School of Humanities and Sciences

Honors Program

Robert G. Sullivan, Associate Professor and Director

A select number of exceptionally qualified applicants to Ithaca College are invited to apply to the Ithaca College Honors Program; if admitted, they participate in a series of special, intensive seminars complemented by an array of out-of-class activities. Starting in the fall of the first year, honors students begin a sequence of six honors seminar courses that help students meet general education and distribution requirements. The sequence includes

  • a first-year seminar taken in the first semester;
  • four intermediate seminars; and
  • a capstone seminar on universal issues, taken in the senior year.

The seminars focus on a problem, theme, or topic approached from multiple perspectives, taking the student beyond the normal boundaries of disciplinary thought. Students who complete the full seminar sequence graduate with honors in humanities and sciences as designated on their official College transcript. The Ithaca College Honors Program does not conflict with departmental honors programs; qualified students can complete both.

Qualified students not originally admitted to the honors program can apply after their first semester; early application is encouraged. Internal transfers to the program must complete a modified requirement of five honors courses: four intermediate seminars and the senior-year seminar.

External transfer students may apply and will be considered for the program on a case-by-case basis. They are subject to the same honors program requirements as internal transfers. External transfer students with honors associate degrees from institutions with which Ithaca College has articulation agreements may apply for the program. If they are admitted, they are required to complete a total of three courses: two intermediate seminars and the senior-year seminar.