Many career possibilities are open to H&S majors, especially to students who choose to explore and develop their own combination of interests and skills. Departmental advisers can help students individualize a four-year course of study in a major by supplementing required courses with other recommended courses to provide general background or specific skills for a chosen career. The advisers also have information on preprofessional experience, interdisciplinary majors, educational requirements, graduate school, and graduate school testing, or can assist in obtaining such information. Students are urged to contact these advisers and to discuss occupation-related matters with their instructors. Since there are many possible options for students in all majors, students are strongly encouraged to talk with counselors in the Office of Career Services in the Gannett Center.
Exploratory Program -- Students who wish to investigate a variety of academic disciplines before selecting a major may enter Ithaca College through the Exploratory Program in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Exploratory students are assigned experienced academic advisers who help them choose courses from the liberal arts and preprofessional curricula at the College. After one semester in the program, students are free to enter a major in H&S or apply for transfer to another school of the College. They may also remain in the Exploratory Program through the end of the sophomore year -- that is, until they have earned 60 credits -- at which time they are required to declare a major. Exploratory students are subject to the same academic regulations as all H&S students and are encouraged to take advantage of all the College resources open to the general student population.
Premedical Sciences Program -- Students who wish to prepare for any of the medical science professions -- dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, veterinary medicine -- may do so at Ithaca College in a variety of ways. No specific major is required to prepare for these professions (biology, chemistry, psychology, English, philosophy, and exercise science are some examples of good preparatory majors), but students must complete a minimum of one year each of biology, general or inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and English. Calculus is highly recommended.
Courses recommended but not required by the professional schools vary, but include advanced courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. All such coursework is available at Ithaca College. Students interested in any of the medical sciences should contact the chairperson of the Premedical Sciences Advisory Committee, Jean Hardwick, 168 Center for Natural Sciences, during their freshman year. This will ensure that their academic programs are planned to meet all requirements for professional school by the end of their junior year and in time for the professional schools' admissions tests.
Optometry 3-1 Program -- This joint program with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the State University of New York College of Optometry enables students in certain disciplines to receive both a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College and a doctor of optometry degree in seven years rather than eight. Students must complete 90 credits of college and departmental requirements in a major at Ithaca College, as well as satisfy the requirements specified for admission to the optometry college. After successfully completing the first year at the optometry college, students receive the bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. After completing the remaining three years at the optometry college the student is awarded the doctor of optometry degree.
The majors in biology, psychology, and chemistry require some courses that are entrance requirements for optometry college. However, no specific major is required, as long as the optometry entrance requirements can be incorporated into the major.
This academic program must be planned carefully. Students interested in the program should contact the chair of the Premedical Sciences Advisory Committee, Jean Hardwick, 168 Center for Natural Sciences, upon matriculation at Ithaca College. A standard 4-4 program is also available.
Prelaw Advisory Program -- Students may prepare for the study of law by completing any of the regular majors in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Law schools do not stipulate any specific prelaw courses of study. Students planning to study law should discuss this goal with their adviser and develop a program that emphasizes those skills and insights that the Association of American Law Schools has stated are needed for the study of law: (1) comprehension and expression with words; (2) critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law deals; and (3) creative power in thinking.
Specific information on law schools and law careers is available from the Office of Career Services. For additional assistance, contact the prelaw adviser, Jonathan Laskowitz, 327 Muller Faculty Center.
Teacher Education Programs -- We offer programs leading to initial certification at the middle/secondary levels in the following areas: art (K-12), biology, chemistry, physics, English, math, math-computer science, French, Spanish, German, and social studies. Within each of the programs leading to initial certification, there is a core unit of coursework that all teaching option candidates must complete in addition to the coursework required in their major. Please consult individual department listings or the teacher education program listing for specific information.
Advising -- Academic advising is an important aspect of a student's educational experience. All students are assigned an academic adviser; students with declared majors are assigned an adviser within their major department. Advisers of exploratory students help their advisees identify their interests and select an appropriate major. Students can expect their advisers to provide information about majors, minors, general education requirements, graduation requirements, and other academic policies and procedures. To obtain the full benefit of the advising experience, students are encouraged to meet with their advisers, not only to discuss midterm grades and course selection, but also to seek assistance with the full range of academic decisions they make during their college years.
The academic advising office coordinates all advising assignments within the School of Humanities and Sciences. This office is a resource center for students and faculty, with staff available to meet with students on a drop-in or appointment basis.
Writing Center -- Located in 228 Park Hall and directed by the writing department, the center offers individual and small group tutorials on a referred or self-selected basis to students needing assistance. Help is available with any aspect of the writing process, reading comprehension, or study skills. See below for writing department courses.
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") 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.
A. Ozolins, Office of Creative Services, 15. July, 2005