Honors Courses

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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.edu.

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Fall 2020 Honors College Courses

Courses are available by permit only.  Email Honors@wpunj.edu for a permit


ECON 2020-07 – Microeconomic Principles – MW 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m. – A. Staff – CRN # 42999

This course discusses the basic economic principles related to the behavior of individual agents. The main topics include the following: 1) Opportunity Cost, 2) Demand and supply analysis, 3) Consumer theory, 4) Production and costs, 5) Profit maximization, 6) Market structure (perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly), 7) Market failure and the distribution of income and 8) International trade and exchange rates.

Credits: 3.0

PSY 1100-011 – General Psychology – TR 9:30am-10:45am - Dr. Neil Kressel  -- CRN #43991

This course surveys the chief theories, principles, and methodologies of psychology with special emphasis on their relations to human behavior. The biological foundations of behavior, sensory processes, learning, perception, memory, emotion, motivation, personality, and the social bases of behavior and behavior pathology are examined to establish the foundations for advanced study in psychology. Current research findings are included wherever applicable.

Credits:  3.0


ANTH 2020-02 – Diversity and Equity in Schools - T 2 p.m.-4:40 p.m. – Dr. Ronald Verdicchio – CRN # 42257

This course uses the anthropological method to explore the relationship between learning, schooling, teaching, and culture. The course analyzes the connection between educational systems and social contexts, and explores the role that schools play as agents of continuity, conflict and change in situations of cultural contact and conflict. Through field-based projects (school visit), students will apply an anthropological perspective to explore their own interests in education and to gain a first-hand understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching in the public schools. Although schooling takes place in a community context, much of the course will be directed to a global examination of the comparative nature of schools. Students will leave the course with an understanding of schools and schooling, how global affects what is local, and how all citizens have a voice in educational policy and practices.

Credits: 3.0


COMM 2620-01- Communicating Food- T 9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. – A. Staff- CRN # 42507

Food is a fundamental dimension of 21st century life, local and global. This class uses food as a lens to examine the structure of our modern world focusing on issues of global health, social justice and environmental justice. Using a variety of approaches, we will examine food as central to social, economic and political life, examining the ways in which social oppression impacts food production, distribution and consumption based on factors of race, gender, and socio-economic class.

Credits: 3.0



PBHL 3820-01 – Structural Determinants of Health – W 11 a.m.-1:40 p.m. – Dr. Zoe Erwin – CRN # 43539

This Honors, Area 5 course explores macro-level societal structures as fundamental determinants of health. Emphasis will be placed on how political and economic institutions as well as systems of power and ideology shape social life, population health, health behaviors, and health disparities. 

Credits: 3.0


Elective Courses

Social Science Electives

PSY 2110-02 - Lifespan Development – TR 8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. - Dr. Randi Ona - CRN # 42435

This course provides a foundation for understanding human development from conception through late adulthood and death. It reviews the theories and research on the biological, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of human development. The biological & socio-cultural interactions with human development (e.g. race, class, gender & culture) are examined as well. PREREQUISITES: PSY 1100 General Psychology 
Credits: 3.0 


Biology Track


BIO 3950-60

Honors Lit Seminar

Dr. Spagna, Dr. Bierbower,
Dr. Monroe

TR 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 42405

Business Track




MGT 4010-01

Honors Thesis I


R 2 p.m.-4:40 p.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 43841

MKT 4010-01

Honors Thesis I


R 2 p.m.-4:40 p.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 43842

Clinical Psy and Neuropsy Track




CLSI 4700-01

Clinical Science Thesis I

Dr. Ona

TR 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 42824

PSY 4100-01

Intro to Counseling and Psychotherapy 

Dr. Nemeroff

TR 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 42327

CLSI 4150-01


Dr. Diamond

W 8 a.m.-10:40 a.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 43576

Cognitive Science Track




CGSI 2000-01

Cognitive Science I- Seminar 

Dr. Gordon

TR 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 41780

CGSI 4010-01

Cognitive Science Thesis I

Dr. Freestone

W 2 p.m.-4:40 p.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 41404

Global Public Health





Humanities Track




HUMH 2000-60

Humanities Honors Seminar II


M 6 p.m.-8:40 p.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 42666

HUMH 4010-01

Humanities Honors Thesis Seminar  I



3 Credits

CRN # 41179

Music Track




MUSI 4960-01

Music Honors Research Methods

Dr. Fowler-Calisto

M 5 p.m.-7:40 p.m.

2 Credit

CRN # 43388

MUSI 4980-01

Music Honors Project



2 Credits


Nursing Track




NUR 3250-82

Cultural Foundations of Nursing

Dr. Mathew


3 Credits

CRN # 41411

NUR 4526-01

Honors Research Implement

Dr. Nocella

R 8 a.m.-10:40 a.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 42316

 NUR 4526-02

Honors Research Implement 

Dr. Nocella

F 11 a.m.-1:40 p.m. 

3 Credits

CRN # 43746

Performing & Literary Arts Track




PLA 4010-01

Honors Research and Thesis 



3 Credits

CRN # 41715

Social Sciences Track




SSH 3010-01

Social Sciences Honors Seminar III

Dr. Kressel

T 2 p.m.-4:40 p.m.

3 Credits

CRN # 44011

SSH 4010-01

Honors Thesis I

Dr. Kressel


3 Credits

CRN # 42929