Honors And Your Program
PLANNING AHEAD: MAJORS AND GENERAL EDUCATION
Majors and Minors
Most majors are completely compatible with the honors program and its requirements for graduation. For the many students who enter Ithaca as exploratory or "undeclared" students, the honors program provides a perfect opportunity to explore various fields before deciding on a major. Many students have completed double majors along with honors requirements.
Participation in the Ithaca College Honors Program is completely compatible with scholarship programs such as the Park Scholar Award, Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program, and the Ithaca Leadership Scholarship.
Honors Courses and General Education/Distribution Requirements
For current honors students: All intermediate honors seminars carry both H&S general education designations and liberal arts distribution designations. In fact, many honors students fulfill the entirety of their general education or distribution requirements with honors seminars.
For students entering Ithaca College in Fall 2013: All students will be required to complete the integrative core curriculum requirements. Except for the required first-year Ithaca Seminar, honors seminars will not fulfill Themes and Perspective or complementary liberal arts course requirements, but may satisfy first year composition, writing intensive, quantitative literacy, or diversity requirements, depending on designation.
Ithaca College Honors and Departmental Honors
The Ithaca College Honors Program and departmental honors are two completely separate programs; qualified students can complete both. For students entering in Fall 2013: a thesis completed as part of department honors requirements will count towards the Academic Challenge component of the Cursus Honorum. Contact your department chair for information pertaining to departmental honors within your major.
A large percentage of honors students spend a semester away from Ithaca, either studying abroad or at one of our extramural campuses. The program works closely with the Office of International Programs to match students with the best opportunities for their overseas experience.