Course List (Full descriptions below)

3-Credit Courses

  • Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College (Cultural)
  • Honors International Scholarly Conversation: International Scholarly Conversations: Gender, Sexuality, Femininity/Masculinity in the World (Global)
  • Honors Intermediate Seminar: Wars on Drugs: Opium to Opiods
  • The Internet of Things
  • Honors Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies

2-Credit Courses

  • Honors Short Seminar: Meaning Making in Your Career: Finding The Authentic Story 
    in Your Academic, Professional, and Life Journey

1-Credit Courses

  • Honors Short Seminar: Winter Wonderland: Tracking and the Art of Seeing Winter
  • Honors Slow Read: Who We Are and How We Got Here

Course Descriptions: 3-Credit Courses

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

CRN 41450 | MWF 11:00 AM – 11:50 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 20055 - Honors Intermediate Seminar: Wars on Drugs: Opium to Opiods (auyash, stewart)

CRN 41454 | TR 2:35 - 3:50PM | Fulfills Diversity requirement

Employing a multidisciplinary approach this course is about developing ways to think about drugs in our societies. The course explores the history, culture, and use of drugs- legal and illegal - in the US and elsewhere with a careful understanding of drug history and a focus on current issues. We study and analyze the definitions of what constitutes a drug, the development of drug policies over time, and drug use a crime and as a public health issue. Contemporary analysis of drug use including recent events: medicalization and decriminalization of marijuana and other drugs, opioid use and overdose deaths, legal actions against opioid manufacturers, and harm reduction as policy and programs.

HNRS 21500 - Honors International Scholarly Conversation: Gender, Sexuality, Femininity/Masculinity in the World (inayatullah, naeem)

CRN 41451 | TR 9:25AM - 10:40AM

We examine cross-cultural variations in how humans think and practice gender, sexuality, and femininity/masculinity.  We explore these themes by contrasting Western with non-Western cultures across the globe.  This international approach also stresses the dynamic changes in sexual and gender practices that result from encounters between European and non-European cultures.  I provide descriptions and juxtapositions rather than judgments and prescriptions. 

HNRS 23030 - the internet of things (kissiloff, ari)

CRN 41455 | MWF 2:00 - 2:50PM

In the past few years, automation systems have revolutionized the way devices can interact with the world around them. Everything is “smart” now: phones, homes, thermostats, cars, bikes, watches. While initially being targeted to personal use, much of this technology is now being leveraged by organizations to manage internal and external communications processes through infrastructure, repurposed smart home devices, and business specific IoT devices. This course will examine the past, present, and future of Internet of Things in society through lectures, discussions, reactions, analysis, and hands-on activities.

View Professor Kissilof's Video Description of the Course

HNRS 40000-01 - Honors Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary studies (Young, cory)

CRN 41453 | TR 1:10 - 2:25PM

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 23030 - Honors Short Seminar: Meaning Making in Your Career: Finding The Authentic Story in Your Journey (fracchia, john)

CRN 41456 | MW 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Course description

Course Descriptions: 1-Credit Courses

HNRS 23007 - Honors Short seminar: Winter Wonderland – Tracking and the Art of Seeing Winter (hamilton, jason)

CRN 41452 | Thursdays 2:35 – 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. 

HNRS 24004 - Honors Slow Read: Who We Are and How We Got Here (miner, brooks)

CRN 41449 | Mondays 3:00 - 3:50PM

In Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past, geneticist David Reich describes recent discoveries about human evolutionary and societal history derived from the study of DNA from fossilized human remains. The book was favorably reviewed by most professional biologists, science journalists, and others. Yet it was also the subject of controversy: the Wall Street Journal referred to it as “A potential political bombshell,” and an open letter, “How Not To Talk About Race and Genetics,” was published by Buzzfeed three days after the book’s publication. We will read Reich’s book alongside several commentaries from across the academic and political spectrum. Students will gain an increased understanding of the origins and evolutionary history of our species, in addition to an awareness of how misunderstandings about the science of human genetic variation can lead to inaccurate and potentially harmful conclusions.