Schools and Colleges

College of Arts & Sciences

The University of Hartford has developed a national reputation for both the breadth and depth of its liberal arts offerings. Here you can explore a variety of academic disciplines - from the arts and humanities to sciences and social sciences. Study the great writers or learn to become one. Examine what we know about the past, then harness that historical understanding to hypothesize about the future. Explore the workings of the mind, the complexities of society, the diversity of the arts, and much more - all through the University of Hartford's College of Arts and Sciences. It is also home to the University's School of Communication.

Although the courses vary greatly between departments, each program within the College of Arts and Sciences offers you:

  • experienced faculty who are committed to personal student advising and development;
  • small class sizes, where you will have ample access to your teachers and the department's resources;
  • a balanced emphasis on quality liberal arts studies and professional training and experience.

College of Arts & Sciences

School of Communication

The School of Communication is home to a wide array of communication studies and activities. Learn how to diagnose an organization's communication problems as well as how to use corporate communication tools to help solve those problems. Become involved in advertising and public relations project teams. Try your hand at producing radio and television programs or newspaper and magazine articles as you study the effects media have on society. Learn more about the evolution of human communication or explore the future of communication technologies.

Students majoring in communication generally apply their learning in one of two ways. First, they might work in an explicitly communication-related field, such as journalism or other types of publishing, traditional or "new" media, public relations, or advertising. Alternatively, our graduates often work in the communication departments of companies that are not themselves part of the communication industry. This might include non-profit association management, events planning, human resources, as well as a host of communication-related functions in such settings as health care organizations and educational settings.

For practical communication experience, you may participate in such activities as: the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); the annual Advertising Competition; WWUH (FM) or WSAM (AM/FM) radio; the Student Television Network, which produces the weekly Channel 2 newscast; and the student newspaper, The Informer. Qualified communication majors may also seek membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the discipline's national honor society.

The school also offers an extensive internship program for all qualified majors, in such settings as commercial or educational television and radio stations, weekly and daily newspapers, public relations firms, advertising agencies, and various public and private corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Internships provide an opportunity for practical experience in your chosen area of study. In addition, the school offers study abroad opportunities, and a chance to spend a semester in Washington, DC. You may also assist in communication research conducted by the faculty.

Find out more: School of Communication

Barney School of Business

The Barney School of Business, accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the following areas: Accounting, Economics and Finance, Entrepreneurial Studies, Insurance and Finance, Management, and Marketing.

If you are seeking an education that will prepare you for a 21st-century, worldwide business career, the Barney School of Business is the place for you. At Barney, you will find a student-focused learning environment, dedicated to preparing men and women to be leaders and decision makers who are globally aware and socially responsible. Barney's well-credentialed faculty and staff are a rich blend of scholars, educators, advisors, and professionals who are dedicated to preparing students for their future leadership roles.

All Barney students take core business classes in accounting, economics, information technology, insurance, finance, management, marketing, and quantitative methods. By the third year, you will develop a major in one area of specialization, and have the option of minoring in another. The Barney School believes that in order to succeed in the business world, graduates must be broadly educated individuals with a strong liberal arts foundation. As with all University of Hartford programs, the Barney School keeps class sizes small to ensure interaction between students and faculty as well as among students themselves. Classes are highly interactive, and use case materials and projects that provide hands-on learning. In addition, the Barney School fosters relationships with area businesses, government, and non-profit organizations. All students gain direct experience through an internship completed during their junior year.

Career Ready Business Education
In your very first semester, you will begin preparing for your career and upon graduation, you will be ready to enter the business world. Not only will you have received a comprehensive education in your field, but you will also know how and where to look for jobs. You will have already had business experience, will have a completed project for your resume, and will know how to present yourself to potential employers. In short, graduates of Barney are career ready.

Year 1: World of Business
This course introduces you to the Barney School and acquaints you with basic business terminology and concepts. You will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills through the analysis and discussion of cases and current business issues.
Year 2: Introduction to Career Options
In this class, you are exposed to various career tracks and sources of information on careers. You are provided with opportunities for interaction with people in various career paths.
Year 3: Career Preparation Workshop
This class prepares you for an internship and progression toward a career. You will learn resume preparation, interview techniques, job-search techniques, business etiquette, and professionalism.
Year 4: Senior-Level Applied Project
You will be able to demonstrate proficiency in your major field of study through an intensive applied field project. The Senior-Level Applied Project caps your academic and practical preparation for entry into the business world.
During your junior or senior year as a Barney student, you will complete an internship or co-op work experience. These opportunities provide you with on-the-job experience and a chance to build your resume. Barney students have interned at: IBM, The Hartford Insurance Group, Aetna, PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Electric, Merrill Lynch, Internal Revenue Service, Hamilton Sundstrand, Ernst & Young, and United Technologies.
Beta Gamma Sigma

The Barney School has a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society accredited by AACSB International. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Website: The Barney School of Business
Hartford Art School

Hartford Art School

The Hartford Art School provides a professional education in the visual arts within the context of a comprehensive university that offers a liberal arts experience for all of its students. Our graduates are artists and designers who are creative thinkers and have an understanding of the visual arts in relation to other human endeavors.

Following the foundation year which introduces students to the fundamental processes and principles of artwork and design, you can choose to study in the areas of ceramics, illustration, media arts, painting/drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and visual communication design.

The small size of the Hartford Art School as well as the close working relationship between students and faculty provides an environment that nurtures creativity. Our faculty members are artist-teachers still engaged in ongoing creative activity in exhibitions, publications and research. Professional artists who serve as adjunct faculty help broaden student perspective on art.

Find out more: The Hartford Art School


Robert Calafiore
Hartford Art School
Telephone: 860.768.4827
E-Mail: calafiore@hartford.edu
College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture

College of Engineering,
Technology and Architecture

The College of Engineering and Technology encompasses the exciting and growing areas of Architecture, Engineering and Technology. As spectacular as today's technology seems, the age of technology is just dawning. For those that have the skills to improve existing technologies and design new ones, there is a world of opportunity emerging. While Engineering and Engineering Technology graduates work as part of a team, there are important distinctions between their responsibilities. Engineering stresses theory, analysis and design, while it is engineering technology that applies that theory to solve real-life problems. The College's Architecture programs allow students a thorough understanding of how buildings are designed and created.

Engineering Programs

Imagine a world where cars are guided by automatic pilots, computers run "smart" buildings, holographic TVs project three-dimensional moving images, and portable phones are as small as a tie clip.

Now imagine that you have a part in designing and building this future world. With an education from the University of Hartford, that is where your career in engineering can take you.

The successful engineers of tomorrow will be those who have mastered a wide array of subjects, not just a strong knowledge of math and science alone. Our Engineering curriculum, which has been restructured through a grant from the National Science Foundation, focuses on problem solving and design, while also integrating the understanding of people and businesses, environments and industries. The engineers who turn today's visions into tomorrow's realities will know how to blend disciplined learning, applied creativity, and seasoned intuition.

As a student in Engineering, you will have valuable hands-on opportunities to work and learn in area businesses during internships, seminars, and individual and class projects. You will study with dedicated faculty members who continue to expand their knowledge through active research and consultation, and you will gain even more experience by working in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

All engineering degree programs are accredited by the Board of Higher Education of the State of Connecticut and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, the Electrical, Mechanical, Computer, Biomedical, and Civil Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Engineering Technology
If you are fascinated by how things work and want to use that knowledge to solve problems, a degree in engineering technology is the answer. With a bachelor's degree in engineering technology, you will bridge the gap between those who design new technologies and those who build them. You will have the theoretical background to work directly with the engineer or the architect. Yet, you will also have the practical, hands-on experience to oversee the work of the craftsmen. This program will prepare you well for the real world.

While engineering and engineering technology graduates work as part of a team, there are important distinctions between their responsibilities Engineering stresses theory, analysis and design, while it is engineering technology that applies that theory to solve real-life problems.

Our state-of-the-art laboratories and studios occupy a total of more than 6,000 square feet and ensure that you receive a practical, as well as theoretical, education. Our facilities simulate the workplace and give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in electrical fundamentals, computer applications, architectural design, analog electronics, and CAD/CAM.

We have a corps of dedicated professors who can help prepare you to take your place in this exciting field. You will find small, highly interactive classes, taught by professors who take a genuine interest in the success of their students. Faculty members stay current in their fields and many are expert consultants for leading corporations and government organizations.

Graduates are employed by many of today's leaders in technology, among them: ABB/Combustion Engineering, Honeywell, Connecticut Light and Power, IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, Kaman, Ensign-Bickford, Motorola, General Electric, Northeast Utilities, Gerber Scientific, Otis Elevator, Hamilton Sundstrand, United Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, and Verizon.

Our programs in Architectural Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET). As a graduate from an ABET accredited baccalaureate engineering technology program you may take the EIT (Engineer in Training) exam in more than 70% of the states, including Connecticut. If you pass the EIT, after a prescribed waiting period you will be eligible to sit for the PE (Professional Engineer) exam.

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

College of Education, Nursing
and Health Professions

At the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP), our students earn career-relevant degrees in deeply collaborative and scholarly environments and participate in real-world learning and research with faculty mentors early and often in their academic careers. Our community partners locally, regionally, and internationally play an integral role in the development of our students.

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The Multimedia Web Design and Development (MWD2) major will prepare you for work in the dynamic world of the web and Internet. A true Liberal Arts major, MWD2 will help you understand the technological, social, economic, artistic, interactive, and global aspects of the web. The design, development, and maintenance of web innovations include the use of text, artwork, programming, video, sound, and animation in a way that communicates a wide range of human endeavors. You will choose from specializations in Media Arts, Network Management or Administration, Marketing, Advertising, or Multimedia using all of the resources of the University.

Unlike computer science, MWD2 is interdisciplinary. For this reason, the University of Hartford, with its distinctive colleges, is ideally suited to offer this program of study. Courses from the other colleges—such as the Hartford Art School, the Barney School of Business, and the College of Arts and Sciences—supplement the required technical courses in your major. Art courses help you develop a sense of aesthetic design and organization for web pages. Business courses lead to an understanding of marketing, management, and finance related to use of the web. Computer science courses are a valuable resource for our students specializing in Network management and administration. Social and behavioral science courses provide a valuable guide to the global nature of Internet communication and how humans react and respond to this growing cultural phenomenon.

Graduates of this program have gone on to graduate school or to work for corporations including Pratt & Whitney, Aetna, and ESPN.

Find out more: mwd.hartford.edu


Jason Iorio
Telephone: 860.768.5925
E-Mail: iorio@hartford.edu


The Hartt School

The Hartt School

The Hartt School is a world-class performing arts school within a comprehensive university setting. Students experience the excitement of performance along with the intellectual opportunities offered by the other colleges and schools of the university.

The Hartt School offers undergraduate programs in music, theatre and dance. Innovative programs in music production and technology, acoustics and music (offered jointly with our College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture), music management and performing arts management are also available.

Hartt's artist faculty is nationally and internationally recognized and offers students intimate learning experiences with small classes, individual attention and career counseling. Interaction between faculty and students provides the framework for the development of future performers, arts managers, composers, music and production technologists and teachers.

Find out more: The Hartt School


Hartt School Admissions
Telephone: 860.768.4465
E-Mail: harttadm@hartford.edu


Hillyer College

Hillyer College, a two year liberal arts school within the University of Hartford, provides a supportive environment designed to give students an opportunity to succeed academically and to grow personally. Whatever your previous level of academic achievement, you can benefit from our program which enables you to complete general education courses required for most bachelor's degrees while you begin to explore potential majors and develop your interests. When you successfully complete the Hillyer program, you receive an Associates of Arts degree, and you move into a baccalaureate degree program at the University of Hartford in your junior year.

The hallmarks of the Hillyer program are small classes of 15-18 students, an award winning faculty dedicated to teaching; personalized academic advising, academic strategies support, and our shining stars, the Hillyer students, men and women who realize their academic potential and are successful!

Right now is an exciting time for Hillyer College. We have new academic concentration areas in American Studies and Education available to our students. We have a re-invigorated Honors Program with study abroad opportunities such as London, Hawaii, and Greece, and new Honors Seminars. And all of our classes benefit from new technologies in the classroom, including web-based links.

So come and join us. As one of our students said, "I recommend Hillyer because they opened up a new world for me."


E-Mail: dydyn@hartford.edu
Website: Hillyer College