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Honors Credits

Honors Courses

HNRS Courses are small group, and discussion-based to provide an enriching experience to any Honors Program student on a wide variety of topics, regardless of their major. HNRS courses offer highly unique topics, not offered elsewhere at the University, and are often cross-disciplinary in their approach to course content. Classes are kept small to encourage peer-to-peer learning through conversation and collaboration. HNRS courses include: HNRS 200, Honors Colloquia, Honors Great Works courses, Honors Co-Curricular Electives and special topics courses, and the Symposium.

Honors First-year Seminar

The Honors First-year seminar, or HNRS 200, is a one-credit seminar taught by faculty members from throughout the University. Classes are small, discussion-based, and encourage new first-year students to engage in topics they may not otherwise explore while at Drexel. Honors Program first-year students are automatically registered for the class and are required to complete the course during their first year with a grade of B or higher to maintain their status in the Honors Program. Students who are registered in the course and do not complete it with a grade of at least a B are removed from the Honors Program. Students are not permitted to either drop or switch sections.

Honors Colloquia

Honors Colloquia give students the opportunity to expand their learning beyond the scope of their majors through unique cross-disciplinary topics. These courses are developed to expand knowledge outside of a student’s field of study. We encourage students to choose colloquia topics that fit their general interests, though may not fit their major.

Students should consult the Honors Plan of Study to see when colloquia are required. Honors colloquia are three-credit courses and listed as HNRS 301 and HNRS 302. 

See a list of past course offerings

Great Works Courses

Great Works are one credit courses designed for an in-depth exploration, reading, discussion, or analysis of great books, great art, great films, etc., over the course of a term in a small group setting.

The Symposium

The Symposium is an interdisciplinary, project-based course series hosted by Academic Programs. This course series explores subjects of the broadest possible interest and greatest societal impact. Through intensive examination of a different major theme every year, it brings Drexel University students, teachers, and visiting expert lecturers into collaboration. The Symposium strives to avoid the "textbook approach," with an emphasis on developing in students the active skills of interdisciplinary inquiry: reading, writing, critical thinking, methodological creativity, and argument. Four new courses are offered each year, designed to elaborate different dimensions of the theme. Through these courses, students are encouraged to see the University as an interconnected enterprise, and to imagine the University as one part of a larger spectrum of scholars in the communities of the city, the nation, and the world.

Symposium courses are open to both Honors Program students and non-Honors Program students and are listed as HNRS 301 or HNRS 302 courses. For information on the current theme, please click here.

HNRS Special Topics and Co-Curricular Elective Courses

Occasionally, the Honors Program offers courses other than Honors colloquia or Great Works courses that count toward Honors credit and lists them as special topics. For example: Honors Alternative Spring Break, an Honors Travel-Integrated course, or Honors leadership programs are often listed as special topics as HNRS 280 or 380 courses.

Honors Independent Study

Honors Program students may earn a maximum of 3 Honors credits from Honors Independent Study course(s). Contact Dr. Kevin Egan for additional information about creating an Honors Independent Study course.

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.

How to Submit an Honors Option

Honors Sections

Honors Sections are enriched sections of some major core courses that are open to Honors Program students interested in building their depth of knowledge in a particular subject. Honors sections are typically offered in introductory-level courses at Drexel and are identified by the “H” following the course section number. (Example: BUSN 101 section 12H is an Honors section).

If you register for an Honors section of a course, you’ll most likely have an extra project or lab assignment that you will complete as part of the course requirements. When you complete the course with the grade of a B or higher, the course credits earned will also be counted as Honors credits.

Graduate-Level Courses (500-Level or Higher)

Up to 6 Graduate level credits may be used towards your Honors credits (to graduate with Honors), or a maximum of 12 credits towards the requirements to graduate Honors with Distinction. You must earn a B grade or higher. Students who are NOT a part of an accelerated degree program will need to discuss taking graduate-level courses with their academic advisor. There is no additional paperwork, the credits are counted automatically.