Your challenge. Your achievement.
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.
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.
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 students' curriculum plan; they are not added onto the existing major requirements. Depending on the College, some students will complete 3–6 credits of work beyond what is required for their major.
- 6–9 credits of honors general education courses
- 6 credits of advanced honors courses
- 3–6 credits of an hours 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.
Alyssa Clifford '20, Honors Student
The great thing about the program is you can make it what you want it to be; if you pick a research topic that thoroughly interests you, a lot of the final project won't feel like work. The honors program also helped me to prepare for the rigor of graduate school by forcing me to stay on top of my assignments and learn how to develop a healthy work-life balance. As tough as it can be at times, I feel like the program made me a stronger student overall and I am very glad I decided to stick with it."
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2021
Don’t let fear or doubt keep you from taking on the challenge of becoming an honors student. There is much more to be gained from joining the program and falling short, than from not trying at all. It is less about committing to the honors program, and more about investing in your own education and potential opportunities."