Teaching for Honors

What Makes a Learning Experience an Honors Experience?

University Honors students are particularly curious, motivated, and excited to learn.

To engage this motivation, we encourage you to design courses that enable them to explore topics that are not part of any traditional curriculum—perhaps by examining information from diverse areas through an integrated lens, by partnering with faculty from complementary disciplines to create novel and exciting educational opportunities, or by experimenting with new experiential methods of teaching and learning.

We offer an outline of Features of an Honors Education to help you as faculty think through how to design your courses in an Honors framework.

Through Honors, and with departmental approval, Northeastern faculty members may pursue teaching an Honors Inquiry Course for first-year students, and Honors Dialogue of Civilizations or an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar for upperclass students.

A listing of current Honors Course Offerings can be found here.

Please email Dr. Laurie Kramer if you would like to explore the possibility of offering one of these Honors learning experiences.

All faculty and professional staff who offer educational experiences of any type to Honors students are asked to map their course using the SAIL (Self-Authored Integrated Learning) learning framework. The University Honors Program will hold workshops at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters to assist faculty in “SAIL-ifying” their course. This will enable educators to carefully consider and gain feedback on the various ways that students are learning and developing as a result of the experience they have designed.

All faculty teaching Honors courses are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal to have their course considered as meeting one or two NUpath requirements. Faculty are asked to prepare a draft proposal and to send this, along with the course syllabus, to Dr. Laurie Kramer, Director of the University Honors Program, who will manage its submission.

The University Honors Program has partnered with the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR) to offer a convenient, confidential service to faculty seeking advice on Honors course design, mid-course feedback, and/or final assessment. Mid-semester classroom consultations are also available, where CATLR staff conduct a brief assessment of the students’ learning experience. The CATLR consultant will then synthesize student feedback and confidentially share it with the Honors faculty member. Lastly, CATLR can offer assistance to faculty teaching Honors Courses who wish to develop, gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative assessment data on their courses in a systematic and confidential fashion.

Request A Consultation with CATLR

Faculty teaching Honors courses may apply to the University Honors Program for financial support to cover the cost of experiential learning activities, instructional materials, guest speakers, or other course enrichment that will enhance the student experience in their HONR course. Financial support for each course is limited to $500. If granted, funding must be spent before the end of the semester in which the course is being taught.

To apply for funding to support student learning in the Honors course you are teaching, please fill out this online form.

Community-based, service-learning, and civic engagement experiences are outstanding experiential learning methods that enable students to apply and integrate what they are learning in ways that prepare them to become effective agents of change. Faculty are encouraged to consider incorporating a service-learning component into the educational experiences they design for Honors students, be it part of a course, a global experience, or an Honors Living Learning Community.

To help faculty integrate S-L in their course, please email Dr. Becca Berkey, Director of Service-Learning, to set up an individualized consultation.


The University Honors Program has partnered with University Libraries to provide each course with a specialized librarian. This librarian is available to help Honors faculty identify appropriate resources and supplemental materials for the course. In addition to offering presentations on research skills to students, the dedicated librarian is available to meet individually with students as they carry out research assignments and projects.