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Bouvé Honors Program

The Bouvé Honors Program is part of the comprehensive University Honors Program, with college-specific opportunities that complement the university-wide options.  Bouvé Honors students have access to special seminars and other innovative programming, enabling them to foster relationships with faculty members and other Honors students.

Honors students fulfill Bouvé’s mission of developing  future healthcare leaders by going beyond academic expectations while maintaining a focus on interprofessional studies through seminars, fostering relationships with faculty members through independent research, and promoting healthcare in the community through service learning and engagement, both in the U.S. and globally. 

Current Bouvé students looking for further information about the Bouvé Honors program can go here.

Interprofessional Seminars in Healthcare

First-term Bouvé Honors students choose from a set of seminars that cut across the healthcare professions to highlight significant contemporary issues and to connect students with experts in the field, within and beyond academia.  Small class size fosters student interaction with senior faculty members.  Examples of previously offered Honors interprofessional seminars are as follows:

  • Aging: No Need to Stop the Clock
  • Health in the City
  • Drug Discovery and Delivery: From Bench to Bedside
  • Inventing the Future of Healthcare: Using Technology to Support Patient-Centered Self-Care and Self-Management

Bouvé Junior/Senior Honors Projects

Honors students are encouraged to do a Junior/Senior project, conducted with the support of a faculty member/researcher. The Junior/Senior project offers students the opportunity to conduct research or complete a project as part of a course or directed study over two semesters.  (Exceptions can be discussed with your academic advisor.)  A student who successfully completes a project as specified by college requirements will receive Honors in the Discipline upon graduating. Students who are on track to earn a BS and stay for a clinical doctorate must have the honors designation awarded before completing their BS degree.  Students interested in completing a Bouvé Junior/Senior Honors Project must complete the Bouvé Honors Project Proposal and Approval Form.

The goal of the Bouvé Junior/Senior Honors Project is to foster creativity and exceptional scholarly work and assimilate students’ educational experiences.  Bouvé Honors projects provide students with the opportunity to explore their chosen discipline in greater depth, with guidance from a faculty mentor.  While the specific format and requirements for the projects vary by major, all share the goal of reflecting the challenges, opportunities, and measures of excellence most centrally associated with that discipline.  The project will allow Bouvé Honors students to develop a deep and critical understanding of the methodology, theory, and policy aspects of the discipline, while also relating it to significant problems in healthcare

Students who have excelled academically but did not enter the Northeastern University Honors program are encouraged to submit a proposal and complete a Junior/Senior Honors project, allowing all Bouvé students the opportunity to graduate with College Honors Distinction. 

The selection of a Research Project Advisor for the project is generally based on a student’s interest in a faculty member’s research area or past experience in a class with that professor.   The Research Project Advisor is responsible for assisting with project design, assessing progress, advising, and submitting the project grade. 

Additional Benefits for Bouvé Honors Students

Throughout their time at Northeastern, faculty and advisors encourage and challenge Bouvé Honors students to develop their scholarly interests and to evolve as independent thinkers.  Resources include the following:

  • Unique Bouvé courses offered to Honors students
  • Group workshops/advising with a dedicated Bouvé Honors student advisor
  • Community outreach projects with other Bouvé Honors students
  • Early research opportunities with faculty
  • Membership in a community of scholars who are passionate about healthcare
  • Exciting global experiences

Bouvé Honors students are able to enroll in the following courses to enrich their college experience:

Honors First Year Inquiry Series (Terms 1 & 2)

These series are thematic offerings that are generally interdisciplinary in nature and align with NU CORE knowledge domain and comparative cultures requirements.

Enhancing Honors (Term 1; 1-SH credit)

This course engages students with the Honors community, Northeastern University’s community, the city of Boston, and beyond.

Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars (Terms 3-6)

These seminars facilitate a more advanced understanding of issues, with an emphasis on research and inquiry.  They are intended for students in their third to sixth academic term.

Junior/Senior Honors Project (Terms 5-10)

Students have opportunities for Honors Program grants and will present their research at the Honors Evening held each spring.

Directed Study in Honors (Terms 1-10)

Directed studies are customized opportunities for students who enter with AP credit equivalent to entry-level NU CORE requirements and those with interests outside of or complementary to the usual academic disciplines.

In addition to these Honors courses, Bouvé students have access to Honors sections of courses* in other colleges, for example: 

  • ENGL 1111 College Writing
  • ENGL 3301 Adv. Writing Discipline
  • PSYC 1101  Foundations of Psychology 
  • PSYC 3402 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 3404  Developmental Psychology
  • BIOL 1112   Lab, General Biology 1
  • BIOL 1114   Lab, General Biology 2
  • BIOL 1118   Lab, Integrated Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • BIOL 1120   Lab, Integrated Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • PHYS 1146  Lab, Physics for Life Sciences 1
  • PHYS 1148  Lab, Physics for Life Sciences 2

There are additional honors choices that satisfy the arts or humanities NU Core requirement, such as MUSC 1101 Introduction to Music and MUSC 1135 Coltrane.

*Courses Subject to Change

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