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Our Strengths

Below is a brief highlight of those premier programs and strengths, as outlined in the College and School academic plans.

The College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources

The College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in eight academic departments, and has an increasing presence in health-based programming, economics, environmental sciences, and food safety. The College is highly engaged in programs and centers focusing on food, nutrition and health, and environmental and agricultural sustainability. These areas of strength are intimately connected—healthy and sustainable environments serve as the foundation for healthy individuals, families, and communities. Connecticut has a strong and vibrant agricultural economy delivering food, forest products, and plants and plant products to citizens across New England and the Northeast. UConn provides the science, technology, and educational outreach needed to promote healthy lifestyles, sustain a diverse and resilient agricultural economy, protect the state’s natural resource base, and guide sensible and sustainable development. The College is the second-fastest growing college of agriculture in the nation, and has several programs that rank in the top one-third nationally.

The School of Business

The School of Business offers numerous master’s and doctoral programs including three MBA programs—full-time, executive, and part-time; three specialized masters programs —accounting, business analytics and project management, and financial risk management; and a full-time Ph.D. program. It also offers a broad set of undergraduate majors in its BS degree program. Among its research strengths are a cluster of creativity, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior scholars in the management department; a cluster of analytical scholars who will contribute to our big data and complex systems thrust in the marketing department, which is also highly rated by the Association of American Universities; and a strong body of analytical scholars in the operations and information management department. The School is developing strengths in its healthcare administration and insurance groups, both important for the economy of the state of Connecticut and Next Generation Connecticut.

The School of Dental Medicine

The School of Dental Medicine is one of the nation’s leading dental institutions. With programs built around the two pillars of science and service, it has distinguished itself through cutting-edge research, new approaches to education and patient care, and novel, community-based programs. For 40 years, the School has been a major contributor to the health science initiatives of the state and region; a developer of new faculty for the nation’s dental schools; and a producer of exceptional dentists for the state of Connecticut and beyond. The curriculum is rich in science, which includes a basic medical science core shared with the School of Medicine. The School maintains extensive programs in community service and outreach in dental care, and houses strong research programs and collaborations with other Colleges and Schools at UConn.

The Neag School of Education

The Neag School of Education is one of the top 20 public schools of education in the country. Several individual programs rank in the top 10th percentile, including teacher education and educational psychology. Faculty members have received the highest honors in the field, including appointments as fellows in the National Academy of Education and American Psychological Association and a wide range of awards for distinguished research in teacher education, reading, school psychology, special education, gifted and talented education, and educational policy. The Neag School is known for translating research into practice, and engaged faculty have several multimillion-dollar federal- and state-supported projects directly helping Connecticut schools in reform efforts in behavior management, reading instruction, mathematics education, and school leadership enhancement. More than one-third of the school superintendents in Connecticut have a UConn degree, and our teacher education program has one of the highest placement and retention rates in the country, with the majority of graduates staying in Connecticut and teaching in high-need school districts.

The School of Engineering

The School of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across engineering disciplines in seven departments, including the newly established biomedical engineering department that integrates science, engineering, and medicine to improve the quality of life. The School has exceptional students, strong scholarship in terms of knowledge generation and application, and vibrant public-private partnerships with major economic impact on the state and beyond. As evident in research expenditures, scholarly publications, and leadership positions in professional societies, the School has extraordinary research strength in advanced manufacturing and materials; sustainability and resilience; energy and environment; security and infrastructure; biomedical engineering and systems genomics; complex systems engineering and big data; and high-performance computing.

The School of Fine Arts

The School of Fine Arts offers 11 undergraduate and nine graduate degrees across the arts and arts-related humanities, and enables all students at UConn to participate in and study the arts. The newly established digital media and design department will expand academic offerings with innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. The School is home to all of UConn’s exhibition and performance institutions, including the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Contemporary Art Galleries, Digital Media and Design Center, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, and von der Mehden Recital Hall, which together strengthen and enrich research, outreach, and academic programs through connectivity and collaboration. The School offers DMA and Ph.D. programs in music and has significant research strength in the visual arts (ranking in the top eighth percentile among national doctoral-granting institutions) and new initiatives in collaborative and sponsored research through the digital media and design department.

The School of Law

The School of Law offers a JD degree, with certificates in human rights, intellectual property, public policy, and energy and the environment; LLMs in U.S. legal studies and insurance; and a new doctoral program for international students. Law school alumni dominate the Connecticut bench, bar, and legislature, and hold prominent positions in government, industry, judiciary, private practice, and nonprofits throughout the country. We have long been the leading institution for the study of insurance, risk, and regulation in the nation, if not the world, and are developing distinctive expertise in consumer and health finance. With 15 clinics in every area from asylum for refugees to environmental law, leading scholars in numerous fields addressing social justice and human rights, and professors appointed to agencies from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau to the Sandy Hook Commission, we also lead in engagement with the hard problems of justice and inequality.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences includes 24 departments across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, as well as centers, institutes, and interdisciplinary working groups that break down disciplinary boundaries, generate unexpected insights and innovative ideas, and create new fields of inquiry. The College had more than $43 million dollars of research expenditures in 2013, with significant external funding across the behavioral, life, environmental, and physical sciences. The College has enhanced its life and physical science faculty in the areas of genetics and genomics to collaborate with UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine facilities in Farmington. The College has been at the forefront of environmental research, teaching, and outreach, with strong expertise in both the natural and social sciences and ongoing interdisciplinary research initiatives related to environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and global environmental change. With ongoing interdisciplinary work on cognitive science between philosophers, linguists, behavioral scientists and neurobiologists, we have unique capacity for understanding language and the human mind. The College is UConn’s home for research in the Humanities, and includes strong programs in history, including early American and Latin American history, American and English literature, medieval studies, and world languages and culture. The College also supports a collection of programs and institutes focusing on race and gender with a vision of studying both the relevant regions of the world and the populations from those regions as they have migrated across the globe.

The School of Medicine

The School of Medicine is the only state-funded medical school in Connecticut. It trains hundreds of medical residents and fellows, and offers graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences. The School is undergoing a significant expansion as part of the $864 million Bioscience Connecticut initiative and will increase medical student enrollment by 30 percent and add renowned faculty in key areas. The recent partnership between UConn and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine will have a major impact as many Jackson Laboratory faculty will have joint appointments in the School of Medicine, including 10 faculty who will be joint UConn/Jackson Lab recruits. Faculty in the School bring in tens of millions of extramural research funding annually, regularly publish in prestigious research journals, and include internationally recognized leaders in many fields. Specific research strengths include the Alcohol Research Center, the longest-funded center of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, as well as leadership in the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements project, which is one of the flagship projects of the National Human Genome Research Institute.

The School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers prelicensure and graduate programs with many advanced practice nursing specialties at the master’s and doctoral levels. The School is designated as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education based on the pedagogical expertise of its faculty. It offers a well-regarded interdisciplinary certificate in health professions education and is the largest provider of nurses and nursing faculty in Connecticut. Research expertise in the School has a long-standing and international reputation in maternal-infant health, including postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and high-risk infant development. Gerontology and aging research, particularly with vulnerable populations, is another area of strength. The School also hosts an emerging center in correctional health managed care. The School is known for its clinical partner collaborative relationships, where faculty hold joint appointments designed to enhance patient care and health outcomes.

The School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy program, graduating generalized pharmacists trained to serve the health needs of Connecticut and the nation as experts in medications and medication management, and boasts one of the oldest American College of Clinical Pharmacy-approved fellowship program in cardiology/outcomes research. In addition, the School has outstanding MS and Ph.D. programs in pharmaceutical sciences. The School is a national leader in outcomes research and has internationally recognized strengths in the areas of drug discovery, delivery, and development, as well as toxicology research. Our faculty are extensively funded by the National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical industry.

The School of Social Work

The School of Social Work offers a Ph.D. degree and a large MSW program with an unusually full and rich array of specializations in the field of social work. Graduates play major roles in planning, administering, and providing social and mental health services in Connecticut, the region, and beyond. Research and curriculum strengths include international social work and human rights; mental health, trauma, and violence prevention and reduction; social and health disparities; diversity and cultural competence; and policy analysis and advocacy. Faculty excel in engaged scholarship, and almost all are involved in extensive community service. A growing number of collaborations within the University, including the School of Law, UConn Health, and the human rights programs, will enhance scholarship and service.