Requirements & Earning University Honors Distinction

Requirements

To graduate from Northeastern University with University Honors Distinction, Honors students are expected to have successfully completed six Honors courses, including at least one Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar (HONR 3310), and earn a final GPA of 3.5 or above.

To make consistent progress towards meeting Honors requirements, we recommend that students follow these benchmarks:

  • End of the First Year: 3-4 courses
  • End of Second Year: 5 courses
  • End of Fourth or Fifth Year: 6 courses (including Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar)

Students may achieve these 6 Honors courses through the combination of the following Honors experiences:

  • Honors Discovery course (required for all first-year, first semester Honors students)
  • Honors First-Year Inquiry course(s) HONR 1310 (strongly encouraged)
  • Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: HONR 3310 (required)
  • Dialogue of Civilization or other global experience, such as a summer or semester studying at an international institution or a global co-op (strongly encouraged)
  • Honors Directed Study (a faculty-mentored experience in research or creative endeavors)
  • Honors section of a Department course (e.g., Honors section of a Physics course)
  • Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis (optional)

Students should consult with their Honors Advisor to consider additional opportunities to meet Honors requirements.

Important Note: The University Honors Program adjusts the 6-Honors course requirement for students who are admitted to Honors as a continuing Northeastern student.

  • First-Year students who join the Honors Program in their second semester are required to complete 5 Honors courses, including an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar.
  • First-Year students who join the Program in their third semester must complete 4 Honors courses, including the Seminar.
  • Second-Year students who join in their fourth semester are required to complete 4 Honors courses, including the Seminar.

Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis

Although an Honors thesis is NOT required to graduate with University Honors Distinction, students who wish to perform a culminating in-depth study or creative endeavor are encouraged to consider pursuing an Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis through the University Honors Program.

Alternately, students may consult their college’s website to learn about opportunities to earn Honors in the Discipline (e.g., Honors in Chemistry), which may include a combination of coursework and the completion of a faculty-mentored project. As each college has specific requirements for this initiative, students should review their college’s website or contact their designated college Academic Advisor for further information.

It is possible (but not required) for students to earn both University Honors Distinction and Honors in their Discipline.

Maintaining Academic Standing

All Honors students must maintain good academic standing. To graduate with University Honors Program Distinction, Honors students must achieve a final GPA of 3.5 or above.

All Honors students who matriculated into Northeastern University during the Fall 2017 semester or any future semester must maintain a cumulative GPA greater or equal to a 3.0. Students with this entry date who fall below a cumulative 3.0 at any point after the conclusion of their first-year Spring semester, will have the following Fall semester to improve their GPA in accordance with the terms outlined by their scholarship. If their GPA does not meet this requirement by the conclusion of the second Fall semester or any subsequent semester, they will no longer be eligible to participate in the University Honors Program.

All Honors students who matriculated into Northeastern University during the Fall 2016 semester or any previous semester must maintain a cumulative GPA greater or equal to a 3.0. Students with this entry date who fall below a cumulative 3.0 at any point after the conclusion of their first-year Spring semester, will no longer be eligible to participate in the University Honors Program.