The Honors Advantage

Are you ready for a challenge?

As a member of our selective Ithaca College honors program, you’ll feed your curiosity and expand your perspectives in an intellectual community of students from every school at IC. You’ll have access to unique coursework, travel opportunities, and learning experiences with faculty and peers who never stop asking questions.

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The Honors Program will challenge you intellectually, reward your curiosity, and provide opportunities to engage with the world around you.

Honors Curriculum for students entering in fall 2014 or later

In order to graduate with Ithaca College honors, students must demonstrate by portfolio (the Cursus Honorum) that they have experienced significant involvement in five important areas: academic challenge, global citizenship, cultural engagement, engagement with the scholarly community, and civic engagement. Students will be expected to incorporate into the portfolio artifacts and reflections demonstrating their learning in each area.

1. Academic Challenge (11 credits)

  • At least 11 credits of Honors seminars, including a 1 credit Honors Capstone. Freshmen must include an Honors ICSM in these 11 credits; AND
  • Complete a thesis, either through the major department or Honors; AND
  • Complete the Cursus Honorum (e-portfolio); AND
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

2. Global Citizenship

  • Enrollment in HNRS 21500 International Scholarly Conversation; OR
  • London Honors Semester (Honors offers the London as Text course in the fall); OR
  • Some other documented highly enhanced study abroad experience by design.

3. Cultural Engagement

  • Enrollment in HNRS 15000 Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College; OR
  • Documentation in the Cursus Honorum of significant cultural engagement.

4. Engagement with the Scholarly Community

  • Enrollment in 9 additional credits of Honors designated courses; OR
  • Documentation in the Cursus Honorum of additional significant scholarly engagement (e.g., undergraduate research activities); OR
  • Some combination of course work and scholarly engagement.

5. Civic Engagement

  • Documentation in the Cursus Honorum of civic engagement experiences (e.g., enrollment in a service learning course, volunteer work, or any number of civically engaged activities )


Honors Curriculum for students entering in spring 2013 or earlier

In order to graduate with Ithaca College honors, students must complete 19 credits, as follows:

  • Honors Ithaca Seminar (1): 4 credits
  • Intermediate Seminars: 12 credits (3 one-credit special topics seminars can substitute for one intermediate seminar)
  • Senior Year Seminar (1): 3 credits

Internal Transfers

Internal transfers will complete the program by taking 12 credits of honors intermediate seminars and the honors senior seminar, for a total of 15 credits.

Minimum Requirements

To remain in honors, a student must make regular progress toward completion of the program. Any student who does not register for honors credit for three consecutive semesters without having discussed a plan for completion of the program with the program director will be deemed inactive and removed from the program. In order to graduate with Ithaca College honors, a student must have a G.P.A. greater than or equal to 3.0 at the time of graduation.