The Kathwari Honors Program at Western Connecticut State University was founded to foster and nurture academic and civic excellence among outstanding students in all four WCSU schools. The Program consists of highly interactive and interdisciplinary classes and is built on the fundamental assumption that knowledge is an open set of questions and ideas to be explored, rather than a closed set of facts to be memorized. WestConn’s Kathwari Honors Program is arguably one of the more innovative programs in the country. It is designed to expose students to fundamental modes of inquiry found in various academic fields, and to illustrate the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to exploring a topic or issue.

In April 2015, the Kathwari Honors Program received a $1 million donation from Mr. & Mrs. Farooq Kathwari (which endowed the Program), formally changed the name to the Kathwari Honors Program at WCSU and celebrated the renaming of Alumni Hall as the Irfan Kathwari Honors House.

Kathwari Honors students have not only graduated in less than four years but have become Fulbright Scholars and received offers to the world’s leading graduate schools (i.e., Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and Emory University’s School of Law) and employers (i.e., The Hartford and EY -- formerly known as Ernst & Young).

“The program has two pathways: a complete program open to first-year students and first-semester sophomores, and an associate program option available to juniors and seniors.”

Honors in the News

Honors Director Sabrina Marques
Professor Marques wins Board of Regents Faculty Award

Students in the Spotlight

Brielle Skrutskie
Biochemistry Major, Western Research Day and Outstanding Senior Award Winner

Honors Program's Benefits

Priority Registration
Register for courses a full 2-3 days prior to the Seniors' Registration date!
Credit Boost
Register up to 21 credits, instead of 18, without any additional charges or fees
Honors House
24/7 access to Honors House for study and communal space, with a fully equipped kitchen!
Strong Network
Receive academic advice from Honors staff. Meet many outstanding student leaders and learn about jobs, internships, and unique opportunities.

Useful Links

Admission Process and Requirements
Forms and Applications
Barden Travel Fund
Honors Students of Compassion
Honors Courses
Frequently Asked Questions

Honors Magazine

Class Projects

Honors Staff

Professor Sabrina Marques

Kathwari Honors House 102F
(203) 837-9501

Eliamar Gonzalez

Honors Secretary
Kathwari Honors House 102D
(203) 837-8791

Student Assistants

Kathwari Honors House 102E

Jocelyn Villacreses

Honors Assistant

Elias Koukoulis

Honors Assistant

Michelle Rochniak

Honors Assistant
Professional Writing

Honors Office

General Email -
Telephone: (203) 837-3226
Office: Kathwari Honors House 102E

Office Hours (hours may vary, please email us to schedule an appointment)
Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Mailing Address:
Western Connecticut State University
Attn: Honors Program
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810