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Northwestern Part-time Undergraduate Degrees & Programs
Complete your degree
Complete a bachelor's degree through part-time coursework. Choose from 12 majors, including an accelerated business leadership program that can be completed in as little as two years.
Earn a certificate
Earn a Business Foundations certificate as a step toward an undergraduate degree program or to prepare for career advancement.
Take individual courses
Enroll in SPS undergraduate courses as a student-at-large for personal enrichment or to prepare for future educational or career paths.
Bachelor's Degree Completion Programs
Finish your undergraduate degree in part-time bachelor’s programs that offer the academic rigor of Northwestern University, tailored for the busy schedules of adults returning to school. Each program carries its own set of requirements, so you can select an academic path that suits your needs. Courses are scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturdays on Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses. Certain courses are offered online or in a hybrid format that combines online activities with classroom instruction.
- Biological Sciences
The science of biology is the study of living organisms at all levels of complexity and in all their diversity. The goal of the biological sciences program at Northwestern is to develop and enhance the intellectual and creative potential of life sciences students.
- Communication Studies
Communication studies explores the most fundamental and pervasive of human activities. The study of human communication ranges from interpersonal processes such as persuasion and relationship formation to organizational processes such as group leadership and dispute resolution.
- Communication Systems
The major in communication systems combines the theoretical focus of communication studies with the practical skills of information technology. This flexible, interdisciplinary study prepares students to perform on the cutting edge of modern media systems and develop skills that are critical in a rapidly-changing field.
Economists study how individuals, families, companies and nations confront difficult choices about how to use limited resources to meet various needs and wants. The major in economics enables students to understand the basic concepts, theories and techniques of economics and become familiar with the way economists think about problems and devise solutions to them.
- English Major in Writing
The writing major offers students disciplined training in the writing of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. The major relies on workshop formats to provide feedback and nurture talent. A robust literature component further anchors writing within a context of general literacy.
Engage in interdisciplinary study of human culture, arts, and history to develop critical thinking and communication skills that apply to a variety of fields, professions, and advanced degrees.
- Information Systems
Information systems is the branch of computer science that focuses on analyzing the information needs of organizations and devising IT solutions that meet cost requirements and promote the organization's strategic goals. Students learn about current and emerging information systems while developing the communication skills that allow them to work collaboratively.
Mathematics plays a central role in modern society. It has long been an important tool in science and engineering, and is used increasingly in varied and sophisticated ways in the social sciences, the humanities and business. This major offers a variety of courses that address these diverse applications of mathematics.
- Organization Behavior
Organization behavior is an interdisciplinary major that combines the theoretical understanding of an organization’s influence on the behaviors and attitudes of individuals with practical applications of that influence within an organization. The major gives students a broad conceptual foundation that allows them to maximize their roles within organizations.
- Organization Behavior: Business Leadership
The accelerated Business Leadership program gives busy professionals the opportunity to complete their undergraduate education at Northwestern University in as little as two years. Students complete an interdisciplinary major in organization behavior with a focus on business and leadership. Students learn not only about organizations but also how to maximize performance within organizations as they develop communication, teamwork, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior – how people perceive the world, think and act. In addition to the obvious benefits of an understanding of human behavior, the major in psychology emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills and practical experience developing research ideas, analyzing data and communicating results.
The major in radio/television/film offers education in the history, theory and production of media. Extensive and interdisciplinary, the program offers a range of perspectives on media forms from cinema to broadcast television, alternative media to emerging technologies.
- Social Sciences
Pursue interdisciplinary study of human nature and evolution, social and political structures and issues to gain problem-solving and critical thinking skills that apply to a variety of fields, professions, and advanced degrees.
Undergraduate Minors and Certificates
Undergraduate students may also choose to complete a minor in one of 14 academic areas or an undergraduate business certificate to complement their major.
View the Undergraduate Minors and Certificates page for requirements.
Other Academic Subjects
In addition to undergraduate majors, courses in the following academic subjects are offered:
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