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Faculty

The Honors Program works with some of Drexel's best faculty to develop curriculum, teach Honors courses, offer Honors Option projects, and engage students.

Student and faculty engagement is important to the Honors Program mission as well as to Drexel's, and has proven to be beneficial to our growing academic community. Faculty members have an opportunity to connect with students in the traditional academic setting of the classroom, as well as speak with students through co-curricular opportunities and in the Honors Living-Learning Community at Millennium Hall.

Get Involved

We invite you to get involved with the Honors Program! If you are interested in participating, please contact us. We are also interested in hearing how you'd like to engage with students and any new ideas you may have.

Honors Options

Honors Options allow Honors students to earn Honors credit in 300- and 400-level non-Honors courses at Drexel. A student works with their professor to design additional research, writing, or creative project worthy of Honors credit. Honors Options enrich and expand the student’s depth of knowledge while encouraging collaboration and exploration beyond the standard coursework.

Occasionally, we receive questions about what is or is not Honors-worthy. We encourage instructors to review the Honors-Worthy Checklist for a better picture of the scope and expectation surrounding an Honors-worthy project. 

For more information about Honors Option, please visit our main page or explore the Frequently Asked Questions about Honors Option.

If you are experiencing technical issues in the Honors Option System, here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  1. Faculty should check their Drexel email account. The system only works with Drexel University email addresses.
  2. Refer to the PDF guide for Alternative Honors Option Proposal Submissions for step-by-step instructions, which is available under Honors Option tab here.
  3. If faculty are still unable to review the Honors Option proposal, contact insidesupport@drexel.edu. This is the email address for the Drexel University IT contact who maintains the Honors Option system.

If you have any questions regarding Honors Options, please contact Dr. Katie Barak, Associate Director of the Honors Program at ksb89@drexel.edu or 215.571.4134.

Proposing New Courses

Faculty members are invited to submit a proposal for potential Honors Colloquia. Although any instructor may submit a proposal, not all proposals will be accepted.

Proposal Process

  • Submit your course proposal to the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Dan Dougherty, at dd446@drexel.edu.
  • It is then reviewed by the director and the Honors Faculty Advisory Committee and may be returned to you with suggested changes and/or questions.
  • If your proposal is accepted, you will work with the Honors Program to schedule your class. Because terms are scheduled well in advance, you may be asked to wait several terms before teaching with us.

Honors Colloquia Guidelines for Proposals and Syllabi [PDF]

Examples of Well-Written Proposals

Honors Sections

Honors Sections are determined and scheduled by academic departments outside of the Honors College. The Honors Program may work with the department to ensure that the Honors section of a standard course offers additional challenges to the depth of learning for Honors students.

Honors sections are indicated by the “H” in the section number of the course. For example: BUSN 101 012H

If you are interested in developing an Honors Section for your department, please contact the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Dan Dougherty, at dd446@drexel.edu.

Millennium Hall

The Honors Living Learning Community, which resides in Millennium Hall, hosts many different types of faculty events for the Honors residents there.

The Lunch and Learn is the most popular activity whereby a small group of students enjoy lunch in Millennium Hall with a select faculty member while they discuss a topic of the faculty's choosing.

Coffee hours and dinner events are also popular with students as they are an easy way to meet with and interact with faculty in a comfortable setting.

If you have an idea for an activity or outing with Honors freshmen, please contact Julia Wisniewski, Honors Program Coordinator, at jgw37@drexel.edu.

Entrée Series

The Entrée Series is a faculty-led dinner discussion with a small group of Honors students. The dinner is held in a Philadelphia restaurant of the faculty's choosing and discussions focus on the culture and cuisine served in the restaurant. In the past, faculty have selected restaurants that closely resemble the cuisine of their own cultural background, or a cuisine from a country or region in which they have studied. Two or three Entrée Series Dinners are held each term.

If you're interested in hosting one Entrée Series Dinner (funding provided by the Honors Program), please contact honorsprogram@drexel.edu.