The Drake Honors program is an intellectual community recognizable by the members’ willingness to engage complex problems that require creative question posing and a willingness to follow where the questioning takes them.  Members of the Honors Program focus on developing and using skills of creativity and critical engagement with texts and others participants in conversations.  Unwilling to be satisfied with simple answers or ways of understanding issues, members of the Honors community will actively seek insights from a wide variety of ways of thinking about and representing the world. 

The Mission of the Honors Program is to create an environment, in and out of the classroom, that continually pushes, primarily, members of the Honors program and, then, secondarily, all University members to develop the skills necessary to engage complex problems with patience, depth and creativity.  The Honors Program will do this by emphasizing a commitment to interdisciplinarity, student centered learning, instructors as co-learners and approaches to creating learning environments supported by educational research.  By so doing, the Honors Program will help to prepare graduates for life in world filled with complexity and unpredictability. 


  • Students on the Honors Track should take a diversified curriculum: no more than 2 Honors or Honors cross-listed courses from the same department or school (i.e., SJMC) may be counted toward the 15 Honors elective credits.
  • A student may apply only one summer web course (cross-listed with Honors) toward Honors Track requirements.
  • Courses satisfying the required Areas of Inquiry (AOIs) for Artistic Literacy, Quantitative Literacy, and Life/Physical Lab Science also meet the required Honors Track AOIs.
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