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Begin your WP journey by exploring our wide range of rigorous, highly regarded academic programs in areas including arts and communication, business, humanities and social sciences, education, and science and health.
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The accounting program, which includes traditional study of financial and managerial accounting, taxation, auditing, and legal and regulatory topics, gives students the educational experience and the skill set to qualify for a wide range of career paths in auditing and other assurance services, budgeting, tax accounting, systems consulting, internal auditing, and cost accounting, among others.
The Department of Accounting and Law, in our AACSB-accredited Cotsakos College of Business, prepares students to excel in a wide range of career paths, including auditing and other assurance services, budgeting, tax accounting, systems consulting, internal auditing, and cost accounting, among others.
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The BS in actuarial science is an interdisciplinary program with courses in mathematics, finance, accounting, and economics. The goal of the program is to prepare students for a career in the actuarial science, financial engineering, and related fields. It will prepare students for the first two actuarial exams required by the Society of Actuaries as well as help prepare for higher level exams. William Paterson University is one of only three New Jersey institutions on the Society of Actuaries (SOA) list of Universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP).
The Department of Mathematical Sciences prepares students for careers in data analysis, actuary, or mathematics education, among others. Any science, technology, or engineering career makes full use of a strong math foundation.
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In this program, students will learn about the intellectual and social origins of Africana studies as a discipline and its major objectives, concepts, theories, subject/content areas, perspectives, and concerns. In addition, AWS majors can expect to learn about the African, African American, and Caribbean history, literature and culture in a variety of classes offered within the Africana-world studies program. The major may be combined with teaching certification in elementary education (Early Childhood P-3 and/or Elementary K-6).
The Department of Community and Social Justice Studies offers a wide range of majors to help students develop critical perspectives and marketable skills to be advocates for communities and work in the public, private, non-governmental, and not-for-profit sectors, or to pursue graduate study.
In this program, students will learn about the intellectual and social origins of Africana studies as a discipline and its major objectives, concepts, theories, subject/content areas, perspectives, and concerns. In addition, AWS minors can expect to learn about the African, African American, and Caribbean history, literature and culture in a variety of classes offered within the Africana-world studies program.
The American Studies Minor is an 18-credit inter-disciplinary program that combines United States history, politics, literature, and culture.
The Department of History prepares students for future roles as global citizens and for various career opportunities as educators, researchers, legal professionals, public servants, curators, and media and business professionals, to name a few.
In this program, students will be provided a comprehensive understanding of human nature and humankind. The program takes the broadest view of what it means to be human, integrating the study of biology and culture, history and cross-cultural comparison, system and conjuncture. With its global perspective and holistic approach, anthropology not only provides a solid liberal arts education, but prepares students for a wide range of jobs and careers. A major in anthropology allows students to develop a special awareness of the complexity of human nature, culture and cultural differences, and equips them with a variety of methods to address basic human processes and problems.
The interdisciplinary nature of anthropology makes it an ideal minor for students in other programs who seek an appreciation of different cultural perspectives in this age of global trade and economics.
This concentration prepares students for employment in a wide variety of professional fields while providing them opportunities to effect positive changes in their community. In their junior year, students will have access to a wide range of internship opportunities that can help them forge valuable connections to employers. Applied sociology allows students to do good by doing well.
The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice prepares students for careers in social work and social services, community relations, policy analysis, government, law enforcement, community corrections, prison and jail programs, juvenile corrections and youth services, court operations, victim advocacy, private security, legal professions, and many more.
Within the BA, majors are offered in art history and studio art. Certification for teaching is also offered. Both our BA and BFA degrees are planned to enhance visual perception, cultivate independent thinking, and prepare students for a variety of careers that require a keenly developed sensitivity in the visual arts.
The Department of Art will prepare you for careers in a variety of exciting creative fields, including animation and game design; advertising and graphic and web design; photography, film, and video; certified art education; fine artistry and arts advocacy in galleries and museums; and textile and wallpaper design.
A minor in Asian studies supplements an undergraduate education with an understanding of Asian languages, cultures, and literature. This multidisciplinary approach can round out a student's education while adding value to his or her undergraduate degree.
The Department of Languages and Cultures prepares students for jobs in multiple fields such as education, government, nonprofit work, communications, legal, diplomacy, business, healthcare, advertising, marketing and social media. In particular, K-12 Spanish teachers are needed in New Jersey and across the United States, and bilingual Spanish skills are increasingly in demand for both local businesses and international commerce.
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The athletic training education program (ATEP) is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Certified athletic trainers (ATs) are trained, skilled health care professionals who are directly responsible for the prevention, evaluation, immediate care, rehabilitation, and reconditioning of injuries.
In the Department of Kinesiology, students are prepared for a variety of careers in exercise science, physical education, sport management, sports medicine, as well as exercise physiology and athletic training.
The Certificate in Behavioral and Social Science Research Skills is a 12-credit program that prepares students for careers in social science research in various industries like social advocacy organizations, local government agencies, scientific consulting services, grantmaking services, and professional organizations. Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform various tasks and responsibilities in behavioral and social science research, such as data collection, data management, data analysis, and report writing. The certificate is designed for degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students who are pursuing research careers in behavioral and social science.
The Department of Psychology provides the opportunity for degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department prepares students for employment in areas such as social services, education, health, and research fields, as well as graduate education in diverse fields of study.
The BS in Biology offers the following concentrations:
The Department of Biology offers opportunities for a superior education that provides a pathway to careers in the medical professions, research, and more.
The post-baccalaureate program is a certificate program intended for college graduates who wish to pursue a medical or other pre-professional education but have not yet taken any or all of the science courses required for admission to medical or other pre-professional schools including dentistry, veterinary, physician's assistant, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other health care professions.
The biotechnology program emphasizes coursework and training in many aspects of molecular biology, genetics, plant tissue culture, animal cell culture, DNA analysis techniques, protein isolation and recombinant DNA techniques. Graduates are prepared to pursue further graduate study in biotechnology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and other related areas or to obtain employment in academic, clinical, industrial, or government research laboratories.
Qualified William Paterson University undergraduate students may complete an undergraduate bachelor's and a graduate master's degree in five years by taking graduate-level courses during their senior year. The program is open to BS Biology and BS Biotechnology majors, and leads to the MS Biotechnology degree.
A minor in business administration will prepare to apply a business perspective to your primary field of study. Your knowledge of business fundamentals will enhance your career prospects and ease your transition into organizations and professions.
The Department of Management, Marketing, and Professional Sales, in our AACSB-accredited Cotsakos College of Business, prepares students to successfully launch and market innovative products, effectively support strategic initiatives, excel in sales and sales management, and efficiently manage the operations of any organization.
The Cannabis Studies undergraduate certificate program provides the multidisciplinary knowledge addressing clinical, economic, public health, chemical, and legal aspects of cannabis products. This 15-credit online program prepares students for the growing job opportunities in the cannabis industry as well as other related sectors such as healthcare. The program is designed to serve students with any background. During the course of the program, students will have the opportunity to connect to employers in the related sectors.
The Cannabis Research Institute (CRI) at William Paterson University is designed to provide evidence-based scientific and social scientific information on topics related to cannabis, as well as opioid drugs and other substances.
Students pursuing a BA in chemistry will receive broad exposure to the major disciplines of modern chemistry, and will have the opportunity to concentrate on at least one major discipline of chemistry. They will be exposed to state-of-the art instrumentation, and may take advantage of numerous opportunities to engage in research with faculty mentors. This degree is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in science education at the secondary level, but also prepares students for medical school, dental school, and pharmacy school.
The Chemistry Department prepares students for challenging careers in a wide variety of science, technology, and related fields. Most WP chemistry students are employed or accepted into a graduate program within three months of completion of their degree.
Students pursuing an ACS-certified BS in chemistry will receive rigorous training in all major disciplines of modern chemistry. They will be exposed to state-of-the art instrumentation, and will leverage this instrumentation to solve authentic problems in the classroom and in research laboratories working directly with faculty. This degree prepares students for advanced study of chemistry at the doctoral level, and for immediate employment doing scientific work in chemical, pharmaceutical, and allied industries. This program requires 62-63 credit hours of chemistry and related required electives.
Students pursuing a minor in chemistry will concentrate in at least one major discipline of modern chemistry. They will be exposed to state-of-the art instrumentation, and will leverage this instrumentation to solve authentic problems in the classroom and in research laboratories working directly with faculty. This program is ideal for students who wish to enhance their competitiveness for programs in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.
The undergraduate program in communication disorders and sciences provides students with the fundamental knowledge related to typical and atypical communication processes across the lifespan.
Our programs in communication disorders and sciences prepare students for advanced study and careers in speech-language pathology.
A minor in communication disorders and sciences provides students with a broad overview of the basic undergraduate courses that are required prerequisites for admissions to most graduate programs in communication disorders.
Communication minors are available in communication studies, film studies, international cinema, journalism, media studies, public relations, theatre and comedy, and visual communication.
The award-winning Department of Communication helps students unlock their creative potential in fields such as communication studies, media studies, journalism, film, video, audio and radio production, public relations, and theatre and comedy.
The broadcast journalism track gives students an overview of the theory and history of television news, and focuses on the research, writing, and production skills associated with putting together the various parts of a TV network-style news program. Students learn to: write and produce TV news stories, both in the newsroom and also using cameras, editing and sound equipment; do "live" video reports from remote locations; assemble a news show rundown; supervise preproduction of a TV news program; and supervise the program as it airs. In this way, students are prepared for internships at the major TV news networks and ultimately for TV industry jobs.
The communication studies concentration provides students with the opportunity to study human interpersonal communication from behavioral, humanistic, and scientific perspectives. This includes instruction in the theory and history of communication, the development and application of intercultural and international communication practices, as well as relational, team, and leadership communication competencies in business, education, and social settings. Enhanced competency in written and oral expression is supported through the examination of oral and nonverbal and current technology-based messaging formats.
The journalism track prepares students for professional careers in the newspaper and related industries and for advanced study. In a fast-moving digital era, the curriculum enables students to become sophisticated consumers of news media and includes instruction in news writing, reporting, editing, and media law/ethics. Emphasis is placed on integrating new media throughout the concentration's curriculum. Students prepare for internships and entry-level positions at on-line news organizations as well as at traditional newspapers through writing for the student newspaper, The Pioneer Times, an excellent training ground for future journalists.
The media production track introduces students to the methods and techniques used to create aural/visual messages in a variety of mass media. Sequences of introductory and advanced courses in theory and practice of film, television, and radio provide students a comprehensive understanding of the aesthetics and techniques of media production and prepare them to function as professionals in different media fields. The production facilities in the concentration allow students hands-on practice in two television studios, a radio station, a film production lab, a digital audio production lab, and several digital video and audio editing rooms.
The media studies track takes a generalist approach to understanding the social, economic, political, cultural, aesthetic, legal and ethical dimensions of communication media. Courses are designed to introduce students to an international and multicultural appreciation of the role of media technologies in a global society. Students have the opportunity to blend their critical studies in media with hands-on creative studies through elective media production courses. Students considering careers in the various media industries would benefit from this broad understanding and the program's emphasis on the critical analysis of the role of media in a society characterized by rapid media change.
The public relations track prepares students for careers in a variety of increasingly integrated marketing communications industries. Public relations knowledge and skills apply to virtually all industries and interest areas. Careers in public relations-related fields continue to grow faster than the national average and are listed as a top-8 growth industry by Fortune magazine. Public relations programs help support an organization's business objectives and increase corporate reputation, drive sales and even build a brand. We offer a rigorous public relations curriculum which includes integrated communication planning, digital and social media marketing, strategic multiplatform writing, event promotion, and program development.
Theatre and comedy students focus on the arts of theatre and comedy, both academically and experientially. In theatre classes, such as Acting, Directing, and Playwriting, students learn historical and contemporary theories of theatre as they act in improvisations and scenes, direct fellow students, and write staged plays. In comedy classes, such as the Fundamentals of Comedy Writing and Performing: Stand-up I, they learn theories of comedy as they write and perform their final stand-up exam at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City; in Sketch Comedy Writing and Performing, they replicate the process by which Saturday Night Live skits are developed and enacted. Live performance, writing, research, and collaborative learning are the hallmarks of this program as students develop skills in presentation and creativity, and learn how to utilize them in all media.
The major in Community Development and Social Justice is structured around experiential-learning opportunities that underscore a need for multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to social problems, governance and policy, cultural identity and building diverse communities, conflict negotiation and participative democracy.
A minor in Computer Information Systems compliments any degree. Completing a minor in CIS gives students supplemental skill with data management, information systems, and computer hardware.
The Department of Computer Science prepares students for leadership roles within professional careers in computing.
The Department of Computer Science offers a comprehensive program of study in both the theory of computer science and its applications, leading to a nationally accredited bachelor of science degree in Computer Science. This program includes a broad and solid foundation in problem solving, modeling, and decision making, and the ability to program is developed and refined. Theoretical concepts are reinforced through extensive lab work and computer projects.
A minor in Computer Science compliments any degree. This program of study gives students a foundation of knowledge in computer science, discrete structures, and computer language.
The 12-credit Certificate in Creative Writing program is designed for those who want to explore the art of writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The program is open to adult learners with at least a high school diploma, as well as undergraduate students attending community college or university.
The possibilities for English majors are vast—ranging from careers in law, publishing, public relations, and teaching, to marketing and sales, copywriting, social media marketing, grant writing, and many more. A degree in English can prepare you to excel in virtually any kind of private sector business; federal, state, or local government; non-profit organizations; or even to start your own business.
Students in this program will learn fundamental facts about how the criminal justice system operates in the United States, how and why criminality varies across people and places in the US and around the world, and policies intended to reduce crime and/or punish perpetrators.
The Certificate in Cultural Competence is an academic credential designed to enhance professional qualifications. The program is designed to attract individuals in the business, education, health and other social service areas with an interest in and need for additional knowledge and skills around the concept culture, cultural identity and diversity, intercultural understanding, multiculturalism and difference, and the cultural aspects of globalization.
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This 36-credit degree program is designed to be both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, drawing from multiple disciplines and frames of reference in order for students to view issues of disability through their own experiences and potential career interests. Core requirements for the BA include courses from Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, and Public Health. The multidisciplinary electives include courses from Disability Studies, Anthropology, Kinesiology, Public Health, Psychology, and Sociology.
Courses are being offered in multiple formats including fully online/hybrid/in-person in order to accommodate the needs of many different students.
Our programs prepare you for careers in special education including Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) or Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C), as well as a variety of jobs in disability services. Our professional counseling programs lead to careers as clinical mental health or school professional counselors.
Disability is one category of diversity and identify that permeates race, gender, age, and socioeconomic groups. Disability has always been a natural part of the human experience, but individuals with disabilities continue to be marginalized and oppressed, and are traditionally not included in other efforts to increase diversity in society. The goal of the program is for students to proactively explore the nature and meaning of disability as a social construct instead of as a medical deficit, and to explore laws, policies, cultures, and history as a way to de-stigmatize disease, illness, and impairment across all areas of society.
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Students completing all requirements for the early childhood major will be recommended for the preschool through third grade teacher certification in New Jersey. They will be prepared to teach all subjects in the given grades using research-based, best practices. Optional endorsements include bilingual education and English as a second language.
In our Department of Teacher Education, we prepare initial teacher candidates at the undergraduate and graduate level with the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to successfully teach in New Jersey schools, while our MEd program provides certified teachers with the opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge and skills.
The Early Childhood Education for Paraprofessionals (ECEP) is a two-phase program. Phase I is a 60-credit undergraduate program, in which working paraprofessionals earn a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. For certification, candidates must complete Phase II.
Students completing all requirements for this major will be recommended for the P-3 certification with the endorsement to teach young children with disabilities in New Jersey. They will be prepared to teach all subjects in the given grades using research-based, best practices.
The BA in earth science major is designed for students who wish to apply to the K-12 teacher preparation program in which a double major in education is required. Students must complete a sequence of education courses offered by the College of Education in order to achieve licensure. Earth science is an integral part of instruction in the K-12 classroom as defined by the New Jersey Core Content Science Standards.
In the Department of Environmental Science, our professors mentor their students to develop the skills to become the next generation of scientists, educators, informed citizens, and real-world problem solvers.
The major in economics provides students with a good grounding in economic principles, theories, applications, and policies. Students acquire analytical, quantitative, and critical thinking skills essential for a career in business, and government. The program offers several applied courses in a contemporary and global context such as sports, health, banking, and environment. The scope of the program is to understand the effect, and predict the outcome of economic policy on individuals, businesses, the economy, and society.
The Department of Economics, Finance, and Global Business, in our AACSB-accredited Cotsakos College of Business, prepares students to succeed in a wide range of careers in business or government, including banking and financial institutions, as well as to compete in diversified global markets and internationally oriented enterprises.
A minor in economics strengthens a degree by providing an understanding of micro and macro economic principles. Students are free to pursue electives in fields such as banking, healthcare, and managerial economics to complete the major.
Students completing all requirements for the elementary education major will be recommended for the kindergarten through sixth grade teacher certification in New Jersey. They will be prepared to teach all subjects in the given grades using research-based, best practices.
Students have the option to concentrate in either literature or writing. Our literature program spans historical periods and movements of British, American, and European literature, as well as courses in Caribbean, South American, African, Native American, and Indian literature. Our writing program includes courses in fiction writing, business writing, nonfiction, and critical writing. In this program students will gain an understanding of both the historical significance and the contemporary need for strong writing and analytical thinking skills in a pre- and post-industrial world.
The possibilities for English majors are vast--ranging from careers in law, publishing, public relations, and teaching, to marketing and sales, copywriting, social media marketing, grant writing, and many more. A degree in English can prepare you to excel in virtually any kind of private sector business; federal, state, or local government; non-profit organizations; or even to start your own business.
Students have the option to concentrate in literature, creative writing, or critical and professional writing. Each of these minors offers students a core of literature and writing courses to develop close reading and writing skills, and opportunities to explore literary periods, or hone creative writing (both fiction and nonfiction) and professional writing skills, respectively.
The BS in environmental science program deals with the interaction of humans and their environment from the primary perspective of the natural sciences. The program includes basic courses in the natural sciences and more advanced courses relating the natural sciences to environmental concerns. The program is structured so that the student gains a holistic perspective on the environment. The program's capstone course is Senior Practicum in which students use their training in a real case study to broaden their understanding of a specific environmental problem.
The BS in environmental sustainability program consists of interdisciplinary studies of the sciences, society and politics, and human health as they relate to environmental problems. The program includes the basic courses found in a traditional environmental science degree and advanced courses pertaining to the formation, development, and management of environmental resources.
The ethics degree provides students with training in ethical frameworks and methods that benefit them in both future professional duties and personal decision-making. Awareness of ethical issues helps prepare students for employment in a global marketplace. It also prepares students for graduate professional studies in a variety of fields. The major brings together a community of students interested in practical, contemporary problems such as the recent collapse of the stock market and global financial systems, the nature of professionalism, stem cell research, whether people have a right to healthcare, and what we owe to future generations. The ethics major is structured to explore involved global issues from the perspective of the individual and personal responsibility, as well as organizations and social responsibility.
In the Department of Philosophy, students gain valuable skills that make them highly employable in a wide range of fields. Students are prepared to pursue a variety of career paths including business, non-profit management, technical writing, law, education, higher education, government, research, and marketing, among others. The philosophy major also provides outstanding preparation for graduate school.
A minor in Ethics offers provides students with the opportunity to take courses that study theory, empirical research and analysis. Minoring in Ethics will train students in ethical frameworks and methods to ensure successful execution of both future professional duties and personal decision-making. This minor complements a variety of majors, including nursing, public health, business, finance, pre-law, and majors across the humanities.
The exercise science program prepares students to design exercise prescriptions and communicate information related to health, wellness, and nutrition to a variety of populations including athletes, healthy adults, older adults, obese adults and children, cardiac patients, those who are diabetic, arthritic, hypertensive, or pregnant, and those suffering from cancer. Exercise science students are prepared to take numerous national certifications including American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Finance deals with the raising, analyzing, and investing cash and financial assets while managing a degree of risk to maximize firm value. Students majoring in finance develop critical and analytical skills to evaluate financial markets and institutions. The degree in finance offers three specialized tracks: FinTech, Risk Management and Commercial Bank Management. Our degree provides a solid foundation and tools for a successful career in the financial sector.
In the BS in Financial Planning and Wealth Management program, students will gain an understanding of performing financial planning services while acting as their clients’ fiduciary. The BS in Financial Planning and Wealth Management features a curriculum that is balanced between general education, core business concept and financial planning education, including planning for education spending, planning for retirement spending, investment/wealth management, insurance planning, household tax planning, estate planning and the cutting-edge technology in the financial planning industry. A William Paterson University degree in Financial Planning can prepare you for a career as a financial planner/advisor, wealth manager, insurance consultant, and many other jobs in the financial services industry or for graduate study in the area of Financial Planning. The completion of the degree in Financial Planning and Wealth Management qualifies students to sit for the Certified Financial Planner® exam.
The BFA degree is oriented for those students whose objectives are inclined toward liberal arts training within a most rigorous professional studio arts program. Both our BA and BFA degrees are planned to enhance visual perception, cultivate independent thinking and prepare students for a variety of careers that require a keenly developed sensitivity in the visual arts.Concentrations: Sculpture and 3D Design - Photography - Painting, Drawing and Printmaking - Graphic and Interactive Design - Animation and Multimedia - Interdisciplinary.
Forensic Studies is an interdisciplinary minor encompassing five departments. Students take courses in forensics, criminal justice, psychology, law, and the natural sciences. This program integrates different theoretical perspectives regarding the identification and collection of evidence, laboratory analysis, criminal behavior, crime scene investigation, civil liberties, and constitutional law.
The Department of Political Science, Legal, and Urban Studies offers a variety of programs that help students build successful careers at the city, county, state, and federal levels, as well as in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Graduates work in Washington DC or in government offices around the world, while others have been elected or appointed to public office themselves. The department also has a high success rate of placing students in prestigious graduate and law school programs, including doctoral programs in political science.
A primary purpose of this program is to enable students and professionals to gain awareness and knowledge of how sex, gender and sexuality intersect with other identity categories such as ‘race’, class, disability, religion, nationality, age, and ethnicity within and across cultures, and throughout history. Courses in this 12-credit certificate will focus on an understanding of the biocultural interrelatedness of sex, gender and sexual orientation, interrogating the ways in which biological aspects of sexuality and gender are imbued with social meanings and institutionalized within a variety of public and private sectors of society.
This 12-credit certificate in Genealogy and Family History is open to anyone interested in exploring genealogical research and family history. In their various coursework for this certificate program, students will learn how to effectively research and analyze a variety of historical source materials, including census data, oral histories, maps, town records, military records, personal letters and diaries, and material culture.
The Global Business Program offers a multidisciplinary approach in business studies including economics, finance, marketing, management, and logistics. Students will analyze the strategies and operations of transnational business organizations and evaluate their effects on business performance. Additionally, students will be able to assess the impact of the global environment (economic, financial, political, regulatory, technological, social and cultural) on individuals, institutions, businesses, economies, and societies.
The BS in health studies is a general program that prepares students with the health knowledge and skills necessary to understand and navigate the U.S. healthcare system, to be an informed consumer of health information, and to critically assess personal health behavior, health status, and associated health risks. The health studies program is ideal for those who want to learn more about health and wellness, but who do not wish to pursue preparation in a specific health profession such as public health, health education, or nursing.
The Public Health Department prepares entry-level public health professionals and health educators who are able to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate a broad range of health promotion and disease prevention programs designed for a community’s diverse population.
Health studies is a broad term used to describe the study of health issues and behaviors with an emphasis on health at the level of the individual. As our collective understanding of human health is continually evolving, the minor in health studies provides students with broad exposure to current and evidence-based content through a variety of personal health courses. Students who minor in health studies will explore content in several foundational areas of personal health and wellbeing, and may select elective courses based on personal interests and needs.
The Healthcare Ethics certificate is a 12-credit interdisciplinary program that can be added to any major. This certificate program provides students with training in critical reasoning, ethical frameworks and methods, and applied healthcare ethics coursework to ensure successful execution of both future professional duties and personal decision-making.
History majors can undertake a guided independent study in an approved subject of their choice; intern as curators and archivists at local museums and historical societies; participate in the activities of the History Club; and earn membership in the university's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society.
The History Minor is an 18-credit program. History has important links to other fields of study, including political science, philosophy, literature, economics, law, criminal justice, and social justice.
The University Honors College at William Paterson University offers academically gifted students the space to explore new ideas and engage in intellectual and creative collaborations with experienced and dedicated members of the faculty. It offers a rigorous curriculum with a challenging array of courses, seminars, and co-curricular activities.
The University Honors College offers ten tracks including disciplines in business, humanities, sciences, as well as independent study.
The Honors College provides a comprehensive educational experience that brings together the academic, residential, social, and cultural experiences of academically advanced students.
Information Technology offers students a partially distinct set of abilities (relative to core computer science) and knowledge at a more pragmatic level. Students in IT will acquire the practical knowledge of networking, system administration, data management, cyber security, as well as system analysis, design, and programming.
A BA in integrated mathematics and science with a concentration in biology will give students exposure to major disciplines in the field, including genetics and environmental sustainability. Students will be able to engage in research, take advantage of advanced laboratories, and focus study on at least one major discipline within biology. This degree is ideal for students in pursuit of a career in science education at the secondary level, but also prepares students for medical school, dental school, and pharmacy school.
The Integrated Math and Science program offers degrees at the BA level. The programs of study combine a strong foundation in mathematics and sciences with further specialization in one specific field. This approach offers a depth of study in one field similar to a BS degree, while providing a well-rounded education in complementary fields in science and mathematics.
A BA in integrated mathematics and science with a concentration in chemistry will receive broad exposure to the major disciplines of modern chemistry, and will have the opportunity to concentrate on at least one major discipline of chemistry. They will be exposed to state-of-the art instrumentation, and may take advantage of numerous opportunities to engage in research with faculty mentors. This degree is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in science education at the secondary level, but also prepares students for medical school, dental school, and pharmacy school.
A BA in integrated mathematics and science with a concentration in environmental science gives students a broad knowledge in the fields of geology, ecology, chemistry, physics, and biology. Students must also complete requisite courses in calculus and statistics. This broad foundational knowledge is ideal for students pursuing a career in science education at the secondary level, but is also useful for graduate studies and careers in environmental sciences.
A BA in integrated mathematics and science with a concentration in mathematics will receive a broad education across multiple scientific disciplines with a focus in mathematics. Fields of scientific study include biology, chemistry, computer science, and physics. Advanced mathematics courses make this major ideal for a student pursuing a career in mathematics or science education at a secondary level.
The primary goal of the minor in international cinema is to provide students with a multi-cultural approach to the study of the history and aesthetics of the world cinema with a particular emphasis on issues of ideology, ethnicity, race, and gender across cultures.
The interdisciplinary minor in international studies prepares students to engage with the concepts, ideas, and analytical tools necessary to understand relations among nation-states and between states and no-state actors. It will introduce students to various explanations of state behavior, whether economic, diplomatic, or cultural, in the context of history and contemporary and current events. Students will explore vital topics such as war, cooperation, foreign policy, international law, diplomacy, political economy, human rights, and cultural/perceptional issues that shape state behavior.
Students majoring in physical education may elect to complete the School Health Teacher certification. This program is a five-course sequence that will enable the student to teach health upon graduation from the physical education program and successful completion of the Praxis exam. Student will study the core NJ health content areas: nutrition and fitness, human sexuality, drugs and alcohol, personal safety, and develop competence in teaching pedagogy and curriculum development.
The major in Latin American and Latinx studies is designed to bridge the gap, in the production of knowledge, between the lived experiences of the Latin American and Latinx populations in the Americas. The program provides a greater understanding of diversity in keeping with the University’s mission of providing a climate of diversity and equity in educational excellence. In doing this, Latin American and Latinx studies helps students develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the politics, economics, psychology, history and literature of Latin America and of Latinas and Latinos in the United States.
The minor in Latin American and Latinx studies provides students with an abbreviated survey of the interdisciplinary Latin American and Latinx studies program. The minor exposes students to some of the core elements of the Latin American and Latinx studies program, which has courses offered by 11 different departments and programs (i.e., Africana world studies, art history, anthropology, English, geography, history, languages and cultures, political science, psychology, women’s and gender studies, and Latin American and Latinx studies) across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
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Legal studies equips students with the skills necessary to succeed in law school or any law-related career. Our courses emphasize critical reading, writing skills, verbal communication, and research proficiency. Legal studies promotes the values of public service and social justice, while helping students build a strong foundation for a legal education. Students are exposed to important facets of the law and the legal profession, such as: case law analysis, statutory construction, constitutional interpretation, and jurisprudence.
Legal studies equips students with the skills necessary to succeed in law school or any law-related career. Our courses emphasize critical reading, writing skills, verbal communication, and research proficiency. Legal studies promotes the values of public service and social justice, while helping students build a strong foundation for a legal education. Students are exposed to important facets of the law and the legal profession, including: case law analysis, statutory construction, constitutional interpretation, and jurisprudence. The Legal Studies Minor is an abbreviated version of the major.
A minor in linguistics can be both intellectually rewarding and practical. A background in linguistics develops knowledge about the human capacity to acquire and use language, as well as about the formal systems that make up human and artificial languages. A background in linguistics will develop your ability to understand and analyze many facets of language and communication. This ability can be applied to the study, for example, of English grammar and style, or of foreign languages, or of child and adult speech and language acquisition. Linguistics can illuminate language diversity and change or serve to make sense of computer science and logic. A minor in linguistics will directly benefit students majoring in communication disorders, English, foreign languages, philosophy, communication, education, anthropology, psychology, cognitive science, liberal studies, and computer science.
Students will learn to effectively apply management theories to enhance organizational welfare and profitability. Graduates will be prepared to manage organizational resources, and develop and implement strategic and tactical level plans to support organizational goals. A diverse array of courses in human resources, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, labor management, and business analytics provide the opportunity to develop fundamental business competence. A focus on quality management and technology management qualifies our graduates to pursue managerial professions in health care, sales, banking, education, government, and production/manufacturing.
Students will learn the art and science of marketing through the delivery of a balanced curriculum that ensures fundamental business competence. They will develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communications skills by focusing on customer needs and the dynamics of buyer behavior. Students gain an appreciation of cultural differences, quality concerns, ethical and sustainability issues, and disruptive technology impacts on a global marketplace. Courses in marketing research, consumer behavior, pricing, social media marketing, and digital marketing enable our graduates to provide customer insights and create value for their employers.
Students pursuing a BA in mathematics will develop an understanding of mathematical structures, logical analysis of mathematical applications, critical thinking and problem solving techniques. This degree is well suited for education-related careers and many industrial careers.
In this program, students will develop a deep understanding of real and complex mathematical structures, logical analysis of mathematical applications, critical thinking and problem-solving techniques, with an emphasis on mathematics used in physical sciences. This degree is well suited for engineering careers and for students seeking to pursue graduate school.
The minor in mathematics is designed for students with strength and interest in mathematics but in pursuit of a degree in another field. The intent of the minor is to give students an exposure to the basic disciplines of mathematics and an opportunity for further study in advanced topics in mathematics.
The BS in medicinal biochemistry program offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum, outlined with advanced level biochemistry as well as medicinal chemistry courses. Course offerings such as biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biophysical chemistry, will provide students with a solid foundation of various biochemical and physical concepts of medicinal biochemistry. The students will also be trained in cutting-edge research and problem-solving skills.
The minor in Middle East studies prepares students to understand and engage with a region of great cultural, economic, and political importance. This is an interdisciplinary program, with courses drawn from eight different departments (languages and cultures, art, Asian studies, geography, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology) across two different colleges (College of the Arts and Communication and College of Humanities and Social Sciences).
Led by an experienced faculty, the minor in Music & Entertainment Industries program is structured to provide the background you need to secure a career in the music and entertainment business.
Our outstanding Department of Music prepares you for careers in classical performance, jazz performance and composition, sound engineering arts, music education, music and entertainment industries, and popular music. Our music students work directly with world-renowned faculty who are also in-demand performers. They benefit from exceptional student performance opportunities with ensembles, both on campus and throughout the New York metropolitan area. They also gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art music production and recording studios.
The jazz studies program is unique among college programs, offering an emphasis on small-group playing and a genuine commitment to the jazz tradition. One of the nation's five longest-running jazz degree programs, its faculty are all top New York professionals. Students currently come to the jazz program from 23 US states and six foreign countries.
The music education program is designed to provide future music educators with a solid basis for professional success as a teacher through courses in performance, theory, music history, music education, education, and liberal studies.
Billboard Magazine, the top trade magazine for the music industry, has listed William Paterson University in New Jersey as having one of the top music business programs in the country.
This program, for students who possess both exceptional performance abilities and aspirations, demands an intense commitment to both music practice and academics.
The William Paterson University Sound Engineering Arts program offers students the essential combination of the technical, theoretical, practical and musical areas of the audio arts.
The bachelor of arts with popular music emphasis examines contemporary popular music from a global perspective and through the study of social media and songwriting.
The music major at William Paterson University offers a platform for surveying the professional musical landscape. Students learn about all areas of the music world: performance, business, education and technology while interacting with students and professionals in those respective areas.
The musical studies minor at William Paterson University offers a platform for surveying the professional musical landscape including performance, business, education and technology.
Known for excellence in nursing education, William Paterson University's BS in nursing program prepares students for entry level practice as professional nurses in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, and community health organizations. Graduates are well prepared for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), administered by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, to become professional nurses. They also gain a strong foundation for advanced education at the master's and doctoral levels. This department offers a major in professional nursing supported by a concentration in the biological, physical and social sciences and a broad base of general education courses. Nursing courses include a clinical laboratory component in which faculty guide students in the development and application of knowledge and skills in a variety of health care settings. An on-campus learning center provides a large inventory of audiovisual materials, carrel room, computer laboratory, hospital equipment, and supplies for student laboratory experiences.
A leader in nursing education for more than 50 years, the Department of Nursing—accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)—offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and DNP levels. The BSN prepares students for entry-level practice as a professional nurse in every healthcare setting—acute or chronic care, in hospitals, the community, or home healthcare. BSN graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to continue their nursing education at the MS or doctorate levels.
To broaden your career opportunities and meet the challenges of the expanding roles of the nurse, higher education is required. The department of nursing has modeled the admission requirements for the completion of the bachelor of science in nursing on the New Jersey articulation model developed by the New Jersey State Nurses Association. For progression to the baccalaureate degree in nursing, the registered nurse student must meet the admission requirements of the University, and have graduated from an accredited nursing program.
Philosophy investigates many aspects of our thinking and experience. In classes such as ethics, logic, and aesthetics, philosophy examines procedures and standards, if there can be any, for proper behavior, thinking, and feeling. Metaphysics examines the nature of space and time and the conditions of experience. Epistemology looks at how we know what we think that we know and the limits of knowledge. Many areas of our experience have separate philosophical inquiries dedicated to furthering our ability to discuss and understand them: language, art, education, religion, science, love, gender, mind, history, politics, law, and mathematics. Many famous thinkers have offered advice on how to pursue inquiry or catalogued the results of their own efforts, and the department offers regular seminars in the work of a single thinker, such as Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, among others.
A minor in Philosophy offers a rich variety of traditional courses in Ancient Greek, medieval, modern, nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy, along with specific courses in philosophical areas such as logic, ethics, political and social philosophy, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, philosophy of art, existentialism, phenomenology, metaphysics, as well as Eastern philosophy and religion. Many of these courses are chosen by non-majors as part of their liberal studies, general education requirements, or free electives.
The Physical Education Teacher Licensure Program prepares candidates for physical education teacher licensure in both elementary and secondary schools. Additional certification in Health Education and Driver's Education are available.
The minor in physics is for those students who have an interest in physics, but wish to pursue a degree in another field. If the other field were in one of the other sciences, then only two or three additional courses would be necessary for completion of the minor. The intent of the minor is to give students an exposure to the basic disciplines of physics and an opportunity for further study in advanced topics in physics.
The major in political science is a comprehensive social science program that allows students to build a core foundation of knowledge in both domestic and international affairs. The program is designed to provide students with the conceptual, theoretical, and research tools that will enable them to understand, participate in, and change the institutions and practices—whether on the local, national, or international level—through which people make the decisions that affect their lives. It offers students the opportunity to take a variety of courses in U.S. politics, public policy, political theory, law, international studies, political behavior, diversity studies, and political economy.
The Department of Political Science offers students the opportunity to earn a BA in political science and a master of arts in public policy and international affairs via our five-year accelerated degree program. The program is targeted for high achieving students with a strong interest in public service.
The minor in political science provides students with an abbreviated survey of the political science program that exposes them to some of the conceptual, theoretical, and research tools that will enable them to understand, participate in, and change the institutions and practices—whether on the local, national, or international level—through which people make the decisions that affect their lives. It offers students the opportunity to take a variety of courses in U.S. politics, public policy, political theory, law, international studies, political behavior, diversity studies, and political economy.
The Professional Ethics certificate is a 12-credit interdisciplinary program that can be added to any major. This certificate program provides students with training in critical reasoning, ethical frameworks and methods, and professional ethics coursework to allow successful execution of both future professional duties and personal decision-making.
The ability to generate revenue and "sell the business" are among the most fundamental sought-after qualities in new graduates. More than any other entry position, sales careers provide new employees with immediate visibility, accountability, recognition, reward and opportunity – perfect for individuals looking for a "fast track." We aim to provide students with lifelong skills including relationship building, communication, negotiation, and leadership. Sales careers are often cited by employers as the most highly visible and effective entry points for new hires to learn about the business and demonstrate their understanding of a company's products, customers, and the markets they serve.
A minor in professional sales complements any major by demonstrating academic and practical sales credentials. Students take classes which develop a working knowledge of sales, marketing, and negotiation.
The BA in psychology provides a broad understanding and appreciation of the field of psychology as a multifaceted discipline with both scientific and humanistic aspects. In addition to the mastery of specific course content, the program seeks to develop the student's ability to think critically about issues in the field. Moreover, the program is designed to help students: (1) integrate their knowledge of psychology with concepts and research from related disciplines, and (2) discover opportunities for application of knowledge in psychology to the solution of human problems. The program serves as preparation for graduate study in psychology or in such areas as law, social work, and public administration. In addition, the program prepares students for entry into bachelor's level careers.
Psychology is the study of mental activities and behaviors that can be applied to the betterment of a wide range of other disciplines. The minor program in psychology is designed to allow students to explore critical topics and ideas in psychology in an easily adaptable format. With hundreds of course offerings each year in more than 60 subject areas and sub-disciplines of the field, students have the capacity to select areas of interest and explore them deeply. In addition, the program seeks to develop the student's ability to think critically about concepts and research in psychology and its application to the solution of human problems.
The BS in Public Health Promotion is a professional preparation program that prepares students with the knowledge of public health practice, principles and methods, and the skills necessary to utilize these to improve the health of the public. The program prepares public health professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to function effectively in a public health setting and to attain the certified health education specialist (CHES) credential.
The minor in public health introduces students to the core content and functions of the field of public health. Students may select from a variety of elective courses to build a program that enhances the student's major area of study and matches the student's personal interests in the health field.
The minor in public policy and administration introduces students to the structure, politics, process, and logistics of organizations, programs, and policies in the public sector (governmental and non-governmental). Students will critically examine the key challenges facing contemporary practitioners in the public sector and learn about potential challenges on the horizon. Thus, applied problem solving is a core component of the minor. It is expected that students will develop sound foundational knowledge of the work of the public sector and greater awareness of careers in the public sector via exposure to classic and contemporary texts and relevant case studies. This minor is especially beneficial to students who desire a program of study that allows them to apply the civic knowledge and critical thinking skills developed within the liberal arts and social sciences toward the examination of specific challenges and skills required within the modern public sector.
The BA in secondary education K-12 combines academic course work in a specific content area, secondary education, and university core curriculum. Students who complete all program requirements earn a BA in secondary education and will be recommended to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) for a Cert. of Eligibility for Advanced Standing by the Office of Certification and Education Enrollment in the College of Education.
This is a dual licensure program for undergraduate students seeking to teach regular and special education students in a specific subject area. The program meets the requirements for teacher licenses outlined in N.J.A.C.6A:9 and is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. Majors approved for the K-12/TSD subject area program are: English, math, history geography, political science, and any lab science. K-12/TSD students wishing to graduate in 8 semesters must take more than 15 credits per semester prior to clinical practice and/or take summer courses.
The goal of the 18-credit social justice studies interdisciplinary minor is to provide students with the opportunity to study the concept of social justice through a concentrated set of core and elective courses. By choosing courses from a variety of disciplines, the minor encourages intellectual inquiry from multiple perspectives with the goal of enhancing students' understanding of social inequities and to encourage informed citizenship.
The Bachelor of Social Work at William Paterson is an interdisciplinary degree program comprised of 10 required social work courses as well as courses in sociology and public health. The program culminates with a 400-hour internship experience during the fall and spring semesters of the senior year.
Students in the general sociology program will learn about patterns in social behavior and a variety of possible explanations for those patterns. There will be particular focus on inequalities by race, gender and social class.
Students majoring in sociology with a concentration in social services will take several courses specifically about the field of social work, in addition to the standard sociology curriculum. In their senior year, students concentrating in social services complete an internship in an area of the field within which they seek employment.
The Spanish for the professions minor program provides students with competency in the Spanish language while developing professional language and cultural skills. The outcomes for this minor include learning the linguistic and cultural skills necessary to facilitate written and oral professional interactions both in Spanish-speaking countries and in the USA.
The Spanish program seeks to enhance its student's oral and written skills in the Spanish language, to foster a strong awareness of the multicultural and multi-ethnic Spanish speaking world, and to promote critical and communicative skills applicable to diverse professional endeavors.
A minor in Spanish grants students a gateway to proficiency in the language. Courses provide students with a foundation of knowledge in Spanish language, composition, and literature. A minor in Spanish benefits students by providing them with abilities in practical as well as professional and academic communication.
Courses in the sport management program present relevant theory and practice that prepares students to be successful leaders in today's ever-expanding sport industry. Students will develop business and administrative skills needed by organizations involved with sport activities, products, and services.
The program is intended to be a component of the Accelerated 3+2 BS in Sports Medicine/ MS in Athletic Training. Students who do not wish to pursue or who do not meet the requirements for acceptance into the MS in AT can still matriculate into and graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports medicine.
A minor in statistics develops proficiency in statistical techniques. The minor is suitable for science, computer science, or business majors who wish to enhance their quantitative skills and analytical thinking for their major. It also improves their graduate school and career prospects.
This minor is for students majoring in elementary or secondary education who seek to obtain a NJ special education endorsement (Teacher of Students with Disabilities). This minor requires 19 credits of coursework taken over four semesters. The coursework includes a full semester of practicum, working in a school setting with students with disabilities.
The major in Urban Science and Society provides students with a deep understanding of the richness, complexities and interrelationships of the urban world and urban life. It focuses on an investigation of cities and urban life in their physical, environmental, social, cultural, economic, and political manifestations, the critical role of cities in society, the causes, prevalence, and consequences of urban challenges, and the theory and practice of addressing these challenges. The program is broadly interdisciplinary, drawing from different disciplinary frameworks, insights, perspectives, approaches, and tools to analyze and understand urban dynamics, processes, issues, problems, and policies.
The Urban Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the exploration of cities and urban processes through a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The program prepares students to better understand, and be able to effectively address as professionals and citizens, the complex challenges presented by urban growth and development and the rapid pace of change in 21st century cities. The minor can be combined with many majors at William Paterson University such as political science, sociology, anthropology, history, business, communication, and environmental science. A minor in urban studies provides an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing careers in community development, law, public policy and administration, education, law enforcement, community organizing, transportation, housing and commercial development, real estate, political service, social work, journalism, and research.
The minor in visual communications enhances visual perception, cultivates independent thinking, and introduces students to the visual arts, specifically in the areas of graphic and interactive design.
This interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary academic program engages students with community, civic issues, and citizenship. Students develop conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills and opportunities for experiential learning for the study of gendered lives and experiences. They engage in feminist analyses that focuses on the centrality of gender relations, emergence and reproduction of sexism and patriarchy, production of feminist knowledge and theories, women's movements, and feminist methods of doing research. Students use an intersectional framework for the analysis of gender, race, class and sexuality (concepts), racism, sexism, homophobia/heterosexism (processes), and the organization of these processes in social institutions. They learn a social justice approach to issues of systemic oppression, resistance, change, and activism locally and globally, gaining professional skills through in-class activities and civic engagement.
In the women's and gender studies minor, students complete 18 credits. The minor complements all majors by providing conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills and opportunities for experiential learning for the study of gendered lives and experiences. The minor teaches a social justice perspective which serves in all professions, bringing awareness of diversity and oppression, thus creating citizens who are better informed as critical thinkers who can assess conditions that enable or inhibit individual and group resistance, agency, and activism in local and transnational contexts.
A minor in world literature benefits students with courses designed to develop skills in literary and textual analysis. Students can choose courses covering literature from a variety of cultures with a focus on interdisciplinary study. This program fosters research and analysis skills while developing proficiency in foreign languages.
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