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At Northeastern, University Honors students embark on a self-directed educational journey along with a very talented group of peers who also possess an insatiable appetite for learning, a boundless imagination, and the aspiration to meet the most significant challenges confronting our world. Student-directed learning is at the core of the Honors experience and this experience is exemplified through our Honors LLCs. A truly student self-directed initiative, the themes of each of the LLCs we are offering in Fall 2021 come directly from the creative input of incoming Honors students.

Students in each LLC will create their own learning agenda for the year. They will plan and direct the activities they would collectively like to engage in order to explore their selected LLC themes. Each community will receive a budget to enable them to carry out their learning agenda.

Students will receive support in creating and carrying out their learning agendas by various members of the University Honors community.

Below are the themes of the Honors LLCs that incoming Honors students recommended that we offer in Fall 2021. All incoming students will be able to rank order their top three choices and students’ assignments to Honors LLCs will be made on the basis of these rankings.  LLC themes that receive low rankings from students may not be offered.


(Activism in Bos) | Students will discover effective ways to become agents of social change by learning from and about diverse activists and organizers who are making a difference in Boston. This LLC will study how art, advocacy, organizing, movement building, and socially responsible business models are being used to empower individuals and communities to advance systemic change. Students will have opportunities to develop their own activist muscles, learn from student leaders on campus, and visit locations in Boston where activism has a vital historical and contemporary presence.

(AI, XR, Robotics) | Technology has become ubiquitous in our daily lives. Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Extended Reality (XR), and Robotics will impact all of our lives going forward. This LLC will explore how AI, XR, and Robotics benefits and contributes to society, and learn to grapple with ways these technologies continue to modify how we interact and engage with each other. If you enjoy conversations and letting your imagination roam freely, this LLC might be for you.

(Explr Bos: Art Theatre) | Boston has so much to offer a lover of art and theatre. This LLC community will keep students connected to the arts and will provide ample opportunities to explore Boston’s art and theatre scene across the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Students engage in museum tours, art shows, and local professional theatre. Made up of students who have a variety of interests and come from diverse majors, students in this LLC will experience how arts and theatre have thrived in greater Boston.

(Explr Bos: City Adv) | Students in this LLC have a passion to learn and teach others about ways to stay active and engaged in a vibrant metropolitan area. For example, you may learn about the unique collaborations between Boston and Cambridge while kayaking along the Charles River, learn about meditation as you hike through Franklin Park, or explore the horticulture society by visiting the Arnold Arboretum. Along the way, LLC members may choose to consider topics such as gentrification and differential access to education, healthcare, and transportation while exploring Boston’s many diverse neighborhoods.

(Explr Bos: Comm. Service) | For those who are passionate about assisting and advocating for others, the Community Service LLC will have immediate impact as they explore and work to support the greater Boston community and its neighborhoods. LLC members will confront the historical inequalities that still exists in some Boston communities and will come together to plan strategies to meet the needs of the underserved.

(Explr Bos: Culture) | Boston is a global hub, attracting students and community members from all over the world. This LLC will immerse itself in the many rich cultural fabrics that comprise Boston and explore topics of diversity, inclusion, and cultural practices and traditions. Students in this LLC will learn how aspects of their own identities—and those around them—can lead to an appreciation of many cultures and communities they may not have previously known about. Students in this LLC will participate in, and possibly host, a variety of cultural events and discussions, learning from local figures in Boston who represent many dimensions of cultural expression.

Foodies) | Food is said to bring people together on many different levels. Whether you consider yourself a “foodie,” like to try new things, or think that the keys to a great time are good friends and delicious food, this LLC is for you. Students uncover their inner-foodie by cooking and sharing various cuisines found throughout Boston—all while learning about such food from nutritional, social and cultural perspectives. As a culminating experience, Foodies may develop a cookbook filled with recipes, a list of go-to restaurant, or brands they are going to do business that are in line with their values.

(Gaming) | Gathering those students whose “book” shelf is filled with board games, students in this LLC enjoy de-stressing through video games, board games, or even designing games. Students will come together with peers who can introduce new games, learn from one another, and use the world of gaming to become proficient problem solvers and/or game designers. Students in the Gaming LLC could work together to design their own game-- the possibilities are endless!

(Health Innov) | Boston is a hub for some of the best hospitals in the world—yet some of our citizens lack access to the things they need to lead healthy lives. Never has this been so apparent as now, as we manage the challenges of a pandemic. This LLC will explore ways to advocate for local health improvements and advancements that will better support the city and its members. We’ll consider possible innovations to expanding access to healthcare, advancing healthcare policy, and future careers in the health professions.

(Leadership) | Students in the Leadership LLC value their leadership positions and co-curricular learning as much as academics. Leadership opportunities are a big part of anyone’s Northeastern experience, but students in this LLC will have the rare opportunity, as first-year students, to delve deeper into leadership development. Students may work together to develop a leadership training experience for other emerging student leaders on campus.

(Music Lovers) | Boston has an incredible music scene that can accommodate music lovers of all types and genres. From concert venues to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and more, anyone who appreciates music can find their niche here. Students can come together to “jam,” create and share original works, and experience all that the music scene of Boston has to offer.

(Tech & Creativity) | In this LLC, students will assume roles as either innovators, scientists, developers, and/or designers to explore and create practical solutions to the world’s challenges—to dream BIG and bring creative ideas to life using technology. Through hands-on activities on campus and events hosted by the Boston tech community, LLC members will consider how the future might be impacted by AI advancements and how this generation of students might harness the power of these technological advancements to make the world a better place. Students will have opportunities to present the artifacts that come from their explorations to the larger Honors community.

(Travel & Adv) | Students in the Travel & Adventure LLC have an insatiable appetite for domestic and international travel and passion for global awareness and issues.  In this LLC, learn about the benefits and opportunities for travel, both international and domestic. Connect with other students who wish to view the world from another global vantage point and learn about the global communities right here in Boston! Students will also explore critical global issues by blending perspectives from popular culture, historical contexts, and current events.


Note: Honors students who are applying to Global Quest will be given a place in a dedicated Honors Travel and Adventure LLC

(VC & Entrprnrshp) | Students will share their passions and ambitions with other entrepreneurially oriented students while engaging with professional entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, and private equity financiers. Students will leverage Northeastern’s powerful global network to further develop their entrepreneurial mindset as they set themselves up to be next-generation innovation leaders.

(Wellness & Health) | This LLC focuses on establishing a healthy mind, body, and spirit as it embraces the values of holistic health and wellness. Students will explore dimensions of wellness, including social, occupational, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being. Students in this LLC might develop a wellness plan for other first-year students filled with evidence-based recommendations on the facets of wellness that are most important as one adjusts to college life.