Honors Courses

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Honors Sections of University Core Curriculum Courses

Each 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. 

Registration Process:  All incoming first year students (current high school seniors) are registered by the registrar. Current students:  See your advisor before October 12th to discuss your Spring 2023 courses and obtain 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

Click here for a helpful schedule planner.

Click here for a blank 8-semester planning sheet. 

Courses are available only by permit. To obtain a permit, please email honors@wpunj.edu with your name,
855 number and the course information. 

Spring 2023 Honors Courses

Area 2C- Experiences in Literature

ENG 1500-004, CRN: 10834, Rajender Kaur, TR, 11:00 am-12:15 pm
ENG 1500-005, CRN: 10872, Maureen M Martin, MW, 11:00 am-12:15 pm
ENG 1500-006, CRN: 10839, Matthew J Kendrick, MW, 03:30 pm-04:45 pm
ENG 1500-013, CRN: 10815, Brian E O'Broin, TR, 09:30 am-10:45 am

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.

Attribute: Writing Intensive


Area 3B-The Modern World- Honors
CRN: 10694, HIST 1050-004, Navyug Gill, TR, 02:00 pm-03:15 pm
This course provides broad coverage of the formation of the modern world from the late 18th century to the present. It traces political, economic, social, and cultural developments and interactions among the principal regions of the world Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas from the Atlantic Revolutions and their aftermath to our contemporary era. Topics include: the American, French and Haitian revolutions, the Latin American independence movements, industrialization, colonialism and anti-colonialism, nationalism, the World Wars and their aftermath, the Cold War, and globalization.


 Area 3C- General Psychology

CRN: 11214, PSY 1100-004, Steven Jones, TR, 09:30 am-10:45 am
This course surveys the chief theories, principles, and methodologies of psychology with special emphasis on their relationships 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.


 UCC Area 4- Diversity and Justice

Social, Cultural, Behavioral Determinants of Health COURSE FULL/CLOSED

CRN: 12153, PBHL 3800-080, Jocelyn L. Apicello, Online Asynchronous
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. Prerequisites waived for Honors students.


UCC Area 5- Community and Civic Engagement

Modern European Social History- Honors

CRN: 11203, HIST 3010-060, Krista E O'Donnell, T, 05:00 pm-07:40 pm
Covers the evolution of European society from a preindustrial society in the eighteenth century through an industrial society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to a postindustrial society in the late twentieth century, and introduces students to the objectives, methodology, and sources of social history.
Attribute: Writing Intensive

UCC Area 6- Global Awareness

Environmental Determinants of Health and Global Context
CRN: 10926, PBHL 3840-001, Marianne Sullivan, T, 02:00 pm-04:40 pm
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. Key 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. Prerequisites waived for Honors students.

Global Transformations & the Human Condition-Honors COURSE FULL/CLOSED
CRN: 10412, ANTH 3100-071, Sreevidya Kalaramadam, W, 12:30 pm-01:45 pm, and online
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.


Other UCC- Technology Intensive

Family History- Honors
CRN 11601, HIST 2540-001, Krista E O'Donnell, TR, 02:00 pm-03:15 pm COURSE CANCELLED. 

Please enroll in HON 3990 if you want the Spring Break trip to Montreal.


Required of several majors (directed major requirement for Nursing & Psychology - counts as major elective in several other majors)

Lifespan Development- Honors
CRN: 10667, PSY 2110-003, Sofia Alba Magee, MW, 08:00 am-09:15 am
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. 


Spring 2023 Track Courses

Track courses are for students already enrolled in the Honors track, mostly juniors and seniors. Read the Honors College Student Handbook to see the order in which you should take your track courses.

Biology Track

Contact Dr. Joe Spagna to discuss your Spring 2023 courses.


Business Track

Contact Dr. Ge Zhang to discuss the Honors assignment for FIN 3200, MGT 3550 and MGT 4600.

Business Case Writing (Honors) Meetings 
ACCT 4860-002; CRN: 12423, Staff A, R 02:00 pm-4:40 pm
ECON 4860-001; CRN: 12342, Staff A, R 02:00 pm-4:40 pm
FIN 4860-001; CRN: 12349, Staff A, R 02:00 pm-4:40 pm
MGT 4860-001; CRN: 12391, Staff A, R 02:00 pm-4:40 pm
MKT 4860-001; CRN: 12392, Staff A, R 02:00 pm-4:40 pm

This is a cross-disciplinary course that represents the second part of the 6-credit practicum Honors option, which must be conducted over two semesters and undertaken in the junior or senior year. It will be a core component of the Practicum Honors option. Honors Practicum credits will be applied towards major concentration requirements. The course involves writing an effective business case based on the consulting report or business plan completed in the practicum course. This course will be supervised by a mentor chosen from the Cotsakos College of Business Academically Qualified (AQ) faculty members who participated in the corresponding practicum course.


Clinical Psychology/ Neuropsychology

Psychological Testing- Honors
CRN: 11060, PSY 3100-080, Leah Marie Watson and Ashley Mondragon, Online Asynchronous
This course examines the nature and functions of psychological testing, the interpretation of test scores, and related clinical and research issues. Intelligence, aptitude, and personality tests are covered with particular emphasis on interpretation. Theoretical and empirical aspects of test development are also emphasized. Students will learn how to build batteries of tests for use in various settings and with different populations, and the complexities of integrating test data with other forms of data (e.g., brain scans).

Clinical Science Thesis II
CRN: 10541, CLSI 4701-001, Robin K Nemeroff, F, 09:00 am-11:40 am
The central goal of this course is to provide feedback, guidance and oversight during the final stages of the honors research experience and the process of writing a thesis. The course will monitor progress and help the student solve conceptual, methodological or logistical issues and to do so in constructive and supportive environment. Integral to this course is building on the Thesis I course and providing oversight of thesis writing with particular emphasis on the results and discussion stages. As such, the writing component represents the culmination of the research process and continues to serve in the role of facilitating learning, critical thinking and collaborative discussion as well as provide an evaluation tool.

Honors Neuropsychology & Cognitive Neuropsychology
CRN: 11212, CLSI 4950-001, Bruce J Diamond, T, 02:00 pm-04:40 pm
The purpose of this course is to develop a thorough understanding of the relationship between brain and behavior in healthy and clinical populations with the goal of integrating theory and applied clinical work. The course provides a solid foundation in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience and the tools, techniques and methodologies used in these contemporary fields of work. Throughout the course, contemporary and seminal research will be discussed with opportunities for lab-based demonstrations of physiological recording techniques and neuropsychological testing instruments. Finally, the course will also address the many challenges faced by people with disabilities, available state -of-the-art interventions, and corresponding ethical issues. 


Cognitive Science

Select Topics in Cognitive Science Honors
CRN: 10463, CGSI 3000-001, Peter J Mandik, F, 11:00 am-01:40 pm
Examines basic concepts and problems found in several of the disciplines that make up cognitive science. Begin with an historical overview and a review of brain anatomy and physiology, and explore the impact of the computer metaphor in cognitive. Explore some of the issues within cognitive science in depth. Topics range from theories on how we construct our visual world to the representation of the self.

Cognitive Science Honors Thesis II
CRN: 10196, CGSI 4020-060, Amy E Learmonth, F, 05:00 pm-07:40 pm
This is the second component to the Cognitive Science Honors Thesis. Students will have already selected a research topic for their thesis, and the literature review will have been completed. The focus of this component of the thesis will be on data collection, analysis and interpretation of their work. Students will present their research in both oral and written forms. At the end of this course students will have completed a final draft of a thesis (approximately 50 pages) for submission to the honors college.


Global Public Health

Social, Cultural, Behavioral Determinants of Health
CRN: 12153, PBHL 3800-080, Jocelyn L Apicello, Online Asynchronous
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. Attribute: UCC4

Environmental Determinants of Health and Global Context
CRN: 10926, PBHL 3840-001, Marianne Sullivan, T, 02:00 pm-04:40 pm
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. Key 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. Prerequisites waived for Honors students. Attribute UCC6 

PUBLIC HEALTH HONORS CAPSTONE II
CRN: 11562, PBHL 4850-001, Marianne Sullivan
In this course students conduct research for and write their senior honors thesis in public health. A written thesis and public presentation of results is required. Students will use computer software to analyze the data on which their thesis is based. Computer software will also be used to develop tables, charts and graphs appropriate for graphically displaying the concepts and data in their thesis.


Humanities Honors

HUMANITIES HONORS SEMINAR III
CRN: 12325, HUMH 2010-060, Peter J Mandik, M, 06:00 pm-08:40 pm
An examination of human life and its problems in the twentieth century, specifically designed to interest the evening working student. Our technological culture has promised unlimited control and prosperity, but has also brought alienation and complexity. Possible solutions offered by politics, behavioral science, and philosophy are discussed. This course develops a perspective for understanding our human context and provides a focus for dealing with its problems.

HUMANITIES HONORS COLLOQUIUM: 20TH CENTURY AND ITS DISCONTENTS
CRN: 12124, HUMH 3000-060, Krista E O'Donnell, T, 05:00 pm-07:40 pm (cross-listed with HIST 3010)
An interdisciplinary examination of some specific contemporary cultural issue -- the loss of self in modern life, myth-making impact of technology, etc. Each semester focuses on a different facet of modern consciousness, including such aspects as creative experience, scientific outlook, and existentialism.

HUMANITIES HONORS THESIS SEMINAR I
CRN: 12127, HUMH 4010-001, Krista E O'Donnell, W, 05:00 pm-07:40 pm
The first of two capstone courses in the Humanities honors track, designed to engage students in identifying, researching, and organizing an appropriate topic for their honor’s thesis. The course will include extensive individual work with a thesis supervisor. Course culminates in the completion and submission of a research proposal to University Honors College. Designated as UCC-Writing Intensive. Fulfills Humanities Honors Track thesis seminar requirement.

HUMANITIES HONORS THESIS SEMINAR II
CRN: 10278, HUMH 4020-001, Krista E O'Donnell, W, 05:00 pm-07:40 pm
The second, culminating capstone course in the Humanities honors track, in which students produce and present their individual senior research publicly in fulfilment of the thesis requirements for an honors degree from the University Honors College. 


Music

MUSIC HONORS SEMINAR
CRN: 10318, MUSI 4970-060, Lauren Patricia Fowler-Calisto, M, 04:00 pm-04:50 pm
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. 


Nursing PLEASE REQUEST ALL NUR PERMITS FROM THE NURSING DEPARTMENT.

RESEARCH PROPOSAL DEV HONORS- CRN: 11301, NUR 3330-001, F, 08:00 am-10:40 am
RESEARCH PROPOSAL DEV HONORS- CRN: 11302, NUR 3330-002, F, 11:00 am-01:40 pm
RESEARCH PROPOSAL DEV HONORS- CRN: 12213, NUR 3330-003, F, 02:00 pm-04:40 pm

The processes of identifying and conceptualizing a current nursing research problem and formulating testable hypotheses are addressed. Emphasis is placed on gathering and exploring the existing literature in order to develop a synthesis of the literature. Students explore theories relevant to nursing clinical practice and select an appropriate conceptual or theoretical framework to guide their research study. Exploration of a research design, development of data collection methods, sampling, and plan for data analysis are emphasized. The role of nurse as a researcher will be developed through formulation of a written and oral research proposal that will provide the foundation for subsequent semesters’ focus on implementation, analysis, and evaluation of outcomes.

NURSING RESEARCH-HONORS 
CRN: 10693, NUR 3500-002, R, 02:00 pm-04:40 pm
CRN: 10823, NUR 3500-061, R, 05:00 pm-07:40 pm
The concepts and processes related to critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgement provide the framework for this course. Knowledge and skills required for critical analysis relevant to professional nursing practice are developed. The impact of information systems on quality, safety, ethics, and evidence-based practice is examined through the introduction of nursing informatics.

HONORS RESEARCH SEMINAR 
CRN: 11298, NUR 4530-001, M, 08:00 am-10:40 am
This course provides the opportunity to finalize the research proposal that was written in NUR3330H and implemented in NUR4526H. Nursing honors students will write the final chapters of the research report. Results will also be presented in class and at the Honors Research Day on campus. Students will be provided with opportunities to complete peer reviews on oral and written work and develop a draft manuscript for journal submission. The role of the nurse as novice researcher will be reinforced through dissemination of findings and consideration of presentation at local, regional, and national conferences.


Performing & Literary Arts

Contact Dr. Martha Witt to discuss your pre-thesis track courses.

PLA THESIS II HONORS
CRN: 11629, PLA 4020-002, Timothy Newman, meeting times to be arranged
The primary goal of this course is to enable students to complete and successfully present a significant creative honors project (begun in PLA 4010). Students are required to produce chapters or thesis segments on schedule (typically once or twice a week), and to submit a final honors project that should be suitable for publication or other public performance or display. Weekly or twice-weekly one-on-one discussions with the track director will provide opportunity for surmounting problems and other obstacles that might stand in the way of a successful completion of the project


Social Sciences

SOCIAL SCIENCES HONORS SEMINAR II
CRN: 12126, SSH 2020-001, Neil J Kressel, R, 02:00 pm-04:40 pm
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.

HONORS THESIS I
CRN: 10880, SSH 4010-001, Neil J Kressel
The primary 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, all students will have completed SSH 2020 - the honors methodology seminar - as well as relevant methodology courses in a particular discipline. In this small group course, students initiate their honors theses by conducting extensive reviews of the applicable social scientific literature. The ultimate goal for the semester is to develop realistic research proposals and, when possible, to begin implementing these proposals. As a group, the class explores various research strategies and, in particular, focuses on overcoming the roadblocks that frequently emerge during the course of any serious research project. Students are required to produce frequent written progress reports and a formal research proposal that should, in most cases, become (with adaptation) a portion of their thesis write-up. Students are encouraged to assist each other when possible and to offer constructive feedback on each other's proposals.

SOCIAL SCIENCES HONORS THESIS II
CRN: 10881, SSH 4020-001, Neil J Kressel
The primary 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. Class meetings involve group discussions of the research process and collective efforts to solve problems and facilitate successful completion of the projects.