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Luminary Program

A “Luminary” is a special status Honors Program students can achieve through a completion of 24-credit specialized and unique plan of study in the Honors Program, along with co-curricular activities, culminating in completion of the Honors Luminary Capstone course in their Senior year, and special recognition at graduation. Students can apply from their Freshman year to the start of their Junior year. 

Goals of the Luminary Program

  • Provide a select number of Honors Program students with rigorous coursework to deepen and broaden their Drexel education.
  • Support students in their intellectual and personal development through specialized advising and reflective learning experiences.
  • Challenge students through a balance of a structured curriculum and self-designed co-curricular experiences.

If you are interested in applying to the Luminary Program, please fill in your answers on this form. Then, either save and send as a PDF attachment via email to Dr. Daniel Dougherty, or print and submit in person to the PHC main office, 5016 MacAlister Hall.

Requirements

Open to Honors students who have a minimum 3.5 GPA, have a stellar academic record, and successfully complete an application and interview process. Students who are not already in the Honors Program may be able to apply to the Honors and the Luminary Programs simultaneously.

Luminaries will take 24 credits as part of a plan of study that begins with two back-to-back terms of Luminary courses (Fall-Winter or Spring-Summer). The program continues with 7 credits from any HNRS courses and 3 credits in an Honors Program capstone course taken over the Senior year. Students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA throughout their time as a Luminary.

Plan of Study

  • 1 credit - Introduction to Luminary
  • 1 credit – Luminary Enhancement
  • 12 credits – HNRS 301-12, 302-12, 301-05, 302-05
  • 3 credits – Luminary Capstone
  • 7 credits – any other HNRS courses

Courses

Introduction to Luminary - 1 credit
The purpose of this first course is to provide a framework for Luminary students to begin to think about and discuss their intellectual and personal development along with learning about a history of “great” thought across time and topics. This course can be taken as early as Fall or Spring term after being accepted in the Luminary program and will be offered in the Fall and Spring terms each year.

HNRS 301-12 Art and Creativity and HNRS 302-12 Scientific Inquiry can be taken as early as Fall or Spring term after being accepted in the Luminary program. Both courses will be offered in the Fall and Spring terms each year.

HNRS 301-12 Art and Creativity – 3 credits
Students investigate topics that lead to innovative and new ways of thinking and operating ranging from design thinking and creative problem solving, to fine and performing arts.

HNRS 302-12 Scientific Inquiry – 3 credits
Students study examples of systematic observation and experimentation that test hypothesis and lead to theory development of the natural world. Students gain in-depth knowledge of the history of science and the scientific method.

HNRS 301-05 Humanities and HNRS 302-05 Society and Culture should be taken in the Winter or Summer term. Both courses will be offered in the Winter or Summer terms each year.

HNRS 301-05 Humanities - 3 credits
Students examine various forms of knowledge including philosophy, literature, and history that explore, document, and analyze the human experience over time and through different contexts.

HNRS 302-05 Society and Culture – 3 credits
Students acquire foundational knowledge of social structures and levels of societal interplay along with the reification of those patterns in cultural expressions. 

Luminary Capstone – 3 credits
In the Senior year, Luminary students take a 1-credit capstone course in the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. The purpose of the capstone course is for students to reflect on the impact of the Honors experience on their intellectual and personal development and translate that impact into a future vision for themselves. Students will publicly present their capstone at the end of the Spring term.

In addition to courses above, Luminary students must complete 7 “elective” Honors credits from any HNRS courses.