HDFS Honors Program

The HDFS Honors program is part of the larger University Honors program and is designed for highly motivated students from any campus who want to enhance their undergraduate education through one of two paths - Honors Scholar or University Honors Laureate. HDFS Honors students on both paths have the opportunity to take small honors-only seminars and to work closely with faculty on research in their areas of interest. If you are honors-eligible, you are invited to join the “honors community” in HDFS!

HDFS has a structured set of honors course requirements designed to support you through the process of meeting the honors requirements, and also to dovetail with your HDFS major requirements. Click here to learn more about being an Honors Scholar or a University Honors Laureate in HDFS.

Eligibility

  • GPA in HDFS of 3.5 or above
  • Overall GPA of 3.4 or above
  • Submit an application when you have at least 3-4 semesters remaining before graduation
  • Important: Beyond freshman year, joining honors is not a competitive process (i.e., students competing for a limited number of slots); if you meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in joining the honors community in HDFS, you will be admitted to the honors program.

How to Apply

  • Make an appointment with the HDFS Honors Advisor: Associate Professor Kari Adamsons
  • Complete the Honors Scholar Program Application forms and Preliminary Plan of Study form (form is available at honors.uconn.edu).
  • Submit your application to the HDFS Honors Advisor at least one week before the University Honors Program deadlines for applications (check for application deadlines at: honors.uconn.edu)

Benefits of Graduating with Honors

  • Research a subject YOU are passionate about with HDFS Professors
  • Special recognition on your diploma, graduation program, and transcript
  • Separate honors medal graduation ceremony
  • Develop relationships with HDFS Professors = better recommendation letters
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully complete a long-term mentored research project = better resumé for jobs and grad school
  • Enhanced UConn library borrowing privileges and ability to reserve a UConn library carrel
  • Priority registration for classes
  • Invitations to University Honors events
  • Eligibility for residence in the All-Honors dorms