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.
    • This is set for Reading Day in the Fall and Spring semesters.

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.  Be sure to consider the following:
    • The scope of what will be covered in the project.
    • The meeting schedule.
    • The milestones of project completion throughout the semester.
    • The deliverables at the end of the project.
    • 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 no later than the second week of the semester of 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 4 SH 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 creative project, outside of degree requirements or coursework, 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 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 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

Emily Feltault
Major: Communication Studies
Faculty: Brooke Foucault Welles
Topic: The Sneakerhead, A Modern Marketing Maven
Description: This paper will look at patterns concerning these sneakerheads and how their actions have, or have not, influenced the popularity of certain products, particularly through their use of social media.

Greg Hackel-Johnson
Major: Media Arts, Photography
Faculty: Sophia Ainslie
Topic: Three
Description: A series of three large-scale artworks that all function as part of the series but are also very individual and unique. The artworks are a mediation on my practice of creating art, each demonstrating a different style of creation varying in composed and detail oriented to spontaneous. The artworks also stand as a testament to the art of drawing with a system. All three artworks will be completely solely in monochrome.

Jonathan Levine
Major: Architecture
Faculty: Sam Choi
Topic: MEGA-Structures
Description: This project examines the potential of using multiprogrammed, layered structures as a solution to over density in cities. Using critical precedent analysis as a backbone, it will attempt to catalogue and create varying megastructures to suit contemporary urban environments.
Note: This is a year long project and will be presented in April 2017.

Emily O’Brien
Major: Design, Interaction Design
Faculty: Milda Richardson
Topic: Museum Education in the Fine Arts
Description: This honors project will examine fine art museum education strategies and how museum educators use cu ration to teach visitors about a variety of topics within the fine arts setting. I am primarily interested in discovering how museum educators engage their audiences with and without the use of technology and other materials , as well as researching new innovations in the museum education field.

Jeffrey Vogel
Major: Architecture
Faculty: Dan Adams
Topic: Practical Applications of Agriculture in the Active, Urban Environment
Description: An exploration into the feasibility of implementing Urban Agriculture practices into active industrial sites and other commonly neglected urban zones. What underutilized areas are created by the industrial building typology and how can they be re-structured to better accommodate alternative use through Urban Agriculture?

Larissa Weinstein
Major: Media and Screen Studies
Faculty: Kristopher Cannon
Topic: Practices of Digital Production
Description: The digitization of media enables audiences to instantaneously access, create, and share content. This project utilizes critical analysis to examine current digital production practices by media publications, such as The New Yorker, and will assess how these publications present digital content and how audiences respond to or transform these types of content for their own purposes. The critical analysis will be supplemented with a creative project, which will illustrate how digital media production practices evolve as audiences become authors.

Completed Projects

Spring 2016

Anna Driscoll
Major: Design, Concentration in Graphic and Information Design
Faculty: Ann McDonald and Daniel Faber
Topic: Captivating & Informative Design of Environmental Research Reports for Policymakers & the Public
Description: This project stemmed form my idea of merging my two passions, Graphic Design and Environmental Science.  Graphic Design can be very influential when applied to other disciplines.  Service design, information design, and graphic simplification are used everywhere in daily life to help provide people understand information or material in an even more informative way.

Emily Eagan
Major: Music Industry
Faculty: Margo Saulnier
Topic: The State of Music Education
Description: The goal of this project is to provide a comprehensive look into the state of music education today to determine the cultural impacts of its potential deficiency. Music education history, issues, and supporting organizations will be researched, in addition to conducting interviews with students, educators, and professionals in the field.

E. Rae Fagin
Major: Music Industry
Faculty: Andrew mall
Topic: The Importance of Feminism in the Music Industry
Description: This project will examine the history of feminism in the music industry, what role feminism plays in the music industry today, and what this means for the current music industry.

Michelle Houle
Major: Music Industry
Faculty: James Anderson
Topic: Studio Space Completion
Description: The objective of this honors project is to construct, catalog, and diagram a functioning control room in 352 Ryder Hall.  The completion of this space will leave the music program with another room in which recording students can gain hands-on experience with mixing their projects.

Kelly Ann Kasulis
Major: Journalism
Faculty: Carlene Hempel
Topic: Massachusetts’ Homeless Families
Description: This project is 4+ months of multimedia coverage (video, photo, writing, graphics) of the state’s system for homeless families and how these people navigate their lives in poverty. The project is expected to either be self-published online or through a local news organization.

Eric Lee
Major: Graphic and Information Design
Faculty: Tom Starr
Topic: Production: A Study in Human-Object Relationships
Description: This honors project consists of an exhibition and a publication that explore the origin, production and changing relationship of objects to humans. Objects require humans for their creation yet humans are indebted to objects for our survival. In the exhibition are sculptures that use paired bought or found objects to establish an inter-object relationship within themselves that reference human use but also the undergoing dematerialization of production.

Juliana McLeod
Major: Journalism
Faculty: Carlene Hempel
Topic: The Evolution of Self-Censorship with the Advent of Modern Media
Description: This proposal evaluates the changes in self-censorship of journalists in correlation to the growth of the Internet. The goal of this project is to determine what changes have occurred in a social context and, if so, whether these changes have had a beneficial or adverse effect on journalism overall.

Jackson Plumlee
Major: Landscape Architecture
Faculty: Jane Amidon
Topic: Boston Parks, Public Space, and Land Making

Jamaica Reese-Julien
Major: Architecture
Faculty: Paxton Sheldahl
Topic: Housing Deficits in an Urbanizing Nation

Grant Terzakis
Major: Theatre
Faculty: Antonio Ocampo Guzman
Topic: Born Again – A play in one act
Description: I plan to write and direct a one act play (15-20 minutes). This play examines the emotional walls that we put between ourselves and our true feelings in order to protect ourselves from vulnerability. With themes of hope and lost expectation of change also playing a large role.

Fall 2015

Kendall Coyne
Communication Studies
Alan Zaremba
Sports Communication and Crises

Casey Geddes
Communication Studies
Jesica Speed Wiley
Understanding the relationship between how businesses communicate about their corporate social responsibility programs and their self-reported investment practices

Elleri Hughes
Music Industry
David Herlihy
Synching in the USA

Ryan Lucht
Music Industry
James Anderson
Camino: Self-produced two-track Single

Cristina Sanchez
Communication Studies
Justin Davis
Getting Social to Become Healthy

Spring 2015

Htet Htet Aung
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.

Fall 2014

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

Spring 2014

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