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Northwestern Academics

Northwestern University requires at least 45 courses to graduate with a bachelor's degree. Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal.

Northwestern does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP creditbut not IB credits. Additionally, Northwestern has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

Around 95% of students who started college at Northwestern complete all the credits required within six years.

Northwestern offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Which Courses Do I Have To Take at Northwestern?

Northwestern has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are required to fulfill a lanuage requirement as well as a math and science requirement. Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Majors at Northwestern

When choosing a major, Northwestern students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at Northwestern below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. Northwestern does not require students to complete a senior project.

Does Northwestern Offer Learning Disability Services?

Northwestern offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does Northwestern Offer Online Classes?

Northwestern does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.

Does Northwestern Give Credit for AP Classes?

Northwestern offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does Northwestern Have An Honors Program?

Northwestern does not offer an honors program or a Freshman Honor College..

Does Northwestern Require Internships?

Northwestern does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

Northwestern has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Northwestern include: - an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus - a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus - an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus

Dual Degree Programs at Northwestern

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

Northwestern does not have any dual degree programs available for students.

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Northwestern Majors & Subject Areas

Environmental Studies
Environmental Science
Architecture and Related Services, Other
African Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
European Studies/Civilization
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Area Studies, Other
African-American/Black Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Asian-American Studies
Women's Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Radio and Television
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other
Health Communication
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Learning Sciences
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Secondary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Education, Other
Engineering, General
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Engineering Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Engineering, Other
Robotics Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Engineering/Industrial Management
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
Comparative Literature
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Legal Studies, General
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General
Programs for Foreign Lawyers
Tax Law/Taxation
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Writing, General
Creative Writing
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
General Studies
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Botany/Plant Biology, Other
Developmental Biology and Embryology
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, General
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Statistics, General
Biological and Physical Sciences
Systems Science and Theory
Science, Technology and Society
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
Sustainability Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Religion/Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Materials Science
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
Psychology, General
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Clinical Psychology
Community Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, Other
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis, General
Anthropology, Other
Economics, General
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Urban Studies/Affairs
Social Sciences, Other
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Dance, General
Design and Visual Communications, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
Directing and Theatrical Production
Musical Theatre
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Documentary Production
Art/Art Studies, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Music, General
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Keyboard Instruments
Voice and Opera
Jazz/Jazz Studies
Stringed Instruments
Music, Other
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Health and Wellness, General
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Dental Clinical Sciences, General
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant
Physician Assistant
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Medical Scientist
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Public Health, General
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Medical Informatics
Bioethics/Medical Ethics
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Transportation/Mobility Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Labor and Industrial Relations
Organizational Behavior Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Real Estate
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
History, General

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