Distribution Requirements: Course Categories

To graduate with the University Honors Laureate designation, you must earn 3 Honors credits in each of the following categories:

  • Arts & Humanities (A&H)
  • Social Sciences (SS)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)

(You must also earn 3 Honors credits designated as Diversity & Multiculturalism.)

Almost any UConn course in which you earn Honors credit may be used to fulfill one of these categories. How do you figure out a course’s category?

  1. If the class has a general education designation, that takes precedence. Note that this doesn’t work in reverse. An Honors category does not mean you can count the course toward your UConn general education requirements.
    • CA 1 = A&H
    • CA 2 = SS
    • CA 3, CA3-Lab, Q = STEM
  2. If the class does not have a general education designation, look for the default category for that subject code.
  3. Once you find the default category, check the other two tabs to make sure that the specific course is not an exception to the default.

For example: ECON 2301 carries no general education designations. If you look on the Social Sciences tab, you see that undergraduate ECON courses are placed in SS by default. However, ECON 2301 is listed as an exception on the STEM tab. ECON 2301 would be categorized as STEM, not SS.

You can also view category distribution by subject code.

A course being listed in a given category does not guarantee that an Honors section will be offered, nor that an Honors conversion will be approved.

Arts & Humanities (A&H)

General Education

All courses with the Content Area One (CA 1) designation are categorized as A&H regardless of their subject codes.

No course with the Content Area Two (CA 2), Content Area 3 (CA 3 or C 3-Lab), or Q designations will be categorized as A&H unless it also carries the CA 1 designation.

Subject Codes

All courses with the following subject codes are categorized as A&H unless they (1) have CA 2, CA 3, CA 3-Lab, or Q general education designations or (2) are listed as exceptions under Social Sciences or STEM.

  • AASI
  • AMST
  • ARAB
  • ARIS
  • ART
  • ARTH
  • ASLN
  • CAMS
  • CHIN
  • CLCS
  • CRLP
  • DRAM
  • DMD
  • ENGL
  • FINA
  • FREN
  • GERM
  • HEJS
  • HIND
  • HIST
  • ILCS
  • IRIS
  • JAPN
  • JOUR
  • KORE
  • LLAS
  • MGRK
  • MUSI
  • PERS
  • PHIL
  • PLSH
  • PORT
  • RUSS
  • SPAN
  • TRST
  • VIET

Exceptions: Specific Courses

These courses are categorized as A&H even if their subject codes are SS or STEM by default.

  • AFRA 2214/W
  • AFRA 3050/W
  • AFRA 3131
  • AFRA 3208
  • AFRA 3213/W
  • AFRA 3215/W
  • AFRA 3217/W
  • AFRA 3224
  • AFRA 3563
  • AFRA 3564
  • AFRA 3568
  • AFRA 3569
  • AFRA 3618
  • AFRA 3620
  • AFRA 3622
  • AFRA 3752
  • AFRA 3753
  • AGNR 3350
  • COMM 2940
  • COMM 4940
  • ECON 2103
  • ECON 2104
  • ECON 2110/W
  • ECON 2126
  • ECON 2127
  • ECON 2198/W
  • ECON 3128
  • ECON 3198
  • ECON 5101
  • ECON 5102
  • ECON 5110
  • ECON 5128
  • ECON 5198
  • HDFS 3423
  • HRTS 3042
  • HRTS 3055
  • HRTS 3139
  • HRTS 3149/W
  • HRTS 3201
  • HRTS 3202
  • HRTS 3207
  • HRTS 3219/W
  • HRTS 3221
  • HRTS 3563
  • HRTS 3575
  • HRTS 3619
  • HRTS 3631
  • INDS 3210
  • LAND 2110
  • LAND 2120
  • LAND 2220
  • LAND 3420
  • LAND 3510
  • MAST 2100W
  • MAST 3531
  • MAST 3532
  • MAST 3544
  • MAST 3652
  • MAST 3653
  • NURS 3075
  • NURS 4235
  • NURS 4265
  • POLS 3002
  • POLS 3012/W
  • POLS 3017
  • POLS 3022W
  • POLS 3032
  • POLS 3042
  • POLS 3062/W
  • POLS 3072
  • SPSS 2520
  • SPSS 3530
  • URBN 3541/W
  • WGSS 3217
  • WGSS 3218
  • WGSS 3252
  • WGSS 3258
  • WGSS 3259
  • WGSS 3264
  • WGSS 3270/W
  • WGSS 3416
  • WGSS 3560
  • WGSS 3561
  • WGSS 3562
  • WGSS 3609
  • WGSS 3611
  • WGSS 3613
  • WGSS 3622
  • WGSS 3718/W
  • WGSS 4994W

Social Sciences (SS)

General Education

All courses with the Content Area Two (CA 2) designation are categorized as SS regardless of their subject codes.

No course with the Content Area One (CA 1), Content Area 3 (CA 3 or C 3-Lab), or Q designations will be categorized as SS unless it also carries the CA 2 designation.

Subject Codes

All courses with the following subject codes are categorized as SS unless they (1) have CA 1, CA 3, CA 3-Lab, or Q general education designations or (2) are listed as exceptions under Arts & Humanities or STEM.

  • ACCT
  • ARE
  • BADM
  • BLAW
  • BUSN
  • COMM
  • ECON (undergrad)
  • EDLR
  • EGEN
  • EPSY
  • EVST
  • GPS
  • HCMI
  • HDFS
  • HRTS
  • INDS
  • MGMT
  • MKTG
  • POLS
  • PP
  • SOCI
  • URBN

Exceptions: Specific Courses

These courses are categorized as SS even if their subject codes are A&H or STEM by default.

  • AASI 3221
  • AASI 3222
  • AASI 3473
  • AFRA 3042
  • AFRA 3252
  • AFRA 3501
  • AFRA 3505
  • AFRA 3642
  • AFRA 3647
  • AFRA 3652
  • AFRA 3825
  • AGNR 3600
  • AGNR 3610
  • AGNR 4100
  • AGNR 4500
  • AH 1100
  • AH 3000
  • AH 3173
  • AH 3203
  • AH 3231
  • AH 3302
  • AH 3303
  • AH 4242
  • AH 4244
  • AH 4501
  • AMST 3042
  • AMST 3082
  • AMST 3271
  • AMST 3807
  • AMST 3822/W
  • ASLN 3254
  • CSE 3000
  • CSE 3002
  • DIET 3230
  • DMD 2700
  • DMD 2710
  • DMD 3720
  • DMD 3730
  • ECON 5463
  • ECON 5499
  • ECON 6463
  • ENGR 3209
  • ENGR 3257
  • ENVE 2320
  • FINA 3710/W
  • INTD 3584
  • INTD 3590
  • INTD 3594/W
  • JOUR 3020
  • LAND 4340
  • LING 3850
  • LLAS 2001
  • LLAS 2474
  • LLAS 3021
  • LLAS 3029
  • LLAS 3241
  • LLAS 3250
  • LLAS 3251
  • LLAS 3264
  • LLAS 3270
  • LLAS 3271
  • LLAS 3327
  • LLAS 3667
  • LLAS 4320
  • LLAS 4470
  • MAST 2467
  • MAST 3600
  • MAST 3832
  • MLSC 4500
  • MUSI 1701
  • MUSI 3231
  • MUSI 3232
  • NRE 3000
  • NURS 1130
  • NURS 1175W
  • NURS 2100W
  • NURS 3225
  • NURS 3715W
  • NUSC 1161
  • NUSC 1167
  • NUSC 3171
  • NUSC 3172
  • NUSC 3180
  • NUSC 3230
  • PHAR 5746
  • PHAR 5764
  • PHAR 5797
  • PHRX 3008
  • PHRX 3020
  • PHRX 3021
  • PHRX 3050
  • PHRX 3052
  • PHRX 3053
  • PHRX 3057
  • PHRX 3058
  • PHRX 4000
  • PHRX 4020
  • PHRX 4021
  • PHRX 4050
  • PHRX 4051
  • PHRX 4054
  • PHRX 4057
  • PHRX 4058
  • PHRX 4059
  • PHRX 4060
  • PHRX 5020
  • PHRX 5021
  • PHRX 5051
  • PHRX 5100
  • PHRX 5110
  • PHRX 5125
  • PHRX 5128
  • PHRX 5129
  • PHRX 5131
  • PHRX 5139
  • PHRX 5147
  • PHRX 5157
  • PHRX 5167
  • PHRX 5169
  • PHRX 5172
  • PHRX 5173
  • PHRX 5174
  • PSYC 2110
  • PSYC 2300/W
  • PSYC 2301
  • PSYC 2400
  • PSYC 2600
  • PSYC 2700
  • PSYC 3300
  • PSYC 3301
  • PSYC 3370W
  • PSYC 3400
  • PSYC 3405
  • PSYC 3470
  • PSYC 3600
  • PSYC 3670/W
  • PSYC 3770
  • SLHS 2204
  • SLHS 3247
  • SPSS 3400
  • WGSS 2263
  • WGSS 2267
  • WGSS 3042
  • WGSS 3052
  • WGSS 3105/W
  • WGSS 3216
  • WGSS 3247
  • WGSS 3249
  • WGSS 3254
  • WGSS 3255/W
  • WGSS 3257/W
  • WGSS 3260
  • WGSS 3268
  • WGSS 3269
  • WGSS 3277
  • WGSS 3317/W
  • WGSS 3445
  • WGSS 3453
  • WGSS 3621/W
  • WGSS 3652
  • WGSS 3672

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)

General Education

All courses with the Content Area Three (CA 3 or CA 3-Lab) or Quantitative Competency (Q) designations are categorized as STEM regardless of their subject codes.

No course with the Content Area One (CA 1) or Content Area 2 (CA 2) designations will be categorized as STEM unless it also carries a CA 3, CA 3-Lab or Q designation.

Subject Codes

All courses with the following subject codes are categorized as STEM unless they (1) have CA 1 or CA 2 general education designations or (2) are listed as exceptions under Arts & Humanities or Social Sciences.

  • AGNR
  • AH
  • ANSC
  • BIOL
  • BME
  • CE
  • CHEG
  • CHEM
  • COGS
  • CSE
  • DGS
  • DIET
  • ECE
  • ECON (graduate)
  • EEB
  • ENGR
  • ENVE
  • ENVS
  • FNCE
  • GSCI
  • KINS
  • LAND
  • LING
  • MARN
  • MATH
  • MCB
  • ME
  • MEM
  • MLSC
  • MSE
  • NRE
  • NUSC
  • NURS
  • OPIM
  • PHAR
  • PHRX
  • PHYS
  • PNB
  • PSYC
  • PVS
  • SLHS
  • SPSS
  • STAT

Exceptions: Specific Courses

These courses are categorized as STEM even if their subject codes are A&H or SS by default.

  • AFRA 3106
  • ARE 2210
  • ARE 3215
  • ARE 3225
  • ARE 3333
  • ARE 3464
  • ARE 4217
  • ARE 4275
  • ARE 4438
  • ASLN 3800
  • BADM 3730
  • BADM 3760
  • BADM 3761
  • DMD 2542
  • DMD 3240
  • DMD 3420
  • DMD 3470
  • DMD 3475
  • DMD 3560
  • DMD 4470
  • DMD 4536
  • DMD 4545
  • DRAM 3202
  • DRAM 3420
  • DRAM 3501
  • ECON 2301
  • ECON 2311
  • ECON 2312/W
  • ECON 2313
  • ECON 2326
  • ECON 2327
  • ECON 2328/W
  • ECON 3208
  • ECON 3313
  • ECON 3315
  • ECON 4206
  • EPSY 3230
  • EPSY 4010
  • JOUR 4035
  • MGMT 3500
  • MGMT 3501
  • MUSI 3801
  • MUSI 3851
  • WGSS 3102