Experiential learning, anchored by our renowned cooperative education program, lies at the heart of academic life at Northeastern. The integration of study and professional experience enables students to put ideas into action, through work, research, international study, and service, in 92 countries around the world. This makes a Northeastern education transformative, with countless opportunities for students to explore their path, discover their passion, and grow intellectually.
Co-Op 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. Your knowledge from the classroom, including the ability to read, analyze, and write, gets tested and honed while on co-op. History majors work in a variety of fields on co-op and after graduation.Co-op resources
Service Learning As an urban university, service-learning is part of Northeastern’s ethical mission. But more than good works, service-learning at Northeastern is an academically rigorous experience. Through partnerships with schools, neighborhood agencies, health clinics, and nonprofit organizations, the university embeds service into academic coursework. Students engage in hands-on service to address community needs, learning by applying course concepts to their experiences, and reflecting on those experiences back in the classroom. A full list of Northeastern service-learning courses available by semester is available on the service-learning website. Many of the Dialogue of Civilizations faculty-led summer programs also integrate service-learning into their curricula. Students also have valuable opportunities to broaden their knowledge, skills, and social awareness by volunteering in the community outside of their academic curriculum. The Northeastern Center of Community Service serves as a clearinghouse for service opportunities through its own programs and events, and partnerships with more than 225 community-based agencies and programs.
Capstone Projects represent the culmination of students’ thorough study and research. Students complete their degree requirements by participating in a group capstone project in conjunction with and in service to a public or nonprofit sector partner.
Student Research. Research experience is an integral part of the history major, and students will be able to complete major research projects in our three required seminars for the undergraduate major.Student Research