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 Student in the News

Allison Vas
Teaching led Allison Vas to a Fulbright scholarship

Honors Student in the Spotlight

Erica Bower
MAJOR: Meteorology, concentration in Broadcasting

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
Honors Housing
Barden Travel Fund
Honors Students of Compassion
Honors Council and Committees
Honors Courses
Information for New Faculty
Frequently Asked Questions

Honors Staff

Dr. Christopher Kukk

Kathwari Honors House 102F
(203) 873-9501

Fall 2019 Office Hours: 
Tuesday: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Wednesday: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Friday: 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Jessica Lin

Assistant Director
Kathwari Honors House 102D
(203) 873 - 9502

Fall 2019 Office Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday-Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Student Assistants

Kathwari Honors House 102E

Fatima Izzat

Marketing Assistant
Digital Interactive Media Art

Hao Nguyen

Administrative Assistant
Mathematics & Chemistry

James Cantafio

Administrative Assistant

Emily Hoegler

Administrative Assistant

Honors Office

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

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

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