Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Special Programs

Forensics Program- The program provides an opportunity for all students in all disciplines to participate in speaking events held on campus, at intercollegiate events, and in the community at large. Events include competitive debate, noncompetitive oral interpretation, and readers' theater. The forensics program is supported through the Department of Speech Communication. For more information, contact Scott Thomson, director of forensics, in the Department of Speech Communication located in Muller Faculty Center.

Independent Studies/Fieldwork and Research - Students meeting minimum academic standards (see "Academic Status") or those only on warning for deficiency of credits may undertake academic independent study projects for either major or elective credit. Normally, students should have completed appropriate coursework in preparation for independent study. For each project undertaken, students must work with a faculty sponsor to prepare the required design statement and application form (available from departments or from the dean's office) for approval by the sponsoring department, the student's adviser, and the dean. All projects should be approved in advance of the semester undertaken or no later than the end of the second week of that semester.

Internships - Qualified students meeting the minimum academic standards (see "Academic Status," p. 117) may undertake internship projects for either major or elective credit if these work-and-study projects have an academic component appropriate to the curriculum of the school. Normally, a student in H&S should have completed three-fourths of his or her major or an appropriate minor in order to qualify for internship credit. Students must work with a faculty sponsor to prepare the required design statement and application form (available in the office of the dean) for approval by the sponsoring department, the student's adviser, the field supervisor at the worksite, and the dean. All projects must be approved in advance of the semester they are undertaken or no later than the second week of that semester. No more than 12 credits in any combination of internship projects will be counted toward the 120-credit minimum required for graduation.

Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs - For the student who would like to design a major that crosses disciplinary fields, the planned studies major may be of interest. Students may also wish to perform independent fieldwork through the community service program. For a full description of these offerings, see "Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs."