Make a smooth transition to college with the help of our Academic Strategies faculty.
About the Program
We offer two important courses for first-year students: College Study Skills and Critical Literacies. Master time management and fundamental library skills, and explore your career interests during your first semester. You will then refine your critical reading and thinking skills then produce a synthesis paper that demonstrates these skills.
The Department runs the Hillyer College Study Center, which has tutors to help you along the way.
Education Studies Concentration
The education studies concentration gives you a career-focused foundation in the academic requirements needed to continue in the University of Hartford’s Bachelor’s degree program in education. We work closely with the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) to offer a course of study during the student’s first and second years and a seamless transition into the ENHP bachelor’s degree program in education.
Curriculum and Requirements
You will take five courses that provide a background in psychology, history, and the theory and practice of education. The curriculum includes an overview of the rewards and challenges of teaching, the diversity of school populations, and the fundamentals of curriculum content. Requirements include:
- American National Government
- General Psychology I
- United States History
- Introduction to Education
- Psychology of Exceptionalities
For continuation in the College of Education, Nursing & Health Professions, students must meet all grade point average requirements for that particular program.
This concentration emphasizes career preparation and fieldwork. You will 25 hours per semester, during your second and third semesters, at a service-learning site, such as one of the two University-affiliated public magnet schools on our campus.
Ellin Gurvitch, A'17, '19
My academic advisors and professors in Hillyer taught me how to be a successful student in and out of the classroom. I entered college without confidence in my academic ability, and while being a student of Hillyer I was able to learn and push myself in ways which fit my learning style to become successful.
Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Academic Strategies
Research Interests: Teams and leadership development, student retention strategies
Why do you enjoy teaching students at Hillyer?
Hillyer students are exciting to teach. They are eager for a new start in their academic career. Students have dreams, and realize this is the time to invest in themselves. Classes are small, so I know each students' learning style and academic interests. This allows me to design classes with multiple-modalities to connect with each student.