Honors Courses

The Honors Program provides a rich array of course experiences to its students. Honors courses, taught by the University’s best faculty, are enriching and discussion intensive. The traditionally smaller class size in Honors courses encourages collaborative learning among the Honors students and provides an academic setting in which the University’s most talented students can interact and learn. There are several ways to earn Honors credits, which are required to maintain membership in the Honors Program.

Advising:

If you have questions about registration or your academic plans, please contact:

Elaine O’Loughlin at 215-895-6283 or oloughlin@drexel.edu
Carly Meluney at 215-571-4134 or cad336@drexel.edu
Lauren DePaul: 215-571-3812 or ljd69@drexel.edu
Miles Goodloe: 215-571-4135 or goodloe@drexel.edu


Honors Courses

Honors Freshman Seminar (HNRS 200)

A one-credit seminar that is taught by faculty members from disciplines throughout the University. Classes are small, discussion-based, and encourage students to engage in topics they may not otherwise explore while at Drexel. Honors freshmen are required to complete this course during their first year. Honors credit is awarded for those who successfully complete the course with a grade of B- or better.

A Sample of HNRS 200 Course Topics:
Emerging Medical Technologies presented by Ayre Rosen
Humanistic Issues in Health Care presented by David Flood
The Politics of Food presented by Jason Wilson
Exploring Film Production presented by Karin Kelly
History of Evolutionary Thought presented by Lloyd Ackert
The History of Medicine presented by Lydia Pyne

Honors Colloquia

HNRS course offerings that are only open to Honors Program students. These courses are interdisciplinary and introduce topics not typically covered in other undergraduate curricula. Past course offerings have included such diverse classes as “The Hidden God in Cinema,” “Defining Leadership,” and “Law, Literature and the Media.” Honors credit is awarded for Honors Program students who successfully complete the course with a grade of B- or better.

Honors Sections of University Courses

Some introductory-level courses at Drexel University offer Honors sections of the class.  Honors students may register for these sections and earn Honors credit after completing the course and earning a grade of B or higher.  Honors sections are denoted by the "H" following the course's section number.  For example, BUSN 101 section 12H is an Honors section.

If you are not enrolled in an Honors section of a course, but would like to earn Honors credit for the course, be sure to learn about Honors Options.

Honors Option

Students register for a traditional course at Drexel and challenge themselves beyond what is required in the class by doing additional research, writing, or a special project in the course. To pursue this option, the student and the instructor must discuss and develop a course of study that is Honors-worthy. Honors Options can be requested for a 300 or 400 level course (except senior design/capstone). Please review the Honors Option Policies (attached to the Request Form) for specific deadlines and eligible courses. Honors credit is awarded for Honors Program students who successfully complete the proposed project and course with a grade of B or better, and submit an Honors Option Request Form and Completion Form to the Honors office within the same term as the course.

Honors Independent Study

Students intending to complete an Honors Independent Study should contact Elaine O'Loughlin, Associate Director of the Honors Program, within the first week of the term. Honors credit is awarded for Honors Program students who successfully complete the course with a grade of B- or better.

(Independent Study courses are not eligible for Honors Options).

UNIV 241: Great Works Symposium

This interdisciplinary team-taught course focuses on a different subject area each term. The courses explore subjects of broad interest which have vast impact on our society in every context. Course offerings have included the European Union, Global Warming, and Design. Visit drexel.edu/greatworks to learn about this term’s class focus.

UNIV 241 is open to both Honors and Non-Honors students. UNIV 241 carries automatic Honors credit (no additional coursework or paperwork is required) for Honors Program students who successfully complete the course with a grade of B- or better.