Honors Program

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Dr. Claudia Oakes, Honors Program Director | 860.768.5746

Are you a high-achieving student ready to continue this academic excellence in college? Our Honors Program includes exceptional courses, interdisciplinary seminars, faculty mentoring, and senior research projects.

The Honors Program at the University of Hartford is a unique program for students to push themselves academically. We've designed our Honors Program to align with each school and college so students are studying the topics that interest them while also working toward graduating with honors.

Honors Seminars

Honors Seminar Student

Fall 2024

These seminars provide students an opportunity to work closely with faculty members and think about complex problems and issues across disciplinary boundaries or outside of traditional disciplinary trajectories. They seek to cultivate the skills of critical thinking, cogent argumentation, and effective writing, all by attending to a particular subject matter.

Upcoming Events

April 17, 2024
Undergraduate Colloquium
12:45–6:15 p.m.
1877 Club

What's Required

To graduate with Honors, students need to complete 18 credits of Honors coursework (9 credits in Hillyer College). Most of the Honors credits are integrated into the students' curriculum plan; depending on the College, students will complete 3–6 credits of work beyond what is required for the major. The specific requirements for each College can be found by visiting our College Requirements webpage.

If you have specific questions, please contact the Honors Coordinator for your College by going to our Coordinator webpage.

Graduate With Honors

  • 6-9

    Credits of honors general education courses

  • 6

    Credits of advanced honors courses

  • 3-6

    credits of an honors thesis or senior project

Benefits of the Honors Program

Our Honors Program includes exceptional courses, interdisciplinary seminars, faculty mentoring, and senior projects. In addition, you’ll have the chance to grow within a dedicated residential community and participate in special honor societies, campus events, and colloquium presentations. 

Students who participate in the program have the benefit of:

  • The opportunity to challenge themselves.
  • An honors program designed to align with their school or college work.
  • Mentoring by dedicated professors.
  • Access to a residential learning community (by application).
  • Encouragement to join prestigious honors societies.
  • Undergraduate colloquium to present their work.
  • Participation in enriching courses.
  • Priority class registration (GPA 3.5+).
  • Diverse award and scholarship opportunities.
  • Small class sizes (12-20 students).
  • Exposure to research projects and internships. 

The Honors Program has prepared me for my future as I now have experience not only dedicating a significant amount of time to a specific subject within my field of interest, but also working in a professional research setting. Completing a project under the NASA CT Space Grant, while working with such highly experienced individuals, was an incredible opportunity."

Teagan Devoe '22, Honors Student

Dawson Atkin

Composition, 2022

As a composition major, the most meaningful aspect of the Honors Program was the opportunity to write, cast, and produce an original musical, Escaping Eden: A New Folk Musical. The process allowed Dawson to develop many real-world skills that can be used as they continue to write and produce their own works. Dawson was selected to present their work at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference in Philadelphia.

The Honors Program has prepared me for the future by helping me create artistic works that I will use in my professional career as a composer to market myself and my abilities. Following graduation, I am moving to New York City, and I will use the work I've done on Escaping Eden to apply for workshops, readings, and grad school."

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