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Message from the Dean

Dean Cohen hosts monthly Dean's Teas to brew intellectual conversation

Welcome to the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University.

Since the founding of the Honors Program at Drexel in 1991, Honors has been a vital presence on campus, developing into a self-standing College in 2002. We thank alumni, current students, faculty and staff, along with our benefactor, Drexel alumnus and former interim President, C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni, for helping to make Honors an unparalleled site of innovation, creativity, and intellectual exchange.

The College sponsors initiatives that serve Honors Program students and the Drexel community at large. We encompass five distinct units that overlap in significant ways: the Honors Program serves selected high-achieving students with coursework and special programming; the Office of Undergraduate Research supports student research across the university and matches students with faculty mentors; the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry offers a changing series of cross-disciplinary courses as well as a program where qualified students can craft their own field of study; the Fellowships Office helps students prepare and apply for competitive grants and scholarships; and the Center for Cultural Outreach offers students involvement with a nationally recognized online journal, The Smart Set, and a nationally distributed television talk show, The Drexel Interview. We also oversee an App Development Lab, made possible by the Chair of our Honors Advisory Board, Greg Bentley.

We believe that the Pennoni Honors College has a range and depth of offerings unique among Honors Colleges in the country. Involvement with the College helps students become the best they can be: broadly educated, socially engaged, and culturally and intellectually fulfilled.

Paula Marantz Cohen
Pennoni Honors College
Distinguished Professor of English

Articles Published by Dean Paula Marantz Cohen

The Complete Class Notes blog | American Scholar

Don't Race Through a Great Book | American Scholar | April 11, 2016

Commentary: Prepare students for diverse world that awaits | | April 4, 2016

A Course of Revelations | | January 11, 2016

The Humanities Need a Course Correction | The Wall Street Journal | October 9, 2015

College Honors Programs in Various Forms | The New York Times | August 24, 2015