Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences


An education grounded in the liberal arts provides individuals with the lifelong learning skills that are fundamental to continuing personal and professional enrichment. In the School of Humanities and Sciences, students explore and experience the intrinsically satisfying values of a liberal education while developing the knowledge and skills necessary for successful careers in the professions, public service, teaching, business and industry, theater, and the arts. The bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree programs are also excellent preparation for professional and graduate study.

In an atmosphere of freedom and guidance, most students develop a program of study centered on one of the many departmental majors. Other students may choose to develop an individualized program of planned studies, designing their own curriculum to meet particular aptitudes and interests. In each instance, students are encouraged to examine the full range of disciplines within the liberal arts: the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and fine and performing arts.

The opportunities within the School of Humanities and Sciences are many. Through formal courses and field studies, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the historical antecedents of current social problems and engage in direct study of current social issues. In the science laboratory, on the stage, or in independent study and research, students can learn techniques of specific disciplines. Courses in writing and rhetoric foster facility in written and oral expression. Emphasis is also placed on developing an appreciation of personal and human values as reflected in the literature, history, art, and philosophy of our own and other cultures.

In summary, the goal of the School of Humanities and Sciences is to stimulate students to seek facts, approach problems rationally, and respond logically, sensitively, and creatively to themselves, their fellow humans, and the world about them.