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.

Registration Process:  All incoming freshmen (current high school seniors) are registered by the registrar. Current students:  See your advisor before April 5 to discuss your Fall 2021 courses and get your alternate pin. 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. 

Click here for the list of Fall 2021 Courses. 

Fall 2021 Courses  

Honors UCC courses (for Honors College students in their first and second years, not yet enrolled in a research track).

UCC - Area 3C Ways of Knowing Social and Behavioral Sciences 

General Psychology, PSY 1100-011, TR 9:30-10:45 a.m., Neil Kressel. CRN: 46459 

This course offers a general introduction to contemporary psychology. Students explore key figures, 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 introduces research methods and practical applications of psychology. Honors students are asked to write essays reflecting on how material learned in the course can shed light on their own lives, current societal problems, and other matters.  

 

UCC – Area 3D Ways of Knowing Natural Sciences 

General Biology: EEB, BIO 1620-007, MW 12:30-1:45 p.m. with lab R 2-4:40 p.m., David Gilley. CRN: 47030 

For students intending to major in biology, this course is an introduction to general principles of biology for students preparing for careers in life science. Course emphasis is on evolution as a unifying principle in biology, natural selection, macroevolution, evolutionary history of life on earth, exploration of the tree of life, comparative form & function, and interactions among organisms within populations, communities, and ecosystems. 

UCC - Area 4 Diversity and Justice 

Communicating Food, COMM 2620-002, M 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Sharmila Ferris. CRN: 46351 

Everyone eats! Do you love food? Would you like to learn more about the role food plays in our culture and our daily lives? This class will broaden your knowledge of food by examining food through many lenses. We’ll learn about the cultural history of foods, food justice, social justice, global health, and environmental justice. We’ll put theory into practice by sharing different foods in class as we examine the ways in which food impacts each of us differently, based on intersectional factors such as race, gender, and socio-economic class. 

Race, Gender, and Social Justice, AWS 2250-001, TR 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Danielle Wallace. CRN 44768 

This course analyzes multiple forms of social oppression and inequality based on race, gender, sexual orientation (and identity), and class in the United States. It will examine systemic aspects of social oppression in different periods and contexts and the ways that systems of social oppression manifest themselves on individual, cultural, institutional and/or global levels thus becoming self-perpetuating but not wholly unaltered structures. Individual and group agency, strategies of resistance, and visions for change will also be studied.  

 

UCC 5- Community and Civic Engagement 

Structural Determinants of Health, PBHL 3820-001, W 2-4:40 p.m., Zoe Erwin. CRN: 46142 

This course fulfills a Global Public Health Track requirement. 

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.  

 

UCC - Area 6 Global Awareness  

Global Transformations and the Human Condition, ANTH 3100-071, W 12:30-1:45 p.m., Hybrid, Sreevidya Kalaramada CRN 45227  Full/Waitlist only 

This course develops an understanding of the experiences of “globalization” as a historical phase of capitalism, and “development” as a post-World War II set of practices. It will analyze specific “global” problems as manifested in the lives of large sections of the world’s poor and marginalized populations across multiple societies. These problems include: poverty and inequality; livelihoods and food security; endemic hunger, malnutrition and healthcare systems; overconsumption, population and environmental degradation; international debt; displacement and migration; intellectual property rights and indigenous knowledge; wars and cultural conflicts. Emphasis will be on contradictory impacts on people and societal prospects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and on marginalized populations in advanced capitalist countries. Methods to facilitate a just and sustainable future for humanity will also be explored. Crosslisted with ASN 3100. 

 

Reading Global Literature, ENG 3540-060, M 6-8:40 p.m., Judith Broome. CRN: 47136 

This course fulfills a Humanities Honors Track requirement. 

This course introduces students to representative texts in literatures from across the world, focusing especially on literatures from the global south/ non-western world, which may range from the ancient to the modern and contemporary periods. The course emphasizes a broadly comparative perspective which situates literary texts, either Anglophone or in translation, from different regions, both in specific cultural and political contexts, as well as studies them in depth from a broadly literary perspective in conversation and canonical western literary texts and genres. Prerequisites: ENG 1500 

 

Psychology elective – fulfills major requirements in Psychology and Nursing 

Lifespan Development, PSY 2110-002, TR 8-9:15 a.m., Amy Learmonth. CRN 45467 

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 

 

Track Courses 

Biology 

Junior Literature Seminar, BIO 3950, MW 12:30-1:45 p.m., Joseph Spagna, Sonya Bierbower, and Emily Monroe Waldburger. CRN 45443 

This course serves as an intensive introduction to reading and criticism of biological scholarship via select papers from the primary literature. Designed for 3rd-year Honors students, the course will move students who are preparing for major senior research projects into addressing the literature across the life sciences, and in their area of interest in particular. Students will read, evaluate, and critically discuss papers on a weekly basis and write a review-style final paper on a scientific topic of their choosing. Students will be encouraged to choose a topic close to their Honors research project, which should be in development by the time they take this course. This will allow students to make supervised progress toward their Independent Study proposals and Senior Thesis work. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C- or better in BIO 2050 and BIO 2060 and good standing in Honors College. 

 

Research Methods Bio, BIO 5330-60, R 6:30-9:30 p.m., Miryam Wahrman. CRN: 44547 

This course serves as an intensive introduction to reading and criticism of biological scholarship via select papers from the primary literature. Designed for 3rd-year Honors students, the course will move students who are preparing for major senior research projects into addressing the literature across the life sciences, and in their area of interest in particular. Students will read, evaluate, and critically discuss papers on a weekly basis and write a review-style final paper on a scientific topic of their choosing. Students will be encouraged to choose a topic close to their Honors research project, which should be in development by the time they take this course. This will allow students to make supervised progress toward their Independent Study proposals and Senior Thesis work. Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in BIO 2050 and BIO 2060 and good standing in Honors College 

 

Business 

Please discuss your pre-thesis BusinessTrack courses (i.e., FIN3200, MGT3550, and MGT4600) with the Business Honors Track Director, Dr. Mike Chao. 

 

Thesis 1 – MGT/MKT 4010-001, R 2-4:40 p.m., Mike Chao (MGT 46349); (MKT 46350). 

This is a cross disciplinary course that represents the first part of a 6-credit Honors Thesis, which must be conducted over two semesters and undertaken in the junior or senior year. It will be a core component of the Honors Thesis option. The course comprises of two parts: (a) a pedagogy relating to research methods in business and (b) development and presentation of a research proposal.  

 

Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology 

Intro to Counseling & Psych, PSY 4100-001, T/R 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Robin Nemeroff. CRN: 45381 

This course is designed to provide an introduction to various methods of assessing and treating children, adolescents, and adults for mental health issues.  Specifically, this course will expose students to interviewing and other assessment techniques used to evaluate individuals for mental health issues. The course emphasizes ethical, multicultural, and other special population considerations when working with clients. Students will become familiar with empirical research and psychotherapy outcome data relating to current treatment approaches, and the major theories of psychotherapy as well as their application to current mental health treatments.  

  

Psychopharmacology, CLSI 4150-070, M 9:30- 10:45 a.m., Hybrid, Bruce Diamond. CRN: 4150 

This course covers basic pharmacological concepts and principles of drug administration, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and the research methodology used in clinical trials. A foundation is provided on the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system and on the neurophysiology and neuroanatomy underlying communication within the central nervous system. There is discussion on a variety of mechanisms and processes including tolerance and withdrawal, drug conditioning, addiction processes, and the neuroscience of drug action. The course emphasizes the application of pharmacologic agents in the treatment of a variety of diseases and disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, dementia, amnesia) and the content covers different classes of recreational and therapeutic drugs within a historical and social context. 

  

Thesis 1- Clinical Psychology Neuropsychology Honors, CLSI 4700-080, Asynchronous, Randi Ona. CRN: 45735 

The central goal of this course is to provide feedback, guidance and oversight of the Honors research experience and the process of writing the Honors thesis. This course will help provide a brief review of the foundational knowledge, research skills and ethical principles central to the research process. An integral part of this course is providing oversight of the early thesis stages including conceptualization, goal-setting, literature review and method section. As such, the writing component in this course help facilitate learning, critical thinking and collaborative discussion as well as provide an evaluation tool. Overall, this course is a comfortable place for students to learn, discuss issues and make mistakes in a non-judgmental, constructive and mutually supportive environment. 

 

Cognitive Science 

Cognitive Science Seminar 1, CGSI 2000-001, TR 3:30-4:45 p.m., Michael Gordon. CRN: 44982 

Cognitive Science is a multidisciplinary field that draws on behavioral research, intelligent system design, and neuroscience. This course enables the development of student-centered scholarship through direct faculty interactions in a range of disciplines including anthropology, biology, communication disorders and hearing science, computer and information sciences, economics, education, linguistics, music, philosophy, and psychology. Using this cognitive science filter, students survey current methods and ideas in service towards their intellectual advancement. 

 

Cognitive Science Honors Thesis 1, CGSI 4010-001, W 2-4:40 p.m., David Freestone. CRN: 44665 

This is a research based course that is the first part of a two semester thesis. Although students will have already been exposed to at least one research methods course prior to the thesis course, an overview of the logic of research and the methodology will be presented. This overview will also serve to highlight the various options students will have for their own research projects. Research methods open to the students include computer modeling and simulations, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, qualitative research methodologies, discourse analysis and think-aloud protocols. The 'how to' of research will be explored in detail. Students, in consultation with faculty, will select a topic for their research project. The exploration of the research topic will be the primary focus of the course. Formal oral and written presentations of the research proposal as well as summaries and research notes of a minimum of twelve research articles relevant to the student’s individual topic will be completed. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: CGSI 3000 AND PSY 2030 

 

Global Public Health 

Structural Determinants of Health, PBHL 3820-001, W 2-4:40 p.m., Zoe Erwin. CRN: 46142 

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. UCC 5- Community and Civic Engagement 

 

Public Health Honors Capstone 1, PBHL 4800-001, W 11-1:40 p.m., Marianne Sullivan. CRN 46912.  

This course addresses the main research methods used in public health. This course covers the role of research in understanding public health problems, research design and methods (quantitative and qualitative) and ethics. Students will learn how to search for published, peer-reviewed literature and will develop skills in reading and analyzing published studies. Considerable attention is given to the process of scientific writing. The course will culminate in the development of the research proposal for the senior Honors thesis, which will include a literature review of hypothesized relationships, and a detailed plan for the senior thesis research project. This course is a UCC Writing intensive course and fulfills the writing intensive requirement in the Honors Program. Students must be enrolled in the Public Health Honors Track Program. Prerequisites: PBHL 3800, PBHL 3820, PBHL 3840, PBHL 4000 

 

Humanities 

Reading Global Literature, ENG 3540-060, M 6-8:40 p.m., Judith Broome. CRN: 47136   

This course introduces students to representative texts in literatures from across the world, focusing especially on literatures from the global south/ non-western world, which may range from the ancient to the modern and contemporary periods. The course emphasizes a broadly comparative perspective which situates literary texts, either Anglophone or in translation, from different regions, both in specific cultural and political contexts, as well as studies them in depth from a broadly literary perspective in conversation and canonical western literary texts and genres. Prerequisites: ENG 1500 

Humanities Honors Thesis 1, HUMH 4010-001, TBA, Staff. CRN:  44483 

The first of two capstone courses in the program, combining the group work of a senior seminar with the close individual work of a senior thesis project. 

 

Music 

Music Honors Research Methods, MUSI 4960-001, M 5-6:50 p.m., Lauren Fowler-Calisto. CRN 46066 

This two-credit course will instruct students in the nature, purposes, and types of entry-level research for music; the basics of music bibliography and webliography; and academic writing about music-related topics. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Music Honors Track by Application and Interview and MUSI 4970. 

 

Music Honors Seminar, MUSI 4970-001, M 4-4:50 p.m., Lauren Fowler-Calisto. CRN: 46499 

This four-semester sequence, one-credit course is the forum for basic orientation, communication, group collaboration, analysis, assessment, and mentoring for students in the Music Honors track of the University Honors Program. Students plan their course of study in honors, including choices of courses in and out of the Music Department, and begin to formulate and pursue the various honors project options working in consultation with the Honors Track Director and other Music Honors Students throughout their seminar experiences. Through readings, discussions, guest artist presentations, and a final project, students will combine and synthesize all previous knowledge from music and honors curriculum courses. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Music Honors Track by Application and Interview. 

 

Music Honors Project, MUSI 4980-001, Staff. CRN: 44916 

This course is designed to assist students in the preparation and completion of their capstone Music Honors Project. Employing independent research, methods, and skills, students will complete the Music Honors sequence with a document and presentation in a vast array of topics which may include, but not be limited to: analysis, composition, pedagogy, music education, musicology, or interdisciplinary art forms with music. Students may employ a method of choice in the delivery of their final presentation that could include a lecture-recital format, power-point presentation, or performance in conjunction with their final written document suitable for graduate school application for a Master of Music degree. 

 

 

Nursing 

Critical Thinking and Inquiry, NUR 3260-001, TR 5-6:15 p.m., Staff. CRN: 44674 

The concepts and processes related to critical thinking, nursing informatics, and evidence-based nursing provide the framework for this course. Knowledge and skills required for critical analysis of information relevant to all aspects of professional nursing practice are developed. Students will be charged an additional Non-clinical Instruction Fee and NCLEX Prep Fee when enrolling in this course. Prerequisites: NUR 3500 and PBHL 2240. Minimum Grade of C. FOR NURSING MAJORS ONLY. 

 

 

Honors Research Implementation, NUR 4526-001, R 8-10:40 a.m., Jill Nocella. CRN: 45371. This course provides the opportunity for nursing Honors students to implement the research proposal begun in the previous course (NUR 3330H). This seminar course supports and guides students as they implement their individualized research study. Students will develop their results chapter of their quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research or begin to synthesize findings of their systematic or integrative review of the literature. Students working with human subjects will finalize letters of consent and complete Institutional Review Board applications through the University as well as corresponding health care systems where research will take place. Students will develop surveys through Qualtrics, establish data collection databases, and begin analysis of findings. Students will seek opportunities to submit abstracts of their work at local, regional, and national conferences. At the completion of the course, students will be prepared to present their findings to their peers and provide constructive feedback via a peer review process. The seminar includes critical thinking and discussion of the challenges that students face as they implement their research study and analyze the raw data. Prerequisites: NUR3500H, NUR 3260H, NUR3330H 

 

Honors Research Implementation, NUR 4526-002, F 11-1:40 p.m., Jill Nocella. CRN: 46284. This course provides the opportunity for nursing Honors students to implement the research proposal begun in the previous course (NUR 3330H). This seminar course supports and guides students as they implement their individualized research study. Students will develop their results chapter of their quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research or begin to synthesize findings of their systematic or integrative review of the literature. Students working with human subjects will finalize letters of consent and complete Institutional Review Board applications through the University as well as corresponding health care systems where research will take place. Students will develop surveys through Qualtrics, establish data collection databases, and begin analysis of findings. Students will seek opportunities to submit abstracts of their work at local, regional, and national conferences. At the completion of the course, students will be prepared to present their findings to their peers and provide constructive feedback via a peer review process. The seminar includes critical thinking and discussion of the challenges that students face as they implement their research study and analyze the raw data. Prerequisites: NUR3500H, NUR 3260H, NUR3330H 

 

Performing and Literary Arts 

Honors Research Thesis, PLA 4010-001, Philip Cioffari. CRN: 44925 

Honors Research Thesis, PLA 4010-002, Philip Cioffari. CRN: 46923 

This course will support and monitor a student’s efforts to complete their Honors project, an artistic work of substance, which will then be presented to the campus community in a public performance. The projects vary in nature and involve original thought and creative composition in one or more of the following areas: writing, music, film, art, theatre, photography. The course will cover such topics as: defining and outlining the project, determining research methods, overcoming obstacles along the way, completing a first draft, revising, and successfully bringing the project to a finished state. Students will meet several times as a group and, weekly, on an individual basis with the instructor.  

 

Social Sciences 

Social Sciences Honors Seminar II, SSH 2020-001, T 2-4:40 p.m., Neil Kressel. CRN: 46924   

This seminar focuses on the various methodologies of the social sciences. As in SSH 2010, students read important social scientific studies in the original. Here, however, an effort is made to use such works, often drawn from scientific journals, as the basis for discussion of methodological questions. The seminar covers qualitative as well as quantitative approaches. Students will also attend to the problems associated with race, gender, class, culture and political agendas as sources of bias in social scientific work.  In addition, students work individually or in small groups to complete a semester-long research project.   

 

Honors Thesis I, SSH 4010-002, Neil Kressel. CRN: 46925 

The goal of this course is to enable students to launch a significant honors research project that they will complete in SSH 4020. Prior to enrolling in the course, students should complete SSH 2020 as well as relevant methodology courses in a particular social science discipline. Students initiate their Honors theses by conducting extensive reviews of the applicable social scientific literature. The goal for the semester is to develop realistic research proposals and, when possible, to begin implementing these proposals.  Students are required to produce frequent written progress reports and a formal research proposal that will, in most cases, become (with adaptation) a portion of their thesis. When feasible, students are encouraged to assist each other and to offer constructive feedback on each other's proposals. Prerequisites: SSH 2010 AND SSH 2020 AND SSH 3010 

 

Social Sciences Honors Thesis II, SSH 4020-001, Neil Kressel. CRN 46432 

The goal of this course is to enable students to complete and successfully defend a significant honors research project (started in SSH 4010). Students are required to produce chapters or thesis segments on schedule and to submit a final honors thesis that should (in most cases) be suitable for publication or presentation at a social scientific conference. Individual or group meetings with the professor involve discussions of the research process and efforts to facilitate successful completion of projects. Prerequisites: SSH 4010 

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