Academics

Zaneta Sulley

Zaneta Sulley, CSSH'22

“To date, my [Honors Interdisciplinary] Seminar with Professor Michael Patrick MacDonald has been one of my most impactful courses at Northeastern. In this course we read four books and used them as jumping off points in discussing social issues. As someone already passionate about working on social issues, this course got me even more interested and frustrated with society. I still talk about this course to my friends all the time.”

In addition to taking Prof. MacDonald’s Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar, Zaneta Sulley participated in his Inside the Honors Studio, Transformative Storytelling. She was awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Florence, Italy. A combined major in Criminal Justice and Sociology, Zaneta is active with Student Alliance for Prison Reform at Northeastern.

Max Daniels

Max Daniels, Khoury'21

“One really valuable resource from the Honors Program has been the Honors courses, and especially the Honors section of Discrete Structures. Prof. Virgil Pavlu taught my section, and he was phenomenal! His lectures were great, and during office hours he would always introduce students into interesting material outside of class, even sometimes his current in-progress research work. Prof. Pavlu guided me on my way into research, and I ended up taking classes with him for 3 semesters in a row.”

Max Daniels received the Goldwater Scholarship in Spring 2020. He received an Honors Early Research Award for his work building neural network architectures to represent audio signals with Prof. Paul Hand.

Big ideas. Creative, interdisciplinary thinking. Small course sizes.

The University Honors Program offers a range of exciting courses, featuring learning that extends beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and classroom walls. Taught by world-class faculty, Honors courses are unique—they are not part of any one standard curriculum. Rather, they are crafted to take a unique approach to a topic or question, often blending diverse bodies of knowledge and perspectives, and delivered in an engaging, interactive style.

Honors courses are enriched experiences, integrating elements of experiential learning into their pedagogy. Students in Honors courses may create a project or product (e.g., a grant proposal to help a community-based health center achieve their goals, the invention of a novel language, or a manuscript to be submitted for publication), the performance of community service, and in some cases, a global experience led by the course’s professor.

In the spirit of interdisciplinarity, enrollment in Honors courses is open to students in all majors. Honors courses do not have prerequisites, making it easier to delve into an area you know little about. Honors courses are limited to fewer than 20 students, promoting dialogue and collaboration between faculty and students across the disciplines.

Our Honors First-Year Inquiry Series, Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars series , and summer Dialogues of Civilizations are all designed to facilitate in-depth study of contemporary issues or long-standing interest from an interdisciplinary perspective, addressing, for example, the promotion of brain health through neuroscience to the modern-day impact of ancient and medieval African kingdoms.