Special Programs & Opportunities

Undergraduate (Departmental) Honors

The accelerated, intensive study through McCormick’s Honors Programs isn’t for everyone. However, if you’re up to the challenge, we encourage you to apply for honors in your area of study during your junior or pre-senior year, at least three full quarters before completing your degree requirements.

Certificate & Minors

The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science offers several certificate programs and minors. These academic options broaden the scope of your knowledge and provide you with the type of interdisciplinary study that makes a McCormick degree valuable.

Cooperative Engineering Education Program

Students interested in the Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Education Program should visit Engineering Career Development on the second floor of the Ford Building.

Study Abroad

Northwestern encourages students in all of its undergraduate schools to study abroad. Study abroad is a crucial part of a well-rounded undergraduate education. Study Abroad Office staff and advisers will work closely with you to help you connect your academic and personal goals to an international credit-bearing experience.

Students interested in acquiring computer science credit while abroad should consult the following guide as part of their preparation.


Every year, Northwestern CS sends students to external conferences and events including the Grace Hopper Celebration and Tapia Conference. The computer science department encourages students to take advantage of these opportunities to expand their network and participate in the larger computer science community.