Arts and Sciences

Academic Services

Academic Requirements and Services

Here you can find out about:

General Education Requirements


Our Learning Beyond the Classroom Requirement


What to do if you are undecided about your major

The Academic Services division of the College of Arts and Sciences is comprised of two full-time managers of Student Services and one associate dean, who are eager to work with all members of the University community (students, faculty, and staff). Our primary mission is to help students achieve their academic goals.

We support students from orientation to graduation. We coordinate community-building events and activities such as Liftoff, Orientation, and Commencement. We also continuously support students through academic advising, evaluation, and general questions and concerns.

Who We Are

Ryan Allen
Manager of Student Services & Evaluation
Student Services

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Emily Scott
Manager of Student Services & Evaluation
Dean's Office for A & S

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Natasha Segool
Associate Dean for Student Academic Services; Associate Professor in School Psychology
Dean's Office for A & S

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General Education Requirements for First Year Students

In the College of Arts and Sciences you have the opportunity to explore the breadth of the liberal arts and to obtain a thorough knowledge of at least one area of specialization. An A&S degree is divided into three parts: the general education requirements; major requirements; and electives, for a total of 120 credits, or approximately 40 courses. See our course catalog for a complete listings of requirements.

In addition, all students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete an internship or engage in an approved learning activity outside of assigned coursework. Learn more about our Learning Beyond the Classroom requirement.

Registration Information

The Office of the Registrar is where you can go for information on course load, dropping or adding a course, taking an incomplete or repeating a course. The office is also responsible for the maintenance and security of student academic records.

Learning Beyond the Classroom Requirement

To enhance career preparation and independent critical thinking skills, undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Science must complete a Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) course or activity. In general, the Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) requirement is not met in a regular course through normal homework outside class but through significant independent learning activities.

Approved Learning Beyond the Classroom Courses

There are many cooperative education, internship, and research opportunities that qualify as a Learning Beyond the Classroom experience. For a list of courses, see the undergraduate course catalog.

Approved Learning Beyond the Classroom Narrative

Before beginning any LBC activity, you need to submit a narrative to your advisor or faculty sponsor.

In 500 words or less:

  • Describe the LBC activities in which you will engage,
  • Your timeline,
  • How the activities relate to your career interests, and
  • Exactly how those activities will provide you with opportunities to achieve two or more of the learning objectives.

Learning Beyond the Classroom Objectives

In order to fulfill the LBC requirement, the activities you engage in should provide opportunities to achieve the first three, plus at least one of the last three of the following learning objectives:


  • Independent learning
  • Higher-order skill development (e.g., research, applied writing, leadership, critical and creative thinking, etc.)
  • Problem solving and resourcefulness

Plus at least one of the following:

  • Professional development(e.g., learning about the world of work, professional behavior etc.)
  • Personal development (e.g., self-awareness, ethical values, resilience, social relationship skills)
  • Developing professional contacts and networking

Students completing the LBC requirement should complete the LBC Approval Form from the Dean's Office before beginning the project, describing in detail the project proposed, focusing on the above criteria that will be met by the project, and including the number of hours anticipated, and the name, title, email, and phone number of the supervising authority. Students will be expected to complete a midterm progress report and a final summary of the Learning Beyond the Classroom Experience, signed by the approved supervising authority. Written reflection and faculty supervision are required. At the completion of the LBC, students will submit the completed LBC Approval Form to an A&S College Evaluator (Hillyer Hall, Room 204 or 205).

FERPA Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law which is designed to protect the privacy of and limit access to the education records of students.

At the post-secondary level, parents, guardians, and other individuals associated with a student are not automatically granted access to the student’s education records. Regardless of the student’s age, all rights and responsibilities associated with a student’s education records transfer from the parent or guardian to the student when the student begins attendance at a post-secondary institution (such as the University of Hartford), even if the parent or guardian is paying for the student’s education. Therefore, according to federal law, we may not discuss certain aspects of a student’s education record with a parent, guardian or other third party unless consent is granted by the student. You must complete a FERPA waiver to grant access to others. Learn more about FERPA

Undecided About Your Major?

If you are not sure what you want to study at UHart, you are not alone! Many first-year students are undecided about their academic and career goals. Our advising team helps you identify your strengths, interests, and potential career paths.  

As an A&S student, you take a First-Year Seminar that helps you meet the academic expectations of college, while exploring different subject areas.

Interested in:

  •      Communication?
  •      Mathematics?
  •      Criminal Justice?
  •      Computer Science?

You can sign up for courses in these areas! Along the way you can take self-assessments that helps you explore the majors and careers that are a good fit.   

Once you select a major, you complete an internship or engage in an approved learning activity outside of assigned coursework to reinforce what is taught in the classroom. The skills and knowledge gained from these experiences helps you stand out when you enter the workforce.

Our Career Services office is a great place to learn about you major and career options.

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