The Experiential Liberal Arts is an educational model and an organizational philosophy that frames and integrates all three parts of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities mission: research, education, and outreach. It combines Northeastern University’s signature focus on experiential learning with the rigorous study of society, culture, politics, and ethics in a way that is mutually reinforcing. We think of it as liberal arts plus.
The key concept of the experiential liberal arts is integration. We seek to integrate:
The Experiential Liberal Arts allows our faculty, students, and community partners to move beyond the traditional theory/apply model often associated with experiential learning by encouraging both the application and the transformation of knowledge and skills across a range of contexts.
Faculty and students take what we learn in our campus learning spaces, apply and transform it in a variety of community learning spaces—from government agencies to nonprofit organizations to a wide range of industries—and then bring that knowledge and those skills back to our campus learning spaces. The dynamic learning that happens in, between, and across these contexts is critical, we believe, to understanding and acting effectively and ethically in our rapidly changing social and cultural environment.
See the degree and minor programs available in the social sciences and humanities. Explore other options, such as combined majors, PlusOne programs, and the 3+3 Program, to add flexibility and depth to your undergraduate experience.
Learn about many of the ways that students can engage in experiential learning and build their own paths
Learn about the application process and visiting options.
Discover the layers of support that the Office of Student Academic Affairs provides to undergraduate students in CSSH.
See some of the leadership opportunities and programs available to students in CSSH