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Honors Program

University of New Haven Honors Program

The UNH Honors Program provides motivated students who have shown high levels of scholastic achievement the opportunity to enhance their academic experience.

University of New Haven: Honors ProgramThis is accomplished through completing a thesis project and taking at least four Honors courses, which actively involve students in problem solving and inquiry.

The Honors Program offers both team-taught courses, featuring two faculty members from differing departments, and single-instructor courses. Team-taught courses focus on multidisciplinary approaches to learning and study linkages between disciplines. Examples of past courses include “Contexts and Images: African-Americans in Literature and Film", “Book Design and Production”, and “Twilight of the Gods: The Music and Lyrics of the Beatles.” These classes are small in size to encourage allowing lively class discussions and innovative approaches to teaching. Honors students, for example, have edited and marketed a literary journal, role-played political debates in Ancient Athens, toured and analyzed cultural institutions in Connecticut, and used iPads to reinvigorate the traditional Chemistry lecture and lab courses.

In their senior year, students research and write an Honors thesis on a topic in their major discipline under the guidance of a faculty member. The results of the research are presented orally to members of the student's major department, fellow Honors students, and to members of the Faculty Honors Committee. Honors students have gone on to present their research at national conferences and used their work as a springboard to successful careers and to the pursuit of graduate degrees. The Honors Program offers funding to help support honors thesis projects.

University of New Haven: Honors ProgramThe Honors Program also sponsors various co-curricular events throughout the academic year, and all Honors students are encouraged to attend these whenever possible. The wide-range of activities each semester gives students the opportunity to socialize with one another, broaden their cultural interests, and encounter new ideas. Examples of past events include attending Shakespeare in the Park, visiting NYC museums such as the MET, volunteering at a Buddhist horse farm, and a lecture series featuring musicians, photographers, and music critics involved in the 1970s punk rock scene.

Honors students enjoy a variety of other privileges. First-year honors students are eligible to live in the Honors Living Learning Community, while every honors student receives a $1,000 annual scholarship, and may participate in the student-run Honors Student Council, which meets regularly to coordinate additional Honors events both on and off campus.

  1. Scholarships

    University of New Haven: Honors ProgramEvery student who is selected to participate in the Honors Program will receive an annual $1,000 scholarship in addition to any other merit-based awards received. In their sophomore and junior years, honors students may also apply for one of six prestigious Hatfield Scholar Awards, which are granted on the basis of academic excellence, campus involvement and community service. Hatfield scholars receive an additional $2,000 scholarship and a bronze medallion at graduation.
  2. Living & Learning

    The Honors Program has a Living Learning Community open to a small number of incoming first-year honors students. Residents in the LLC live in Bergami Hall and benefit from a rich array of activities and programs. All residents of the Honors Program LLC will have the opportunity to participate in special events. In the past residents of the LLC have toured museums in downtown New Haven, gotten lost in the corn maze at Lyman Orchards, hiked up Sleeping Giant, visited the Museum of Tolerance in New York, and seen the musical Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway.
  3. Requirements

    Students who are admitted to the University of New Haven and who meet certain minimum requirements will automatically receive an application to the Honors Program from the Admissions Office. Those minimum requirements are:

    - 3.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
    - 1180 Critical Reading + Math SAT
    - 600 Writing SAT

      In addition, students who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.3 in their first semester at UNH may apply to the Honors Program. Transfer students who have 32 credit hours or less may also apply, provided they have a minimum GPA of 3.5 from their previous institution.

      To graduate as an Honors Scholar, students must complete four honors courses, an honors thesis, and maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA.

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