Honors Cluster Trip 2014


Honors Sections of University Core Curriculum Courses

Every semester, the Honors College offers Honors sections of several University Core Curriculum (UCC) courses. Honors sections are more intense than traditional sections, they rely more upon discussion, and they are capped at 20 students. Before priority registration begins in the fall and spring semester, the Honors College Office produces a list of all Honors sections of UCC courses and shares it with students via e-mail. The list can also be found on the Honors College webpage.

Honors courses are available by permit only. To request a permit, email Honors at Click here for more information about permits and the registration process. 


Summer 2015 Honors Sections 


PSY 2100-80 Child and Adolescent Psychology -L. Berness-ONLINE TBA (SUM 1-5/21-6/30) CRN# 20636

This course is about how we come to be who we are through the course of our development. It will cover physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in each of the main periods of life from infancy through emerging adulthood. Isseus of class, race, gender and culture will be interwoven throughout the topics. 


Fall2015 Honors Sections


Humanities and Social Sciences


ENG 1100-40 College Writing-P. Cioffari-MW, 3:30-4:45 CRN#40243 UCC Writing Intensive

This course gives students a sense of literary tradition unfolding across time in the genres of poetry, drama, essay and fiction. 

HIST 1050-07 The Modern World-S. Dinan-MW, 12:30-1:45 CRN# 43228 UCC-3B Ways of Knowing 

History 1050 is an introduction to world history since 1750. This course will focus on key globlal events like reveoluitions in the late 18th century, the end of the slave trade, European imperialism, World War One, the Women's Movement, World War Two, the Cold War. Students will read an array of primary sources inclduing novels, manifestos, government documents, propaganda, and political cartoons. This course is writing intensive. 


SPAN 1060-70 – Basic Intensive Spanish I and II - O. DelaSuaree,
Hybrid course (partially online) In-person class meets TR, 11:00-12:15

CRN# 40841
This course offers students the opportunity of completing the university language requirement (6 credits) in one semester by covering the entire first year curriculum in an intensive setting. Cultural activities supplement this unique experience for the exceptionally motivated student.


PSY 1100-03 – General Psychology – J. Mohlman -- TR 9:30 – 10:45    
CRN# 42110 UCC 3C Ways of Knowing Social and Behavior Science

This course provides a broad overview of the field of psychology and the study of the human mind and behavior. A variety of assignments encourage students to translate theories and concepts into a meanigful context related to their own lives and expereinces. 


WGS 2250-01 Race, Gender, and Social Justice-C. Sheffield-TR 2:00-3:15 CRN# 41049 UCC-4 Diversity and Justice, Writing Intensive

In common with standard sections, this course will examine racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism looking at current laws, historical documents, academic articles, films, and hearing the personal experiences of other students. Engaging the topics, students will read critically, write on complex topics and work at concept development. Such skill development assignments will prepare students for an intensive undergraduate program regardless of major. 


 Science and Health


KNES 1000-70 Active Lifestyles for Health Team Sports-G. Schmidt-MW 9:30-10:45 CRN# 41103 UCC-1 Personal Well Being

The aim of this course is to support the adoption of a physically active lifestyle conducice to health. The focus is on developing an understanding of the dynamic relationship between personal health and physical activity. Selected health issues are investigated in conjunction with active student participation in corresponding lifetime physical activities. This course involves a variety of sports that will be selected by the class at the beginning of the term. Throughout the semester, students will engage in sports, learn rules, techniques and strategies in activities that are played as a team (e.g. flag football, softball or soccer), against someone else (e.g. tennis or badminton), or individually (e.g. archery, swimming, and wight lifting). Interspersed throughout the course are  6online health lessons comprising topics involving general understanding of the person's health, stress management, disease risk, substance use and abuse and driver safety. 


BIO 1630-05 General Biology I-E. Monroe-M 11:00-1:45 (LAB TR 9:30-10:45) CRN# 40801 UCC-3D Ways of Knowing-Scientific 

For students intending to major in biology, and other students who want a strong introduction to the foundations of biology, this course provides a background in biological principles. Similarities and differences between living organisms, both plant and animal, are discussed. Content includes molecular, cellular and subcellular structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cross-membrane molecular transport, genetics, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and protein synthesis. Required of biology/biotechnology majors. 


PHYS 1700 – General Astronomy “Retracing Galileo’s Steps” – Sat., 2:00 – 4:40 p.m. (Observation, 5:00-7:45 p.m.) (Not designated as Honors in WP Connect, but will count as an Honors UCC course.)  UCC 3D Ways of Knowing Scientific

Learn astronomy the way you expect it to be. Held on Saturday evenings, the students shall learn the constellations, star names, nubulae and planets. Students will get to use telescopes for their lab activities and retrace the steps of Galileo, discovering firsthand the wonders of the night sky. No other astronomy class does this at William Paterson. The class will be led by NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Jason Kendall, who bring years of stargazing experience and knowledge. Not only will you learn how the moon was formed, but you’ll get to see the moon in the sky through a telescope. You’ll see the moons of Jupiter and Saturn’s rings. You’ll see groups of young stars and distant galaxies. This class will teach you the ancient names of the stars, and you’ll learn about their awesome nuclear furnaces. Your classroom will be the starry night sky, and your telescope will show you the wonders of Astronomy.