Ithaca College

School of Business

Special Programs


The internship program, an off-campus experience involving varied, nonroutine work projects, is available for interested students who qualify. Internships are designed to allow students to synthesize the academic theory they have learned with "real world" experiences. The program places primary responsibility on the student in conjunction with a faculty sponsor to develop a project proposal and carry out its requirements. Internships are available during the fall and spring semesters. Three business elective credits are granted for each internship. An internship may not be repeated for credit with the same employer. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned in any combination of internship and experiential learning (see below). London Center internships are for 3 credits per semester only. Internships in the School of Business are graded on a pass/fail basis only. To qualify, students must have attained a minimum of 2.70 cumulative GPA and must have completed the appropriate principles course in their respective major or concentration.

Students interested in the internship program should obtain a copy of the internship guidelines at the School of Business office. Please note carefully the application deadlines for each term, usually near the end of the add/drop period.

Experiential Learning

This program allows students after the first year in college to investigate specific business disciplines through placements in business organizations. The student is expected to keep a log of activities and have frequent contact with a faculty sponsor. For each experience, the student may earn 1 credit. Students may repeat the program for up to 3 credits, provided each experience is with a different employer. Experiential learning credits may be used only for open credit, not for a business elective. The combination of experiential learning and internship may not exceed 6 credits.

Independent Study

Students may pursue an independent study with the guidance of a faculty member. Its purpose is to enable students to pursue personal academic interests in an area not covered in or beyond the scope of existing courses. Independent study projects normally involve research into a topic with a written report as the final product, but variations are accepted when appropriate.

A variable amount of credit may be earned toward the degree. To qualify, a student must have a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and must have completed at least 6 credits in the subject matter. Guidelines are available at the School of Business office. Please note carefully the application deadlines for each term, which usually occur at the end of the add/drop period.

The London Program

Business majors are encouraged to participate in the London Center study abroad program during the sophomore year (see p. 264). We recommend that discussion and planning begin in the student's first year. Students can obtain descriptive literature from the Office of International Programs. Course planning should be worked out with the faculty adviser and the Office of International Programs staff.

Other Study Abroad Opportunities

Business majors are encouraged to study abroad during their sophomore year. Both affiliated and nonaffiliated programs offer opportunities for students to learn about other cultures, improve their foreign language skills, and, in some cases, fulfill business course requirements. Course planning can be worked out with the faculty adviser. More information about study abroad options is available at the Office of International Programs, 214 Center for Health Sciences, 607-274-3306, fax 607-274-1515, or e-mail

Articulation Agreements with Community Colleges

The School of Business has established agreements with four community colleges (Tompkins-Cortland, Cayuga, Corning, and Monroe) to allow students to plan their first two years in preparation for transfer to a business major at Ithaca College. (See p. 271 for more information on articulation agreements.) The agreements delineate transfer course equivalents and transfer admission standards.

Students interested in transferring to Ithaca College under an articulation agreement are encouraged to contact the associate dean of the Ithaca College School of Business.


Dean's Award

Each year the dean, in consultation with the school's faculty, selects one or more graduating seniors for the Dean's Award. The award is given in recognition of superior scholastic achievement and extracurricular service to the College, school, and student body.


The graduating senior accounting major with the highest GPA in accounting courses is given an award by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Two students are selected by the accounting faculty to receive awards for excellence by the Southern Tier chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. One award is for excellence in accounting, the other for excellence in auditing.


Each year the top senior finance major is selected by the finance faculty to receive the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Seniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and juniors who are in the top 7 percent of their class in the last term or semester of the junior year may be inducted. Master's students must rank in the upper 20 percent of their class to be eligible for induction. Candidates must also be of good moral character. The induction takes place in the spring semester.

Sigma Iota Epsilon

Students enrolled in management-related programs throughout the College are eligible for membership in the Zeta Iota chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon, the national honorary/professional management fraternity and student division of the Academy of Management. Candidates for admission must have completed 30 credits at Ithaca College, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, and have completed at least one management course with a grade of B or better. Candidates must also complete additional coursework in management and be of good moral character.