Ask students why they chose the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, and that phrase will almost invariably emerge. Ask them to elaborate, and they’ll list what they love:

  • elite academics
  • inspiring peers
  • a beautiful lakeshore campus
  • a lively college town
  • Big 10 athletics
  • and access to a great city.

In the following video, the Dean Adrian Randolph provides additional reasons for you to learn more about Weinberg College.

Academic Opportunities

Majors and Minors


At Weinberg College, you can start exploring your intellectual passions as early as your first year. You can conduct independent research in any field, virtually anywhere in the world, with funding from any number of campus sources. You can design your own project or work as part of a faculty member’s research team. You can pursue research during the academic year or over the summer. Funds are available to help cover travel costs as well as living expenses.

Here are some student research projects that recently received funding from Weinberg College

  • Measuring Higgs Boson Hccbar Coupling
  • Treating Protein Misfolding Disorders
  • Legitimacy of Anti-Defection Laws
  • Cultural Preservation and Health in Peru
  • Perceptions of Homelessness in Morocco
  • Strengthening Verbal Memory During Sleep
  • Cortisol and Inflammation in Depression
  • Novel Genes in Squid/Bacteria Symbiosis
  • Lemur Sounds’ Effect on Infant Cognition
  • Constitutional Systems and Fiscal Policy
  • Drug Combinations on Breast Cancer Cells

Weinberg Special Programs

  • Whether you are interested in business, science, the arts, social activism, or public service, you can stretch yourself through one of Weinberg College’s selective programs and become part of a close-knit community,  sharing coursework and projects with like-minded students and professors. For example:

    • The Brady Scholars Program in Civics and Ethical Life explores the nature of justice, the meaning of public service, and core values in the humanities such as integrity, veracity, fidelity, and courage.
    • The Integrated Science Program gathers some of the brightest science students in the country into a rigorous, tailor-made curriculum that integrates mathematics and the experimental sciences such as physics, chemistry, biology, physics, and astronomy.
    • The Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences Program allows students with highly developed math skills to combine the study of the social sciences with rigorous training in mathematics, statistics, and formal modeling techniques.

    Courses in Weinberg’s special programs typically take the form of smaller seminars that offer opportunities for close faculty mentoring and original research. Because they take an interdisciplinary approach, they encourage students to analyze challenging questions from a variety of different perspectives.

    In addition to the three programs listed above, Weinberg College offers:

Gaurav Kikani ’14

Study Abroad

Many Weinberg students incorporate study abroad — for a quarter, a summer, or a year — into their academic program.

You can choose from nearly 130 affiliated programs, many of them designed and administered by Northwestern faculty and staff. Approved programs are available in more than 50 countries on 6 continents.

Northwestern’s Center for Global Engagement takes students to the developing world to work with nongovernmental and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable, community-driven change. And the University’s Office of International Program Development enables students to enroll in premier institutions around the world. The office’s interdisciplinary programs center on themes such as global health, culture and identity, political economy, and science and engineering.

You can earn up to a full year of credit for study abroad. Northwestern financial aid may be used for study abroad.


The Classroom and Beyond


Idealism in Action

One of the defining traits of Weinberg College students is that they embrace opportunities to change the world — in energetic, organized, and impressive ways. That’s the mentality here: care, think big, and get involved.

There’s no better or more satisfying way to build leadership skills, no matter where your future leads you.
More about our student groups

Among the social initiatives that have put Northwestern on the map:

The Northwestern University Community for Human Rights. It’s the largest student-run conference on human rights in the United States.

GlobeMed. Based in Evanston with Northwestern as its hub, GlobeMed is a national nonprofit embracing 50 campuses.

Center for Civic Engagement. This is Northwestern’s big umbrella group 
for volunteer service, embracing alumni as well as faculty and students, and connecting service to coursework.

Dance Marathon. Born in 1975, Dance Marathon has grown into one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the country, raising over $1 million annually for charity.

Student Profiles

Our students make a difference in a wide spectrum of areas.

More about our students

Srivarshini Cherukupalli ’14

Julia Abelsky ’17

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Jacob Wunsh ’14

Anna Cassell ’15


More than Weinberg

As a Weinberg College student, you have access to many classes — and people, and activities — at Northwestern’s other undergraduate schools, all of them leaders in their fields:

  • The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • The School of Education and Social Policy
  • The School of Communication
  • The Bienen School of Music
  • The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications



Weinberg College graduates succeed.

And they succeed everywhere, from business to the creative arts, from medicine to public service, from science and technology to education and the nonprofit realm.

They’re living proof that a rigorous, well-rounded education in the arts and sciences—with plenty of reading, writing, projects, presentations, and problem sets—will trump narrow pre-professional training. Our graduates’ stories speak for themselves.

Notable Weinberg College alumni

Alum profiles

Tracy Carson ‘04

Country coordinator for West Africa,
Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, U.S. Department of State

Helps direct U.S.
aid to where it’s most needed in nearly
20 African nations

A debate standout, Tracy competed on
the Northwestern team and was a member
of the 2003 national championship squad.

“I love that I’m contributing strategic work that’s needed, work that has an impact.”

The Power of Persistence
It’s a common experience: high school students accustomed to easy A’s abruptly discover that they have to up their game in college. For Tracy Carson, the moment came in an American history course, when she got a B-minus on a paper.

“Here was someone saying, ‘This can be better.’ That experience changed me.” Six rewrites later, she got her A.

The lesson in persistence has served her well at the State Department, where she and her colleagues encounter tough challenges regarding the allocation of U.S. aid. Working in a relatively new office, “we’re in a position of constantly learning how to improve processes, of being humbled, of needing to learn from other people.”

Tracy enjoys working on Africa, a continent she studied as an African Studies
minor at Northwestern. After graduating with top honors and a degree in history, she studied South African labor movements while earning a doctorate from Oxford University on a British Marshall Scholarship. A Fulbright took her back to Africa for teaching and research. She also spent eight months in Namibia with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Visiting local clinics, she saw how U.S. aid makes
a tangible difference.

In an arena where bureaucracy and politics can pose obstacles, Tracy doesn’t shrink from revising plans and using research to make a spirited, rigorous case for aid to Africa. “Persistence is the only way to get through the day sometimes. If you want to see positive change, you have to keep pushing.”

Alum profiles

Mark-Hans Richer ’89

Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson

Admired for finding creative ways to expand the Harley customer base.

A history major and
an arts and sciences education taught him how to ask questions and identify patterns among people—less “focused” than a business degree, but ultimately more useful and far-reaching.

“History actually becomes quite a good base for understanding the world and exploring what it has to offer.”

Icon and Innovation
The Harley-Davidson motorcycle: an American icon on wheels. But even icons need creative marketing, and that’s where Mark-Hans Richer comes in.

Under Mark-Hans, the famous bar-and-shield logo is shining more brightly than ever, as Harley has become the number-one seller of motorcycles to American young adults, among other demographics. One example of marketing finesse: the popular #StereotypicalHarley ad campaign, which both plays on and explodes stereotypes about Harley riders.

Head of marketing for Harley since 2007, Richer prides himself on finding nontraditional ways to burnish the brand. There was the Roman holiday in 2013 celebrating the company’s 110th anniversary, at which Richer presented a leather jacket to Pope Francis, who blessed hundreds of riders and their bikes. And, in 2014, Richer helped orchestrate a cross-country tour of the U.S. to reveal prototypes of Harley’s first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire.

“Career development is not a linear thing, and neither is finding your passion in life,”
said Mark-Hans, who as an entrepreneurial freshman created—and marketed—a Willie the Wildcat stuffed animal. Mark-Hans’s own career journey took some twists and turns, including an around-the-world trip after graduation, his first advertising job in Chicago, a leave of absence to travel across Africa in a truck, and nine years at General Motors.

What he loves about his job? “The history that runs through the brand and the passion you see for Harley all over the world.” Also, he can ride his bike to work. He has two, actually. “They’re both fast—but one’s faster.”

Notable Weinberg College Alumni

Continuing Education

Weinberg graduates can be found continuing their education at:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London School of Economics
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Tulane University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Yale University

Snapshot of the Class of 2013

Where are they now?

Full-time employment or paid public service: 54%
Graduate or professional school: 27%

In which fields are they working?

Consulting: 24%
Business Services, Financial Services or Investment Banking: 21%
Nonprofit or Government: 10%
Science or Research: 8%
Education or Teaching: 8%