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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.

See the Spring 2021 Honors courses listed below.

Honors courses are available by permit only. To request a permit, email Honors at honors@wpunj.edu.

Registration Process: All first-year students are registered by the registrar. See your advisor by October 26th to request courses. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors, see your advisor before November 2nd. For more information about permits and the registration process click here. For a course registration video, please click on the following link: https://youtu.be/EzBYVn7qpuU

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Courses are available only by permit. Email honors@wpunj.edu with your 855 to request a permit. 

Spring 2021 Honors Courses 

Spring 2021 Honors Courses 


Area 2C- Experiences in Literature  

ENG 1500-035. CRN 14699 Heaney, Emma. TR 9:30-10:45 (hyflex)

ENG 1500-885. CRN 14752 Broome, Judith. TR 2-3:15 (synchronous online) CLOSED/FULL

ENG 1500-886. CRN 14867 Cioffari, Phillip. MW 2-3:15 (synchronous online) CLOSED/FULL

ENG 1500-887. CRN 14761 Cioffari, Phillip. MW 3:30-4:45 (synchronous online) CLOSED/FULL


Develops the student’s appreciation and enjoyment of selected works in fiction, drama, and poetry. Works selected represent different historical periods and cultures. Substantial writing is required.  

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1100; Attribute: Writing Intensive  


Area 3A- Introduction to Philosophy 

PHIL 1100-880. CRN 14024 Mandik, Pete. TR 11-12:15 (synchronous online) CLOSED/FULL

Representative problems of philosophy, ranging from methods of inquiry, moral dilemmas, religious knowledge, problems of existence, artistic judgment and criticism to political and social philosophy.  


Area 3C- Ways of Knowing Social and Behavioral Science 

Understanding Human Language 

LANG-1120-881. CRN 14817   Bernstein, Judy. TR 11:00-12:15. synchronous delivery.

This foundational course examines human language in terms of its structure, variation, and inherent complexity. Knowledge of the core theoretical concepts of morphology, phonology, syntax, and semantics is applied to various questions about and approaches to the nature of child and adult language acquisition, language processing and impairment, and language contact and change. Tools of linguistic analysis will be used to develop and test hypotheses, and several 15methodological approaches will be explored. Interdisciplinary in nature and empirically based, the course touches on topics of relevance to social and behavioral sciences, humanities and education. 

General Psychology 

PSY 1100-880 CRN 15852 Kressel, Neil. TR 9:30-10:45 (synchronous online) 

This survey course offers a general introduction to contemporary psychology.  Students explore key figures, diverse theoretical perspectives, and research findings that have shaped some of the major areas of the field. Topics include: the biological bases of behavior, perception, learning, cognition, intelligence, motivation, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social behavior.  The course also discusses practical applications of psychological principles in various domains as well as the utility of psychological research methods. Honors students are asked to write essays reflecting on how material learned in this course can help shed light on their own lives, current social problems, and other matters.

UCC Area 4- Diversity and Justice 

Foundations of Bilingual and Multicultural Education 

CIED 2050-070 CRN 14304 Fuentes, David. M 11-1:40 pm CLOSED/FULL


This course will provide participants with the knowledge necessary for understanding the historical, political, legal, social, and educational aspects of bilingual and multicultural education and how such knowledge influences teacher practices in Bilingual and ESL programs. Critical discussion of historical and current struggles for access to education in American history is central to this course. Another key focus of this course is learning about methods through which teachers can effectively explore and celebrate the diversity in language, culture, religion, gender, ability and other areas inherent in American classrooms through engaging in culturally relevant instruction; incorporating meaningful, authentic assessment; and including multiple perspective throughout the curriculum. New research in the areas of bilingual and multicultural education will be examined, and students will analyze and best apply practices based on this research.  


Social, Cultural, Behavioral Determinants of health  

PBHL 3800-880 CRN 15552 Erwin, Zoe. W 2-4:30. synchronous delivery.

This honors Area 4 course covers the many ways in which the social and cultural environment and human behavior influence population health and interact to produce health status disparities. This course will consider key social factors such as race, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, income, education, disability, and immigration status, as well as cultural norms and beliefs, and behaviors as important determinants of human health. The ways in which public health intervenes to address social, cultural and behavioral factors in order to improve the health of groups will be considered.  

Philosophy of Justice 

PHIL 2190-880 CRN 15028 Victor, Elizabeth. MW 9:30-10:45. synchronous delivery.

What does it mean to be a just person, or to live in a just society? In what ways do we live up to this standard, and in what ways do we fall short? In this class, we will study traditional and contemporary theories of justice, and we will use these theories to analyze injustices that surround us in everyday life. Topics studied include human rights theory, utilitarianism, social construct theory, care ethics, diversity, distributive and criminal justice, inequality, oppression, racism, sexism and heterosexism.  


Literature of the Harlem Renaissance  

ENG 2500-001 CRN 13880 Heaney, Emma. TR 2-3:15. Hyflex.

This is a course that studies the historical, artistic, and political movement centered in Harlem, New York from the 1910s to the mid 1930s commonly referred to as the Harlem Renaissance. It investigates the diasporic connections between Harlem and both Africa and the Caribbean. In addition, it emphasizes the contributions of women writers to a movement traditionally seen as a largely male preserve. Further, it investigates the fraught relationship between race, sexuality, and artistic expression. Readings may include texts by Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Alain Locke, W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, and others. This is a Writing Intensive course. 

 Prerequisite(s): ENG 1500 


UCC Area 5- Community and Civic Engagement 

Health and Healing  

ANTH 3710- 070 CRN 15665 Milanes, Lili. T 11-12:15.  

This course introduces students to concepts of health and healing in the field of medical anthropology. It will explore how the experiences of health and the body vary cross-culturally using contemporary bio-cultural approaches and community-health perspectives. Topics covered include perceptions of illness and the etiology of disease, conceptions of mental health and stigma, the cultural context of infectious diseases the world over, and the implications of biomedical interventions and technology. The course will spotlight how anthropological knowledge can bridge gaps between medical discourse and notions of health and healing throughout the globe. 


Modern European Social History  

HIST 3010-001 CRN 15823 O’Donnell, Molly. TR 3:30-4:45 

Take a virtual class trip through Berlin’s historical and contemporary daily life exploring its politics, culture, commerce, geography and daily life. We will use technology to meet Berlin residents, political activists, students, and artists, explore its many neighborhoods, shops, and fashion scene, examine its street art,  businesses, transportation, museums, and political life and learn from its troubled and turbulent history. Meets UCC Area 5 Civic Engagement.  

Attribute: Writing Intensive 


UCC Area 6- Global Awareness 

Environmental Determinants of Health and Global Context 

PBHL 3840-880 CRN 15046 Sullivan, Marianne. T 2-4:30. synchronous delivery. CLOSED/FULL

This honors UCC Area 6 course looks globally at the interdependence of humans on natural systems, how human societies shape and alter natural systems, and how this in turn shapes and determines the health of human populations. The course will consider the role of the environment in human health problems across the life course including infectious and chronic diseases, reproductive problems and developmental disorders. Kay issues which will be considered in global context include human health effects of climate change, children’s environmental health, air and water pollution, sanitation and waste, and toxins, among others. The course will explore inequities between, among and within countries in environmental health and how addressing such inequities can improve health outcomes.  


Attribute: Technology Intensive 

Family History 

HIST 2540-001 CRN 15968 O’Donnell, Molly. TR 2-3:15 

An introduction to the history of the family in one or more major world regions or nations which applies methods form social sciences and demography to explore the evolution of family practices and structures in response to social and technological changes. These include: family formation, lineages, familial relations, household economies, division of labor, reproduction, and inheritance patterns. Areas and periods of study will be determined by the instructor. The course surveys the history of technological innovations in genealogy and demography, and provides grounding in current, discipline-specific research technologies. 


Social Sciences Elective 

Lifespan Development 

PSY 2110-004 CRN 14563 Learmonth, Amy. R 2-4:40. Hyflex.


This course provides a foundation for understanding human physical, cognitive, and social-emotional aspects of development from conception to death. Theories and research findings of developmental psychology will be examined in its larger environment and socio-cultural context. 






Contact Dr. Spagna for advisement. 



Honors Thesis II 

MGT 4020-080 CRN 15765 Chao, Mike.  


Honors Thesis II 

MKT 4020-080 CRN 15766 Chao, Mike. 


Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology 

Clinical Science Thesis II 

CLSI 4701-001 CRN 14125 Ona, Randi. MW 9:30-10:45  

 Prerequisite(s): CLSI 4700 


Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience 

CLSI 4950-880 CRN 15845 Diamond, Bruce.  

Prerequisite(s): BIO 1140 or BIO 1200 or PSY 3530 


Cognitive Science 

Selected Topics in Cognitive Science  

CGSI 3000-001 CRN 13968 Learmonth, Amy. F 2-4:40 pm  

Prerequisite(s): CGSI 2000 


Cognitive Science Honors Thesis II 

CGSI 4020-001 CRN 13548 Freestone, David. F 8-10:40 am   

Prerequisite(s): CGSI 4010 


Global Public Health 

Social, Cultural, Behavioral Determinants of health   

PBHL 3800-880 CRN 15552 Erwin, Zoe. W  2-4:40  


Environmental Determinants of Health and Global Context  

PBHL 3840-880 CRN 15046 Sullivan, Marianne. T 2-4:40 



Humanities Honors Seminar IV 

HUMH 2020-880 CRN 13682 Peterman, John. M 7-9:40 pm. Online synchronous. 


Humanities Honors Thesis Seminar II 

HUMH 4020-001 CRN 13683, O’Donnell, Molly. Times TBD 



Nursing Research 

NUR 3500-060 CRN 14734 R 5-7:40 

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1300 



Music Honors Seminar  

MUSI 4970-001 CRN 13751 M 4-5:15, Fowler-Calisto, Lauren. 1 credit.


Music Honors Project 

MUSI 4980-001 CRN 13752, Fowler-Calisto, Lauren.  2 credits.


Performing and Literary Arts 

Performing and Literary Arts Thesis II 

PLA 4020-001 CRN 15174  


Social Sciences 

Social Sciences Honors Seminar l 

SSH 2010-880 CRN 15767, Kressel, Neil. T 2-4:40 pm 


Social Sciences Honors Thesis l  

SSH 4010-001 CRN 14892, Kressel, Neil. 


Social Sciences Honors Thesis ll 

SSH 4020-001 CRN 14893, Kressel, Neil.  

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