Honors Living Learning Communities

From their first day on campus, Honors students are connected as they form a Living Learning Community that is focused on a theme of mutual interest—a theme they selected themselves.

First-year Honors students live together in their Honors Living-Learning Community where they collaborate on a variety of activities to collectively explore their interests. They are supported by an Honors Living Learning Coordinator, a faculty or professional staff expert on the LLC theme, and an upperclass Honors student serving as an Honors Living Learning Assistant.

Activism in Boston | 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.  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. 

Community Service and Leadership | For those who are passionate about supporting and advocating for others while gaining valuable leadership skills, the Community Service and Leadership LLC will have an impact as they explore and work alongside members of the the greater Boston community and our local neighborhoods. Through a variety of service opportunities, LLC members will come together to help meet the needs identified by our communities.  Students will also have the rare opportunity to delve deeper into leadership development and may use their new skills to develop a leadership training experience for other emerging student leaders on campus. 

Explore Boston: Arts, Theatre, and Film| Boston has so much to offer to lovers of art, theatre, and film. This LLC brings together students who are passionate about making, viewing, and discussing all things art— be it dancers, visual artists, or art enthusiasts.  Students in this LLC engage in museum tours, local theatre, and more! Students may also select films to watch and critique, create original works, or explore the city en route to film events such as the Boston Independent Film Festival.  Made up of students who have a variety of interests and come from diverse majors, LLC members will see firsthand how arts, theatre, and film thrive in Boston. 

Explore Boston: City Adventures | Are you excited to soak in the sights and sounds of Boston as a vibrant metropolitan area? Learn about the unique collaborations between Boston and Cambridge while kayaking along the Charles River, exploring the Arnold Arboretum, or visiting historical landmarks as you walk the Freedom Trail. Along the way, LLC members may consider topics such as gentrification and differential access to education, healthcare, and transportation in Boston’s many diverse neighborhoods. 

Travel & Global Cultural Immersion | Boston is a global hub, attracting students and community members from all over the world. Students in this LLC have a passion for travel, global engagement and learning about different cultures and languages.  Connect with other students who also wish to view the world from other global vantage points, including learning about the many vibrant international communities that exist right here in Boston! 

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, a catalog of go-to restaurants, or list of food brands that align 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 to learn from one another, introduce each other to new games, and use the world of gaming to become proficient problem solvers and/or game designers — the possibilities are endless! 

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

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. 

Outdoor Adventure | This is your ideal LLC if you want to meet the challenge of exploring the outdoors while living in a city. This community can take long hikes, kayak, or hit the ski slopes during weekend excursions. Students can learn and teach others about what goes into the development and upkeep of urban parks on the Emerald Necklace Boston and venture outside the city to experience nature. 

Technological Innovation & Creativity | Students will assume roles as either innovators, scientists, developers, and/or designers to explore and create practical solutions to the world’s challenges. Through hands-on activities and events hosted by the Boston tech community, LLC members consider how the future might be impacted by AI advancements and how they might harness the power of these technological advancements to make the world a better place.  


Honors Faculty-in-Residence contribute to student learning and development that happens beyond classrooms walls. Living among Honors students in East Village, Faculty-in-Residence offer informative programming and support that enables Honors students to thrive.

Michael Hoppmann, Ph.D., Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Michael Hoppmann speaking at the 2019 Honors Cording Ceremony Reception

Michael J. Hoppmann is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication Studies.

Professor Hoppmann offers dedicated courses to Honors students, including HONR 1310 “Speaking Up for Justice.”

In Summer 2019, Professor Hoppmann will lead students on a unique twin Dialogue of Civilization to eastern Europe to study Human Rights Communication (Crimes Against Humanity and Humanity Against Crimes) that will track the onset, development, and response to human rights violations and hateful rhetoric and  during World War II and its aftermath.

Professor Hoppmann’s research centers around three areas: Classical Rhetoric, Modern Argumentation Theory and Applied Rhetoric. In Classical Rhetoric, he focuses most on historical argumentation models and structures (stasis theory, enthymeme) in Greek and Latin Rhetoric. In Modern Argumentation Theory, he is interested in Argument Schemes, Argumentative Deconstruction and Critical Questions. In Applied Rhetoric, he works to bridge the gap between rhetorical theory and practice and is mainly concentrating on the development and implementation of rhetorical training forms such as debate, declamation and disputation. Dr. Hoppmann is author or co-author of five books, including A Synoptic History of Classical Rhetoric (4th edition, 2014), Handbook of Rhetorical Training(Trainingsbuch Rhetorik, 3rd edition, 2012), Argumentative Competence (Schluesselkompetenz Argumentation, 2nd edition, 2012) and Argumentative Defense (Argumentative Verteidigung, 2008).

Jacob Stump, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy and Religion


Dr. Jacob Stump, Faculty in Residence at East Village

Jacob Stump is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

He is the Faculty Coordinator for the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) Music Lovers.

In his teaching, Professor Stump aims to acquaint students with philosophy as a way of life. He invites students to live philosophically, whether by going out and trying certain things (e.g., acting as a Socratic gadfly, monitoring one’s impressions like a Stoic, suspending all beliefs like a Sceptic) or by reflecting on one’s life as an ancient Greek or Roman philosopher might have reflected on his own (e.g., by mapping the relations between one’s desires). He is a member of the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, and he gives talks on what it means to conceive of and practice philosophy in this way. He also leads the Philosophy as a Way of Life Working Group at Northeastern.

In his research, Professor Stump writes on issues of moral psychology in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, such as what it means in this context to value and to love. His main research is on Socrates’ project, as depicted in Plato’s dialogues, of using argument to change what people value the most. More generally, he is interested in the phenomenon of becoming a new person: how best to conceptualize it, what obstacles interfere with it, and whether reasoning and argument can be effective at bringing it about.

Honors Living Learning Assistants are upperclass Honors students who support the activities of each LLC. Matched to their LLC theme with great intention, HLLAs not only enrich the learning that occurs, but also help first-year students to build a sense of community and belonging.

2022-2023 Honors Living Learning Assistants

John Balaguer

Thomas Barbour-Leslie

Satiera  Caze

Michelle Freeman

Andrea Griffin

Kyle Jacques

Derek Kaplan

Ivan Lin

Hannah Marks

Munin Mundt

Marissa Muñoz

Gregory Shepherd

Roshni Singh

Wallid  Soukaki

Christina Stanley

Tiffany Zheng

Honors Living Learning Coordinators are faculty or professional staff members who helps the LLC define and pursue their collective interests and goals. As experts in their fields, Coordinators are valuable leaders in facilitating learning and exploration of the LLC theme.

In addition to East Village and International Village, upper class Honors students may choose to live in other Northeastern residence halls that offer dedicated housing to Honors students, including West Village C and 106 St. Stephens. West Village C offers apartment-style accommodations, accommodating primarily groups of 4 and 5 students. 106 St. Stephens offers 2, 3, and 4-person apartments with a mix of single and double bedrooms.

Honors recently hosted an informational session for those students interested in learning more about upperclass Honors student housing options for 2021-2022. Watch the info session here!