Ask a Weinberg College student what makes our education distinctive, and she will typically point to the College's commitment to undergraduate research and experiential learning, the opportunity to take applied courses through the University’s professional schools, and cultural values that emphasize a balance between action and reflection.
Our research university setting makes undergraduate research a reality, as early as your first year.
You can conduct independent research in any field, virtually anywhere in the world, with funding from any number of campus sources. You can design your own project or work as part of a faculty member’s research team. You can pursue research during the academic year or over the summer. Funds are available to help cover travel costs as well as living expenses.
30%of students participate in undergraduate research
Some student research projects that recently received funding from Weinberg College:
- Measuring Higgs Boson Hccbar Coupling
- Treating Protein Misfolding Disorders
- Legitimacy of Anti-Defection Laws
- Cultural Preservation and Health in Peru
- Perceptions of Homelessness in Morocco
- Strengthening Verbal Memory During Sleep
- Cortisol and Inflammation in Depression
- Novel Genes in Squid/Bacteria Symbiosis
- Lemur Sounds’ Effect on Infant Cognition
- Constitutional Systems and Fiscal Policy
- Drug Combinations on Breast Cancer Cells
Many Weinberg College students incorporate study abroad — for a quarter, a summer, or a year — into their academic program.
34% of undergraduates study abroad
You can choose from nearly 130 affiliated programs, many of them designed and administered by Northwestern faculty and staff. Approved programs are available in more than 50 countries on 6 continents.
Northwestern’s Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) takes students to the developing world to work with nongovernmental and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable, community-driven change. And the University’s Office of International Program Development enables students to enroll in premier institutions around the world. The office’s interdisciplinary programs center on themes such as global health, culture and identity, political economy, and science and engineering.
You can earn up to a full year of credit for study abroad. Northwestern financial aid may be used for study abroad.
Our special programs are a good example of how big and small meld at Northwestern.
Each program spans disciplines. Each draws on the bountiful resources and expertise of the university. Whether you are interested in business, science, the arts, social activism, or public service, you can stretch yourself through one of Weinberg College’s selective programs and become part of a close-knit community, sharing coursework and projects with like-minded students and professors. For example:
Brady Scholars Program in Civics and Ethical Life
The Brady Scholars Program in Civics and Ethical Life explores the nature of justice, the meaning of public service, and core values in the humanities such as integrity, veracity, fidelity, and courage.
Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences Program
The Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences Program allows students with highly developed math skills to combine the study of the social sciences with rigorous training in mathematics, statistics, and formal modeling techniques.
Integrated Science Program
The Integrated Science Program gathers some of the brightest science students in the country into a rigorous, tailor-made curriculum that integrates mathematics and the experimental sciences such as physics, chemistry, biology, and astronomy.
Legal Studies explores legal issues with professors from all over Northwestern and from the professional world, with courses on a variety of innovative topics, such as Law & Society; Human Rights & U.S. Refugee Law; and Sociology of Law.
Courses in the College’s distinctive programs typically take the form of smaller seminars that offer opportunities for close faculty mentoring and original research. Because they take an interdisciplinary approach, they encourage students to analyze challenging questions from a variety of different perspectives.
In addition to the four programs listed above, Weinberg College offers:
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- American Studies, blending scholarship in history, anthropology, sociology, political science and English.
- Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME), which admits students simultaneously to the undergraduate college and the Feinberg School of Medicine.
- Kaplan Humanities Scholars, enabling investigation of some of our culture’s most enduring questions, such as “What is the nature of ‘the good society’?”
- The Kellogg Certificate in Financial Economics, which builds a foundation in the quantitative analysis underlying strategic business decisions.
- NU Bioscientist Program, offering 30 incoming students an opportunity to do independent research in the biological/biomedical sciences.
- The English Major in Writing, which provides advanced training in the writing and reading of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.