At the heart of a Northeastern education are award-winning faculty mentors, a rigorous and innovative curriculum, and undergraduate research and global experiences that challenge and transform. Northeastern's innovative programs encompass a wide range of majors, concentrations, and interdisciplinary studies along with honors, preprofessional, and study-abroad programs.
Northeastern's approach to educating its students integrates a challenging academic curriculum with a variety of experiential learning opportunities including research, global experiences, service learning, and the university's signature cooperative education program (co-op), enabling students to make deep connections between their field of study and the world around them.
After completing their freshman year, Northeastern students integrate classroom learning with six-month periods of full-time, immersive professional work, global study, or research experiences related to their major or interests. Northeastern's flexibility enables students to choose a fouror five-year path with up to eighteen months of experience, strengthening their professional network and giving them confidence-and a significant edge in the job market. Students learn what career is a good fit for them-and what careers are not-all before graduating. In addition, over half of the students are offered full-time jobs from co-op employers.
Northeastern partners with over 2,900 co-op employers around the globe, including some of the world's largest and most reputable companies: Pfizer, John Hancock, Yahoo, Fidelity Investments, IBM, General Electric, Massachusetts General Hospital, Microsoft, and the Boston Globe, just to name a few.
Experiential learning opportunities-including U.S. and international professional co-op, service learning, research, and study abroad-are currently available in 128 countries around the world.
The University Honors Program allows students to participate in enriched educational experiences and offers opportunities that include honors sections of required academic courses, honors seminars, independent research, and specialized study abroad. With broad access to the resources of the university, the University Scholars Program, Northeastern's most prestigious scholarship program, provides Scholars with the opportunity to design a tailored program that potentially spans colleges, departments, and global partner institutions to address each Scholar's unique academic goals and career aspirations, and advance their entrepreneurial ideas.
The university has more than 1,500 fulland part-time faculty members with a wide variety of research and teaching interests and specialties. Academic counselors in each college work closely with students to assist them in developing programs suited to their interests and abilities. Co-op advisers assist students in resume-building, honing interview skills and tactics, and in developing contacts with businesses and employers to support networking and professional opportunities.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Northeastern's academic programs are divided among eight colleges.
The College of Arts, Media and Design awards undergraduate degrees in architecture, art, communication studies, digital art, graphic design, landscape architecture, and journalism; combined majors in cinema studies, game design, and interactive media; as well as music (concentrations in music history and analysis, music industry, and music technology), studio art (in collaboration with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts), and theater (including concentrations in performance and production).
The D'Amore-McKim School of Business offers two degree options: the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science in International Business (B.S.I.B.). The B.S.I.B. program includes language instruction and international study and work. The college offers concentrations in accounting, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance and insurance, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain management.
The College of Computer and Information Science awards degrees in computer science and information science and also offers combined majors that pair computer science with business, cognitive psychology, game design, mathematics, physics, biology, multimedia arts, music technology, or digital art.
The College of Engineering offers degrees in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering.
The Bouve College of Health Sciences awards degrees in health sciences, nursing, pharmacy, and speech-language pathology and audiology. The college also offers a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a six-year program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
The College of Science awards undergraduate degrees in applied physics, behavioral neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical physics, chemistry, environmental science, environmental studies, linguistics, mathematics, physics, and psychology.
The College of Social Sciences and Humanities awards undergraduate degrees in African American studies, American Sign Language, Asian studies, criminal justice, cultural anthropology, economics, English, history, human services, international affairs, Jewish studies (combined major only), philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and Spanish.
The Program for Undeclared students offers a wide array of academic opportunities designed to help students who feel strongly about exploring their options before making a commitment to a major. The program provides the support and guidance students need to explore and eventually choose one of Northeastern's undergraduate programs.
Boston’s Northeastern University is all about “experiential learning, a global outlook, high standard academics and the balance of success with a happy life.” The major draw is the school’s signature co-op program, where students spend up to three sixmonth periods working full time (usually for pay) while living in the residence halls and maintaining full-time student status. “In an uncertain economy, the world-class co-op program really gives students a leg up in finding a career,” says a student. A strong honors program (members of which share living quarters in a specialized Living Learning Community) adds to the list of Northeastern’s benefits. From “the first day that you are on campus, the school is asking how everything you’re doing affects your resume,” says a student.
The professors are often actually professionals in their field, so that students can “learn from firsthand accounts and experiences.” They are “very research-oriented,” and proponents of “using innovation and modern technology for the students’ advantage.” “My professors all come from a variety of backgrounds, have fascinating research projects, and love to teach,” says a student. They “always organize extra lectures, speakers, and events for students who are really interested in the course.”
Aside from the co-op program, the study abroad program, the “variety of majors and classes,” the “elite classroom experience.,” and the “great programs available for freshman” all draw applause. However, some students do wish that there was “less red-tape,” as “a lot of things get lost in the ‘Northeastern shuffle’.” Still, there is good advising available and “everything is well-organized.”“Northeastern University encourages learning through a creative and diverse environment that allows students to broaden their view on life and helps their transition into the working world.” “What other school allows you to travel abroad for internships and multiple summers and semesters but still allows you to graduate on time?” asks a student.