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About Sample Curricula
Each major description includes a sample of the curriculum a student might follow to meet degree requirements. These sample curricula are for general information. Course requirements, elective course distribution, and achievement levels vary from program to program, and even from class to class. Consult with your academic advising office, listed below, to make certain you have all the necessary resources before planning your own curriculum.

College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Office 100 Meserve
    Academic Program Offices African-American Studies 132 Nightingale
American Sign Language– English Interpreting405 Meserve
Anthropology501 Holmes
Art and Architecture239 Ryder
Behavioral Neuroscience125 Nightingale
Biochemistry414 Mugar
Biology414 Mugar
Chemistry102 Hurtig
Communication Studies101 Lake
Economics301 Lake
Education54 Lake
English406 Holmes
Geology/Environmental Geology14 Holmes
History249 Meserve
Human Services33 Lake
International Affairs303 Meserve
Journalism102 Lake
Linguistics563 Holmes
Mathematics567 Lake
Modern Languages400 Meserve
Music351 Ryder
Philosophy and Religion371 Holmes
Physics/Applied Physics 111 Dana
Political Science303 Meserve
Psychology125 Nightingale
Sociology500 Holmes
Theatre337 Ryder
Bouvé College of Health Sciences 134 Mugar
College of Business Administration 250 Dodge
College of Computer Science 161 Cullinane
College of Criminal Justice 204 Churchill
College of Engineering 220 Snell
School of Engineering Technology 120 Snell
School of General Studies 249 Ryder

Special note. In assessing quarter weights for courses, one quarter-hour of credit is equal to 50 minutes of instruction per week, plus two hours of preparation.

The Office of the Registrar, 120 Hayden Hall, maintains all quarter-hour weights for courses. In the event of error in any publication, the academic record will reflect the correct quarter-hours applicable to any degree requirement.

Some course titles change, while the course number remains the same. Students must be sure not to register for a course they have already taken.

Middler-Year Writing Requirement
All middlers (that is, students who have earned 80+ quarter hours of academic credit, including non-co-op students) must complete this graduation requirement at Northeastern. The requirement should preferably be completed before students accrue 144 quarter hours. Successful completion of Freshman English is a prerequisite to the Middler-Year Writing Requirement (MYWR). Students fulfill the MYWR in one of two ways, depending on the requirements of their college: (1) complete a four quarter-hour MYWR course with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or (2) pass a one quarter-hour Writing Workshop (pass/fail). No transferred course from another university or University College may satisfy this requirement. (Transfer students who have had credit for first-year writing courses accepted by the University, but whose performance on the Introductory Writing Program diagnostic essay indicates that they would benefit from another course in writing, must take ENG 1360, Writing Practicum, as an elective before the MYWR.)

This University requirement is designed to help students improve their writing for major courses and in the workplace. The eight courses are therefore interdisciplinary so that students may write in subjects related to their major. For additional information, students may contact the English department, 406 Holmes Hall, 617.373.2512.
Writing for the Professions ENG 1350
Writing for the Professions: Business AdministrationENG 1381
Writing for the Professions: Criminal JusticeENG 1382
Technical Writing ENG 1125
Writing Workshop (Mechanical Engineering Technology    or petition only)ENG 1340
Writing for the Health ProfessionsENG 1380
Advanced Writing ENG 1352
Technical Writing 2 ENG 1370

Colleges have specific guidelines and schedules for options that apply to majors. Students should consult their dean's office or adviser for guidelines. The following colleges recommend these MYWR courses.
College of Arts and SciencesENG 1350
Bouvé College of Health SciencesENG 1380
College of Business AdministrationENG 1381
College of Computer Science ENG 1125
College of Criminal Justice ENG 1382
College of Engineering (ENG'G) ENG 1125
College of Engineering (Mechanical)ENG 1340

Diversity Requirement
Northeastern University requires that all students complete a diversity requirement before graduation. The requirement may be fulfilled by completing a preapproved course or by participation in an activity such as international co-op, study abroad, or diversity training. Each college has developed its own program to satisfy this requirement, so please consult your college for more details.

The Academic Common Experience
In June 1995, Northeastern University adopted the Academic Common Experience (ACE), a new model for all undergraduate programs. In ACE, the faculty identified a set of shared general education goals for all students in all majors. The ACE shared goals are:

  • Skills: Effective thinking, effective communication, information literacy, and interpersonal skills.
  • Contexts: The natural world, and the social/cultural world.
  • Perspectives: The historical, the ethical, the aesthetic, and the personal.
  • Connections: Across disciplines, between the theoretical and the applied, between the academy and the world of work, and between college study and lifelong learning.

Course content and course assignments throughout the program of study should reflect these shared goals. As students progress through their individual academic and cooperative education programs, progressive and cumulative learning reinforces and broadens understanding and appreciation of these goals, both personally and professionally.

The Northeastern faculty, administrators, and students who worked together to create ACE realize that the best education instills a spirit of inquiry, a love of learning, and a habit of reflective thought. It prepares students for the future by enabling them to build on the knowledge they have already acquired. It also helps develop skills and understanding that can be transferred from one academic discipline to another and from the classroom to life experience.

Many schools use required courses to fulfill these educational goals, yet often it is not clear to students why they have to study certain subjects or how the subjects relate to the major. With ACE, however, faculty teaching in the major are responsible for general education as well. They pay attention to how the major and other courses fit together, reinforcing what is learned from course to course and from year to year, both inside and outside the classroom. ACE focuses on the objectives of courses as a whole and on the abilities and awareness students should possess when they graduate, regardless of major.

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