Curriculum

Honors Cluster Students

 

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 and 855 #, the name of the course(s), and the course CRN # . All necessary course information can be found below and/or through WP Connect. 

 


Fall 2014 Honors Sections

Arts and Communication

 

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

UCC 2A Expression

A wide-ranging and free-wheeling look at theater 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

This 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: on to inform; one to persuade; and one for a chosen special occasion. Videos and readings will supplement discussion and presentations.

 

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 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 meaningful context related to their own lives and personal experience.

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, and 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 their 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.

ECON 2010-06- 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, nebulae 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 brings 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 starts, and you’ll learn about their awesome nuclear furnaces. Your classroom will be the starry night sky, and you telescope will show you the wonders of Astronomy.

 

 

Honors Track Courses – Fall 2014

Cognitive Science Track

 

CGSI 2000 Selected Topic in Cognitive Science – M. Gordon – F 9:30am – 12:15pm

CRN # 42270

Examines basic concepts and problems found in several of the disciplines that make up cognitive science. Begins with a historical overview and review of brain anatomy and physiology, and explores the impact of the computer metaphor. Explores some of the issues within cognitive science in depth. Topics range from theories on how we construct our visual world to the representation of the self.

CGSI 4010 Cognitive Science Honors Seminar I – N. Lindemann – TBA

CRN # 41043

This is a research based course that is the first part of a two semester thesis. Although students will have already been exposed to at least one research methods course prior to the thesis course, an overview of the logic of research and methodology will be presented. This overview will also serve to highlight the various options students will have for their own research projects. Research methods open to the students include computer modeling and simulations, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, qualitative research methodologies, discourse analysis and think-aloud protocols. The “how to” of research will be explored in detail. Students, in consultation with faculty, will select a topic for their research project. The exploration of the research topic will be the primary focus of the course. Formal oral and written presentations of research proposal as well as summaries and research notes of a minimum of twelve research articles relevant to the student’s individual topic will be completed. This is a writing intensive course.

CGSI 4020 Cognitive Science Honors Thesis II – N. Lindemann – TBA

CRN # 41210

This is the second component to the Cognitive Science Honors Thesis. Students will have already selected a research topic for their thesis, and the literature review will have been completed. The focus of this component of the thesis will be on data collection, analysis and interpretation of their work. Students will present their research in both oral and written forms. At the end of this course, students will have completed a final draft of a thesis (approximately 50 pages) for submission to the Honors College. This is a writing intensive course.

 

Humanities Track

 

HUMH 2010 Humanities Honors Seminar III – J. Peterman – M 7:00pm – 9:40pm

CRN # 40325

An examination of human life and its problems in the twentieth century, specifically designed to interest the evening working student. Our technological culture has promised unlimited control and prosperity, but has also brought alienation and complexity. Possible solutions offered by politics, behavioral science, and philosophy are discussed. This course develops a perspectives for understanding our human context and provides a focus for dealing with its problems.

HUMH 4010 Humanities Honors Thesis Seminar I – J. Peterman – TBA

CRN # 40326

 

Life Science and Environmental Ethics Track

HSH 4000 – TBA – TBA

CRN # 41888

This course is designed for undergraduate students in the Honors Life Science and Environmental Ethics program. Students will normally work a minimum of 8 hours a week under the supervision and guidance of an on-site supervisor in the community, as well as within certain corporate settings.

 

Management Track

MGT 4010 – Honors Thesis I – B. Florenthal & C. Chao – MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

CRN # 43115

This course represents the first part of a 6-credit Honors Thesis, which must be conducted over two semesters and undertaken in the junior or senior year. It will be applied toward major concentration requirements.

MGT 4010 compromises pedagogy relating to business research in Management. The student will cover topics relating to research methodology, theory building, a refresher on relevant analytic techniques, and proposal writing. They will also learn to review and critique professional writing. The goal of MGT 4010 is to help Honors students develop critical thinking and analytical capabilities that will help them execute an intensive and original research project in a subsequent semester.

Students will choose a suitable topic for their Honors Thesis in MGT 4010. They will be required to develop a research proposal that identifies the basic research question, includes sufficient literature review, and provides a detailed plan of research including timelines for completion. The Honors Thesis will be supervised by an academic mentor chosen from the full time faculty of the Department of Marketing and Management Sciences.

 

Marketing Track

 

MKT 4010 – Honors Thesis I – B. Florenthal & C. Chao – MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

CRN # 42464

This course in the first part of a 6-credit Honors Thesis, which must be conducted over two semesters and undertaken in the junior or senior year. It will be applied toward major concentration requirements.

MKT 4010 comprises pedagogy relating to business research in Marketing. The student will cover topics relating to research methodology, theory building, a refresher on relevant analytic techniques, and proposal writing. They will also learn to review and critique professional writing. The goal of MKT 4010 is to help Honors students develop critical thinking and analytical capabilities that will help them execute an intensive and original research project in a subsequent semester.

Students will choose a suitable topic for their Honors Thesis in MKT 4010. They will be required to develop a research proposal that identifies the basic research question, includes sufficient literature review, and provides a detailed plan of research including timelines for completion. The Honors Thesis will be supervised by an academic mentor chosen from the full time faculty of the Department of Marketing and Management Sciences.

 

Music Track

 

MUS 4970 Music Honors Seminar – J. Kresky – TBA

CRN # 41849

This is the forum for basic contact and orientation for students in the Music Honors Track of the University Honors College. Students are assigned a faculty mentor who meets periodically with the students to plan his/her course of study in Honors, including choices of courses in and out of the Music Department, and to formulate and pursue the student’s Honors project.

MUS 4980 Music Honors Project – J. Kresky – TBA

CRN # 41850

This is the culminating experience in the Music Honors Track of the University Honors Program. It consists of a recital, lecture, paper, report of research, or a combination of these to be determined in consultation with the music Honors Track Coordinator.

 

Nursing Track

 

NUR 3260 Critical Thinking Inquiry – J. Nocella – MW 9:30am – 12:15pm

CRN # 41066

The concepts and processes related to critical thinking, nursing informatics, and evidence based nursing provide the framework for this course. Knowledge and skills required for critical analysis of information relevant to all aspects of professional nursing practice are developed.

NUR 3520 Evidence Based Clinical Practice – J. Nocella – S 9:00am – 11:45am

CRN # 42487

This is the third course in the Honors Track in Nursing. The course provides the opportunity to implement the research proposal begun in the previous course (NUR 3500). This seminar course supports and guides students as they implement their research study. The seminar includes critical thinking and discussion of the challenges that students face as they implement their research study and analyze the raw data.

 

Performing and Literary Arts Track

PLA 4010 Honors Research and Thesis – P. Cioffari – TBA

CRN # 41871

 

Social Sciences Track

SSH 3010 Social Science Honors Seminar III – N. Kressel – T 2:00pm – 4:40pm

CRN # 43326

Each semester, this seminar examines different social dilemma from a variety of social science perspectives. Seminars may address: (1) Law and Justice, (2) International Conflict, (3) Family Matters, (4) Religion, or other topics. 

SSH 4990 Independent Study – TBA – TBA