The Ithaca Seminar, the new all-College first-year seminar program will be initiated during the fall 2005 semester. The pilot program will offer 400 first-year students, from all five schools and the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Programs, the exciting opportunity to enroll in one of ten interdisciplinary courses with a total of 19 sections being offered by faculty members from across the College. Class sizes will be small. Some of the courses have multiple sections that sometimes meet as a larger group. Each section has its own faculty member. All seminars will fulfill liberal arts and general education requirements.
Goals of the Program:
1. Provide all first-year students with an engaging academic and intellectual experience that will set the tone for the remainder of their studies at Ithaca College;
2. Foster learning through exploration, engagement, and reflection;
3. Build a foundation for future study incorporating an academic methodology based in reading, critical thinking, writing, speaking and listening, basic research skills including information literacy, and presentation; and
4. Connect learning with other aspects of academic life, including residential life, the College cultural/intellectual community, character development, and the responsibilities of citizenship.
Fall 2005 Courses:
"Experiencing College Athletics: The Myths and Realities of Playing"
Katharine Kittredge - English
Stephen Mosher - Sport Management, and Media
"Identity and Digital Environments: Who are you in Cyberspace?"
Dianne Lynch - Dean, Roy H. Park School of Communications
Kim Gregson - Television and Radio
Dennis Charsky - Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design
"Improvisation and Composition"
Louise Mygatt - Music Theory, History, and Composition
"Making Sense of the World: How our Senses Inform, Guide, and Enrich our Lives"
Ron Schassburger - Exercise and Sport Sciences
"Math Art and Nature: Exploring the Inner and Outer Worlds"
Dani Novak - Mathematics and Computer Science
Jack VanDerzee - Mathematics and Computer Science
"Other Bodies/Our Bodies: Disabilities in Literature, Media, and Society"
Bruce Henderson - Speech Communication
"Saving Nature: A Look at Whales"
Nancy Jacobson - Biology
"Sustaining our Worlds: Connecting People, Prosperity, and our Planet"
Keri Lee - Chemistry
Susanne Morgan - Sociology
Valorie Rockney - Writing
Jim Rothenberg - Sociology
David Saiia - Business Administration
"Whats New? Creativity and Intellectual Property in the 21st Century"
Hadley Smith - Writing
"Worlds of Music: Understanding Musical Meanings in a Global Context"
Naeem Inayatullah - Politics
Baruch Whitehead - Music Education
For further information, contact Jim Rothenberg, program coordinator, at [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ].