Incoming Students FAQs

What's the purpose of the ICC?

The Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) is the set of liberal arts requirements that comprise the common academic experience for all Ithaca College students. The program is designed to help students develop skills in integrative thinking, critical and analytical problem solving, and reflective learning. All three of these skills have been identified by both employers and professional societies as essential for success in 21st century personal and professional life.

What writing requirements must I complete for the ICC?

All students must complete two writing requirements for the ICC: First Year Composition and Writing Intensive.

First Year Composition focuses on developing the broad academic writing skills needed to succeed at the college level. This requirement can be fulfilled by successfully completing WRTG10600, ICSM108xx or ICSM118xx; by scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition exam; or by transferring credit for a course equivalent to WRTG10600. Students who enter Ithaca College with Advanced Placement or transfer credit for the First Year Composition requirement should NOT enroll in an ICSM108xx or ICSM118xx, as you will earn credit for only one course.

Academic Writing Flowchart

Writing Intensive courses focus on developing writing within the context of a single discipline. This requirement can be met by successfully completing an Ithaca College course designated WI. Approved courses appear on this website and in the Ithaca College Catalog. Students wishing to transfer credit for the WI requirement must send the name/number of the course, institution where taken, and a copy of the syllabus to icc@ithaca.edu for review. Transfer courses taken after enrolling at Ithaca College must be approved before taking the course by completing the Petition for Transfer Credit form available in the Office of the Registrar (2nd Floor, Peggy Ryan Williams).

I am planning on taking a course this summer at another institution that will transfer in as course specific credit for an ICC themes & perspective course. Do I get ICC credit?

For matriculated students ICC Themes & Perspective designation needs to be completed at Ithaca College, or completed with an approved study abroad course. Course specific transfer credit can be applied to the major, minor, or concentration but does not satisfy the ICC Themes & Perspective requirements. The transfer course will not populate the ICC portion of degree evaluation.

I have AP credit for HIST 11200 U.S. History Since 1865 which is an ICC Diversity designated course. Why is this not showing up in degree evaluation?

Transfer courses and AP equivalent courses are evaluated independently for course specific equivalency and ICC equivalency. The content of a transfer course or AP course may align with course specific content but not meet the ICC learning outcomes. In this case, AP History covers the historical content of U.S. History Since 1865 but does not address the ICC Diversity learning outcomes.

If you have questions about ICC course equivalencies please contact the Director of the ICC at icc@ithaca.edu.

I am a double major. Can the courses from one of my majors be applied to the ICC themes & perspectives requirements?

Yes, ICC themes & perspective courses need to be completed outside of one major. Courses from a second major can be used to meet themes & perspective requirements. Please contact one of the professional advisors in the Academic Advising Center in Rothschild Place, advisingcenter@ithaca.edu, or the Director of the ICC at icc@ithaca.edu if you have specific questions on how to meet ICC requirements with a double major or dual degree.

Is there a convenient way to view ICC course offerings for next semester or during the winter session or summer session?

The Academic Advising Center tabulates ICC designated courses in several summary grids at https://www.ithaca.edu/advising/curriculum/iccworksheets/.

Can ICC designated courses be taken S/D/F?

Students need to pass ICC designated courses for them to count towards the ICC requirements. A passing grade can be met with a letter grade above a D- or with an S. Students can request the S/D/F option for ICC themes & perspective courses and attribute courses outside the major. Please refer to the catalog for additional information about the S/D/F options.

Learn more about the S/D/F option from this Intercom Article.

I am planning to study abroad next semester. Can courses apply toward ICC requirements?

Study abroad courses may be applied to ICC requirements, including themes & perspective requirements. Before traveling complete the CCR study abroad petition, https://www.ithaca.edu/icc/docs/ResourceStudents/SApetition/. Please work with the Academic Advising Center or the Director of the ICC for help with the study abroad form. Courses taken at the London Center, ICNYC, and LA programs are not considered study abroad courses and must have ICC designation in order to apply them to ICC requirements. Specific information for study abroad can be found on the ICC webpage, under the tab “Resources for Students” and section titled “Are you planning to study abroad?”

How do I go about having a transfer course evaluated for possible ICC credit?

Transfer courses are initially evaluated by the Office of the Registrar when you enter the institution and a transcript is received. If you believe a course might meet ICC learning outcomes but it is not so designated during the initial evaluation, please send the course title, institution where taken, and course syllabus to icc@ithaca.edu for review.

If you are planning to take a course at another institution in the future (e.g., during the summer) and wish to use the credit to fulfill ICC quantitative literacy, diversity, or writing intensive requirements, you'll need to obtain a "Petition for Transfer Credit" form from the Office of the Registrar and obtain the signatures listed on the form. You are strongly encouraged to complete this form before taking the course so that you know in advance how the credits will come into the institution.

Can I use AP or other exams or courses taken outside of Ithaca College to fulfill ICC requirements?

The policy approved by the Academic Policies Committee and Faculty Council in January, 2013, reads,

“This policy does not apply to transfer students (as institutionally-defined).

Students may apply credits earned at other institutions or granted on the basis of AP/IB/CLEP scores to fulfillment of the following ICC components: First Year Composition, Quantitative Literacy, Diversity, and Writing Intensive. Such credits may also apply to the 12 Complementary Liberal Arts credits depending on school and department requirements. The degree to which such credits could apply to a specific ICC requirement is dependent on a match between the Ithaca College courses meeting the requirement and the credit granted for courses completed elsewhere and on program-specific requirements for the 12 Complementary Liberal Arts credits.

Students may not apply credits earned at other institutions or granted on the basis of AP/IB/CLEP score or any other standardized examination program from which Ithaca College awards credit toward fulfillment of the Themes and Perspectives or ICC Capstone components of the ICC.”

As of October 2013, scores of 4 or 5 on AP English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition exams fulfill the WRTG10600 requirement. The ICC quantitative literacy requirement may be fulfilled by scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Economics (Macro) or AP Economics (Micro) exams or by a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Statistics exam. Depending on school or major program requirements, credit granted for AP scores may also be applied to the complementary liberal arts component of the ICC.

AP credit can also be used to fill state requirements for number of liberal arts hours earned and total hours required for graduation, and, in some case, for major requirements as well.

How do I register for my ICC theme?

To register for your ICC theme, complete the appropriate form available in IC Workflow. (Incoming students will be able to select their ICC theme during or after orientation.)

When will first year students select an ICC theme?

First year students will be able to select their theme before attending summer orientation or after they have arrived on campus for orientation. You may submit your initial ICC Theme Declaration on the appropriate form available in IC Workflow.

What is an electronic learning portfolio?

An electronic learning portfolio is an online collection of student work that may be used for assessment, demonstrating accomplishments, or learning and reflection.

One of the overarching goals of the ICC and Ithaca College's other IC20/20 initiatives is for you to understand and articulate how your experiences in the classroom and outside of the classroom (e.g., residential experience, student activities, athletics, student employment) have contributed to your learning. Your electronic learning portfolio allows you to collect artifacts (assignments or other tangible products) of your learning and reflections on your learning over the course of your time here so that, when you graduate, you can articulate how your college learning experiences in totality have contributed to your development of specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.

Beyond your required ICC portfolio, your TaskStream account will enable you to create as many different showcase or presentational portfolios as you like, allowing you to customize your portfolio for specific audiences or purposes (e.g., prospective employers, graduate schools). Everything you have uploaded to TaskStream is stored in the Mybrary section of Resources, so you can easily reuse content in different portfolios if you wish

How do I access my Taskstream account to create electronic learning portfolios?

You will be able to access your account by logging in to myHome on the Ithaca College website. Accounts for incoming fall 2015 students will become available during summer 2015.

What is ICSM?

ICSM refers to the Ithaca Seminar, which is a course that all first semester students complete. The Ithaca Seminar introduces students to college-level academic expectations and provides information about resources needed in the transition to college and for academic and personal success beyond the first semester.

What is IC20/20?

IC20/20 is the overall plan to guide Ithaca College through the year 2020. ICC is just one piece of the entire IC20/20 endeavor, which also includes centers in New York and abroad, the Center for Academic Advising, the Center for Faculty Excellence, and other exciting initiatives.

For more, please visit the IC20/20 website.