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A Special Honors start to UConn!

Get a head start on your Honors courses as well as your general education requirements!  Honors students may be able to take a third course during UConn First Summer. See below for details.UConn First Summer Honors

There will also be additional fun activities to help you get established in the Honors community.  UConn Honors students work hard and play hard—why wait until fall?

Honors UConn First Summer Courses

Honors students participating in First Summer will experience the program as members of two communities: the First Summer community at large and the Honors First Summer community. Part of accomplishing this second, Honors community will be the creation of a shared academic experience. That shared academic experience comprises taking one common course for Honors credit and choosing a second course from among three choices, as follows:

  1. All Honors First Summer students will take HDFS 1060, a course which fulfills Sophomore Honors core requirements, as their first course. Dr. Kari Adamsons has designed this Honors course specifically with Honors students in mind. During First Summer, she will expand course activities to take advantage of this unique summer experience.  Honors students speak very highly of this Honors-only First Summer course.
    • Take away: for our past Honors First Summer students, this intensive, small class, taken alongside other incoming Honors students has been one of the best parts of the First Summer experience!
  2. In addition to HDFS 1060, all Honors students will choose a second course from among the following pre-approved courses: MUSI 1003 (earns Honors credit!), COMM 1000PHIL 1104, or MATH 1060Q (see descriptions below). All four choices are great ones, but note that MUSI 1003 will also earn you Honors credit, as the professor runs an Honors-enhanced track within the course.
  3. Finally, Honors students have the option (with approval) to take a third course.* Note that certain class combinations are not possible given time conflicts.
    • One approach to selecting a 3rd class is to add one of the "2nd course" classes you didn't already select–that is, MUSI 1003, COMM 1000, MATH 1060Q, or PHIL 1104 (note that some combinations won't work, given meeting times).
    • Alternatively, you may choose to add one of the following classes from the general First Summer course list as your 3rd course: ANTH 1000 (time conflict with MATH), GEOG 1700 (time conflict with PHIL), or ECON 1202 (time conflict with COMM/MATH).

*Please be aware that adding a third course will increase the total cost of the program, as tuition is calculated per credit.  (Adding a 3-credit course in Summer 2017 will increase the total program cost by $1407. See First Summer Fees & Dates for complete information about program costs.)

If you would like more detailed information on academic and other requirements for UConn Honors students, visit the helpful Admitted First Years page at the Honors website.

Course 1: Close Relationships Across the Lifespan (HDFS 1060)

Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) 1060 - Close Relationships Across the Lifespan (3 Honors credits).  This Honors course will fulfill the Honors Core requirement for Sophomore Honors as well as a Content Area 2 (CA 2) general education requirement.

In this course, we will use both a textbook and primary research articles to explore theory and research on topics in the close relationship literature including attraction, relationship development & maintenance, friendship & social support, love, sexuality, intimacy, communication, conflict, dissolution & divorce, loneliness, and bereavement.

As an Honors Core course, this course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of close relationships across the lifespan.  We will be reviewing research from the fields of human development & family studies (itself an interdisciplinary field), communication sciences, developmental psychology, sociology, neuropsychology, and marriage & family therapy, among others. Classes will consist primarily of discussion, small group activities, and in-class assignments to provide opportunities to apply the material being learned, and will also include videos and guest speakers.

Appropriate for all majors.
Mon/Wed 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Course 2: Pick One of the Following

HONORS MUSI 1003 - Popular Music and Diversity in American Society (3 Honors credits). An introduction to popular music and diversity in America: jazz, blues, Top-40 pop, rock, hip-hop and other genres. Musicians and their music studied in the context of twentieth-century and contemporary American society, emphasizing issues of race, gender, class, and resistance. No prior musical training or knowledge required. CA 1. CA 4.  This course earns you Honors credit.

Appropriate for any major.
Mon/Wed/Thurs 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

COMM 1000 - The Process of Communication (3 credits). A study of modern communication theories and principles useful in understanding how people affect and are affected by others through communication. CA 2.  This courses does not earn Honors credit.

Appropriate for students in ACES-Exploratory, Business, CAHNR (not NRE or Exercise Science), CLAS, Engineering, Fine Arts, Nursing, or some pre-Teaching. Not appropriate for pre-Sport Management students. (Especially useful to Business students).
Tues/Thurs 1:30-5:00 p.m.

PHIL 1104 - Philosophy and Social Ethics (3 credits). Topics may include the nature of the good life, the relation between social morality and individual rights, and practical moral dilemmas. CA 1.  This course does not earn Honors credit.

Appropriate for any major. (Especially useful to Business, Engineering, & Nursing students).
Tues/Thurs 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

MATH 1060Q - Precalculus (3 credits). Topics may include the nature of the good life, the relation between social morality and individual rights, and practical moral dilemmas. CA 1.  This course does not earn Honors credit.

Appropriate for any student who will need to take calculus but is not yet ready to do so.
Note the special class meeting times: Mon/Wed/Thurs 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Course 3: Optional for Honors students only

Honors students may, upon request and advisor review, take a third course during UConn First Summer.  (The normal course load limit for a summer term is two courses.)  If you are interested in taking a third courseplease contact us as soon as possible so that we can put you in direct contact with an Honors Program advisor to evaluate your options.  Email us at firstsummer@uconn.edu

For your third course, you may add Honors MUSI 1003, COMM 1000, or PHIL 1104 (listed above), or one of the following:  

ANTH 1000 – Other People's Worlds (3 credits).  A survey of the development, contributions, and contemporary social problems of selected non-Euroamerican peoples and cultures.  CA 2. CA 4-INT.  

Appropriate for any major. (Especially useful for Nursing & pre-Pharmacy students.)
Mon/Wed 1:30-5:00 p.m.
 [Time conflict with MATH.]

GEOG 1700 – World Regional Geography (3 credits). Study of geographic relationships among natural and cultural environments that help to distinguish one part of the world from another.  Analysis of selected countries as well as larger regions, with specific reference to the non-western world.  CA 2. CA 4-INT.  

Appropriate for any major.
Tues/Thurs 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
[Time conflict with PHIL.]

ECON 1202 – Macroeconomics (3 credits). The organization and function of the economic system as a total unit. Economic decisions, institutions, and policies that determine levels and rates of growth of production, employment, and prices. Topical subjects (e.g., government budget deficits and current interest-rate policy). CA 2.

Appropriate for most majors, but not pre-Pharmacy students.  (Especially useful to Business & pre-Sport Management students.) Note that an Honors ECON 1202 will be offered in both the fall and spring semesters.
Tues/Thurs 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.  [Time conflict with COMM & MATH.]

Course Details for UConn First Summer Courses Available to Honors Students

SUBJ CatNo Sec Class Description Faculty Days Start Time End Time Bldg Rm
ANTH 1000 20 Anthropology 1000: Other People's Worlds J. CIOFI MW 1:30 PM 5:00 PM  OAK 117
COMM 1000 20 Communication 1000: The Process of Communication R. MCGLOIN TTH 1:30 PM 5:00 PM  LH  305
ECON 1202 20 Economics 1202: Principles of Macroeconomics R. BHATTACHARYA TTH 1:30 PM 5:00 PM OAK 104
HDFS 1060 20 Human Development & Family Studies 1060: Honors Core-Close Relationships Across the Lifespan (Honors core) K. ADAMSONS MW 9:00 AM 12:30 PM  OAK 110
GEOG 1700 21 Geography 1700: World Regional Geography A. MKAMI TTH 9:00 AM 12:30 PM  OAK  117
MATH 1060Q 20 Math 1060Q: Precalculus K. EVANS MWTH 1:00 PM 4:00 PM MONT 226
MUSI 1003 21 Music 1003: Popular Music&Diver Amer Scty (Honors section) A. FROGLEY MWTh 6:00 PM 8:30PM  MLIB 103
PHIL 1104 21 Philosophy 1104: Philosophy and Social Ethics N. KELLEN TTh 9:00 AM 12:30 PM  OAK 301