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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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Academic Opportunities


A variety of internship experiences is possible in all departments and programs of the Park School. Internships are normally taken during a student's junior or senior year. Sponsors include local, regional, national, and international television, radio, advertising, public relations, motion picture, educational, and corporate media organizations, and the communication and training departments of many corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Internships are available during fall and spring semesters, as well as during the winter and summer sessions. They may be repeated with variable credit awarded up to a maximum of 6 credits per experience in all majors except journalism, which allows a maximum of 8 credits for one of the internship experiences and a total of 12 credits for two internships. Students must have completed at least 60 credits (including a minimum of 24 credits and two semesters at Ithaca College) before the internship begins. Students may not have more than three internships and may not receive more than a total of 12 internship credits, including those completed in London and Los Angeles. Students interested in an internship must obtain the internship guidelines in the Park School dean's office and consult with their advisers.

All internships in Los Angeles are administered through the communications program in Los Angeles (see below). Students who are interested in a London internship must apply through the Office of International Programs at the time they apply to study at the London Center. Internships are evaluated on a pass/fail basis only. One credit of internship experience represents 60 hours of work at the internship over the course of a semester. Therefore, a 6-credit internship requires 360 hours of work at the internship during a semester.

Independent Study/Project

An independent study/project offers students the opportunity to pursue historical, critical, empirical, and/or creative research in communications under faculty supervision. Areas of investigation are described in the course listings for each department. One credit of independent study/project requires 45 hours of faculty-supervised work, which is performed by the student outside of the classroom setting. Therefore, a 3-credit independent study will require a minimum of 135 hours of student work during a semester.

Ithaca College James B. Pendleton Center in Los Angeles

Stephen Tropiano, Director

The Park School offers an internship-centered, semester-long program on-site in Los Angeles. The junior- and senior-year program is open to all majors and minors in the Park School. Students have the opportunity to intern at a wide variety of organizations in the fields of radio, television, cinema, photography, journalism, public relations, advertising, and corporate and nonprofit communications. Los Angeles internships are for 6 credits only in the fall and spring semesters, and for 3 to 5 credits in the summer.

In addition to internships, students take required and elective courses in several communication areas. All classes are held at the James B. Pendleton Center, and students live in College-provided housing. Tuition is the same as on the home campus, and housing costs are similar to off-campus housing costs in Ithaca.

The Los Angeles program allows students to experience the cultural diversity of the Los Angeles environment and to make valuable contacts, including many with Ithaca College alumni, in the Los Angeles professional communications community.

Additional information is available from advisers or the dean's office.

London Program

The Park School participates in the London Center program through course offerings and selected internships. Students interested in studying at the London Center may obtain information from the Office of International Programs. See "International Programs."

Singapore Communications Exchange

Juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in the Park School may participate in the academic program offered at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In the exchange agreement, up to five students from the NTU School of Communications spend a semester at Ithaca College, and an equal number of Ithaca College students may attend classes, taught in English, in Singapore. For more information about the program, contact the Office of International Programs, 214 Center for Health Sciences, 607-274-3306.

Washington Semester Program

Park School students also have the opportunity to participate in the Washington Semester Program, which is an internship-centered program in the nation's capital designed to meet the academic and professional interests of students from a variety of majors. In addition to a 6-credit internship, students enroll in two semester-long courses and up to three 1-credit academic seminars. The Washington Semester Program also provides programming for students to experience the richness of Washington's cultural and political life. For more information about the program, contact the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, 350 Job Hall, 607-274-3113.


Communication plays an important role for students in a number of disciplines. To serve these students, the Park School offers several minor programs. The cinema and photography department offers a minor in still photography. A minor in journalism is offered in the journalism department. The organizational communication, learning, and design department offers a minor by the same name. Minors in the television-radio department are audio production, integrated marketing communications, international communications (note: there is currently a moratorium on acceptances into this minor), and scriptwriting. Details of these programs, including enrollment restrictions, are given in the following pages under the respective department listings.

The number of seats available for some minor programs may be limited. Students normally apply after their freshman year. A student must apply to be accepted into a minor. Most minors in the Park School have an application deadline each semester. Contact the dean's office at 607-274-1021 for application deadlines and to receive an application for a minor.

Course Duplication - A course that fulfills a requirement for a student's major and minor programs is counted toward the major. The minor discipline determines whether the requirement is to be waived or how else it must be fulfilled. Course duplication will only be considered an issue when a required course is specified by number and title in both the major and minor.

Dean's List

The dean's list in the Roy H. Park School of Communications is made up of majors in each class who meet all the following criteria during the semester:

  • A minimum semester average of 3.70
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 credits, of which at least 12 are graded, not pass/fail or S/D/F option
  • No final grades of D, F, or I

The dean's list, which is awarded each semester, is based on a student's semester GPA rather than the cumulative GPA for all semesters the student has attended Ithaca College.

Academic Achievement and Advising Services

A network of over two dozen offices provide academic achievement and advising services to students at Ithaca College. These offices are described on the academic achievement and advising services website, An academic achievement and advising committee maintains the website and promotes the development of academic advising and support services on campus. Services represented by the committee include the Office of Academic Support Services for Students with Disabilities, the career services office, the counseling center, the first year programs office, intercollegiate athletics, the international programs office, the math tutorial program, the multicultural affairs office, the writing center, and the deans' offices.

Academic Advising

All students in the Park School are assigned an academic adviser. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their adviser prior to registration for classes. Students are also encouraged to meet with their adviser if they are planning to study abroad or in Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. Students completing their junior year are advised to meet with their adviser to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met by their anticipated graduation date. Any change in a student's academic plan, such as adding a minor or second major, should first be reviewed with that student's academic adviser. A student may change his or her adviser at any time, with the new adviser's permission, by filling out a form available in the dean's office. Academic advisers normally teach courses in the student's major.

Academic Status

To remain in good academic standing, a student must meet the minimum academic standards for his or her degree program. These standards are listed under each degree program. Students who do not earn the required minimum cumulative GPA and, if appropriate to the degree program, the minimum cumulative GPA for required courses in a major, will be placed on academic warning or suffer program suspension, program dismissal, or dismissal from the College. Students who drop to part-time status (fewer than 12 credit hours in a semester) without written permission from the dean could receive an academic warning.

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