The CAMD Honors in the Discipline program requires that a student complete a project in an area related to the individual student’s program within the college.   Students who wish to pursue Honors in the Discipline must have a major within CAMD or a combined major that includes at least one CAMD program.

The Honors Project

The Honors project may involve a research study, design, music composition, play, media production or any focused work in a subject addressed within CAMD.  The project will be supervised by a CAMD faculty member and a proposal must be approved by the supervising faculty member and the chair of the department before the project begins.

The Honors project must be beyond what any student needs to complete to satisfy the requirements for any other class that she or he takes in the college. In other words, a paper written for one class, cannot be used again to satisfy the College Honors project requirement.

At the conclusion of the project, the student who wishes to graduate with an Honors in the Discipline credential will present her or his work to the Dean, the supervising instructor, other students who, during that term, have completed their College Honors projects, and anyone else who wishes to attend this publicized college event.  The presentation event is held on Reading Day in the Fall and Spring Semesters.  A successful student in Honors in the Discipline will earn the credential, Honors in [Major], for example Honors in Music, on his or her official transcript.


Students are eligible for the Honors in the Discipline credential 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.
    • Communication Studies majors must be a senior with a GPA in the top 15% of the graduating class.
    • Other departments may also stipulate a higher 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 and Application Process

  1. The student interested in CAMD Honors in the Discipline meets with a professor and describes the nature of the project. The professor agrees in principle to work with the student pending receipt and approval of a written proposal.*
    *If the proposal involves the use of a survey, IRB approval must be sought prior to submission.
  2. The Student prepares a one-page proposal. The proposal includes:
    1. A description of the Honors project focus and end products.
    2. The name of the professor who has agreed to supervise the work.
    3. A timeline for completion.
    4. The signatures of the professor and the chair of the department who are endorsing the Honors project.
  3. The student submits the completed Honors in the Discipline Application document (below) to the Director of Academic Advising for CAMD prior to the second week of the semester during which the student intends to begin work for the project.
    1. Assuming the student meets the eligibility requirements and has the endorsement of the professor/chair, the Director of Academic Advising enrolls the student in the department’s four credit honors course. (e.g. MUSC4970 – Junior/Senior Honors Project 1)
    2. A student can take up to two semesters to complete the project. If she or he chooses to work on the project for two semesters then the student will be enrolled in the second semester of the Honors Project course.
    3. While the student is completing his or her project, he or she is able to access the services and supports of the University Honors Program, including access to special funding, even if he or she is not a part of the University Honors Program. Completing this project does not imply a student has joined the University Honors Program.

Download the Sample College Honors Proposals document to get an idea of what you should include in your proposal.

When ready, download the CAMD Honors in the Discipline Application document.

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.