The University Without Walls (UWW) Program is a competency-based, self-paced program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Requiring strong motivation, self-direction, maturity, self-sufficiency and clear academic direction on the part of the student, UWW is geared to meet the adult student’s learning needs and long range goals through a course of study that allows for curricular individuality.


Prospective student meetings are held each semester to explain the program and answer questions. All prospective students are strongly encouraged to attend a prospective student meeting prior to submitting an application. A schedule of prospective student meetings is available in B-147 or by calling (773) 442-6030.

UWW applicants design their own applications: addressing their need for UWW, outlining their prior learning, proposing new learning goals and identifying human resources. All previous college work must be verified by submitting official transcripts and if the applicant has earned less than 24 semester hours, an official high school transcript or General Educational Development (G.E.D.) test scores must be submitted.

Program Participation

Each student, with an academic advisor (a Northeastern faculty member), a community advisor, and a UWW Specialist develops a Learning Contract which outlines the student’s individualized curriculum: prior learning experiences and new learning goals. The UWW student’s individualized curriculum has three program requirements: depth, breadth, and effective communication. These three elements provide an organizational structure for the Learning Contract.

Students must register as full-time students at NEIU. At the end of every semester, students must submit a Semester Report that specifies learning activities and accomplishments of the semester. Students who make satisfactory academic progress in the program receive a designation of complete for the semester. This designation is equivalent to a minimum of “C” level work. To ensure that UWW students make sufficient academic progress, UWW students are expected to meet with their academic and community advisors minimally at the beginning, mid-point, and end of each semester in which they are registered.

Graduation Requirements

The student’s program is monitored closely each semester and upon meeting the Learning Contract terms, the student convenes a Graduation Review Board that has the sole authority to authorize graduation. In addition, students must also pass the English Competency Exam, fulfill the Writing Intensive requirement, the Improving Human Relations requirement and the Math/Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Further details regarding these graduation requirements can be found under the heading “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements” elsewhere in this catalog.

More information including the University Without Walls Program brochure can be obtained in B-147 or by calling (773) 442-6030.

NDP-310. Writing Intensive Program: Diversity In The Workplace. 3 Hours.

Workplace diversity is a hallmark of contemporary life. This course explores multiple dimensions of diversity, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities with the goal of preparing students to function in varied settings. The course is a writing intensive experience, offering the opportunity to develop and hone written communication skills applicable to the workplace.
Prerequisite: ENGL-101 minimum grade of C.

NDP-341. Human Rights: An Introduction. 1 Hour.

Human rights principles have been explicitly enshrined in international documents since the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights which American leaders helped formulate in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Human rights language is increasingly used in struggles for social justice worldwide. This course introduces students to the conceptions and debates about human rights in the US and globally, examining examples of the ways these values have and have not been implemented or secured.

NDP-342. Environmental Justice. 1 Hour.

This class will give students an overview of issues and concerns related to environmental justice. Understanding environmental issues is crucial today in the context of global warming. This course introduces new ideas through which to consider the environment and our ethical responsibilities living in it.

NDP-351. Time And Project Management Skills. 1 Hour.

This course explores the range and types of time and project management skills used in everyday life, academic and life-long learning, and in work settings. Students will analyze their own styles and theories of time management, learn how to set effective goals and objectives, and learn change management techniques that can be applied to new approaches, strategies, and techniques of time/project management.