Students pursuing Honors in the Discipline complete a project of interest in a discipline or concentration offered by the college. The project typically stems from a student’s academic interests and could take form as a research study, design concept, music composition, performance, media production, or any other type of focused work in a subject addressed within CAMD.

Supervised by a dedicated CAMD faculty member, the project must first go through a proposal phase, which is presented to and approved by both the faculty supervisor and department chair.

At the conclusion of the project, Honors in the Discipline candidates present their work to the dean of the college, to the supervising faculty member, to fellow students who, during that term, have also completed their Program-focused Honors project, and to others in attendance at a publicized college event.

Students who successfully complete the requirements for Honors in the Discipline in their major will be graduated with the accolade: “Honors in [Major]” on their Northeastern University transcript.


Students are eligible for Honors in the Discipline in the College of Arts, Media and Design if they:

  • Are Juniors or Seniors in the college with a GPA of 3.5 or better. (Individual departments may have additional GPA and/or other requirements.)
  • Have completed a proposal approved by a supervising faculty member and the department chair (or simply a department chair in the case of combined majors).
  • Complete the project as described and approved.
  • Make a satisfactory public presentation of their project with the dean, faculty supervisor and other honors project students.

Proposal Process

Download the CAMD College Honors Program document for complete details on the proposal process.

The Creative Leaders program was designed for College of Arts, Media and Design students who display a depth of creative talent, seek expression that crosses traditional discipline boundaries, and have a penchant for entrepreneurial ingenuity. Creative Leaders are cultural ambassadors for the college, are deeply involved in the arts, and, above all else, convey passion for their craft.

Offered exclusively to Creative Leaders in CAMD, Creative Leaders Honors is a program offering the opportunity to propose and embark on a formal creative project during the student’s upperclassman years.


Students are eligible to pursue Creative Leader Honors if they have either:

  • Been admitted as a freshman into the existing Creative Leaders admissions program or the CAMD High Talent program.
  • Completed their freshman year, having demonstrated excellence in a unit within the college and applied to the Creative Leaders program at the beginning of their sophomore or junior year.

Program Components

The Creative Leader Honors program begins during a student’s sophomore year, at which time candidates see their involvement in the college community deepened as they begin planning their first large-scale creative endeavor. This includes:

  • Connecting with college alumni who have experience in the Creative Leader’s discipline and will serve as mentors for a formal project, to be completed over the Creative Leader’s junior or senior year
  • Developing a proposal for their formal creative project
  • Presenting the project proposal to a committee comprised of other Creative Leaders and/or alumni contacts and further developing the project concept

A Creative Leader Honors candidate’s junior year is spent refining their concept and planning its execution, utilizing insights and feedback from a network of creative peers and mentors and deepening relationships with the personalities, offices, and centers on campus that will be involved. Completed project proposals are presented to alumni and the other Creative Leaders for final peer review prior to beginning the project.

Following the completion of their formal creative project, whether occurring during their junior or senior year, Creative Leader Honors students spend their final time on campus developing a retrospective portfolio or public display to encapsulate and reflect on the creative endeavors embarked upon over the course of their time at Northeastern.

Application Process

Students starting their sophomore or junior year must submit a portfolio that demonstrates a student’s excellence in one of the College’s academic units.  The portfolio must also include a personal statement, which provides a narrative of your experiences and capabilities that are represented in your portfolio as well as addresses how you and your creative project exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of a Creative Leader.  Applications are due by the 4th Friday of October, 2nd Friday of February or 4th Friday of June each year.  The June prior to the start of a student’s senior year is the latest an application may be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically to Adam Smith,

Current Projects

Htet Htet Aung
Faculty: David Fannon
Developing an environmentally sustainable solution to retrofit the thermal envelope of urban  housing.

Isabel Brostella Sosa
Faculty: Michelle Laboy
How different construction methods, as the sandbag construction, are available for certain climates and how they can reduce construction costs and environmental problems surrounding their site.

Completed Projects

Fall 2014

Sonia Banaszczyk
Faculty: Sarah Jackson
How conversations around race, power, and privilege are framed in online feminist public discourse.

Spring 2014

Eric Winter
Faculty: Brooke Faucault Welles
: Social Media Use and Well Being Among Chinese Students Beginning to Study in the United States.