College of Humanities & Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest of the University’s academic units and is the heart of liberal arts education at William Paterson. Departments in Humanities offer core curriculum courses, as well as interdisciplinary and international courses that offer students a truly diverse education.

Numerous HSS departments are involved in teacher training within their disciplines, and several prominent faculty members have grant funding for projects that provide professional development for teachers. Gladys Scott of the Department of Languages and Cultures works on the NJ Department of Education funded project, Teacher Professional Development in Sheltered English Instruction, with Carrie Hong of the WP College of Education. Terrence Finnegan of the History Department has a similar, long-term project that helped Bergen County teachers become better teachers of American History, funded by Bergen County Technical Schools with money from the US Department of Education. Sreevidya Kalaramadam of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies received a grant from the US Department of Education with her project partner, Djanna Hill-Brisbane of the WP College of Education. In this project, WP faculty lead a group of WP student teachers and Paterson teachers on a four-week study tour in India.

Other HSS faculty who have been awarded grant funding for their work include Sheetal Ranjan of the Department of Sociology, who received funding from the US Department of Justice for her work on Campus Violence Prevention. This project, a cooperative program with the WP Women’s Center, expands resources, increases services and promotes safety for students and other members of the campus community. Also, John Parras of the English Department has received support for the University’s annual Writer’s Conference from the NJ State Council on the Arts.