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 here and here


Spring 2019 Honors College Courses

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


ARTH 1010-01 UNDERSTANDING ART – MW, 11-12:15 – Dr. He Zhang – CRN # 13313

A study of the major movements, individuals and issues in visual art, from its origins in the cave paintings of Altamira and Lascaux through its continuation into the present. The course emphasizes the acquisition of visual literacy in “reading,” analyzing and understanding art. Opportunities to view and interact with original art are emphasized, along with the development of student writing skills. Credits: 3.0



ENG 1500-17 - EXPERIENCES IN LITERATURE – MW, 12:30-1:45 – Dr. Emma Heaney - CRN # 13451- FILLED


ENG 1500-60 - EXPERIENCES IN LITERATURE – W, 3:30-6 – Dr. Judith Broome - CRN # 13700- FILLED

In this course students will explore the ways that poetry, short fiction, film, and non-fiction represent and interrogate coming-of-age stories and their intersection with contemporary social issues.  Substantial writing is required. PREREQUISITE: ENG 1100. Credits: 3.0 



PHIL 1120-03 – PHILOSOPHY OF THE FUTURE – TR, 11-12:15 – Dr. Pete Mandik – CRN # 15815- FILLED

Philosophy focuses on what can be known by reasoning alone concerning topics fundamental to all modes of learning and living. Such topics concern knowledge, free will, the mind, right and wrong, and the existence of God (or lack thereof). We will tackle these topics by applying our own reasoning in discussion of significant philosophical arguments, especially as they pertain to the future. Futuristic topics include: the end of the world, the nature of time (and time travel), robots, cloning, and the question of whether we are all in the matrix. We will examine recent relevant research on the philosophy of the future through lectures and discussions based on the assigned readings. â€‹Credits: 3.0 



ECON 2020-06 – MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES – MW, 9:30-10:45 – Staff - CRN # 16086- FILLED

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 ad 8) International trade and exchange rates. Credits: 3.0


UCC 5 and Writing Intensive

HIST 3010-01 – MODERN EUROPEAN SOCIAL HISTORY – R, 3:30-6:10 – Dr. Molly O’Donnell – CRN # 16004

Note that this course requires participation in a spring break trip to Berlin, Germany; $750 in program fees; roundtrip airfare to Berlin; and a valid passport.

Complement your study of social movements and activism in Europe with a trip to Berlin, where you 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. The course highlights the history of European labor movements, popular and student protests, and civil rights movements including asylum rights. It has UCC Area 5 Civic Engagement and Writing Intensive designations. Credits: 3.0


PSY 3450-02 – COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY – MW, 9:30-10:45 – Dr. Caren Jordan – CRN # 15983

This course presents students with an introduction to the breadth of concepts, social issues, and research approaches that characterize community psychology. Unlike many other areas of Psychology, community psychology utilizes an ecological approach in examining adaptive and maladaptive behavior such that it may not be an issue with an individual but rather the fit of the individual with the context. Context here is viewed as multi-layered, behavior is examined as a function of the individual within networks of people, institutions, and social systems. Students will learn to recognize the complexity of the ecological perspective and the many circles of social influence with an eye to advancing the well-being of individuals and communities. In addition to examining theory-based research, this course will also focus on applied service delivery. The promotion of health, the prevention of mental health problems, and the design of community-level interventions will be addressed. Credits: 3.0



LAS 2010-01 – INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES – TR, 11-12:15 – Dr. Franklin Rodriguez – CRN # 14449

This course introduces students to the literature, geography, history, culture, society, economics, and political systems of Latin America. It focuses not only on Latin America as a whole, but also on the relationships between the various geographical regions–Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and South America–that constitute it. This is the foundation course for the Latin American Studies major and minor. Students are advised to take this course, which is offered every semester, at the beginning of the major or minor. Credits: 3.0


NURSING AND PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS AND MINORS, open to all Honors students who have completed PSY 1100

PSY 2110-03 – LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT – MW, 8-9:15 – Dr. Randi Ona – CRN # 15380

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 and socio-cultural interactions with human development (e.g. race, class, gender & culture) are examined as well. PREREQUISITE: PSY 1100 General Psychology. Credits: 3.0