The Great Works Symposium is Drexel University’s only dedicated
interdisciplinary course series. The program began in 2000 under
the directorship of Professor Charles Morscheck. Under
Morscheck's leadership the Great Works offered courses on topics
ranging from the "The Atomic Bomb" to "Globalization" to "The
In 2007 Scott Gabriel Knowles took over as director; and in
2007-2008 the program brought in the first of its Visiting Fellows.
Today the Great Works offers four courses per year gathered
around a central annual theme, bringing Drexel faculty into
collaboration in course design and delivery. Annual themes have
included "Health and Society," Democracy," and "Energy."
The Great Works brings 25+ speakers to campus every year,
fosters interdisciplinary reading, writing, and research among its
students, and occasionally sponsors one-credit special courses and
class trips. Recent trips include Brussels, New Orleans, a trip to
Washington, D.C. to witness Barack Obama's inauguration, and a
recent trip to Bulgaria to study emerging democracy.