Honors Requirements & Distinction

To graduate with University Honors Program Distinction, Honors students are expected to:

  • Earn a final cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Complete a set number of Honors courses. This number is dependent on the student’s semester of entry into the Honors Program. At least one of these Honors courses must be an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar (HONR 3310).

Students may satisfy Honors course requirements through the combination of the following 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)
  • 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)
  • One Northeastern Global Experience, such as a Traditional Semester Abroad, Dialogue of Civilization, or Global Co-op
  • Successful completion and demonstration of competencies from an Inside the Honors Studio Workshop Series

Students who participate in an Honors-specific Dialogue of Civilizations will receive two (2) Honors courses towards their requirements for Honors Distinction.

Students may not have more than 3 (three) experiential learning experiences count towards their Honors Distinction requirements. Experiential learning experiences include the Inside the Honors Studio Series workshops and the Honors Propel Grant.

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

All students entering into the University Honors Program upon matriculation are expected to complete six Honors courses. One of these courses must be the Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar (HONR 3310).

To make consistent progress towards meeting Honors requirements, the Honors Program recommends that students follow these general 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)

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 (HONR 3310).
  • First-Year students who join the Program in their third semester are required to 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.

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

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. Those students falling below this requirement at any point after the conclusion of their first-year Spring semester will have the following Fall semester to improve their GPA. If their GPA does not meet this requirement by the conclusion of that 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. Those students falling below this requirement at any point after the conclusion of their first-year Spring semester will no longer be eligible to participate in the University Honors Program.