3 Credit Courses: (Full descriptions are below.)

  • Civic Engagement Seminar: Service, Community, and Social Action
  • Cultural Encounters with IC
  • Gaming, Gratifications, and Gatherings
  • Global Graphic Novel
  • Food as Communication
  • The Politics of Hamilton
  • The U.S. Genocide

2 Credit Courses (Full descriptions are below.)

  • Meaning Making in Your Career: Finding the Authentic Story

 1 Credit Courses (Full descriptions are below.)

  • Introduction to Autism: What It Is and Isn’t
  • The Philosophy of Impossibility: Magic vs. Technology
  • Writing for Yourself

Course Descriptions – 3 Credit Course

Civic Engagement Seminar: Service, Community and Social Action (Harker, David) 

CRN23598 HNRS 25000 | TR 02:35 PM - 03:50PM 

What is civic engagement? What are the goals of civic engagement? What does civic engagement look like in the Ithaca community? How can various forms of civic engagement contribute to meeting the needs of communities and/or creating social change in different ways? What are the roles and responsibilities of individual citizens in addressing the pervasiveness of injustice and inequality in our society? How do our personal experiences influence the ways in which we understand social issues, and how does this understanding shape our motivations and forms of engagement? This course draws on theory, research, and direct experience to explore numerous forms of civic engagement and evaluate the opportunities and challenges each offers in working towards positive social change. This course aims to: develop a more complex understanding of what civic engagement entails; to reflect on the ways that civic engagement can complement other kinds of learning; and to develop a greater sensitivity about the needs and gifts of the greater Ithaca community and its citizens. This course also requires students themselves to engage in the local community through social action, and critically reflect on their experience. Students will have the opportunity to examine their own personal motivations and experiences with civic engagement, as well as gain a deeper understanding of how our social identities can influence our social action effort.

Cultural Encounters with IC (Flanagan, David)

CRN22266 HNRS 15000 | MWF 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM 

Investigation of the broad range of cultural experiences to be encountered at Ithaca College. We attend live cultural events and discuss and write about them. Open only to students in the Ithaca College Honors Program. 

Gaming, Gratifications, and Gatherings (Loop, Mead) 

CRN 23610 HNRS 20062 | TR 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

The new agora for families and friends is around the game controller. Gaming, fantasy sports and gambling are more influential than ever because of disruptive technology, the rise of analytics, legal decisions and changing mores. Through the case-study method, we explore how once frowned-upon activities are now mainstream leisure and economic pursuits.

Global Graphic Novel (Schack, Todd) 

CRN 23611 HNRS 20063 | W 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

This seminar will explore the diverse range of voices and topics in graphic novels from around the world.  We will study issues of war, power, race, class and sex as represented by a multitude of non-traditional writers and visual artists, and discuss the history of conflict over the issue of multi-culturalism and diversity from these perspectives.   We will highlight the manner in which this genre is able to undermine and question dominant narratives of social, political and economic issues. We will be considering these texts from Cultural, Media and Visual Studies perspectives, and students will create their own version of a graphic novel using these theoretical perspectives in practical application.

Food as Communication (Young, Cory) 

CRN 23612 HNRS 20064 | MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM 

Offers students a structured platform to investigate the relationship between food and communication. The course is designed for students that are passionate about food, but have little to no background in communication. It provides an introduction into the role of communication across the food and hospitality professions.  Students will examine various functions, events, campaigns, and media through active participation, writing, discussing, and reading. Open only to students in the Ithaca College Honors Program.

The Politics of Hamilton (Shevory, Thomas) 

CRN 22637 HNRS 20045 | TR 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM 

The course draws on the hit musical Hamilton to discuss early American political and constitutional thinking.  Alexander Hamilton was among the most important of the American founders.  Born in Charlestown, Nevis, orphaned at a young age, he rose to become chief aide to General Washington during the American Revolution.  He was at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He wrote most of The Federalist Papers, which are considered among the most important political documents in American history. He was the first Secretary of Treasury and was responsible for initiating the First National Bank, which was crucial to fostering American economic development.  He opposed slavery and believed in a strong national government. He died in a duel with Aaron Burr, who Hamilton had long known as a sometime colleague and political competitor. His funeral a was huge public event, attended by thousands of people in New York City, a city that Hamilton helped shape as a future center of global finance and culture.

The U.S. and Genocide (Inayatullah, Naeem) 

CRN 23597 HNRS 20041 | TR 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Has the United States committed genocide in Iraq?  If it has, what does this mean for our understanding of international relations, international law, and the identity of U.S. citizens?  How do we understand the belligerence expressed by vast swaths of the rest of the world towards U. S. foreign policy?  What does it mean for everyday thinking and actions?  If the U.S. has not committed genocide, how shall we conceptualize U.S. actions in Iraq?  The course asks these question by focusing on three junctures: (1) the Nuremberg Trails initiated and spearheaded by the U.S. to convict Nazis leaders at the close of World War II; (2) the claim by various Amerindian scholars that the creation of the U.S. and its occupation of Indian lands is the result of genocide; and (3) a short study of the “Gulf War” that documents the U.S. attack and occupation of Iraq.

Course Descriptions – 2 Credit Course

Meaning Making in Your Career: Finding The Authentic Story  (Fracchia, John) 

CRN 23108 HNRS 23030 | TR 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM 

According to Gallup, 87% of the world’s workforce struggles to find meaning in what they do. This course will explore and examine what is meaningful to you and how it translates to your academic and future career paths.  Through interactive exercises and discussion focused lectures, you’ll examine your Holland Code as well as your values and skills, in order to: discover and effectively tell your authentic story utilizing tools such as your resume, cover letter, and the interviewing process; expand your professional and personal networks; and strategically prepare and position yourself for career options that are meaningful to you. We will also explore topics such as diversity and inclusion in the workplace; strategies for managing conflict; and define what it really means to be “a professional,” in order to better prepare you for future team/group projects and professional expectations of you after graduation.

Course Descriptions –1 Credit Course

Introduction to Autism: What it is and Isn't (Jones, Skott) 

CRN 23109 HNRS 23031 | W 03:00 PM - 03:50 PM 

An overview of autism spectrum disorders, including characteristics, etiology, and common treatment techniques. An emphasis on the dynamic and diverse nature of autism will be explored through an interprofessional lens to learn about how to best work with individuals with autism across different settings. A variety of academic disciplines will be integrated including education, health sciences, arts, sociology, and psychology

The Philosophy of Impossibility: Magic vs. Technology (Warburton, Jaime)

CRN 23110 HNRS 23032 | M 02:00 PM - 02:50 PM 

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke’s third law was “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic;” is there space in our scientific lives for magic? Is it a wish for magical reality that leads to technological advances? How does that combination speak to human emotion and innovation? Uses both storytelling and studies/reportage to explore philosophies and practicalities of religion, science and technology, speculative fiction, and fantasy as they affect our lives, imaginations, and social realities.

Writing for Yourself (Machan, Katharyn Howd) 

CRN 22905 HNRS 23013 | R 5:25 PM - 6:15 PM

Writing for Yourself is a course designed to lead students to the further exploration and discovery of the importance of words in their lives and how to shape them with significance and power. As an advanced course, it is primarily a workshop and discussion center, informed by a shared commitment to creating new poetry and prose and learning from offering and listening to thoughtful responses about it.