Take any of the following summer courses of interest to you.

Delve into a crucial issue, idea, topic, or debate in a focused and intentional way. The courses below were run during the summer of 2022 and are here to offer you examples of the kinds of Deep Dive courses offered. Summer 2023 courses will appear on this page in March 2023. To register, log in to IC Connect.

Graphic Novels, Comics, and Geek Culture

Hollywood has its own translations of comic characters—as do publishing, licensing, and other industries—and comic conventions have now become worldwide gateways to this phenomenon. See behind the curtain to discover how it all works, including a historical look at female and black creators who often did not enjoy the spotlight. In this eye-opening course, we'll start with fan passion then explore the inner workings of an entire industry.

The Knee Bone’s Connected to the…? Introduction to the Human Body

Health professionals across multiple disciplines must work together in order to provide the best quality care for their patients. While the various treatments may look differently depending on one's career choice (whether that be on the field, in the operating room, or in the clinic), the language of anatomy remains the same. You'll develop a foundational understanding of the human body—including anatomical directions, bony landmarks, joints, muscle groups, and much more—to enhance your knowledge for future career endeavors.  


Hoping to manage the stress of transitioning to college? Explore various techniques of sitting and walking meditation. Meditation has been associated with health benefits such as reducing stress, depression, and anxiety and improving cardiovascular and digestive health. It's an effective tool for navigating the uncertainty in our lives. Join us as we cultivate an enhanced sense of balance, inner peace, and well-being. You'll learn transformative techniques for deep relaxation to help you throughout your college career and your entire life.

Movies and Philosophical Conversation

This course will introduce you to timeless philosophical questions and issues through film. By pairing classic philosophical writings with movies, this course will guide your discovery of the joy of philosophical conversations. Potential topics: the existence of God, the nature of mind, personal identity, free will and moral responsibility. By discussing and writing about philosophical questions in classical texts and recent movies, you will develop your critical and analytic thinking and writing skills. *You will be expected to watch assigned films prior to class discussions.

Once Upon This Time: Reflecting on Fairy Tales

Using the fairy tale genre and its storytelling patterns, you'll use the process of reflective writing as a prompt for creative writing and self-discovery.

How to be an Effective and Inclusive Team Leader

College involves collaboration, whether in class assignments or teamwork in clubs or athletics. In this deep dive, you’ll learn techniques to help you be a better leader and member of inclusive and effective teams, become more culturally competent so you can benefit from the input of individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities, and master both in-person and online tools to help you manage projects and responsibilities. We’ll use these tools in short group exercises, so you’ll get to know your classmates better and experience how some typical college course group projects work.

Thriving in College Based on Your Personality Type

Prepare yourself for success in every aspect of your college experience, from achieving academically to improving personal relationships to choosing a career path. Discover how your personality type can affect your learning style, study habits, test-taking, roommate and personal relationships, time management, and stress. You'll learn your MBTI® type and focus on practical strategies for overcoming potential challenges and achieving success. (MBTI is Myers Briggs Type Indicator, a tool informed by decades of research to help individuals understand their communication preferences and interactions with others.)  

Talking About Race, Gender, and Sex in a College Classroom

Explore the importance of finding your voice so you can participate in class discussions about these seminal topics. Together we'll examine ZZ Packer’s short story “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.” You will begin to discover optimal ways of learning through listening and through speaking. We will also discuss the importance of making space for the voices of underrepresented folks without placing the burden of responsibility on them to carry the weight of every discussion.

Mindfulness in Motion

Do you want the benefits of meditation but sitting still isn’t your thing? Qigong movements will help you wake up when feeling drowsy and boost your immune systems when feeling sick. The ancient yet simple meditative Qigong movements and breath practices help ease tension and tightness and allow us to feel more relaxed.  You'll actively participate in Qigong movement/breath practices, discussions, and reflection and will explore the ancient text The Tao de Ching and ask how these writings, thousands of years old, have wisdom to offer each of us.

Genes, Germs, and Global Warming

Have you ever wondered why there is a relationship between genes and the propensity to have a disease? Or why some infectious diseases are endemic to some species but "jump" to other species? How is global warming influencing the expansion of wildlife diseases? Explore the science behind major geopolitical issues as well as current topics in science and biotechnology, such as genetic modification, infectious disease emergence, and global warming. Get to know faculty and build your community at IC. You'll also develop critical thinking and effective communication skills.


Excited about taking your first college science class this fall? This course is a toolkit for success in science that captures some of the wonders of scientific discovery. You'll gain an understanding of strategies for succeeding in college science courses by reviewing fundamental mathematical skills and developing or improving your scientific and proportional reasoning skills. You'll improve your problem-solving skills in a chemistry context and connect scientific concepts to solving real-world challenges.

Decolonizing Academia

Decolonize your mind as you enter the learning community of Ithaca College. Together we'll draw on decolonial thought to consider the meaning and uses of knowledge and how this idea is linked to power dynamics. We'll think outside the box and question the idea that some knowledge is valuable while other knowledge is not. We will examine work produced by Indigenous thinkers, African philosophers, Global South intellectuals, among others. You'll learn new ways of thinking and strategies for academic success as you build community.

What Is a Book?

Most students arrive at college expecting to read and to do so using objects called books. But what is reading, really, and why do we read books? We'll take a whirlwind tour of the global history of material texts, focusing on how and why we rely on the book, or codex, form. What does a book do? What are our expectations of books and our relationships to them? How do we read differently from readers in 1990, 1900, 1500, or 100? Even now, the habits of reading that are natural to me are not natural to you; reading is not universal, and it is highly historically contingent. We will explore various ways to think about reading and the book—and we will also think deeply about the many forms and media of the written word we interact with every day.

The Culture of Festivals: From Food to Fashion

Festivals shape the way we look at the world—and now more than ever we appreciate the way they bring us together. Explore the history and world of festivals, from food festivals to music festivals to cultural festivals. We’ll explore the role festivals play in shaping our identities and will examine the cultural norms of fashion, phone usage, and more at these events, as well as the ways festivals become platforms for social issues.

Latin American Culture through Cinema 

With half a billion people, over 30 countries, and hundreds of different languages and cultures, Latin America is a diverse space of identities, histories, and cultures—and Latin American Cinema has been an avenue for the expression, representation, and contestation of the cultures of the region. Explore some of these representations as a way to prepare for college-level academic work in cultural and filmic analysis. You will write commentary on films, produce short presentations analyzing films, and engage in the themes and topics presented by the films. By analyzing films from Latin America, you will gain a relational cultural perspective as you compare your own experiences to those portrayed in films. You will relate your own place in the world to those of other peoples, and in doing so, will gain a deeper understanding of the United States, Latin America, and the world.