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Student Opportunities

Cooperative Education

In the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, cooperative education—or co-op for short—is a key component to the Experiential Liberal Arts, an educational model that integrates experiential learning with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics. Read more…

Dialogues of Civilization and Study Abroad

Like other majors, English majors take advantage of summer “Dialogues of Civilization” programs, including dialogues led by English department faculty to Dublin, Ireland, Cornwall, England, and Tel Aviv, Israel; traditional Study Abroad semesters all over the world; and international co-op experiences, such as teaching English as a Foreign Language in China. Read more…

Experiential Learning

“Experiential Learning” in Northeastern’s English Department encompasses a wide variety of activities, from scholarly research (independently, as part of classes, or with faculty mentors), to participation in creative activities such as Spectrum magazine, to tutoring and other service-learning opportunities, to career exploration through co-op, to study abroad for a semester or a year. Read more…

The Peter Burton Hanson Writing Award

Each year, the Department of English recognizes two undergraduate writers in English department classes with the Peter Burton Hanson Awards, one  given for the best scholarly essay written by an English major and one given for the best creative work written by any major in an English department class. The awards are named honor of Peter Burton Hanson, A&S ’91, an English major, who perished along with his wife, Sue Kim, and young daughter, Christine Lee, aboard United Airlines Flight 175, on 9/11/01.  Two prizes of $250 each are awarded at a special presentation in the spring semester.

Submissions are solicited at the beginning of each spring semester for work completed in classes in the previous calendar year.

Scholarly Writing includes essays on British, American, and comparative literature, literary theory, rhetoric, and film.

Creative Writing includes short stories, chapters from book-length works, poetry, creative nonfiction (such as memoirs), plays, and screenplays.

Student Organizations

The English Club

The English Club is a student-run organization that helps plan and organize activities of interest to fellow English majors, including game nights and excursions to the theater. Elections are held in the spring, and all majors are eligible to run for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.


Spectrum is the campus literary and arts magazine. It is an entirely student-run operation. Students from across the university are encouraged to submit original work in poetry, prose, and the visual arts. Undergraduate students are welcome to join the editorial staff, which meets on Monday nights at 7:15 p.m. in 433 Curry Student Center. The Spectrum office is in 234 CSC; Email: spectrum.magazine@gmail.com.

NU Clubs and Organizations

Northeastern is home to more than 340 student clubs and organizations.