Course List (Full descriptions below)

3-Credit Courses

  • Civic Engagement Seminar: Service, Community, and Social Action (Civic)
  • Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College (Cultural)
  • Honors International Scholarly Conversation: The U.S. Through the Eyes of International Cartoonists (Global)
  • Honors Academic Seminar: US & Genocide
  • Honors Seminar: Women and Fairy Tales
  • Honors Seminar: Plotting Marriage(s)
  • Honors Seminar: FLEFF Blogging
  • Honors Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies

2-Credit Courses

  • Honors Design Lab: Tidal Shift: A Slow Read in Environmental Justice

1-Credit Courses

  • Honors Short Seminar: Winter Wonderland: Tracking and the Art of Seeing Winter

Course Descriptions: 3-Credit Courses

HNRS 25000 - Civic Engagement Seminar: Service, Community, and Social Action (Harker, David)

CRN 42635 | TR 2:35 PM – 03:50 PM

This course draws on theory, research, and personal accounts to explore forms of civic engagement and evaluate the opportunities and challenges each offers toward positive social change. We begin by defining civic engagement and assessing needs and strengths of the local community. Students engage with a community organization and critically reflect on their experience. They reflect on their own personal motivations and experiences with civic engagement, and how their own social identities influence social change efforts. This course fulfills the civic engagement requirement of the Honors program. Student commitment include 30 contact hours with the community organization as well as cultural competency training, class time, and reading and writing outside of class. In the event that courses are held online in Fall 2020, community-based projects will still be a requirement, but we will work with partners remotely.  

HNRS 15000 - Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College (Patrone, Tatiana)

CRN 21542 | MWF 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM  

Provides students with a structured platform for exploring the cultural offerings at Ithaca College. The seminar explores questions about Ithaca College culture including what it is and how it is shaped. Students will address these questions through attendance at cultural events, through writing about and discussing such events, and through background reading.

HNRS 21500 - Honors International Scholarly Conversation: The U.S. Through the Eyes of International Cartoonists (Molina, Pedro)

CRN 42633 | MW 4:00 PM – 05:15 PM | ICC Diversity and fulfills the Global requirement for Honors

Few Americans know clearly what image and perceptions the rest of the world has of their country. This course offers U.S. students a new perspective on their homeland through the eyes of diverse international cartoonists. We will consider some historic events and topics that have shaped the image of the U.S. in the world (such as the Vietnam War, 9/11, the Middle East crisis, racial tensions, immigration, gun violence), analyzing these first from the viewpoints of U.S. cartoonists and then the perspectives of international cartoonists.  

Some questions we’ll explore: When we compare U.S. cartoonists and those in the rest of the world, what differences and similarities do we see in their work? What can we learn about ourselves when looking from the point of view of foreign cartoonists? What is the difference between an Arab, Asian, European or Latin American cartoonist when they approach the role of the U.S. in the world? Has the image of the U.S. changed over time from the perspective of cartoonists working in specific parts of the world or has it remained the same? Is the U.S. still perceived as the leader of the free world?   

HNRS 20041 - Honors academic seminar: us & genocide (inayatullah, naeem)

CRN 42998 | TR 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM | ICC Diversity and fulfills the Global requirement for Honors

Did the United States commit genocide in Iraq?  We will place this question in the context of three events: (1) The Nuremberg Trails initiated and spearheaded by the U.S. to convict Nazis at the end of World War II; (2) the claim by various Amerindian scholars that genocide marks the creation of the U.S. and its occupation of Indian lands; and (3) a short study of the “Gulf War” that documents the U.S. occupation of Iraq.   

The spirit will be one of open debate and discussion of these central themes.  Neither the course materials nor the instructor will provide a definitive answer to the organizing questions.    

There are no necessary pre-requites for this course.  It is simultaneously intended for those who consider themselves politically un-oriented and those with an acute sense of history and theory.  The mandate is as follows: every student deserves a challenge pitched at his/her own level.   

HNRS 20013 - Honors Academic Seminar: women & fairytales (Machan, katharyn howd)

CRN 41627 | MWF 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM | Cross-listed with WGST

This three-credit course offers the opportunity for challenging, truly interdisciplinary study of a body of literature long important to personal and global understanding. You will be asked to examine, question, and form your own ideas about not only the depictions of women in fairy tales, but the positive and negative effects of these characterizations—archetypes and stereotypes—on listeners and readers through the ages. You will be expected to read widely and deeply and to express the results of your scholarship through excellent creative writing (fiction and/or poetry) and oral communication. Along with regular short assignments of in-class writing and two manuscripts for peer-critique sessions, you will shape a 20-minute oral presentation based on this work and what you add to it for a final manuscript of at least 20 pages (one long work OR a connected collection). Part of the power of this course is that it scans the spectrum from erudite knowledge to accessible popular culture. Fairy tales connect, delight, inspire, and illuminate what we live and what we come to know. What you write will expand this offering! 

HNRS 20043 - Honors academic seminar: plotting marriage(s) (Warburton, jaime)

CRN 42999 | MW 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Cross-Listed with WGST

This seminar will use religious, political, gender, sociological, popular culture, and literary based lenses to make an interdisciplinary examination of marriage. What can we learn from representations of marriage in literature and popular culture? The legal status of marriage, sex within marriage, non-monogamous or otherwise “nontraditional” marriages, or the choice to remain single? We’ll attempt to answer these questions using a variety of multimedia texts and continually blogging our responses. Students will complete an oral history with a senior citizen and create a “bridal zine.” 

HNRS 20061 - Environmental Film Festival Practicum in Blogging: FLEFF 2021 Seminar  (Zimmerman, Patty)

CRN 41998 | Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 9:50 PM

This advanced seminar engages competitively selected students in an intensive and immersive experience in the 23th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival as bloggers and festival ambassadors who serve as part of the FLEFF staff.   

The course provides students with a coordinated blend of theory, history, and practice. The course is international and transnational focus. Through engaging significant books from the scholarly literature of film festival studies, it explores and analyzes the histories, operations, politics, creative industries impact, and programming of festivals as a critical nodal point in the entertainment industries and arts sectors.  

It provides a seminar atmosphere to learn creative nonfiction journalism-style blogging for film festivals and arts/entertainment organizations as well as the engagement campaigns to disseminate this work. Students write for the FLEFF blog in a very public high profile way. It also provides training in learning how to serve as part of the staff of a festival by learning all aspects of the history of FLEFF, its mission and vision, its funding structures, partnerships, programming, the current year’s programming, and goals for audience development as well as national and international visibility.  

Finally, the course probes the purpose of festivals as a place for embodied, meaningful, and significant conversations about issues of importance in the world.  

Special note:  Bloggers need to commit to full immersion in FLEFF during the period of the festival.  However, it is critical to remember classes come first: work the festival around your classes. These sessions will replace some post-festival seminar sessions post-festival to replace required class meeting sessions in terms of mandatory contact hours. 

HNRS 40000-01 - Honors Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary studies (Brenner, Jake)

CRN 42636 | TR 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM

The Honors Senior Seminar is designed to be culmination of the Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. This course is organized as a workshop to facilitate collaborative work on an urgent, high-profile issue of global concern. You pick the issue, then use your disciplinary skills and expertise to address it with a small group of other students with different disciplinary skills and expertise. In the process you will learn the theory and practice of disciplinarity, including multi-disciplinarity, inter-disciplinarity, and trans-disciplinarity. Your work thus far in the Ithaca College Honors Program has been preparing you to think about big questions across disciplines. In this course you will take that thinking, broaden it, deepen it, and apply it.   
In this course we will strike a balance between celebrating your own disciplinary expertise and challenging you to integrate it with that of your colleagues. This kind of integration requires you to think in new ways about your discipline, often critically. You must question disciplinary assumptions, and think outside disciplinary boundaries. Questions like, “Is that true?” and “How do we know?” and “Can that really be known?” and “So what?” will come up frequently in this course as you work to address your chosen issue. 

Course Descriptions: 2-Credit Courses

HNRS 22001 - Honors design lab: tidal shift - a slow read in environmental justice (dremock, fae)

CRN 43012 | MW 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

This slow-read 2-credit course focuses on the issues of slow violence and environmental justice specifically related to environmental contamination and the climate crisis.  We begin the course with a brief discussion of the science and effects of the broad environmental crisis and the cultural, class, gender, and race issues that clothe it. Throughout the semester, we will pair theoretical readings from Robert Nixon’s 2011 book (already considered a classic in environmental justice) with discussion of current news coverage of environmental justice issues. 

Course Descriptions: 1-Credit Courses

HNRS 23007 - Honors Short seminar: (hamilton, jason)

CRN 42634 | Mondays 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Every time we step outside of our door, there are myriad stories to be told of the comings-and-goings of life in the world, and one of the oldest human practices is to read and interpret these stories. The art and science of tracking offers a holistic ecological window into the happenings of the living world around us. Learning this practice connects us in to the natural world in a meaningful way - with lots of outside time, we will learn the intimate details of the lives of the coyote, deer, foxes, raccoons, opossums, weasels, mice, and bobcats who live with us in and around the IC campus and the surrounding natural lands.