Expanding ‘humanics’ through a network of experiences

Learners must prepare for an AI-driven future. To help them stay agile throughout their lifetimes, Northeastern has introduced “humanics”—a curriculum integrating technological, data, and human literacies.

  • 146

    countries where Northeastern has provided students with experiential learning opportunities, up from 60 in 2006


    campuses: Boston; Charlotte, NC; San Francisco Bay Area; Seattle; London; Toronto; and Vancouver


    combined majors, up from 142 last year, including biology and English, computer science and philosophy, and environmental studies and economics

  • Gabriela Compagni


    Gabriela Compagni, SSH'21, discovered new skills and career possibilities during the semester-long Data, Ethics, and Culture program at NCH at Northeastern in humanics. It was a natural fit for the philosophy major, who pursued her interest in digital technology by taking a minor in data science.

    “The program confirmed my interest in the area of technology, ethics, and oversight over technology research,” she says. “It's a field that's growing rapidly and needs attention. I made valuable connections with NCH and Northeastern professors that I wouldn't have made in any other setting.”

The power of experience

  • Amanda Stroiney


    A co-op through Northeastern's CaNCURE program—which exposes students to cancer nanomedicine—set Amanda Stroiney, S'16, on the path to medical school. She worked in radiology at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and took a clinical research position there after graduation. Now at a startup, Stroiney is using her communication skills and understanding of patients' needs to build an app that delivers personalized treatment information to women with breast cancer. She has set her sights on becoming an oncologist.

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    students had a global learning experience in 2018–2019

Expanding opportunities

  • 14,600

    learners enrolled in graduate degree and certificate programs, fall 2019

  • 4,000

    professional assignments completed by students in online graduate programs, working with 1,000+ employers in Northeastern's Experiential Network, 2018–2019

  • Andrew Dickens


    The Align master's degree in computer science, designed for bachelor's degree holders with no computing experience, was just what Andrew Dickens, MS'17, needed to vault into a software engineering position with Amazon.

    “Align produces an engineer capable of more than simply writing software,” he says. “Pairing my master's in computer science with my undergrad, MBA, and previous experience has allowed me to influence projects and add value outside of the engineering context.”

  • Mariella Hidalgo Del Alamo


    Mariella Hidalgo Del Alamo, MS'19, a native of Peru, enrolled in Northeastern's master's degree program in leadership to fast-forward her career in human resources. Eager for professional experience, she turned to the Experiential Network, which challenges students to complete six-week virtual projects for companies. Working with LearnWell, which provides in-hospital tutoring to school-age patients, Hidalgo Del Alamo became a culturally adept team player—and was soon hired full time as a recruiter. “Now that I have experience working in a new country, in a different language, I can better understand the needs of employees from different cultures,” she says.

  • Gurjot Virk


    Gurjot Virk, MS'20, enrolled at Northeastern's Toronto campus—which offers Canada's only master's degree in regulatory affairs—to gain a competitive edge. Combined with his professional experience, he's acquired analytical and team management skills, as well as a robust knowledge of laws and regulations related to drugs and medical devices. The curriculum also aligns with his desire to work internationally. “The program covers Canadian, American, as well as international regulatory affairs to prepare its students to work anywhere that they wish in the world,” he says.

High talent, outstanding achievement

  • 93%

    of graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school (10-year average)

  • 90%

    of employed 2018 graduates are doing work related to their major

  • 35

    External awards for academic excellence won in 2018–2019 by students and recent graduates, including 19 awards supporting global study and leadership

  • Marshall Scholarship

    Claire Celestin, S'19

    behavioral neuroscience major

    Celestin excelled in a rigorous behavioral neuroscience curriculum while achieving a powerful record of research, service, and experience. Her work assisting an extraordinary local midwife and obstetrician in Peru, where she witnessed injustices in women's healthcare, helped solidify her future. Celestin was the director of administration with Peace Through Play, an organization that facilitates after-school programs focused on empowerment. She was also the first black president of the Epsilon Mu chapter of Chi Omega, the largest U.S. sorority. Now pursuing a master's degree at King's College London focused on women's and children's health, she plans to become an obstetrician-gynecologist.

  • Fulbright Scholarship

    Isaac Kresse, E/S'19

    chemistry and computer engineering combined major

    With the aging of Germany's population has come a rise in the prevalence of age-related diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, that are associated with misfolded proteins in the brain. With his Fulbright, Kresse will conduct research on these proteins at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich. While at Northeastern, he dedicated 18 months to full-time research in hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry, a technique used to understand protein folding. The Fulbright will allow Kresse to pursue his interest in understanding the biochemical basis of life. He plans to pursue a PhD in biosciences at The Rockefeller University.

  • Presidential Global Fellowship

    Adrienne Peng, BHS'19

    health science major

    Global travels taught Peng this motto: “Experience does for the soul what education does for the mind.” Her goal of becoming an infectious-disease physician was influenced by her global experiences. In addition to studying at the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece, Peng participated in a Dialogue of Civilizations, took a teaching job in Ghana, and completed a global co-op at the National University of Singapore as a research assistant in biological sciences. In Boston, she worked at the Office of HIV/AIDS and in otolaryngology at Boston Children's Hospital.

A diversity of student experiences

  • 22%

    of the student body are students of color, an increase of 38% since 2006


    of Northeastern students are international, an increase of 325% since 2006


    students participated in 485 student organizations in 2018–2019

  • 5

    Northeastern teams won their conference championships in 2018–2019, including men's basketball, men's ice hockey, women's ice hockey, women's rowing, and men's track and field

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  • 8

    teams competed in national championship tournaments in 2018–2019, the most in Northeastern's history

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