The honors semester in London has three components:
(1) A specially designed honors seminar, London as Text. The city itself is the text you study.
(2) Choices from a variety of liberal arts courses, such as Shakespeare; The London Theatre; British Art and Architecture; Irish Literature; and many others.
(3) A special trip, funded in part by the honors program, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival—perhaps the most exciting arts festival in the world!
(Note to theatre students: Participation in the London honors semester is designed to be wholly compatible with the London Drama Program, including Interrelationships.)
Ithaca College owns a beautiful building in West Kensington, one of the nicest neighborhoods in London. There, IC faculty and British professors teach a variety of exciting and challenging courses that will count directly toward your academic program.
London as Text
The centerpiece of the London honors semester is the 3-credit honors seminar London as Text, taught by Bill Sheasgreen, director of the Ithaca College London Center. In this seminar, students encounter the city of London in a variety of ways—cultural, social, political, and artistic. The seminar meets occasionally in a classroom, but most of the time students actively engage the text: the endlessly fascinating city of London. This intermediate honors seminar counts toward progress through the honors program.
Fall London honors semester students travel to Great Britain a week before other students arrive in order to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, to experience the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The honors program underwrites part of the cost of transportation between London and Edinburgh, accommodations in Edinburgh, and several special events in Edinburgh.