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Experiential Learning

The Senior Capstone

The capstone, an advanced-level course within or related to a student’s major, requires students to integrate what they’ve learned in classroom with their co-op, research, service-learning, and global experiences.

Experiential Core Requirement

Our alumni consistently cite real-world learning as the element of their education that enabled them to move into leadership positions in their careers. Thus, unique among colleges and universities, Northeastern’s core curriculum requires all undergraduates to pursue at least one integrated experiential learning opportunity that includes formal reflection on how the experience expanded their knowledge and understanding. Students may pursue co-op to fulfill this requirement, but can also partake of dynamic opportunities in research, service learning, study abroad, clinical and professional practica, and internships.

Other elements of Northeastern’s core curriculum include participation in a First-Year Learning Community; required courses in a variety of knowledge domains and in mathematical thinking, writing, and cultural diversity; and a Senior Capstone Experience. Visit the NU Core to learn more.

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