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

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Fall 2019 Honors College Courses

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

 UCC 1

FINP 1600-05 - Financial Well-Being - MWF 2-2:50 - Dr. Tao Guo - CRN # 45564

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

 PSY 1200-01-Evidence-Based Living- MWF, 9-9:50- Dr. Natalie Lindemann- CRN #45801


PSY 1200-02-Evidence-Based Living-MWF, 10-10:50- Dr. Natalie Lindemann-CRN #46174

In order to make informed decisions, one must be able to think critically to evaluate evidence and arguments. This course promotes personal well-being by introducing students to logical thinking and reasoning, as well as how to evaluate the quality of data and evidence. Students will learn and practice initiating and maintaining constructive discussions with others. Different types of evidence (anecdotal, observational, experimental) and their relative merits will be discussed. The overarching goal of the course is to enable students to think critically about their life decisions in a variety of domains (financial, health, personal) and come away with practical resources for use in their own lives. These skills will be extended to foster a deeper understanding of diverse viewpoints in the world. The interdisciplinary nature of this course provides a practical foundation for a variety of disciplines, as well as real world applicability. Credits: 3.0


MUSI 1150-03 - Understanding Music - MW 8-9:15 - Dr. Lisa Pike - CRN # 44461

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 1100-53 - College Writing – MW, 12:30-1:45 - Dr. Sean Molloy- CRN # 45810


ENG 1100-54 - College Writing – MW, 3:30-4:45 - Dr. Philip Cioffari - CRN # 46447

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. In ENG 1100-53, we will use google classroom to explore together how ideas about composing processes and the art of persuasion apply to digital composing and publishing in our Web 2.0 world.
Credits: 3.0 


PHIL 1100-01 – Introduction to Philosophy TR 2-3:15, Dr. Elizabeth Victor - CRN # 46673

This course approaches the multifaceted discipline of Philosophy from a critical perspective. This means that we will come to understand that Philosophy is not simply about listing and remembering facts. It is about analyzing positions, understanding them in their historical and cultural contexts, and being able to deal with, discuss, and compare diverse ideas, theories, and principles. This course will explore the writings of classical philosophers and trace the history of ideas through the exploration of fundamental questions about human existence: What is the good life? What do I know? Do god and/or evil exist? Are we free to choose what we do? Who am I? Through exploring such questions as they arise in the context of the history of philosophy, students will be provided with an introduction to the general areas of philosophical discourse. Credits: 3.0


HIST 1050-08 – The Modern World – TR 11-12:15 – Dr. Neici Zeller – CRN # 45189

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 from the Atlantic Revolutions and their aftermath to our contemporary era, focusing on the development of the concept of human rights. 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. Credits: 3.0


ECON 2020-07 – Microeconomic Principles – MW 2-3:15 – A. Staff – CRN # 46426

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


BIO 1630-09- General Biology - MW 2-3:15 and Monday 11-1:40 - Dr. Pradeep Patnaik - CRN # 44765

The course introduces basic molecular and biochemical principles that underpins cellular processes. We consider the behavior of atoms, various kinds of chemical bonds, the properties of water and the compounds of carbon, each of which is central to an understanding of the biochemistry of life. Important classes of biological macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, fats and carbohydrates) will be discussed and their properties understood through a consideration of their chemical and structural configurations. Processes and principles guiding the folding of proteins, the action of enzymes, DNA replication, gene expression (i.e. transcription and translation), mitosis and meiosis, the laws of Mendel, membrane transport and cellular respiration will be studied. At each stage, molecular and biochemical explanations of these processes are emphasized. There is a BIO lab feeCredits: 4.0

 UCC 4

ANTH 2020-02 – Diversity and Equity in Schools - T 2-4:40 – Dr. Ronald Verdicchio – CRN # 45066

This course uses the anthropological method to explore the relationship between learning, schooling, teaching, and culture. The course analyzes the connection between educational systems and social contexts, and explores the role that schools play as agents of continuity, conflict and change in situations of cultural contact and conflict. Through field-based projects (school visit), students will apply an anthropological perspective to explore their own interests in education and to gain a first-hand understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching in the public schools. Although schooling takes place in a community context, much of the course will be directed to a global examination of the comparative nature of schools. Students will leave the course with an understanding of schools and schooling, how global affects what is local, and how all citizens have a voice in educational policy and practices. Credits: 3.0

 PBHL 3800-01 – Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Determinants of Health – MW 2-3:15 – Dr. Naa-Solo Tettey – CRN # 46604

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. The course will consider key social factors such as race, class, gender, 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 also be considered. Credits: 3.0.

 UCC 6

ENG 3540-01 – Readings in Global Literature – M 9:30-12:10 – Dr. David Borkowski – CRN # 44391

The Honors section is now section 2:  ENG 3540-02 Readings in Global Literature - W 2-4:40 - Dr. Raje Kaur - CRN # 46248

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. Credits: 3.0

Social Science Electives

PSY 2110-02 - Lifespan Development – TR 8:00-9:15 - Dr. Randi Ona - CRN # 45362

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 


Biology Track




BIO 3950-60

Honors Lit Seminar

TR, 5:00 – 6:15






Business Track




MGT 4010-01

Honors Thesis I

R, 2:00 – 4:40


MKT 4010-01

Honors Thesis I

R, 2:00 – 4:40


MGT/MKT 4850-07

Practicum (Hybrid)

R, 2:00 – 3:15






Clinical Psy and Neuropsy Track




PSY 4100-01

Intro to Counseling & Psychotherapy

TR, 11:00 - 1230


PSY 4150-70


MW, 9:30 – 10:45


CLSI 4700 -01

Clinical Science Thesis I

T 5:00 – 6:30; F 5:00 – 6:15






Cognitive Science Track




CGSI 2000-01

Cog. Sci. I Seminar

MW, 3:30 – 4:45


CGSI 4010-01

Cog. Sci. Thesis I

M, 2:00 – 3:15


CGSI 4010-02

Cog. Sci. Thesis I

M, 2:00 – 3:15






Global Public Health




PBHL 3800-01

Social, Cultural, & Behavioral Determinants of Health

M, 6:00 – 8:40






Humanities Track




HUMH 2000-60

Seminar II

M, 6:00 – 8:40


HUMH 4010-01

Thesis Seminar I







Music Track




MUSI 4970-01

Music Honors Seminar

M, 2:00 – 4:40


MUSI 4980-01

Music Honors Project







Nursing Track




NUR 4526-01

Honors Research Implement

M, 12:30 – 1:20


NUR 3250-01

Cultural Foundations of Nursing

F, 9:30 – 12:15






Performing & Literary Arts Track




PLA 4010-01

Honors Research and Thesis






Social Sciences Track




SSH 2010-01

Seminar I

T, 2:00 – 4:40


SSH 4010-01

Thesis I



SSH 4020-01

Thesis II