Incoming Honors stu­dents at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will be invited to join one of four new Living Learning Com­mu­ni­ties, each reflecting an ele­ment of the university’s aca­d­emic engage­ment with the world, built around a cen­tury of inno­va­tion in expe­ri­en­tial learning and co-​​op.

The com­mu­ni­ties will offer stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to craft their edu­ca­tion around a the­matic area of spe­cial interest—connected to real-​​world issues—that com­ple­ments their major and pro­vide expe­ri­en­tial and research oppor­tu­ni­ties at the cross-​​section of dis­ci­plines. The themes include:

• Sci­ence, Tech­nology, and Human Values – Focus on behav­ioral neu­ro­science and phar­macy, engi­neering, and com­puter sci­ence
• Social Devel­op­ment – Focus on inter­na­tional busi­ness, entre­pre­neur­ship and sus­tain­able eco­nomic devel­op­ment
• Con­flict and Peace Building – Focus on con­tem­po­rary con­flicts, nego­ti­a­tions and peace processes
• Inquiry, Advo­cacy, and the Social World – Focus on public policy, prac­tice and social issues

Stu­dents in the four Living and Learning Com­mu­ni­ties will explore these themes through var­ious focused expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties in research and on the global scale, as well as rig­orous course work, and social, cul­tural and com­mu­nity service-​​based activities.

This impor­tant ini­tia­tive gives Honors stu­dents greater oppor­tu­ni­ties to immerse them­selves in research, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary courses and expe­ri­en­tial learning options that align with their intel­lec­tual inter­ests,” said North­eastern Provost Stephen Director.

All of the LLCs will also include a first-​​year inquiry course, an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary sem­inar, sup­port for com­pet­i­tive grants and awards, in addi­tion to the existing oppor­tu­ni­ties that are part of Honors at North­eastern: Honors courses and projects; increased con­nec­tions to fac­ulty; spe­cial off-​​campus events and pro­grams; and a sup­port net­work of fac­ulty advi­sors, men­tors, Honors Pro­gram leaders and staff.

Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Enroll­ment Man­age­ment and Stu­dent Life Philomena Man­tella noted that the new Honors LLCs are part of Northeastern’s student-​​centered approach to education.

We have a strong tra­di­tion of being in tune with the inter­ests of stu­dents,” Man­tella said. “Our cur­rent Honors stu­dents played a role in helping us develop these new LLC options, which max­i­mize Northeastern’s strengths as a uni­ver­sity engaged with the world.”