fine Arts
- NBC Universal
- Oppenheimer & Co.
- Pentagon G-8 Office
- “Rachael Ray Show”
- Shields MRI Brockton
- State Street Boston
- WB Mason