University College was created in 2007 to reflect UNH’s continued dedication to meeting the educational needs of adult students and the region’s corporate communities, and to partner with the University’s local and regional community. Programs and courses are designed specifically with adult learners in mind, focusing on academic excellence, convenience and flexibility. All the degree, customized training, and certificate programs are the domain of the appropriate academic college within the University of New Haven, thereby ensuring the academic quality and integrity of the programs.
The mission of University College is stated below.
- Recognizing the distinctive needs of adult and nontraditional students, provide opportunities to earn a college degree, to continue lifelong learning, to seek professional development and to study English as a Second Language.
- In partnership with the other University of New Haven colleges, offer high-quality academic programs and services uniquely designed for adult learners.
- Provide the resources and support necessary for adult students to achieve individual academic success and to enhance the academic experience.
- Develop and maintain a supportive learning environment that is responsive to the unique challenges faced by adult learners and that enables them to achieve academic success.
- As a metropolitan university in the New Haven area, respond in innovative ways to meet the emerging educational and training needs of educators, businesses, public and social agencies, and our multi-faceted communities.
- Working with local communities, business and industry, and government, build partnerships to facilitate the development of educated and trained adults who are equipped to meet the needs and demands of current employment and new competition.
Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS)
Undergraduate degree and certificate programs for adult learners are administered through the Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS). UNH offers the following accelerated bachelor’s degree programs:
- Dental Hygiene (B.S.)*
- Liberal Studies (B.A.)
- Professional Studies
Undergraduate part-time students can also enroll in other degree programs. Some programs can be completed exclusively in evening study while others may require some day classes. Students can complete the University’s core competency requirements in the evening accelerated format.
Professional Studies, B.S.
The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree is specifically designed to equip adult students with applicable skills and competencies while preparing them to understand, serve, and lead organizations.
This bachelor degree-completion program provides graduates with both theoretical and practical education tailored to enhance their professional capabilities as well as prepare them for new career opportunities. The degree provides a pathway toward a baccalaureate degree for graduates of associate degree programs although students with less credit may also apply. Students possessing a minimum of 30 transferrable credits are eligible for admission.
The curriculum includes all courses in the 40-credit Core competencies providing a firm grounding in the liberal arts. The 30-credit Professional Studies Core provides the fundamentals of professional organization principles. The student will select a 30-credit professional focus track in one of the following areas:
- Arts/Humanities Studies
- Organizational Leadership
- Public Administration
Additionally, the student will earn 21 credits in elective courses or a minor. To fulfill degree requirements for the Bachelor of Professional Studies, students must earn a minimum of 121 credits, which includes a minimum of 39 credits in 300-level or higher courses.
Core Competencies, 40 credits
(See catalog section on Core Competencies for a list of applicable courses if not identified below)
Professional Studies Core, 30 credits
Professional Focus, 30 credits
Choose one set of professional focus courses from the four following choices.
Four 3-credit courses from the following list:
Electives or Minor, 21 credits
- Seven 3-credit elective courses or a minor and electives equaling at least 21 credits.
The Southeastern Campus has been serving the educational needs of businesspeople and residents in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island for nearly three decades.
Located on the campus of Mitchell College in New London, The Southeastern Campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs for the working adult who is interested in career advancement. Innovative programs allow students to complete their degrees quickly without sacrificing quality, and without getting in the way of work and personal pursuits.
For further information, please contact the UNH Southeastern Campus at 469 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT 06320, or by phone at 860.701.5454.
Center for Corporate Education
The Center for Corporate Education provides customized corporate training to area and regional business and industry. The Center works to strengthen the knowledge, skills and productivity of the regional workforce. Students can choose from an array of topics offered as seminars, workshops, certificates or credit-bearing programs.
International Credential Assessment and Services
University College is responsible for coordinating the review of international course syllabi for the purpose of awarding university credit and the transcription of completed course work in conjunction with Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA). A faculty committee has been established to review and assess course syllabi of international courses.
ELS Language Center
Intensive English programs are offered through the ELS Language Center on the main campus. The goal of the ELS Center is to prepare students to use all four language skills for professional endeavors and academic study in English-speaking environments. Completion of the appropriate programs will prepare students for undergraduate and graduate level study.
University College Contact Information
University College is located on the second floor of Echlin Hall. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Students can reach us at 203.932.7180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.