Overall Goals of the Ithaca Seminars:

  • Offer first-year students a liberal arts integrative experience in a small class setting;
  • Provide a classroom experience where students will learn to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view;
  • Introduce students to the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC);
  • Connect learning with other aspects of academic and college life to help first-year students make a successful transition to college.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) of the Ithaca Seminars: 


By the end of the course, students should be able to: 

  1. Identify and articulate assumptions that underlie an idea, argument, or creative work. 
  2. Articulate what it means to be a part of a college-level learning community. 
  3. Identify and use resources and services on campus and/or in our host community of Ithaca, NY to achieve academic, personal, and career goals.