Distinguished by the personal attention it provides its students, Sacred Heart University (SHU) is known for its commitment to academic excellence, Division I athletics, cutting-edge technology, and community service. With 6,000 students enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs, this dynamic, lay-led university is an innovative presence within Catholic higher education.
The Sacred Heart distinction
A vibrant academic and residential community in beautiful Fairfield County, Connecticut, Sacred Heart University is the second-largest Catholic university in New England and the first in America to be led and staffed by lay people. Ideally situated one hour north of New York City and two and a half hours south of Boston, students are exposed to a multitude of cultural and professional opportunities both within and outside the campus gates. The University continues to experience dramatic physical and pedagogic growth, characterized by AACSB International accreditation earned by SHU’s John F. Welch College of Business; a new, innovative undergraduate Core Curriculum that has received national recognition by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Core Commitments Leadership Program; a residential campus in the Gaelic-speaking community of Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland; and a magnificent University Chapel currently under construction in the heart of the SHU campus, representing the first facility built within the new University Master Space Plan. Perhaps the best illustration of SHU’s remarkable growth is the high student demand, evident in the increase of the undergraduate student population by 50% in the past decade. Recognized in U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” (Master’s North, 2005–present), as well as The Princeton Review’s The Best 371 Colleges: 2010 and The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010, Sacred Heart University has positioned itself as one of the Northeast’s premier institutions.
Active, engaged (and experiential) learning
Characterized by its mission and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Sacred Heart University is committed to the holistic development of its students. With a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and endless opportunities for hands-on education through research, intern ships, clinical placements, independent study, service learning, work-study, and study abroad programs worldwide, Sacred Heart University students are consistently challenged to apply their skills and knowledge outside the classroom. The most recent evidence of this commitment to experiential learning lies in Sacred Heart University’s aforementioned new, innovative undergraduate Core Curriculum, which features an academically rigorous, multidisciplinary centerpiece known as The Common Core: The Human Journey. This new Core Curriculum exemplifies distinctiveness in its emphasis on cocurricular activities, including collaborative, team-taught classes, capstone experiences, and cultural learning opportunities beyond the customary classroom environment.
The University’s dedication to social responsibility and service to those in need creates an ideal atmosphere for a vibrant service learning program on campus. Through the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Pro grams, SHU students coordinate service learning experiences with members of the faculty to receive academic credits for community service–optioned courses. Student organizations also provide diverse forums for experiential learning that are easily accessible to all students. Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Investment Challenge, Catholic Social Thought Scholars, Entrepreneur’s Club, The Spectrum (campus newspaper), Federal Reserve Challenge Competition, WSHU National Public Radio (which broadcasts from the Sacred Heart University campus), and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program are a few of the many organizations on campus that challenge students to engage in hands-on learning outside the classroom.
All students are taught research skills within the undergraduate curriculum, and opportunities for upperclass students to conduct research with faculty are available in the three academic colleges. In addition to performing research, students in all majors are also encouraged to participate in one or more off-campus internships as undergraduates. Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, hospitals, schools, and nonprofit organizations abound in the surrounding area, creating unlimited internship opportunities for current SHU students as well as full-time, postgraduate employment opportunities. Internships are facilitated through the Office of Career Development, where staff members personally assist students with academic major and career decision making, and connect students to internships through career fairs and on-campus interviews as well as SHU’s eRecruiting system, actively utilized by over 4,000 employers. These and many other experiential learning opportunities for SHU undergraduates not only challenge students to practically apply their knowledge, but also serve as outstanding preparation for students to enter top graduate schools and the workplace.
The performing arts are very much alive at Sacred Heart University—the atre arts, choral groups, and a diverse array of band ensembles contribute to a robust student life on campus filled with culture and creative expression.
Did you know Sacred Heart University has one of the most extensive band programs in New England? The Pio neer Band Program consists of several performance groups—Marching Band, Pep Band, University Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble, plus more intimate Chamber Ensembles such as Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble, in addition to the competitive Terpsichore Winter Guard.
Marching Band and Pep Band are “athletic bands” and perform during home and (select) away games for several athletic teams, including foot ball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s ice hockey. The concert ensembles perform throughout the school year for the University commu nity and the public, and our Terpsi chore Winter Guard competes at the local and national levels.
Sacred Heart University has four exciting vocal ensembles that help students develop and showcase unique vocal talents and abilities in a nuturing and supportive envi ronment: 4 Heart Harmony Chamber Choir, the Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, and the SHU L.O.V.E. (Ladies Only Vocal Ensemble). All vocal ensemble participants earn one credit per ensemble.
Theatre Arts Program (T.A.P.)
Known on campus as T.A.P., the Theatre Arts Program is available to all Sacred Heart University students, regardless of prior theatre experience or academic program of study. T.A.P. students gain experience based on their areas of interest, ranging from technical lighting and sound work to working backstage and performing on stage. Students hone their skills under the leadership of seasoned professionals in the business, putting
on exciting shows at the Edgerton Center on campus—most recently, SHU T.A.P. students put on a stunning performance of the Tony Award–winning musical Rent in April 2010.
Getting involved in T.A.P. is easy—the only requirements are a commit ment of at least four hours per week to a departmental work session or Master Arts Class; involvement with at least one production per semester; and participation in two marketing or fundraising events per semester. T.A.P. students also have the option of pursuing an academic concentra tion in theatre, with course offerings ranging from acting to directing and an array of special topics.
College of Arts and Sciences
• Art and Design
- Graphic Design
- Ecology & Conservation
• Communication and Technology Studies
• Computer Science/Information Technology+
- Computer Science
- Game Design and Development
- Information Technology
- Network Security
• Criminal Justice+
• Fashion Design* (minor)
• Health Science
• Media Studies
• Modern Foreign Languages
• Music (minor)
• Political Science
• Religious Studies
• Social Work
• Pre-physician Assistant
College of Education and Health Professions
• Athletic Training
- Elementary Certification
- Secondary Certification
• Exercise Science+
• Nursing (B.S.N., R.N. to B.S.N., R.N. to M.S.N.)
• Occupational Therapy (4+2 B.A./B.S./M.S.O.T.)
• Physical Therapy (3+3 B.S./D.P.T. and 4+3 B.S./D.P.T.)
John F. Welch College of Business
• Business Administration+
- International Business
- Management Information Systems
- Sport Management
• Business Economics+
- Fashion Marketing and Merchandising
• Sport Management
+ 4+1 Accelerated Graduate Degree Program Available
* Anticipated fall 2011