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 Click here for more information about permits and the registration process. 


Spring 2015 Honors Sections

Arts and Communication 


COMM 1010-06 Experiencing Theatre – J. Beal -- F, 11:00 - 1:40 CRN# 12065 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 2630-05 Public Speaking – J. Beal – M, 2:00 – 4:30                    
CRN# 12533 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. 

Humanities and Social Sciences


ENG 1500-35 – Experiences in Literature --  E. Burns -- MW,  9:30 – 10:45 CRN# 11479 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. The focus of this particular section will be on the family and literature.

ENG 1500-36 – Experiences in Literature – P. Cioffari -- MW, 3:30 – 4:45 CRN# 11480 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,
Hybrid course (partially online) In-person class meets TR, 11:00-12:15
CRN# 11430
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 1100-06 – General Psychology – J. Mohlman -- MW 12:30 – 1:45    
CRN# 11281 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.

ANTH 2020-08 Diversity and Equity in Schools – R, 2:00 – 4:40 -- R. Verdicchio –
CRN# 11287 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 2020-06 – Microeconomic Principles – TR 2:00 – 3:15, CRN # 12997 UCC 3C Ways of Knowing Social and Behavior Science  

Concentrates on the basic economic principles relevant to resource allocation. Demand and supply analysis is used to explain at an introductory level two major topics: 1) price determination in competitive as well as imperfectly competitive markets such as monopoly, oligopoly, and monopolistic completion and (2) distribution of income among resources.

FINP 1600    Financial Well Being – TBA UCC 1 Personal Well Being

Financial well-being is designed to promote financial literacy among students in order to allow them to increase their overall financial, economic and social well-being. Consumers operate in a buyer beware marketplace and must be financially literate in order to achieve and maximize their own well-being and security. This course covers the basic financial planning process and will help students obtain a working knowledge of creating an investment portfolio, filing taxes, risk management, insurance, credit scores, credit reports, debt management, retirement planning and time value of money. Prerequisite: MATH 1060

Prerequisites: Must Pass Fresh Foundation Math Test OR MATH 1060 Minimum Grade of P OR MATH 106 Minimum Grade of P

Science and Health

PHYS 1700-90 – General Astronomy “Retracing Galileo’s Steps” – Sat., 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Observation, 7:45-10:30 p.m.) (Not designated as Honors in WP Connect, but will count as an Honors UCC course.) CRN# 11391 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.