What are themes?

Themes provide a distinct set of questions and issues that students examine through each of the four Perspectives. The Theme weaves a connective thread through each student’s learning experience, helping to build valuable analytical and problem-solving skills. Learn how scholars, professionals, citizens, and activists in different fields study real-world challenges represented by these six Themes. Students in catalog year 2021 and before select or change your Theme on the IC Workflow page. 

What are perspectives?

Perspectives are the ways humans view and interact with the world around them. Within the ICC, we're especially interested in the particular ways scholars and professionals approach the questions of each theme. How, for example, would a sociologist look at questions of sustainability? What methods would they employ? Looking at your theme through these varied lenses will give you a deeper understanding of each issue and teach you how different ways of thinking can connect to create innovative solutions to complex problems.

What are competencies?

Competencies or additional ICC requrements round out the Ithaca College general education program.

For students in catalog years prior to Fall 2022.

Legacy ICC Requirements

Complementary Liberal Arts (CLA)
A portion of the ICC experience that includes twelve additional hours of program defined coursework.
Electronic Learning Portfolio
An online collection of student work that may be used for assessment, demonstrating accomplishments, or learning and reflection.