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University Studies

University Studies is the home of University-wide academic programs and activities that include the following: a nationally recognized, interdisciplinary, general education curriculum, the All-University Curriculum (AUC); a part-time, adult degree-completion program, the Bachelor of Arts in University Studies (B.U.S.); an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Web Design and Development; ABA-approved paralegal studies at the certificate, associate, and bachelor levels; an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts; and academic advising programs in Pre-Medical Professions and Pre-Law. In addition, University Studies includes the Center for Reading and Writing (CRW) that assists students in writing and study skills; an intensive English program, the English Language Institute (ELI), for those students whose primary language is not English; and a cocurricular student Mock Trial team.

Bachelor of University Studies

The Bachelor of University Studies is a Bachelor of Arts degree program created for the part-time adult student who typically has previous college experience and seeks to complete a baccalaureate degree. It allows part-time students to design, with the assistance of a faculty advisor in the Bachelor of University Studies program, an individualized program of study responsive to their educational and professional interests. The individualized program includes a concentration with courses offered by the various schools and colleges of the University, including existing evening and weekend courses. Thus, a combination of courses is permitted and encouraged that would be unobtainable in a traditional undergraduate degree. Learn more.

Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts

The purpose of a liberal arts degree is to promote intelligent understanding of oneself, one's chosen work, and the complex world in which life and work continue. The core curriculum ensures that each student becomes acquainted with many fields of study and explores many disciplines to acquire a solid foundation of specific knowledge as well as the analytic skills and historic perspective necessary to meet the challenges of the future. To qualify for the Associate in Arts a student must attain a 2.0 grade point average with at least 60 credits in academic courses selected to provide a wide distribution of academic experience.

All-University Curriculum

The All-University Curriculum (AUC) general education courses are designed to provide shared learning experiences for students in baccalaureate programs at the University of Hartford through a core of common studies. Since faculty from all schools and colleges of the University teach these courses, the curriculum takes full advantage of the diverse resources of the institution. In addition to providing students breadth of knowledge in their liberal education, the All-University Curriculum makes clear the relationships among disciplinary areas of knowledge through integrative, cross-disciplinary courses. These courses also emphasize the development of written and oral communication, critical thinking and problem solving, values identification and independent decision making, social interaction, and responsibility for civic life.

All freshmen who matriculate in baccalaureate programs at the University of Hartford are required to take at least four All-University Curriculum courses during their four years. Each student selects one course from four of the five breadth categories: (1) Living in a Cultural Context: Western Heritage, (2) Living in a Cultural Context: Other Cultures, (3) Living in a Scientific and Technological World, (4) Living Responsively to the Arts, and (5) Living in a Social Context. Students are not required to complete the breadth category that is most closely associated with their major. The All-University Curriculum Committee, in consultation with college and department faculty, determines which breadth categories are required for particular majors and which courses are required for transfer students. Consult your school or college undergraduate program office and faculty advisors for more information.

Multimedia Web Design and Development

The Multimedia Web Design and Development (MWD2) program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major leading to a Bachelor of Arts. Areas of study typically include Web-design principles, management information systems, problem solving and decision making, technical writing, and Internet programming. A series of project-based courses further develops students' skills in multimedia, software development, computer networks, the Internet, and content creation-editing for various information formats, such as hypertext, sound, image, and typography.

The degree is composed of three interrelated parts: general education, the major (core and specialization), and general electives. The general education requirements, while substantially similar to those required for a B.A. in the College of Arts and Sciences, have been specifically selected to support the MWD2 major. The major has a core of 30 credits, including three 4-credit courses (MWD 110, MWD 310, MWD 410) that are problem oriented and project based, using real-world multimedia and Web-based problems and projects. Additionally, the major has a specialization requirement of a minimum of 15 credits that allows students to emphasize an area of information technology that meets their interests and career goals. These areas include, but are not limited to, advertising, marketing, media arts, network administration, network manager, human computer interface and multimedia production. Students with different career goals are encouraged to work with the MWD2 faculty committee to create their own area of specialization. MWD2 majors also have 18 credits of general electives that may be used to pursue a second specialization, minor, or other interest.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C (2.0 or better) in MWD 310 or permission of department. Laboratory fee.

Paralegal Studies

University Studies offers a Paralegal Studies program approved by the American Bar Association. The program, which began at Hartford College for Women in 1974, was the first legal training program for paralegals in Connecticut. It provides rigorous training in legal specialty courses in preparation for one of the fastest-growing careers in this country.

Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney in private law firms, banks, public interest and legal aid organizations, governmental agencies, and corporate law departments. They perform a wide variety of legal tasks, such as drafting legal documents, assisting in civil or criminal trial preparation, or preparing articles of incorporation. Their work enables the supervising lawyers to meet the needs of clients more effectively and to deal more efficiently with the complex problems demanding legal expertise.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as provided by law. The Paralegal Studies program is not designed to prepare students for law school.

Several enrollment options are available to students wishing to pursue a paralegal career. University Studies offers an Associate in Science, a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies, a minor in paralegal studies, and a Paralegal Certificate program. Students may choose from these options depending on their individual needs and career goals.

The paralegal program is designed to meet the needs of the adult, part-time student. Students may take classes in the evening or in Saturday-term format, or combine the two. Paralegal courses are taught year-round.

Pre-Law Advising Program

The Pre-Law Advising program at the University of Hartford is designed to assist students considering law school as an option. The program structure affords students the opportunity to complete a major of their choice while being part of a learning-community program focused on pursuing a career in the law. A student organization, the Pre-Law Society, sponsors numerous social and educational events during the academic year.

Seven pre-law faculty advisors are available to work with students and their academic advisors to select courses of study designed to prepare them for the study of law while satisfying degree requirements for the baccalaureate. The committee also develops and periodically reviews a list of recommended courses for students interested in attending law school. The list contains courses that are identified by the committee as ones that develop skills established by the American Bar Association as important for a pre-law curriculum: analytic and problem-solving skills, critical reading abilities, writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, general research skills, task organization and management skills, and the values of serving others and promoting justice.

Premedical Professions Advising Program

The premedical professions include medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, and chiropractic. Students who choose a path that will lead to a postgraduate medical program must be highly motivated and academically outstanding. Successful admission to medical school or the other professional schools requires applicants to do well in the courses associated with their major and in a specific set of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

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