Thank you for your interest in Northeastern’s Honors Program!
The Honors Program invites exceptionally motivated students to enhance their educational experience. Students joining this community seek an undergraduate experience charted by meeting academic challenges. Scholars who are invited into the University Honors Program are among our most highly accomplished and motivated prospective students.
The program includes:
- Demanding and challenging academic opportunities
- Connecting to an active community of thinkers committed to making a difference
- Living and learning in the Honors Program thematic communities
The Honors Program frames opportunities that are intellectually rigorous, based on both foundational and advanced work in interdisciplinary thematic areas. The Honors Program promotes global awareness and civic engagement across all of its offerings, and empowers students through resources within the Program as well as the larger Northeastern community.
This fall, all Honors scholars will be housed under the Honors Program LLC “umbrella” and will join a community of entering scholars with a wide range of interests and concerns on each of our floors in International Village (INV). There will be special programming and opportunities in INV to reflect our four Honors Thematics and all Honors students will be invited to participate in a variety of those activities.
The themes include:
- Science, Technology and Human Values – Interdisciplinary mentorship of faculty experts in fields such as behavioral neuroscience, pharmacy, engineering, and computer programming. This theme opens scholars to pressing social issues such as: health care concerns embedded in both the laboratory and community, structural answers to the delivery of resources such as water in developing countries, and enhancing security and access of internet usage for a range of international consumers.
- Social Development – Interdisciplinary mentorship of faculty experts in fields such as micro-financing, entrepreneurial innovation, leading with integrity, international management and sustainable engineering. This theme opens scholars to the world of social development and its links to critical social issues related to leading change, international innovation transfer, and global business practices.
- Conflict and Peace Building – Interdisciplinary mentorship of faculty experts in fields such as international affairs, sociology, law, crime and justice, philosophy, and religion. This theme opens scholars to the world of interdisciplinary conflict resolution and its links to pressing social issues, including global weapons trade, international peacekeeping initiatives, and strategies for intervention and resolution of crime and violence at the local, national and international level.
- Inquiry, Advocacy and the Social World – Interdisciplinary mentorship of faculty experts in fields such as the performing and creative arts, communication studies, philosophy, religion, ethics, sociology, history, economics, political science, environmental studies, and journalism. This theme opens scholars to the world of personal expression through creation and /or analysis of verse, short stories, performance or the digital arts. Scholars may also choose to research public policy issues such as community development, pandemic preparations, environmental sustainability, health care initiatives, and the political role of a national arts policy.
Members of the Honors Community will explore these themes through course work, embedded living and learning opportunities, and connections to broader opportunities on campus and beyond such as the Honors Writer in Residence Program and social, cultural and community service based activities.
From our shared Welcome Week, which includes First Pages and the Honors Outreach Project, among other activities, through our Boston-based mentored course Enhancing Honors, and on though the year – there will be many chances to move forward toward meeting your academic goals.
We hope that you have a chance to look through sections of the Honors Program website in order to become more familiar with our program. Start with our course offerings – including our specialty courses for first-year students, the Inquiry Series – and our upper-class Interdisciplinary Seminars. Check out our newsletter, The Honors Perspective. Read about some current students and be sure to view our photo gallery.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the program.