Schools & 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.
Programs of Study
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Programs of Study
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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.
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Hartford Art School
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).
Programs of Study
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 Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) 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.
Programs of Study
College of Education, Nursing
and Health Professions
One of the most rewarding feelings in life is to know you are using your skills and talents to help improve someone else's life. What can compare to the look on a child's face when he or she gets the concept you've been explaining. Or helping someone overcome a difficult problem. And what can rival the satisfaction of participating in the health care for an injured or ill person?
The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions offers students opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. The College offers programs of study in teacher preparation, human services and allied health professions. And you'll have plenty of opportunity to put what you've learned into practice.
Fieldwork including clinical experiences in local health care settings, teaching in urban and suburban schools (including the University of Hartford Magnet School) and assisting individuals in human service agencies are important parts of the programs offered by the college.
*Department of Nursing - Nursing is not available as an undergraduate major leading to a bachelor's degree and to licensure as an RN. The Department of Nursing offers an advanced program to licensed and practicing registered nurses who wish to obtain a B.S.N. degree. This program is not open to traditional first-year or transfer students but only to those who are already RNs.
Studies in Education
Teacher Preparation Programs
Ask successful people about their school years, and they will tell you about those teachers who made a significant difference in their lives or whose influence was life-altering. Teachers open the minds of their students to unfamiliar information and challenging concepts. Teachers help students gain confidence and overcome obstacles. Teachers become role models.
If your career goals combine idealistic motivation with academic and practical skills, you are a strong candidate for a career in teaching. For those ambitious and dedicated future teachers who wish to make a difference in the lives of children and young students, the University of Hartford's Division of Education offers degree programs in early childhood, Elementary, Secondary English Education, and Integrated Special Education/Elementary Education dual majors.
Opportunities for Practical Experience
Central to the University of Hartford teacher preparation programs is the opportunity to learn teaching skills while working in a variety of educational settings. Some of these opportunities include:
Educational Main Street
As an education student at the University of Hartford, you will be able to participate in the ground-breaking Educational Main Street (EMS) project, serving as a tutor or class assistant in special EMS programs. Through the Educational Main Street project, the University of Hartford and five diverse local schools collaborate on an integrated curriculum that extends from kindergarten through graduate school. Among the purposes of the program is to minimize the barriers that traditionally exist among various races; among elementary, middle, secondary, and university faculty; and between public and private schools.
Computer Resource Center
Students are encouraged to learn more about the major role of computers in education. In the specially staffed Computer Resource Center, you will be able to preview the latest educational software and develop your proficiency in using state-of-the-art computer hardware. You will have easy access to the University's extensive computer resources through the many terminals located throughout the campus.
The Magnet School
On September 4, 2001, the University opened the doors of its innovative magnet school, believed to be the nation's first public elementary school built on a private university campus. Its benefits are two-fold: the magnet school has access to the University's vast resources, while providing a hands-on "learning laboratory" for students studying education and related fields. Based on Harvard University professor Howard Gardener's theory on multiple intelligences, the curriculum at the magnet school allows children to explore different "styles" of learning. University students have ample opportunity to participate in magnet school activities and learn from their interaction with students, teachers, parents and staff.
"Getting practical experience in a daycare center helped me know that I'm studying the right thing."--Kaitlyn Algers, Class of 2001
Accredited Certification Options
If you plan to work toward teacher certification, you may choose from several certification options. The Division of Education offers majors leading to certification in early childhood, elementary, secondary English, secondary mathematics, and integrated elementary/special education. If you elect a teacher certification program, you will also select a subject area major. Except in the case of both secondary English and mathematics education majors, you may choose any department at the University for your subject area major, such as English, history, or psychology. Or you may contract for an interdisciplinary major, combining courses from several related fields.
Certification programs are accredited by the key governing organizations in the field of education. All of the University's certification programs have been approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Connecticut Department of Education, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Education Programs of Study
More jobs are available in the health care industry than ever before! Technological advances in medical diagnosis and treatment have created a need for skilled technicians and therapists. Health care workers use their skills to improve upon the quality of life for patients of all ages.
The University of Hartford offers several programs which are designed to give students the course background and clinical training necessary to secure a position in the healthcare industry. In addition to a well-balanced curriculum of core courses, health care students gain practical experience both on campus, in the University's state-of-the-art laboratories, and off campus, in hospitals and medical centers throughout the greater Hartford area. Career opportunities are not limited to hospitals and labs. Many health care professionals put their expertise to work in private practices, insurance companies, industrial firms, school systems and more!
Students enrolled in any of the programs offered by the Division of Health Professions have both on-campus and off-campus opportunities to work in program-specific settings. Practical, hands-on learning is a critical part of professional health care education at the University of Hartford.
Health Programs of Study
Pre-Medical Professions Advising
If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, or other health fields, the University of Hartford is especially prepared to give you the help you need.
We will assist you in preparing for admission to medically related professional schools, while completing your undergraduate major of choice. Although many pre-med students major in biology, chemistry, the chemistry-biology joint program, or health science, you may select any departmental major as long as you satisfy the pre-professional school requirements. Whether you are majoring in biology, English, or engineering, we provide a structured academic program that will prepare you for further professional studies. Successful admission to medical school or other professional schools requires applicants to do well in the courses associated with their majors and in a specific set of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Enrollment in our Pre-medical Advising Program will optimize your chances of successful entrance into a professional school. You can enter this special program in two ways: either by demonstrating outstanding achievement in high school or through outstanding performance in your first semester at the University of Hartford.
The Advising Program for Pre-medical Professions offers students support and assistance in assessing and preparing for admission tests as well as guidance throughout the application process. Because the process leading to acceptance in a doctoral program requires mastery of complex skills, the Advising Program provides assistance with public speaking, test taking, and interviewing. You will receive both tutoring and mentoring and assistance in securing internship opportunities and building a portfolio.
The University of Hartford is affiliated with several professional medical schools, offering a unique opportunity for students who wish to pursue careers in chiropractic medicine, dentistry, optometry, or podiatry. Through combined degree programs, you can earn a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate in just seven years or less. Students in this program complete their fourth-year requirements for the bachelor's degree during their first year at an affiliated professional institution.
These are challenging programs, and admission is highly competitive. However, if you have the academic strength, the personal motivation, and the desire to have a career in one of these fields, this program provides you with an excellent opportunity!
Health Science Pre-professional
Programs of Study
ContactMarlene J. Hall
Website: College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
Multimedia Web Design &
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.
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ContactDr. Brian Dorn
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.
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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."
Website: Hillyer College