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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 honors@wpunj.eduPlease include your name, 855 #, and the course (and course section) that you wish to take. 



Honors Courses – Summer and Fall 2014


Summer Honors Section


PSY 2100-80 Developmental Psychology – L. Berness -ONLINE TBA (SUM 1- 5/21-6/27)
CRN: 20197   

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.  Issues of class, race, gender and culture will be interwoven throughout the topics.


Fall 2014 Honors Sections

Arts and Communication

COMM 1010-05  Experiencing Theatre J. Beal -- F, 11:00 - 1:40- CRN: 40145   

UCC 2A Expression

A wide-ranging and free-wheeling look at theatre in all its aspects from all sides- script, staging, performing, watching, directing, technical work, historical, contemporary, dramatic, comedic, musical. In short, we try to answer these questions: what is theatre, and why should we care?


COMM 2630-04 Public Speaking – J. Beal – M, 2:00 – 4:40- CRN: 42533
UCC 2A Expression
The course is designed to present students with the skills and the
confidence to speak engagingly and successfully in a public forum. During the 14 weeks, students will present 3 speeches: one to inform; one to persuade; and one for a chosen special occasion. Videos and readings will supplement discussion and presentations. 

ARTH 1010-05 Understanding Art --  H.  Zhang – TR, 11:00 - 12:15- CRN: 41046

UCC 2A Expression

A study of the major movements, individuals and issues in visual art, from its origins in the cave paintings of Altamira and Lascaux through its continuation into the present. The course emphasizes the acquisition of visual literacy in “reading,” analyzing and understanding art. Opportunities to view and interact with original art are emphasized, along with the development of student writing skills.


Humanities and Social Sciences

ENG 1100-39 College Writing  – P. Cioffari -- MW, 3:30 – 4:45- CRN: 40509
UCC Writing Intensive

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

SPAN 1060-70 – Basic Intensive Spanish I and II - O. DelaSuaree - TR, 11:00 – 12:15 and online- CRN: 40948

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- 04 – General Psychology –  J. Mohlman - MW, 12:30- 1:45- CRN: 42858
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. This online format promotes involvement through an active discussion board and interactive learning modules. A variety of assignments encourage students to translate theories and concepts into a meaningful context related to their own lives and experiences.


PSY 2100 – Developmental Psychology – TR 2:00 – 3:15 – CRN TBA
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.  Issues of class, race, gender and culture will be interwoven throughout the topics. 


WGS 2250-01 – Race, Gender, and Social Justice – C. Sheffield – TR, 2:00 – 3:15- CRN: 41192 UCC 4 Diversity and Justice 

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.  

ANTH 2020- 11- Diversity and Equity in Schools – R. Verdicchio -- R, 9:30-12:10- CRN: 42217 UCC 4 Diversity and Justice
This course uses the anthropological approach to study schools and to understand the relationship between learning, teaching, schooling and culture. Through field-based projects, students will apply the anthropological perspective to explore their own interests in education and to gain a first-hand understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching in contemporary schools.


ECON2010-06- Macroeconomic Principles --  TBA -- MW 2-3:15- CRN: 43281

UCC 3C Ways of Knowing Social and Behavior Science

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of macroeconomic analysis. Particular emphasis will be placed on the examination of production, expenditure, employment, unemployment, and price levels for the economy as a whole. Discussed are also monetary, fiscal and financial policies, with regards to their impacts on economic growth, inflation, unemployment and financial stability.

Science and Health


KNES 1000-70 Active Lifestyles for Health Team Sports -G. Schmidt- MW 9:30-10:45- CRN- 41260 UCC 1 Personal Well Being

The aim of this course is to support the adoption of a physically active lifestyle conducive 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 weight lifting). Interspersed throughout the course are 6 online health lessons comprising topics involving general understanding of the person’s health, stress management, disease risk, substance use and abuse and driver safety.


PHYS 1700 – General Astronomy “Retracing Galileo’s Steps” – Sat., 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
(Observation, 4:30-7:00 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.


Honors Track Courses – Fall 2014



Behavior Genetics – NOT CONFIRMED


Cognitive Science 

CGSI 2000

CGSI 4020


HUMH 2010

HUMH 4010

HUMH 4990


Life Science and Environmental Ethics

HSH 3000-01

HSH 4000-01


Marketing & Management Tracks

MKT/MGT 4010

MUS 4970 Music Honors
Seminar — TBA
MUS 4980 Music Honors
Project — TBA


NUR 3260

NUR 3520


Performing and Literary Arts

PLA 4010 — Honors Research and Thesis — TBA


Social Sciences 

SSH 3010 Honors Seminar in the Social Sciences I
SSH 4990 Thesis — TBA