More About the Honors College

 

FYS Convocation 2014

 

What are the benefits of participating in the University Honors College?

  • Small, interactive classes with highly qualified professors who are committed to their students
  • Individual attention and opportunities to collaborate with professors and peers
  • Development of a final thesis or project with a faculty member
  • Priority registration for all courses taken in the fall and spring semesters
  • Advisement from both a faculty member of the major department, and a member of the University Honors College
  • Opportunities to study abroad and throughout the United States with other Honors students Opportunities to travel to conferences to present thesis or project research
  • Opportunity to live in an Honors Learning Community in High Mountain East residence hall
  • Opportunities to participate in co-curricular activities like field trips, outings and social gatherings with Honors students and Faculty
  • Special notation of Honors on degree transcript and University diploma
  • Recognition as a graduate of the University Honors College at Convocation and Commencement ceremonies

 

How do I apply to the Honors College?

What is required of students enrolled in the University Honors College?

  • Honors students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • All students in the University Honors College are expected to be enrolled in at least one Honors course per semester, but most students choose to enroll in more than one.
  • All students in the University Honors College are expected to regularly check their William Paterson University email accounts for important University and Honors College information. Most information about the Honors College is shared using email.
  • Honors students are required to enroll in and complete an Honors Track. All students will enroll in an Honors Track in their first or second year. Students should be accepted into their track by the time they have completed 60 credits at WPUNJ.
  • All Honors students are expected to attend Honors Weeks events which are typically held in mid-April.
  • To graduate with Honors, a student must take a minimum of three Honors sections of University Core Curriculum courses, fulfill the requirements of an Honors Track, complete a final project or thesis, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. 

What is an Honors Track?

  • As members of the Honors College, in addition to a disciplinary major, students are required to declare and pursue an Honors Track. Most tracks are comprised of four to five courses that often overlap with courses from the disciplinary major, or count towards a second major or minor. Note that Honors Tracks may, but do not have to, parallel a student’s disciplinary major.
  • Students must be enrolled in an Honors Track by their junior year in order to be in good standing in the Honors College. Ideally, students enroll and begin work on their track in their sophomore year, and they complete their thesis before their last semester at William Paterson University.
  • There are eleven different Honors Tracks to choose from which include: Biopsychology, Business, Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Cognitive Science, Humanities, Independent, Life Science and Environmental Ethics, Music, Nursing, Performing and Literary Arts, and Social Science.
  • For more information about each individual track, visit http://www.wpunj.edu/honors-program/tracks.dot

What types of Honors Courses are offered?

  • Most students in their first semester will be enrolled in an Honors Cluster. Clusters bring together three classes around a common theme. He three classes meet separately, and once every week or two, all of the professors and students meet for an interdisciplinary plenary session. First Year Students are assigned to a cluster by the Honors College Director and the Office of the Registrar.
  • Every semester, the Honors College offers Honors sections of several 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 produces a list of courses and shares it with students via email. The list of courses is also available via the Honors College website at http://www.wpunj.edu/honors-program/curriculum.dot.

Who advises Honors Students?

  • The Honors Director, Dr. Dinan, serves as the academic advisor for all first year Honors students with the exception of Nursing, Music, and Art students.
  • All other students are advised by a member of their major department and by a member of the University Honors College, typically their Honors Track Director.
  • Students can find the name of their advisor through WP Connect, under the Student tab. They can also stop by the Honors Office to sign up for an additional advisement appointment.

What is the best way to contact the Honors College?

  • Honors students are encouraged to regularly check their William Paterson email accounts for important Honors College announcements. Announcements and information about upcoming events can also be found on the Honors College website and News Page.
  • The Honors Office is located in Raubinger Hall, room 154. Please feel free to stop by should you have any questions. You could also contact us via email at honors@wpunj.edu or give us a call at (973) 720-3657.

What is the Honors Club?

  • The Honors Club is recognized by the Student Government Association and must conform to its guidelines. The Honors Club is open to all William Paterson University students with an interest in the Honors College. Members need not to be member of the Honors College to join the club.
  • The Honors Club is a social and service organization that plans events, community service projects, and outings for Honors students.