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.

Registration Process: For more information about permits and the registration process click herehere, and here


Fall 2018 Honors College Courses

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



FINP 1600-05 Financial Well-Being - MW 11-12:15 - Dr. Tao Guo - CRN # 42956

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.

Credits: 3.0



MUSI 1150-03 Understanding Music - MW 8-9:15 - Dr. Lisa Pike - CRN # 41163

The course will introduce students to music’s role as an art form and as an expression of the human experience including the meaning and value of music within societies and individual lives within a historical setting. Music from a variety of genres, styles, time periods and geographical locations of origin will be studied, as well as the manner in which the elements of music are utilized within these settings. The course will include the development of attentive listening skills and effective communication about music. 
Credits: 3.0



ENG 1100-36 - College Writing – MW, 3:30-4:45 - Dr. Philip Cioffari - CRN # 40186

A workshop course in which students develop pieces of writing, taking them through various stages of planning and revision. Students share their writing with the instructor and their peers, get feedback on drafts, and consider this feedback as they progress through the writing process. This course develops students' writing competency on the college level. 
Credits: 3.0 



PHIL 1310-01 – Introduction to Philosophy & Medicine – TR 2-3:15, Dr. Elizabeth Victor - CRN # 42553

This course provides an introduction to philosophy through its application to medicine and concepts in the health sciences. This course will interweave readings and discussion that focus on central philosophical problems, major historically significant perspectives on these problems, and key applications of philosophical thinking to contemporary life through our examination of specific cases throughout the history of medical practice. Central philosophical problems include problems of the following sort: (1) the problem of identity as defined by clinical diagnosis and patient perspectives (2) the problem of freewill and determinism and the role of self-governance in clinical practice; (3) the mind/body problem and determining the site of disease; (4) the problem of the existence of God and the role of faith in patient decisions; (5) the problem of justifying an ethical standard as the basis for care.

Credits: 3.0



PSY 1100-10 – General Psychology – MW 9:30-10:45, Dr. Neil Kressel – CRN # 43054


This course surveys the chief theories, principles, and methodologies of psychology. The biological foundations of behavior, sensory processes, learning, perception, memory, emotion, motivation, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social behavior are examined to establish the foundations for advanced study in psychology.

Credits: 3.0 



BIO 1630-09 General Biology - MW 2-3:15 p.m. and Monday 11-1:40 p.m. - Dr. Carey Waldburger - CRN # 41567

Provides a background in biological principles. Similarities and differences between living organisms, both plant and animal, are discussed. Subcellular and cellular structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and protein synthesis. Open to biology/biotechnology majors. There is a BIO lab fee.

Credits: 4.0



ANTH 2020-10 Diversity and Equity in Schools - R 2-4:40 p.m. - Dr. Ron Verdicchio - CRN #42001

Schools are central to the socialization of children and to the formation and maintenance of modern nation-states.  American schools transmit core values and knowledge and support a meritocracy where social mobility seems to be the outcome of talent and effort.  While offering freedom and opportunity, schools tend to reproduce social structures and perpetuate systems of class, gender and race inequality. This course critically analyzes the role that schools play in the cultural production of the ‘educated’ person. It identifies links between school practices and the community, the state and the economy, which help explain the disproportionate failure of disadvantaged groups. It challenges students to think about schools as sites of intense cultural politics and to consider the effects of history and power on educational processes.   

Credits: 3.0 


PBHL 2950-02 Disparities in Public Health - MW 2-3:15 - Dr. Naa-Solo Tettey - CRN #42129

This course will explore the health disparities that exist among and between groups of people based on the categories of race, ethnicity, gender and class. Situated within the historical record of public health in the United States, this course will review the social, political, cultural, legal and ethical factors that influence health disparities. Significant attention will be given to the idea that health and access to health care is a basic human right in a just society. 
Credits: 3.0



ENG 3270-01 Literature and Environment - TR 11-12:15 - Dr. Barbara Suess - CRN # 42075

The course will familiarize students with the established canons of nature writing and environmental literature. Using an ecocritical lens, students will study the vital relationship between literature and environmental values that exists even in literature not directly identified with environmental traditions. In addition, students will engage in one or more of the following activities: research and analysis of strategies for environmental activism; critical interaction with local (urban, suburban, and/or rural) ecosystems in order to investigate the concept of “environment”; and active participation in environmental activism. In these ways, the course may prove beneficial not only to understanding our regional, national, and global environmental crises but for resolving them, too.

Credits: 3.0


Social Science Electives

PSY 2110-02 - Lifespan Development – TR 8:00-9:15 - Dr. Randi Ona - CRN # 42645

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 


****Upcoming Class for Spring 2019 – UCC 5****

HIST 3010-01 Modern European Social History with Spring Break Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany (March 10-17, 2019)

Prof. Krista (Molly) O’Donnell, Department of History and Humanities Honors Track Director


Students enrolled in the Spring 2019 honors section of HIST 3010 Modern European Social History (with UCC Area Five and Writing Intensive designations) will complement their study of social movements and activism in Europe with a trip to Berlin, where they will visit museums and key sites of historical importance around the Greater Berlin area. The tentative itinerary includes a tour of the political centers of power and protest in Germany, enhancing students’ understanding of civic engagement and political activism. Exact student fee to be announced soon! (The fee will be similar to the Paris course trip which was $850 plus airfare).