First-Year Academics


Northeastern’s academic core, known as NUpath, is built around essential, broad-based knowledge and skills—such as understanding societies and analyzing data—integrated with specific content areas and disciplines.

It offers students the flexibility to integrate core learning into their individual educational journeys. The list below represents all of the areas covered by NUpath.

NUpath Requirements

  • Engaging with the Natural & Designed World (ND)
  • Exploring Creative Expression & Innovation (EI)
  • Interpreting Culture (IC)
  • Conducting Formal & Quantitative Reasoning (FQ)
  • Understanding Societies & Institutions (SI)
  • Analyzing & Using Data (AD)
  • Engaging Difference & Diversity (DD)
  • Employing Ethical Reasoning (ER)
  • Writing in the First Year (WF)
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (WD)
  • Writing Intensive in the Major (WI)
  •  Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience (EX)
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone (CE)

Some students will automatically fulfill NUpath attributes in their first semester through their introductory major courses. Advisors will help students identify NUpath attributes that are not built into the student’s intended major as they plan their academic path.