Special Programs and Opportunities

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 1.

Music Theatre Certificate
Each fall, theatre, dance and performance studies students audition for a coveted spot in the Music Theatre Certificate program. This interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers as music theatre performing artists, choreographers, composers, lyricists and directors. The 30 students admitted to the program on the basis of their vocal, monologue and dance auditions develop the versatile performance skills demanded by this specialized art form. Students take specialized courses in music theatre techniques, as well as acting, voice and dance. Students also study the history and creation of music theatre.

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.

Module Communities
Modules are extended, structured learning experiences that take a student from an entry point to mastery of a specific learning objective. Modules are built around 4-6 courses that provide formal instruction related to the learning goal. Formal coursework is paired with co-curricular experiences that provide appropriate opportunities for application and practice. Modules provide a flexible way to build student-faculty cohorts, promote in-depth learning in areas of special significance, and guarantee that students can articulate what they have learned and demonstrate it through performance.