Special Programs and Opportunities

Certificate in Creative Writing for the Media
This program is taught by faculty from the theater, performance studies, and radio/television/film departments. Students selected during their sophomore year are given assignments in a variety of genres, which are then critiqued by colleagues. Each assignment emphasizes the conventions of a particular medium and allows students to gain experience writing under pressure. The program sponsors several workshops with visiting professional writers.

Honors Program in Medical Education
This seven- or eight-year program admits students to the School of Communication and the Feinberg School of Medicine through a separate application process. Interested students should request the special application by December 1. Students will be screened before receiving the actual application, due together with the undergraduate application by January 2.

Music Theatre Certificate
The Music Theatre Certificate is a joint offering by the School of Communication and the Bienen School of Music and allows students majoring in theatre or voice to create a second area of specialization. Voice majors take acting and related theatre courses, while theatre majors work with a member of the voice faculty. Auditions for the selective program are held during spring quarter for freshmen and sophomores.

Northwestern Debate Society
The Northwestern Debate Society helps students develop analytical and communication skills through research, individual coaching, discussion, and intercollegiate competition. Each year, members compete in two-person policy debate tournaments across the nation. The society also sponsors debate tournaments on campus.

Undergraduate Leadership Program
This program helps students understand the nature of leadership and prepares them for leadership roles in campus, community, and professional settings. Selected freshmen and sophomores take courses in the history and strategy of leadership. It also involves small-group activities, off-campus retreats, and seminar discussions with community, corporate, and governmental leaders.