Welcome

Welcome to the School of Humanities and Sciences, an academic community devoted to a transformative educational experience—one that combines rigorous immersion in intellectual traditions and methodologies with opportunities for putting knowledge into practice in a variety of real-world experiences. 

As the liberal arts core of Ithaca College, we are deeply committed to fostering creative expression, sharpening communication and critical thinking skills, and promoting the importance of education for becoming contributors to a just and sustainable world. We understand our mission as not just teaching students, but promoting a life-long appreciation for the pursuit of knowledge.

In our school, students have the ability to pursue a wide range of educational paths—from the creative arts, social sciences, and humanities to natural sciences, math, and computer science. Our strong connections with IC’s other four schools create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership. We encourage students to make connections that deepen their understanding of the traditions, methodologies, and ways of thinking that we represent. We seek not to tell students what to think, but how to think—by sharing our own passion for learning and by helping them understand that the pursuit of knowledge can take many forms. 

Experiential learning is at the heart of our educational mission. Students apply their knowledge to real-world experiences during faculty-student collaborative projects, culturally immersive travel, civic engagement, and structured internships.

Our faculty are respected and recognized scholars, scientists, and artists—but first and foremost they genuinely love to teach. This commitment to a student-centered culture is what drew me to Ithaca College as a faculty member some 20 years ago. Like my faculty colleagues, I greet each semester, each course, as an opportunity to engage with students and help them grow the knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed well into the future.

Our mission focuses on intellect, creativity, and character, and our students graduate knowing a lot more about who they are, who they want to be, and what they will do next. Whether they’re looking toward graduate study, a specific career path, or a service opportunity at home or abroad—our graduates have the abilities, skills, and knowledge to be successful.

I urge you to explore our programs and visit to discover the outstanding facilities and natural beauty that set our campus apart. And reach out to us—we would love to tell you more about the possibilities available in our school.  

MICHAEL D. RICHARDSON, PhD, INTERIM DEAN, SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES