Eligibility and Requirements of the A&S Honors Program
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Eligibility and Requirements of the A&S Honors Program

There are two tracks for students to complete the A&S Honors Program:

  • Honors with Thesis

  • Honors

The requirements of both tracks include 18+ credits of graded honors coursework. All honors courses must be taken for a letter grade (not P/NP), and students must complete these requirements with an overall Grade Point Average of 3.25 and a 3.0 in honors.

Eligibility

Eligibility for the Honors Program is based on three factors:

  • SAT or ACT scores
  • High school GPA
  • Class rank, if available

Incoming students who receive a President's or Regents' Scholarship also are eligible for the A&S Honors Program.

After their first semester, any student with a GPA of 3.0 may enroll in an honors course.

To complete the A&S Honors Program, a student must:

Honors with Thesis Requirements:

  • 6+ credits of honors general education courses (e.g., honors RPW and AUC) and/or "honors contract" courses

  • 6 credits of 300-level honors seminars, the Humanities Center Seminar, and with the permission of the A&S honors coordinator, students in the natural sciences may substitute a 300 or 400-level "honors contract" course for one of the seminars. Psychology honors students, with permission, may substitute PSY 487 for one honors seminar.

  • A 6-credit honors thesis (HON 493 Honors Research and HON 494 Honors Thesis). Psychology Honors students may substitute PSY 488 for HON 493, but they must take HON 494 to complete the A&S Honors Program requirements.

  • Students that complete this track will earn the designation of University Honors with Thesis on their diplomas.

Honors Requirements:

  • 6+ credits of honors general education courses (e.g., honors RPW and AUC) and/or "honors contract" courses

  • 9 credits of 300-level honors seminars, the Humanities Center Seminar, and with the permission of the A&S honors coordinator, students may substitute a 300- or 400-level "honors contract" course for one (or possibly two) of the seminars.

  • 3 credits of either a 300-level honors seminar taken in the senior year in which the student completes an honors research project on the course topic through a senior honors contract, or an upper-level course in the student's major (including independent study or internship, as appropriate) in which the student completes an Honors Research Project via a senior honors contract (see Appendix C). 

    This contract must be approved in advance by the A&S honors committee and the Honors Research Project must consist of 15-25 pages of additional writing beyond the course requirements. This research project will be evaluated by both the course instructor and a member of the A&S Honors Committee (or a designated expert), and it must be submitted to the A&S honors coordinator two weeks before the last day of classes.

  • Students that complete this track will earn the designation of University Honors on their diplomas.

Transfer students who enter the University of Hartford with junior status or above will be waived from the first six credits of honors general education. They must complete one of the two tracks of 12 credits of advanced honors course as well as fulfill the GPA requirements noted above.